Wednesday, November 3, 2021 (ET)

Governor's Board Room

Restaurant Law Center Board Meeting & Luncheon


Pre-Function B

Attendee Check-In & Information


State ABC

A Fireside Chat on Immigration and the Restaurant Industry

Speakers: Jenna Morgan Hamilton, Partner, Capitol Legislative Strategies, LLC, Angelo I. Amador, Executive Director, Restaurant Law Center

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Join us for an off-the-record discussion on the recent developments and on-going challenges in the immigration space as it pertains to addressing the labor shortage needs of the food service industry. In addition, we will address efforts by the federal government to initiate new labor enforcement mechanisms targeting restaurant suppliers and others under the pretense of a new immigration law enforcement policy aimed at employers rather than workers using forged documents.


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.


Off-site

Welcome & Opening Reception - North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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Enjoy drinks and light fare as you reconnect with industry friends and network with your peers in the Nature Exploration Center, where you can view more than a dozen exhibits from coastal to prehistoric North Carolina, see a live sloth in the Living Conservatory, engage in hands-on activities in the Discovery Room and experience life as a bug in the Arthropod Zoo. You can also visit the world’s most complete Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur, the “Terror of the South”!

Located at 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601 (within walking distance of the hotel)

*Transportation will also be provided.

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, Why Are All Those Zombies Wearing Shiny $3000 Suits?: Tracking Covid-19 Litigation Issues & Vaccine Mandates

Speakers: Alden J. Parker, Regional Managing Partner, Fisher Phillips LLP / Co-Chair, Hospitality Industry Group, Laurel K. Cornell, Regional Managing Partner, Fisher Phillips LLP / Co-Chair, Healthcare Industry Group

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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

Restaurants’ Conversion to Digital Menus – Consumer Privacy and Access Concerns

Speakers: David M. Poell, Associate, Sheppard Mullin LLP, Stacy M. Dominguez, Associate, 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 and usage of online menus and 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

Speakers: Felice B. Ekelman, Principal, Jackson Lewis PC, Amanda Simpson, Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C., Ann Robertson, Vice President, Legal, Shake Shack, Jennifer Rote, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, TGI Friday’s Inc.

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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, Allison A. Torrence, 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.


Rye PDR

Happy Hour Reception

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All attendees are welcome! Come share in some light hors d’oeuvres and libations before heading out to dinner for the evening.


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., Francesco A. DeLuca, 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