2012 Annual Employment Law Update

6 hours 15 minutes

2012 Employment Law Update

Make sure you know about the new developments in employment law!         

This year’s annual employment law update again offers the latest case law and statutory developments, valuable practice tips, and legal analysis of issues affecting employment law practice in Oregon by some of the most knowledgeable and experienced practitioners in this area.

If you are a business attorney, general practitioner, employment lawyer, or HR professional, don’t miss this opportunity to hear about the latest legal trends and practice strategies in employment law.

5.25 General and 1 Ethics MCLE Credits


The Year’s Update in Labor and Employment Law
    This popular session offers a review of the most important labor and employment law decisions of the past year with an emphasis on Oregon and Ninth Circuit law.  Most importantly, it will provide you with practical methods of dealing with the new case law.
– Richard F. Liebman
Recent Wage and Hour Cases and How to Use Them Effectively in Litigation
    •    Exemptions – classifying employees correctly
    •    Identifying and paying compensable work time
    •    Independent contractors
    •    Recent developments in class and collective actions
    •    Deductions from wages
    – Carol J. Bernick
    – Elizabeth Farrell Oberlin

Veterans’ Employment and Reemployment Rights
    •    Reminders and practical implications when servicemembers are deployed and when they return    
    •    Public sector veteran preference rights
    – Kathryn M. Hindman

Social Media at Work—Don’t Blink—The Law Is a Constantly Moving Target
    •    Current case law and regulations
    •    Practical advice for counsel representing employers on how to avoid legal problems
    •    Claim spotting for counsel representing employees and unions
    – Stephen L. Brischetto
    – Corbett Gordon

Are You Fit To Be Tied? Legal Updates and Practical Implications of Mandatory Arbitration Agreements
    •    Recent legal developments regarding the enforceability of mandatory arbitration agreements
    •    Restrictions on the use of mandatory arbitration agreements
    •    Practical considerations for drafting and utilizing mandatory arbitration agreements            
    – Leah C. Lively

Contact with Represented and Unrepresented Persons: Current Employees, Former Employees, and Investigations
    •    Ethics rules governing contacts with represented and unrepresented persons
    •    Recent Oregon Supreme Court case law
    •    Practical guidance for common employment situations
    •    Using lawyer and non-lawyer investigators
    – Roy Pulvers
    – Maryann Yelnosky

Changes in Benefits Law for the Employment and Labor Lawyer
    •    Retirement plan fee disclosure
    •    Summary of benefit coverage—the new summary plan for health plans
    •    Behavior economics and employee benefits
    •    The status of healthcare reform and the requirements for the coming year
    – Jeffrey G. Robertson


Carol J. Bernick
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Stephen L. Brischetto
Attorney at Law

Corbett Gordon
Fisher & Phillips LLP

Kathryn M. Hindman
Bullard Law

Richard F. Liebman
Program Planner
Barran Liebman LLP

Leah C. Lively
Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Elizabeth Farrell Oberlin
Attorney at Law

Roy Pulvers
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Jeffrey G. Robertson
Barran Liebman LLP

Maryann Yelnosky
Bullard Law

Original Recording Date: June 1, 2012

CLE Credits (60): 5.25 General and

Produced By:

Oregon Law Institute of Lewis & Clark Law School

Course Materials

  • 2012 Annual Employment Law Update Speaker Bios and Schedule
  • Ch. 1 Case Law and Update
  • Ch. 2 Recent Wage and Hour Cases
  • Ch. 3 Veterans' and Reservists' Employment & Reem
  • Ch. 4 Social Media at Work
  • Ch. 5 Arbitration Agreement
  • Ch. 6 Contract with Represented and Unrepresented Persons
  • Ch. 7 Changes in Employee Benefits
  • 2012 Annual Employment Law Update Book, Evaluation
  • MCLE Form