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Labor & Employment Section Half-Day CLE


Labor & Employment Section Half-Day CLE

Cost for Section members: $100

Cost for Austin Bar/AYLA/Non-members: $120

Breakfast and lunch included. Discounted parking available for $15.


What’s New at the Department of Labor? DOL Senior Policy Advisor Keith Sonderling will introduce the DOL’s Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program. Mr. Sonderling along with DOL Austin District Director Nicole Sellers and DOL Job Corp representative Brenda Hernandez will also discuss and answer questions about developments in the DOL’s policies and regulations.

Independent Contractors and the Misclassification of Workers. This presentation by Mario Hernandez from the Texas Workforce Commission is a three-part look at the topic of misclassification of workers and aims to educate employers on what misclassification means for their businesses. Mr. Hernandez will cover statistics, key terms and definitions, the various “independent contractor” tests that tax regulating agencies will use to determine whether an employer has misclassified a worker, and the future of misclassification and independent contractors and how those types of topics are changing the way business is done as a whole.

Mediating Employment Cases. Two well-respected Austin mediators, Greg Bourgeois and Eric Galton with Lakeside Mediation, discuss strategies for resolving labor and employment cases.

The Texas Citizens Participation Act: A Judicial Perspective.  By applying the Texas Citizen’s Participation Act to competition and trade secret claims, the Third Court of Appeals’ decision in 2017’s Elite Auto Body profoundly changed the way practitioners approach non-competition and trade secret disputes. And the TCPA continues to expand into other areas of employment law litigation. Travis County District Court Judge Tim Sulak, who presided over the Elite Auto Body litigation, and former Third Court of Appeal justice Bob Pemberton, who wrote the 2017 decision, will share their unique perspective on the present and future of the TCPA.

State Law Update. South Texas College of Law Professor Richard Carlson will provide an update on the most significant labor and employment decisions issued by Texas courts in the last year.

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