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Advanced Employment Law - Hear it From the Experts!

The past year has been riddled with a variety of challenging and complex legal issues for HR professionals.  As we continue to navigate the ever-changing conditions in the workplace including Covid-19, social justice reforms, a new Executive branch, and a myriad of other complex matters, our panel of experts will address some of the toughest issues for employers.

Our panel of experienced employment trial lawyers will discuss the current employment law landscape including recent employment law cases and the latest changes from a legislative and administrative agency perspective. The presentation will cover developments that impact your workplace, as well as strategies for managing difficult employment situations. Participants will hear from lawyers with experience representing clients on the plaintiff and defense side of a case to gain knowledge from both perspectives. Our panel will discuss their own trial experiences and employment law cases that they’ve won and lost. These cases involve a variety of topics including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, family leave, ADA and wage and hour. The lawyers will also provide updates in legislation, along with recent developments from administrative agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Department of Labor (DOL), and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Key learning points of this event:

  • Analyze and discuss recent employment law cases – both local and federal. Learn directly from lawyers who have tried significant local employment law cases and discover the tactics utilized by both plaintiffs and defendants during litigation.
  • Explore how recent local and federal cases impact your workplace – understand the application of the court decisions to strategically manage your HR functions
  • Learn about the latest developments from the legislature and administrative agencies – evaluate the applicability of the updates to your company’s HR policies, procedures, and processes.
  • Gain specific guidance and tools to create a strategic approach to manage employment law related risk within the workplace. Learn how to identify and watch for specific issues that may lead to litigation or administrative agency claims, as well as tactics to remedy such problems at an early stage.

Meet the Panel

Shelly Freeman

As a founding member of Freeman Martin McKee Law Firm, Shelly brings a unique combination of experiences that benefit her clients. She has more than 30 years of experience as a labor and employment attorney, including as a winning trial lawyer. After more than a decade as a Labor & Employment lawyer, Shelly was the Director of Corporate and Field Human Resources for a multi-unit retailer with locations across the country. While there, she managed and directed a full range of human resource functions for the manufacturing, distribution and retail components of a 10,000+ employee workforce. Shelly has been honored as one of the Best Lawyers in America(r) (Labor & Employment), 2012-2016; a Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, 2006-2016; and, one of 25 Women Who Mean Business selected by the KC Business Journal in 2006.

Kyle Russell

Kyle is the office managing principal of the Kansas and Missouri, offices of Jackson Lewis P.C. Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Kyle practiced at a midwest law firm and previously spent eight years as in-house counsel for litigation, records management and legal systems for a Fortune 500 diversified financial services company, where he was responsible for developing and implementing records management, litigation hold and consumer arbitration programs. He represents employers in administrative charges and lawsuits involving a wide variety of statutory and common law discrimination and retaliation cases. Kyle has also defended wage and hour collective and class actions involving alleged misclassification, off-the-clock work, failure to pay the proper overtime rate, and failure to pay wages when due. He also has extensive experience prosecuting violations of covenants not to compete by former employees. In addition to employment litigation, Kyle has commercial litigation experience defending multi-district and state-law consumer class actions and governmental investigations.

Joe Eischens

Over the course of his legal career, Joe has represented hundreds of individuals and companies in all phases of litigation, including being responsible for conducting over 20 trials. Joe focused his litigation practice on employment-related matters (including discrimination, wage and hour, whistle-blower, workers' comp retaliation, FMLA, FLSA, breach of contract), personal injury and product liability cases, and other related civil matters. He carried this vast litigation experience into a successful mediation practice, one in which both plaintiffs' and defendants' attorneys actively seek his services. Joe has served as a mediator in over 1,000 cases throughout the Midwest and has a high resolution rate. Joe is a certified mediator in both Kansas and Missouri state and federal courts. He has given lectures on issues involving employment discrimination, sexual harassment, jury selection, depositions and discovery, and best mediation practices. He has provided mediation, harassment and discrimination training to human resource professionals and corporate general counsel. Joe has been recognized by his peers as a Missouri and Kansas "Super Lawyer" in Labor/Employment Law and/or Mediation every year since 2007.

Kerri Reisdorff

Kerri concentrates her practice in the labor and employment arena in the exclusive representation of management. She represents clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, and in federal and state court. In the 2012-2017 editions of Chambers USA, Kerri was named “Leader in Your Field” designating the world’s best lawyers who are identified and ranked by highly qualified researchers and Chambers editors. Kerri also focuses significant attention to the strategic HR approach taken by her clients to minimize employment-related risks and the adoption of pro-active and preventive strategies in the workplace.

Marty Meyers

Marty Meyers was born, raised and educated entirely in Kansas City, Missouri.
He attended Rockhurst High School and graduated with distinction from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law. Marty has been an attorney for thirty three years. He is board certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Marty lectures frequently both locally and nationally on topics relating to trial techniques and the use of technology in the courtroom. Marty devotes his practice to representing individuals and small businesses harmed by the negligence or wrongful conduct of others.

Jeff Mike is Vice President and Head of Research Ideation for Bersin, Deloitte Consulting
LLP. Jeff brings over 15 years of experience leading HR functions to generate actionable knowledge through research. Jeff leads Bersin’s market-facing team of researchers that sets and drives Bersin’s research agenda. Jeff also recently led Bersin’s High-Impact HR study, which focuses on creating compelling worker experiences while empowering the organization to meet the demands of digital transformation. Jeff’s current research focuses
on HR leadership, workforce management, and how to promote collaboration and
innovation in the workplace.

Prior to joining Bersin, Jeff was Head of Human Capital for a public policy research and
consulting firm based in Maryland, and a faculty member in Human Resources Development in Morocco. Jeff holds an MS in OD and Strategic HR from Johns Hopkins University, and a Doctor of Education in Human and Organizational Learning from The George Washington University.


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