Legal Conference


ABC’s Legal Conference is a “must-attend” event if you are an attorney counseling merit shop contractors. The content-rich program covers the latest developments and insights impacting labor law and open competition in the construction industry.
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Overview

ABC's Legal Conference
If you are an attorney counseling merit shop contractors - this is a MUST-ATTEND event. The content-rich program covers the latest developments and insights impacting labor law and open competition in the construction industry. The conference provides a unique opportunity to network and share ideas with merit shop construction labor attorneys, construction contractors, and ABC chapter presidents, government affairs directors and attorneys.

ABC's Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Policy
Legal Conference Credits How to Receive Credit Questions
Immediately following the Legal Conference, ABC will apply for CLE credit at the request of attendees. The content in this conference is considered advanced. Please be aware ABC cannot guarantee credit in every state, as every jurisdiction contains its own rules and requirements. 
 
All attendees must identify the state from which they want ABC to request CLE credit by June 10. Please note some states require attendees to file for CLE credit on their own behalf. To receive full credit, attendees are required to sign in both mornings of the conference (some states require attendees to sign in and out every day). Upon completion and accreditation of the program, ABC will provide attendees with a certificate of attendance. 
If you have any questions, contact Lauren Williams, 202) 595-1815 or lewilliams@abc.org
 

 
Program

Thursday, June 23
 *Session titles and times are subject to change. 
4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Welcome Legal Conference 
4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Mid-Year Update: Legal Developments Affecting Merit Shop Contractors
5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Mid-Year Report on Regulatory, Labor and State Affairs
5:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Open Forum
6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ABC Legal Conference Networking Reception 
Friday, June 24
*Session titles and times are subject to change. 
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Legal Conference Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Welcome Legal Conference
8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. DOL’s Game-Changing “Persuader” Rule
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Developments and Expectations at the National Labor Relations Board 
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  Coffee Break
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. NLRB Update and What to Watch For in 2016
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Employment Law Developments in 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Election Law Compliance and the 2016 Political Landscape
2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Coffee Break
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Recent Rules and Requirements Targeting Federal Contractors 
3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Construction Contract Considerations 
4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Open Forum 

Sessions

Thursday, June 23
*Session titles and times are subject to change.
4:00 P.M. - 4:15 P.M.
Welcome Legal Conference 
David Chapin, 2016 ABC National
Chairman

4:15 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Mid-Year Update: Legal Developments Affecting Merit Shop Contractors
Maury Baskin, Esq., Littler Mendelson P.C., Washington, D.C.
ABC’s general counsel will provide an overview of legal cases impacting merit-shop contractors and the status of ongoing legal challenges against the Obama administration’s pro-union labor agenda, along with an update on major federal rulemakings.
5:00 P.M. - 5:45 P.M. 
Mid-Year Report on Regulatory, Labor and State Affairs
Ben Brubeck, Vice President of Regulatory, Labor & State Affairs, ABC National
Learn about ABC’s proactive federal regulatory strategy, as well as the local, state and national fight against government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) and responsible contractor ordinances (RCOs). Recent developments in state Right to Work laws also will be discussed.
5:45 P.M. - 6:15 P.M.
Legal Conference Open Forum
Moderator: Maury Baskin, Esq.,
Littler Mendelson P.C., Washington,
D.C.

Friday, June 24
7:00 A.M. - 8:00 A.M.
Legal Conference Breakfast
8:00 A.M. - 8:15 A.M.
Welcome Remarks
Michael D. Bellaman, President and
CEO, ABC National
8:15 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.
DOL’s Game-Changing “Persuader” Rule
Maury Baskin, Esq., Littler Mendelson P.C., Washington, D.C.
Douglas P. Seaton, Esq., Seaton, Peters & Revnew, P.A., Minneapolis

In March 2016, the DOL issued its long-anticipated final “persuader” rule, which will greatly narrow the “advice” exemption from the reporting requirements that apply to so-called third-party persuaders, an action that will impact many employers, their lawyers and other labor advisors, including trade associations. This session will provide an overview of the final rule, as well as an update on the pending legal challenges.
9:00 A.M. - 9:45 A.M.
Developments and Expectations at the National Labor Relations Board 
An NLRB representative will provide an insider’s view, with a particular focus on construction industry-related rulemakings and legal decisions, as well as thoughts on the overall future direction of the NLRB. 
10:00 A.M. - 10:45 A.M.
NLRB Update and What to Watch For in 2016
Jonathan Landesman, Esq., Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC, Philadelphia
This session will cover recent NLRB rulings and legal cases that impose new burdens on merit shop contractors. Learn the latest about employer email systems, the joint employer standard, workplace recording bans and captive-audience meetings in mail ballot elections, as well as ongoing litigation related to the final “ambush” election (Representation-Case Procedures) rule.
10:45 A.M. - 11:45 A.M.
Employment Law Developments in 2016
Dennis B. Cook, Esq., Cook Brown, LLP, Sacramento, Calif.
Jeffrey A. Risch, Esq., SmithAmundsen LLC, Chicago

The speakers will provide an overview of new employment law rulings and regulatory activity, with a focus on the DOL and EEOC, including the final rule on overtime, the proposed revision to the annual Employer Information Report (EEO-1), background screening and accommodation issues. This session also will examine recent developments in state and local employment law.
12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.
Legal Conference Luncheon
Jonathan T. Rees, Esq., Counsel for Contract Labor Standards, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor

The speaker will discuss recent DOL policies, regulatory actions and enforcement issues impacting the construction industry. 
1:30 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.
Election Law Compliance and the 2016 Political Landscape
Carol A. Laham, Esq., Wiley Rein LLP, Washington, D.C.
Chris Singerling, Senior Director of Political Affairs, ABC National
Kristen Swearingen, Vice President of Legislative & Political Affairs, ABC National 

With the 2016 political season in full swing, this session will discuss how to comply with common election law issues at the federal and state levels, including political fundraising and expenditures. Additionally, experienced ABC national staff will provide meaningful insights into the upcoming presidential, congressional and state elections, and their anticipated impact on merit shop contractors. 
2:45 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Recent Rules and Requirements Targeting Federal Contractors
Ilyse W. Schuman, Esq., Littler Mendelson P.C., Washington, D.C.
The Obama administration continues to target federal contractors by issuing an unprecedented number of new regulations. New challenges for federal contractors include proposed rules on “blacklisting” (Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces), paid sick leave, internal confidentiality agreements and proposed enforcement guidance on retaliation, along with affirmative action requirements.
3:30 P.M. - 4:15 P.M.
Construction Contract Considerations
J. David Pugh, Esq., Bradley, Birmingham, Ala.
Laura J. Stipanowich, Esq., Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP, Washington, D.C.

Learn about common contract clauses that may impact a contractor’s risk. The speakers will discuss some of the pitfalls for the unwary and negotiation techniques to protect a contractor’s interests.

4:15 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Legal Conference Open Forum
Moderator: Maury Baskin, Esq., Littler
Mendelson P.C., Washington, D.C.


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