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14th Annual Legal Update & Monthly Meeting

Join us for our Annual Conference featuring Keynote Speaker, Mickey Silberman, Fortney & Scott, LLC, who will present, “Pay Equity Is Getting “Comp”licated.”

When: 10/9/2018
7:00 AM to 4:50 PM
Where: Columbus Athenaeum
32 N 4th Street
Columbus, Ohio  43215
United States
Contact: Chapter Management Professional

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Join HRACO for a day of engaging and interactive presentations on the legal issues impacting you and your workforce in Central Ohio!  Learn about the latest trends in sexual harassment training; discuss strategies for tackling reasonable accommodations and wage and hour issues; hear how a plaintiff’s attorney approaches a case; and more!  Be sure to join us that same day for the HRACO monthly meeting, headlined by national SHRM speaker and attorney, Mickey Silberman, to learn more about why pay equity is getting more “comp”licated.  Do not miss this jam-packed event!

 SHRM, HRCI, and CLE credits pending.





Keynote Luncheon Speaker @ 11:30 a.m.

Mickey Silberman, Fortney & Scott, LLC

“Pay Equity Is Getting “Comp”licated"





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Full Session

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From Harassment to Civility: A Changing Culture and Landscape

Presented by: Catherine Burgett, Attorney, Frost Brown Todd LLC and Molly Miller, Senior Director of Human Resources, Quality Supply Chain Co-Op Inc.


This highly interactive session will look at the history of harassment in the workplace and the recent research suggesting that traditional methods of harassment training are ineffective while exploring how familiar ideas and pop culture may be both a contributing factor and possible solution to move beyond harassment to civility. Participants will have a frank discussion about why what used to be completely acceptable may not be acceptable in a modern work place while working together to develop a better model for creating a respectful workplace that reflects a modern view of what is and is not appropriate. Participants will also hear how QSSC has implemented this training, its impact, and the takeaways from changing its approach to harassment training.



Concurrent Sessions

Spartan Room / Corinthian Room

Staying Current on the Timeless Challenge of Reasonable Accommodation

Presented by: Bill Nolan, Barnes & Thornburg LLP


The ADA is 28 years old – has anybody mastered this ultimate gray area of “reasonable accommodation”? This session will focus on selected 2018 court decisions in a case study format with the goals of (1) making sure attendees are aware of the hottest topics in the courts, (2) sharpening attendees’ problem-solving strategies for employee health issues, and (3) a concluding fresh look at best practices incorporating attendees’ input and feedback.


2018 ERISA/ Employee Benefits Update

Presented by: Tom Sigmund, Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter LPA


Tom Sigmund will discuss some key developments and highlights relating to employee benefits that have occurred over the last one to two-year period including the status of the DOL’s fiduciary rules, ACA developments, legislative changes and case law that have impacted the landscape of employee benefits and the employer’s responsibilities relating to the same.








Concurrent Sessions

Spartan Room / Corinthian Room

The Wage and Hour Mistakes that Cost Employers Millions and How to Avoid Them

Presented By: Jeff Lindemann, Frost Brown Todd LLC


Join Jeff Lindemann for a discussion of the complex wage and hour issues that cost employers millions each year. Learn how mistakes are made and how to avoid them in this interactive presentation covering recent trends, misclassification issues, miscalculations, and other common wage and hour pitfalls.


Public Sector Employment- Legal Update

Presented by: Marc Fishel, Fishel Downey Albrecht & Riepenhoff LLP


This presentation will focus on case law and legislation directly impacting public employers and their employees. Focus will be on aspects of constitutional requirements and limitations that apply in the public sector, including social media restrictions, 1st Amendment issues, drug testing and due process.



HRACO Monthly Meeting & Lunch

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Pay Equity Is Getting “Comp”licated

Presented by: Mickey Silberman, Fortney & Scott, LLC


The rules of Pay Equity are changing. States are passing new, aggressive laws to attack the “pay gap” and your employees are growing more aware of pay equity and more comfortable raising issues of perceived unequal pay with you . . . and others like unions, EEOC, OFCCP and plaintiff’s counsel. So how do we adapt and get ahead of the curve? How do we protect our organizations? Join us to learn what you need to know, and do, now.



