Wednesday, October 26, 2022 (ET)

Restaurant Law Center Board Meeting & Luncheon

*By Invitation Only


HR and Risk & Safety Expert Exchange

*By Invitation Only


Attendee Check-In & Information Desk


Welcome to Atlanta – Event Kickoff

Speakers: Karen Bremer, CAE, President & CEO | Georgia Restaurant Association


Opening Remarks – RLC 2022 Legal Advocacy

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


Keynote Address: NLRB Enforcement Priorities

Speakers: The Honorable Jennifer A. Abruzzo (Invited), General Counsel | National Labor Relations Board

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*Open to all Attendees

The General Counsel, appointed by the President to a 4-year term, is independent from the Board and is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of unfair labor practice cases and for the general supervision of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) field offices in the processing of cases.


Business Break


Top 10 Tips for Addressing Social and Political Issues in the Workplace

Speakers: Adam S. Forman, Member of the Firm | Epstein Becker & Green P.C.

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Presented by Epstein Becker & Green P.C.

For over a decade, restaurants have established policies and procedures for responding to employee speech that is potentially harmful or negative to the brand.  The COVID-19 global pandemic, heightened emphasis on social justice in the wake of several high-profile killings by the police, and the landmark court decision on abortion rights, have added new layers of complication for restauranteurs to navigate, as they try to balance empathy for their workforce, with policy and legal compliance.  This panel will identify legal and practical factors that restaurants should consider when responding to employees’ social and political communications in the workplace.


Business Break


A Stitch in Time Saves 9 (Figures): How to Guard Against Small Wage & Hour Issues Destroying Your Restaurant

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

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Presented by Fisher Phillips LLP

Details coming soon.


Buses depart for Inspire Brands Headquarters

Address: 3 Glenlake Pkwy NE, Atlanta, GA 303281


Off-site

Welcome & Opening Reception - Inspire Brands Headquarters

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*Open to all Attendees

Enjoy drinks and light fare as you reconnect with industry friends and network with your peers in the state-of-the-art headquarters building of Inspire Brands! Transportation will be provided to/from the event.

Located at 3 Glenlake Pkwy NE, Atlanta, GA 303281

*Transportation will also be provided.

Thursday, October 27, 2022 (ET)

Lobby

Group Walk/Run (optional)

*All participants will meet in the hotel lobby.


Attendee Check-In & Information Desk


Breakfast

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*Open to all Attendees


A.I. in HR - Staying Ahead of the Curve

Speakers: Chris Gokturk, Principal | Littler Mendelson P.C., James Paretti, Jr., Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C.

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Presented by Littler Mendelson P.C.

In the more than 10 years since companies began engaging with the concept, the use of Artificial Intelligence to streamline and support hiring and related Human Resources processes has become mainstream. As we navigate the next wave of innovation taking place at the intersection of technology, Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and human resource processes, several practical questions arise:

  • What are the various product offerings in the marketplace, and what aspects of the employment lifecycle do they address?
  • What strategic considerations should companies apply when selecting an A.I. product?
  • Does using A.I. in the hiring process have a positive or negative impact on recruiting, including diversity and inclusion efforts?
  • What legal risks does this class of tech tools engender?
  • And most important, given the spate of A.I.-focused laws and regulations being proposed across the country: What waits around the bend, in terms of scrutiny, enforcement, legislation and litigation?

Littler experts will discuss key gaps in existing law and regulation, and provide informed predictions of the (A.I.-driven) future.


Business Break


FDA & Restaurants: The Intersection of Health, Safety, and the Supply Chain

Speakers: Jennifer L. Bragg, Partner, Life Sciences & Healthcare; Litigation | Skadden LLP, Bill McConagha, Partner, Life Sciences & Healthcare | Skadden LLP

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Presented by Skadden LLP

In this panel discussion, Jennifer Bragg and Bill McConagha, both of whom served in FDA’s Office of Chief Counsel, will discuss the impact of FDA regulation on restaurants and restaurant chains, including the Food Safety and Modernization Act, and the new FDA User Fee Legislation. They will also discuss FDA’s oversight regarding the ever-evolving, integrated supply chain – something that impacts restaurants daily business decisions.


Business Break


National Wage-Hour Developments

Speakers: Nora Stilestein, Partner | Sheppard Mullin LLP

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Presented by Sheppard Mullin LLP

Details coming soon.

 


Lunch

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*Open to all Attendees


Keynote Address: NLRB Developments & Recent Decisions

Speakers: The Honorable Marvin E. Kaplan, Member and Former Chair | National Labor Relations Board

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*Open to all Attendees

Marvin Kaplan has served as a Member of the NLRB since August 10, 2017. On July 29, 2020, the Senate confirmed him for another term of five years expiring August 27, 2025. Previous to his appointment to the NLRB, Chairman Kaplan served as Chief Counsel to the Chairman of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, counsel for the House Committee on Oversight Government Reform and policy counsel for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. He also worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor Management Standards and with the law firm McDowell, Rice, Smith & Buchanan. 


Business Break


Panel Presentation by Greenberg Traurig LLP

Speakers: Riley Lagesen, Shareholder | Greenberg Traurig LLP

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Presented by Greenberg Traurig LLP

Details coming soon.


Business Break


The Evolving World of Labor Relations: An Organizing Re-Union

Speakers: Felice B. Ekelman, Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C., Laura A. Pierson-Scheinberg, Principal | Jackson Lewis P.C.

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Presented by Jackson Lewis P.C.

With a Democratic majority on the National Labor Relations Board and an activist general counsel, President Biden is well positioned to become “the most pro-union president” labor has seen in some time. Public sentiment is strong, with two-thirds of Americans approving of labor unions, marking the highest reading since 1965. What does all this mean for employers? Join us and find out!

 


Happy Hour Reception

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*Open to All Attendees

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. For Attendees who registered without a promo code, the RLC will look for firms that have extra seats and are able to invite additional guests.

 

 

Friday, October 28, 2022 (ET)

Breakfast

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*Open to all Attendees


Ethics Panel Presentation by Jenner & Block LLP

Speakers: Gabriel K. Gillett, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP

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Details coming soon.


Closing Remarks - Site Announcement for 2023 Restaurant Legal Summit

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