Wednesday, November 3, 2021 (ET)

Pre-Function B

Attendee Check-In & Information


State ABC

Panel Presented by Davis Wright Tremaine

More details to come.


Business Break


State ABC

The View From DC: A Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update

Speakers: Michael Lotito, Shareholder/Co-Chair, Workplace Policy Institute, Littler Mendelson P.C., James Paretti, Jr., Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C.

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A review of key labor and employment law developments from the Biden Administration and Congress along with a look at Littler’s Labor Day Report.


Business Break


State ABC

The Rise of Mass Arbitration in the Consumer and Employment Contexts and Key Strategies to Avoid and Combat Risk

Speakers: Meredith C. Slawe, Partner/Co-Chair, Class Actions/Chair, Retail, Cozen O'Connor, Michael W. McTigue, Jr., Partner/Co-Chair, Class Actions, Cozen O'Connor, Dan Brewer, Partner, Class Actions, Cozen O'Connor

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Everything restaurants should know about the very real threat facing businesses with arbitration agreements and class and collective action waivers.  The program will also address steps restaurants might wish to immediately consider to make them hard targets for the lawyers pursuing this strategy.


Rye PDR

Welcome & Opening Reception

 Enjoy drinks and light fare while reconnecting with industry friends and networking with peers.

Thursday, November 4, 2021 (ET)

Lobby

Group Walk/Run (optional)

All participants will meet in the hotel lobby.


Pre-Function B

Attendee Check-In & Information


State D

Breakfast


State ABC

Mom & Dad, Why Are Those Zombies All Wearing Italian Suits and Silk Ties?

Speakers: Alden J. Parker, Regional Managing Partner, Fisher Phillips LLP / Co-Chair, Hospitality Industry Group, Emily N. Litzinger, Partner, Fisher Phillips LLP

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As the pandemic wains, here come the plaintiffs lawyers looking to sue you for your COVID-19 policies and practices. 

 


Business Break


State ABC

Panel Presented by Sheppard Mullin LLP

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A discussion related to ADA access and consumer data privacy laws given the increased visits to restaurant websites, usage of online menus and proliferation of contactless online ordering systems.


State D

Luncheon


State ABC

Special Keynote Discussion: A Balancing Act Worth Mastering

Speakers: Carmen W. Landrau, MD, Cardiologist and Executive Coach, Mahrukh Hussain, Vice President, Associate General Counsel & Assistant Secretary | McDonald's Corporation, Kelly Lefferts, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary | Bloomin' Brands Inc.

Moderators: Meredith Conder, Executive Director of Executive Education, Duke University Fuqua School of Business

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An open discussion with professional women in top leadership positions about how they achieve work-life balance and the tools and strategies they use to manage their time efficiently and obtain the support they need.


Business Break


State ABC

Attracting and Retaining Talent

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One of the most critical issues facing restaurants is attracting and retaining talent. This presentation explores new and creative approaches employers are piloting in an attempt to become an employer of choice in the industry.


Business Break


State ABC

Beyond Labor & Employment: Regulation and Litigation You Should Know About

Speakers: Gabriel K. Gillett, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP, David C. Layden, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP, Gabrielle Sigel, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP, Joseph J. Torres, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP

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While labor and employment is often front-and-center for lawyers in the restaurant industry, the issues facing the industry are as varied as the industry itself. And many of those non-labor/employment issues will get increased attention as restaurants continue to work under continuing and new stressors. Highlighting some of those key areas, Jenner & Block partners Gabi Gillett, David Layden, Gay Sigel, and Joe Torres will discuss regulations and litigation that you need to know about for your current and future operations—including related to privacy and biometrics, energy and the environment, ERISA, insurance, and more.


Free Night/"Dine-Out" Dinners hosted by Law Firm Partners

All attendees who registered with a Law Firm Partner promo code will receive e-communications from their respective law firm contacts regarding dinner details.

Friday, November 5, 2021 (ET)

State D

Breakfast


State ABC

Ethics Issues for Restaurants During (And After) a Pandemic

Speakers: Kathleen A. Barrett, Associate, Epstein Becker Green P.C., Adriana S. Kosovych, Associate, Epstein Becker Green P.C.

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For more than a year, restaurant employers have been duly tested by ethical challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, as the world progresses and the impacts of pandemic, and employers’ responses to it, evolve, the ethics challenges employers will face are far from over and, in fact, they may intensify.  Leaders, including in-house legal teams, HR teams, and supervisors will face difficult ethical dilemmas surrounding conflicts, misconduct, competence, and wellness that have emerged as restaurant business models continue to transition.  By connecting ethical principles to corporate goals, restaurant employers will be prepared to navigate these ethical issues, while strengthening relationships with employees.  The speakers will discuss these evolving pandemic and post-pandemic ethical dilemmas and provide a framework for restaurant employers and their counsel to use to issue spot and approach these difficult questions.  


State ABC

Closing Remarks

Speakers: Angelo I. Amador, Executive Director, Restaurant Law Center