Concurrent Sessions

Spartan Room / Corinthian Room

Avoiding the Top Ten Employer Mistakes: A Plaintiff’s Counsel’s Perspective

Presented by: Rachel Sabo, The Friedmann Firm and Annee Duprey, Frost Brown Todd LLC


Join Rachel Sabo, Founding Member of The Friedmann Firm, for a plaintiff’s counsel’s perspective on the top ten mistakes employers make and how to avoid them. Learn the common reasons why employees seek counsel, the employer mistakes that strengthen an employee’s case, and the steps employers can take to avoid future liability. Listen as Rachel Sabo and Annee Duprey of Frost Brown Todd discuss their common experiences and take-aways for employers to avoid ending up in the courtroom. Be sure to bring your questions to this interactive and entertaining session.


2018 Labor Law Update: The Supreme Court and NLRB’s Dramatic Change of Course

Presented by: Emmanuel Boulukos, Ice Miller LLP


2018 has brought major changes to labor law governing public and private sector unions. From the Supreme Court’s landmark decisions on class action waivers and union dues, to the National Labor Relations Board’s dramatic shift on employer workplace rules, we will cover all the key changes in 2018 to date, as well as significant developments yet to come.



Full Session

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Hire Slow, Fire Fast, Beware of Backsies

Presented by: Annee Duprey, Frost Brown Todd LLC


Finding good employees and knowing when to let employees move on are two of the hardest jobs in HR. While easy in theory, hiring and firing employees comes with unique challenges and tricky legal issues. This presentation will guide employers on best practices in hiring and firing employees and troubleshoot common mistakes that disrupt the process.








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Is it Time to Update your Policies? What’s Changed and What Hasn’t in Employment Law

Presented by: Nick Lanphear, Bricker & Eckler LLP


As any seasoned HR professional knows, the law is always changing. In this presentation, we will review the major changes and recent trends in employment law to determine what matters to your organization. This includes a brief review of Supreme Court opinions like Epic Systems, Janus, and Encino Motorcars and recent guidance from the Department of Labor including the return of opinion letters. At the state level, we will survey the current landscape of recent trends like salary history bans, predictive scheduling laws, and sick leave laws. The intent of this presentation is to provide a high-level review of important topics so that you can separate the wheat from the chaff.



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Speaker Bios


Catherine Burgett

As a member with the firm, Catherine divides her time between a traditional labor practice and employment work.  Her labor practice includes working with clients to improve labor relations and resolve labor disputes; creating and assisting with corporate campaigns and representation elections; helping companies stay union-free; handling unfair labor practice charges; representing companies through the labor arbitration process; and negotiating collective bargaining agreements.

Catherine's employment practice includes employment litigation; wage and hour litigation; discrimination, harassment, and retaliation investigations and litigation; drafting and litigating employment contracts; creating and implementing corporate training programs; advising and assisting companies in negotiating the WARN Act; drafting and enforcing workplace policies; and serving as counsel on all aspects of employer-employee relations.


Molly Miller

Molly began her career with QSCC in 2011. She and her team oversee workforce planning, talent acquisition, Total Rewards, leadership and associate Development and succession planning as well as internal and external communications.

Prior to joining QSCC, Molly was a part of Wendy’s Human Resources team for 12 years, where she felt the strong influence of Wendy’s founder, Dave Thomas. Molly is committed to developing a culture linked to Dave’s legacy at QSCC.

She has earned both Senior Human Resources professional certification designations—SPHR and SHRM-SCP. Molly is a vocal employee advocate, always on the lookout for ways to balance our work/family lives. She’s a strong supporter of associate and leadership development – establishing QSCC as a Learning Organization. She has collaborated with QSCC’s Board of Directors to develop a Compensation Committee and charter.


William Nolan


Tom Sigmund


Jeffrey Lindemann
Jeff is a member in the Labor and Employment Group of the law firm of Frost Brown Todd LLC in Columbus, Ohio. His practice is concentrated on the representation of employers in a wide variety of labor and employment matters, including employment discrimination and wrongful discharge advice and litigation, wage and hour advice and litigation, trade secret and covenant not to compete advice and litigation, ERISA litigation, and collective bargaining agreement negotiations and arbitrations. Much of Jeff’s practice is devoted to working with and advising companies as they work to comply with the wide variety of labor and employment statutes, rules and regulations that come into play in today’s workplace environment. Jeff is a regular speaker before both legal groups and various personnel and labor relations associations.

