Wednesday, November 3, 2021 (ET)
Attendee Check-In & Information
A Fireside Chat on Immigration and the Restaurant Industry
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.
The View From DC: A Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update
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.
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
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.
Welcome & Opening Reception - North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
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)
Group Walk/Run (optional)
All participants will meet in the hotel lobby.
Attendee Check-In & Information
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
As the pandemic wains, here come the plaintiffs lawyers looking to sue you for your COVID-19 policies and practices.
Restaurants’ Conversion to Digital Menus – Consumer Privacy and Access Concerns
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Happy Hour Reception
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)
Ethics Issues for Restaurants During (And After) a Pandemic
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.
Speakers: Angelo I. Amador, Executive Director, Restaurant Law Center