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Winter Law Conference - Albany
Date: December 11, 2012
Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

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The Desmond
660 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12211

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New York State School Boards Association

Winter Law Conference

Understanding Employment Discrimination
Expanded Laws and Emerging Issues

Changes to and evolving interpretations of current workplace discrimination laws have led to increased litigation over new forms of discrimination based on sex, disability, retaliation and more.

Do your policies, procedures and staff training reflect these changes?

Attend the Winter Law Conference to learn about the legal and practical implications of recent developments, and how to avoid costly preventable litigation.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • School board members
  • Building Administrators
  • School Attorneys
  • Superintendents
  • Human Resources Personnel

WHY ATTEND?

  • Review the legal requirements that enforce the prohibition against employment discrimination.
  • Explore the challenges that enhanced sex discrimination protections pose for districts.
  • Delve into emerging issues related to reasonable accommodations for disabled staff and the use of genetic medical information.
  • Better understand the rules that apply to retaliation discrimination claims.
  • Find out how to better respond to allegations and/or evidence of employment discrimination.

 

Date & Locations

December 11, 2012 - Albany
The Desmond
660 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12211
518-869-8100
www.desmondhotels.com

December 13, 2012 - Rochester
Marriott Rochester Airport
1890 Ridge Road West
Rochester, NY 14615
585-225-6880
www.rochestermarriotthotels.com

January 10, 2013 - Ronkonkoma
Courtyard by Marriott Long Island
5000 Express Drive South
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
631-612-5000
www.courtyard.com

Application for 6 CLE Credits Pending

6 CLE CREDITS

New York State Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits:
Application for accreditation for this course or program in New York State is currently pending. If approved, this program may be eligible for 6 CLE credit hours in professional practice.

Important Notice:
Partial credit for program segments is not allowed. Under the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board Regulations and Guidelines, attendees at CLE programs cannot receive MCLE credit for a program segment unless they are present for the entire segment. Persons who arrive late, depart early, or are absent for any portion of the segment will not receive credit for that segment.

Tuition Assistance:
Application for tuition assistance to attend this program may be made based on financial hardship. Under that policy, an applicant who has a genuine financial hardship may apply in writing not later than five working days prior to the program, explaining the basis of his/her hardship, and, if approved, may receive tuition assistance, depending upon the circumstances.

For more details, please contact Jay Worona, New York State School Boards Association, at 800-342-3360 or by email at jay.worona@nyssba.org.

Cost:
$240 Members | $480 Nonmembers

Course fee includes resource materials, continental breakfast, lunch and a non-refundable $50 administrative fee. Cancellations will not be refunded after the pre-registration/cancellation deadline. No-shows will be billed.

 
Program Agenda
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Introduction
ALL LOCATIONS JAY WORONA, General Counsel, New York State School Boards Association
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Employment Discrimination - Navigating the Legal Maze
Review the requirements of the various federal and state laws and constitutional provisions that govern a school district’s obligation to prevent and rectify workplace discrimination. Gain a better understanding of school district rights and responsibilities, and what school boards and staff can do to avoid liability.

ALBANY STEVEN M. LATINO, Partner, Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, LLP
ROCHESTER LYNDA VANCOSKE, Labor Relations Administrator, Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES
RONKONKOMA LAWRENCE J. TENENBAUM, Partner, Jaspan Schlesinger, LLP
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Sex Discrimination - New Challenges
Protections against sex discrimination now extend to gender-related issues that go beyond a person’s biological sex, including cross-dressing, transgender transitions, and accommodations for breastfeeding mothers. Explore the challenges that the expansion of employee rights in this area pose for school districts and possible permissible responses.

ALBANY STEPHANIE M. ROEBUCK, Partner, Keane & Beane, P.C.
ROCHESTER MICHAEL L. DODD, Partner, Ferrara, Fiorenza, Larrison, Barrett & Reitz, P.C.
RONKONKOMA FLORENCE T. FRAZER, Partner, Frazer & Feldman, LLP
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Disability Accommodations and Genetic Information Data - New Obligations and Prohibitions
The revised Americans with Disabilities Act imposed new obligations for the reasonable accommodation of staff disabilities. The Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act prohibits discrimination based on genetic medical data. Delve into emerging issues related to the enforcement of both acts and whether your district is adequately prepared to address them.

ALBANY KATHY A. AHEARN, Partner, Guercio & Guercio, LLP
ROCHESTER EDWARD TREVVETT, Partner, Harris Beach, PLLC
RONKONKOMA RICHARD J. GUERCIO, Partner, Guercio & Guercio, LLP
and CHRISTOPHER J. CLAYTON, Partner, Ingerman Smith, LLP
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Retaliation - Not as Simple as It Sounds
Anti-discrimination laws prevent districts from taking adverse employment action against employees who participate in protected activity or oppose unlawful employment practices. Learn how courts have both expanded and limited the reach of this protection. Explore what can be deemed an adverse employment action.

ALBANY BETH A. BOURASSA, Partner, Whiteman Osterman &
Hanna LLP
ROCHESTER RONALD J. MENDRICK, Partner, Harter Secrest & Emery, LLP
RONKONKOMA RICHARD ZUCKERMAN, Partner, Lamb & Barnosky, LLP
and THOMAS M. VOLZ, Law Offices of Thomas M. Volz, PLLC
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Employment Discrimination Claims - Responding to Allegations and Defending Against Charges
What can districts do better in response to allegations or evidence of workplace discrimination? When should you use an out-of-district investigator? How can unbiased school officials be held liable for the unlawful acts of others? Find out the answer to these and other questions to better avoid exposure to liability.

ALBANY JAMES E. GIRVIN, Partner, Girvin & Ferlazzo, P.C.
ROCHESTER JEFFREY F. SWIATEK, Partner, Hodgson Russ, LLP
RONKONKOMA TERENCE M. O’NEIL, Partner, Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC
3:30 p.m. Conclusion


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