Mickey Silberman

Mickey Silberman Esq. will be our Guest Speaker. Mickey is a Shareholder with Fortney & Scott LLC and Chair of the firm’s Pay Equity Practice Group. Mickey is a nationally recognized expert and public speaker on pay equity and systemic pay discrimination. For more than 22 years Mickey has helped employers navigate through the tricky world of EEO compliance and, as it grows more challenging, he helps employers get pay equity “right.” 


Rachel Sabo

Rachel Sabo is a founding partner of The Friedmann Firm LLC, a plaintiff’s employment litigation law firm. She is a Columbus Employment Attorney who graduated from Capital University Law School, where she was a two year member of the Mock Trial team, a member of the Philip J. Fulton Fall National Moot Court Team and participated in several other organizations. Rachel was awarded the Philip J. Fulton Best Oralist award for her outstanding oral advocacy during the Capital University Law School Fall National Moot Court Team Honor Round. Rachel also studied abroad at The Asser Institute in The Hague, Netherlands, studying international criminal and humanitarian law.

From Cleveland, Ohio, she attended Cleveland State University for her undergraduate studies and received a degree in Journalism and Promotional Communication.

Rachel is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and is admitted in The United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio.

Rachel is a member of the following organizations and bar associations: Columbus Bar Association, Ohio Employment Lawyers Association, Central Ohio Association for Justice, Women Lawyers of Franklin County, The Junior League of Columbus and the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Developmental Board. Rachel is a Board Member of the Women Lawyers of Franklin County, serving as the Networking Chair for three years and is currently serving as Secretary during the 2017-2018 year.  Rachel is currently the Vice Chair of Fund Development for the Junior League of Columbus as well.

Rachel has been awarded the SuperLawyers Rising Star award in years 2015-2018, an honor bestowed on only 2.5% of attorneys.

Rachel was chosen as a member of The Ohio State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy for 2017, which she enjoyed immensely.

Emmanuel V.R. Boulukos

Emmanuel "Manolis" Boulukos is a partner in Ice Miller's Labor and Employment group. Manolis represents and advises clients in labor and employment law matters, including federal and state litigation; wage and hour issues; administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board; collective bargaining; arbitrations; union organizing; and the development of employment policies and practices, including conducting extensive wage and hour audits.


Anne Duprey
Anne (“Annee”) is a managing associate in Frost Brown Todd’s Columbus office and the VP of Government Affairs for HRACO. Her practice focuses on the representation of employers in a broad spectrum of labor and employment matters, including employment litigation, traditional labor work, and advising employers on day-to-day personnel issues

Annee is a regular speaker on labor and employment trends, discrimination and harassment issues, and best employment practices. She also provides ongoing education and training to many clients, which allows employers and their staff to identify and address human resources concerns with confidence.

Nick Lanphear

Nick Lanphear is an employment attorney with workers’ compensation and traditional labor law experience. Throughout his career, he has assisted clients — especially those at the management level — in understanding the intricacies of employment law through his in-depth knowledge of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

For several years, Nick has represented clients before state and federal courts including depositions, motions, and mediation/settlement situations. Specifically, he has worked on cases involving the FLSA, OSHA whistleblowers, class and collective actions, the ADA, restrictive covenants, trade secrets, discrimination and the National Labor Relations Act. Nick’s experience also includes representing management in administrative proceedings before the EEOC, OCRC, NLRB and Industrial Commission.

Understanding the importance of early case evaluation and client objectives, Nick is able to provide effective solutions to a variety of employment needs.


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PLEASE NOTE: All cancellations must be received by Thursday, October 4, 2018. Refunds will not be given for cancellations after that date. If you opt to invoice for an event, do not cancel within the allotted timeframe and do not attend the event, you are still financially responsible for your reservation. In the event you cannot attend, you may send a substitute in your place. For all cancellations and substitutions, please contact Celia Werner, Chapter Management Professional at


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