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Thompson Coburn's Annual Labor, Employment, and Benefits Law Seminar

April 16, 2020

Like the tides, the world of an HR professional is constantly shifting. Avoid being adrift in stormy seas by attending our annual Labor, Employment, and Employee Benefits Seminar in St. Louis. This full day of lively and in-depth sessions is led by Thompson Coburn’s nationally recognized HR practitioners and is complimentary to clients and friends. CLE for Missouri, Illinois and California as well as SHRM and HRCI credit is available for attendees. Our joint sessions and multiple tracks of programming will provide the latest commentary and analysis of labor and employment and employee benefits laws, as well as the national outlook on legislative and executive actions affecting employers. 

So join us on April 16th where you will discover new ways to chart a course for your organization, keeping everything shipshape and Bristol fashion.


Continuing education credit has been applied for.

Complimentary registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, and cocktail hour.

Marriott West Conference Center
660 Maryville Centre Drive
St. Louis, MO 63141

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
Program from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.



Start 8:00 a.m.
End 8:30 a.m.

Supreme Court Update

Review of recent and upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decisions on employment and benefits issues.

Start 8:35 a.m.
End 9:25 a.m.

Far From Port: The ADA Thirty Years On

Thirty years since its passage, the Americans with Disabilities Act continues to sail forward, expanding how employers must address the health conditions of their employees. This session covers the more recent areas of litigation in ADA law, ranging from remote working arrangements to website accessibility features and from stress, anxiety, and mental health to environmental sensitivities. We will explore the newest accommodations courts are considering and the growing list of conditions employers must accommodate, as well as the growing number of challenges to website accessibility.

Watertight: Issues in Settlement and Arbitration Agreements 

It’s much easier to patch a leak in harbor than on the open sea. This session will discuss strategies and considerations to ensure your settlement and arbitration agreements are valid and enforceable. This session will focus on the many technical legal issues associated with such agreements and the impact of federal and many new state law requirements, including confidentiality, non-disparagement, and releases of sexual harassment claims.

Spotting a Riptide: Avoiding Risks in Participant Disclosures 

This session will discuss recent COBRA notice litigation, the DOL’s proposed rule on electronic disclosure for retirement plans, proposed rules for transparency in coverage for health plans, and other risks associated with participant disclosures.

Start 9:30 a.m.
End 10:20 a.m.

Permission to Go Ashore: Leaves of Absence

With overlapping and sometimes inconsistent federal and state leave requirements, employers must be ready to navigate the complex issues that arise when employees take time away from work. This session will discuss leaves of absences and other employee absences from the workplace, giving practical and technical guidance on issues related to FMLA leave, vacation and paid sick leave, and parental and pregnancy leave policies, and will examine how to deal with the morass of state and local leave laws confronting multi-state employers.

Smooth Sailing: How to Watch for and Deal with HIPAA, Personal Data, Diversity Data And Privacy Concerns

This session will guide you on dealing with and avoiding legal issues associated with the collection, use, and dissemination of medical information, personally identifiable information, and diversity data, with particular emphasis on when HIPAA applies, confidentiality of diversity data, and various privacy laws. 

SECURE the Rigging

The SECURE Act makes sweeping changes to employer-sponsored retirement programs. This program will discuss these changes, and what plan sponsors need to do to stay on top of compliance.

Start 10:25 a.m.
End 11:15 a.m.

The Bermuda Triangle – ADA, Workers Compensation and FMLA

Workplace injuries and workers’ compensation claims set into motion a whole sea of obligations and restrictions for employers, including in particular the interplay between FMLA, ADA accommodations, and workers’ compensation. In this session, we will discuss the interplay of these requirements and provide guidance on OSHA recording, marijuana use, injury reporting, injury investigations, workplace accommodations, and potential retaliation claims.

To the Lifeboat!  How to Avoid the Tidal Wave of New California Laws

Companies who do business in California must deal with significant new legislation in areas ranging from arbitration agreements, independent contractor classification, and employment terms. Our California practitioners are here to update you on these developments, recent decisions on other employment law issues, and what is necessary to comply with those laws. 

Assembling Your Crew: Benefits Issues in Business Transactions

This session will discuss employee benefits due diligence review, pre- and post-closing benefits issues, and frequently asked questions in business acquisitions and divestitures.

Start 11:20 a.m.
End 12:10 p.m.

Batten Down the Hatches: Securing Your Company Against Employee Misconduct

Forensic accountants with experience in investigating employee fraud and embezzlement will present a primer on common scams and how to best prevent them. Our L&E attorneys will provide guidance on the legal issues that must be considered when dealing with an employee or contractor who engages in such misconduct.

Sailing in International Waters: An HR Guide to Immigration Issues

This program will cover how immigration standards for approval have been evolving, and are likely to evolve going forward, and what hiring managers need to know to navigate these changing standards and other roadblocks to approvals.

Navigating Through the Fog: Dealing with Pharmacy Benefit Managers

This session will explore the role of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), issues raised in contracting with PBMs, and case law and proposed legislation likely to impact prescription drug benefits and plan sponsors’ relationships with PBMs.

Start 12:15 p.m.
End 1:10 p.m.


Start 1:15 p.m.
End 2:45 p.m.

Charting a Course Through Emerging State Law Issues

More than ever, states and local governments are taking a lead role in shaping the country’s employment practices through novel, and often conflicting, legislation on cannabis, sexual harassment and training, wage and hour requirements, leaves, salary history inquiries, pre-employment checks, misclassification, and other employment law issues. Our panel will discuss and compare these laws and emerging trends across multiple jurisdictions, highlighting the similarities and differences between them and providing guidance on navigating shifting state and local requirements.

Whichever Way the NLRB Winds Take Us

As the NLRB headwinds continue to batter previous Board decisions and policies, employers should be ready to take full advantage of new rules and opportunities. This session will review the NLRB’s new positions on social media, confidentiality in workplace investigations, company-provided email accounts, and dues checkoff arrangements.

Hidden Shoals: Social Media in The Workplace

This session will cover the myriad legal issues associated with social media in the workplace, including drafting a social media policy, use of social media in the hiring process, employee criticisms of managers and employers, friending a subordinate, and best practices.

Start 2:50 p.m.
End 3:50 p.m.

All Hands on Deck: Hot Topics (Interactive)

Guiding employers through labor and employment developments often takes the work of a whole crew. In this session, let our crew guide you through interactive scenarios intended to test your L&E savvy and give you answers on a variety of today’s hottest legal issues from remote workplaces to generational conflict in the workplace to recording of conversations to cannabis use.

Start 3:50 p.m.
End 5:00 p.m.

Cocktail Hour and Reception