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2015 Annual Employment Law Update
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2015 Annual Employment Law Update

Total Credits: 1 Ethics, 5.75 General

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Employment & Labor Law
Richard F. Liebman |  Amy L. Angel |  Nellie Q. Barnard |  Dan Grinfas |  Anil S. Karia |  Paul T. Loney |  Calon N. Russell |  Valerie H. Sasaki |  Simon Whang
6 Hours 30 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date :
May 15, 2015
OSB Course ID:
OnDemand: 90*1842
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Oregon’s premier employment and labor law CLE returns this year with a stellar lineup of speakers bringing you the latest practice tips, case law updates, statutory and legislative developments, and legal analysis of the issues affecting employment law practice in the state.

Whether you are a business attorney, general practitioner, employment lawyer, or HR professional, don’t miss this opportunity to hear about the latest legal trends and practice strategies in employment law.

Friday, May 15, 2015
Crowne Plaza Portland
Downtown/Convention Center
1441 NE 2nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon
5.5 General and 1 Ethics MCLE Credits


8:00 a.m.            check - in and continental breakfast

8:30–9:45          Case Law Update
This popular session offers a review of the most important labor and employment law decisions of the past year with an emphasis on Oregon and Ninth Circuit law. Most importantly, it will provide you with practical methods of dealing with the new case law.
        – Richard F. Liebman

9:45–10:15         How to Get Fired Because You Were an Idiot (or Misunderstood) on Social Media
The Internet never forgets. As social media becomes more ubiquitous, so too do unintended consequences affecting employment, including diminishing privacy and First Amendment protections. Learn from examples of Things Going Horribly Wrong to help your clients (and yourself) to not be “That Guy’ in posts, tweets, blogs and communication.
         – Simon Whang

10:15–10:45         Social Media: What Happens in Vegas….Ends Up on Facebook
     We’ll spend 30 minutes reviewing the latest guidance from the NLRB on social media issues, including dos and don’ts in crafting a social media policy.
           – Anil S. Karia

10:45–11:00          break

11:00–11:45         Oregon 2015 Legislative Update
     This session covers a wide variety of proposed employment-related legislation including:

  • Wage and hour legislation on minimum wage, pay discrimination, protections for wage-related inquiries, aider and abettor liability
  • Civil rights legislation on familial status, use of criminal conviction records, workplace bullying, social media accounts, and more;
  • Bills on paid sick leave, firefighting leave, expansions of OFLA rights, and domestic violence leave

  – Dan Grinfas

11:45–12:30       Tax Issues and Litigation Settlements: The Only Thing Standing Between You and Lunch
This brief and very interesting pre-lunch session will address tax considerations of litigation settlements, payments to plaintiffs and their lawyers, and releases. Also discussed will be what makes personal injury cases different, why what’s best for the plaintiff isn’t always best for the defendant, and how to allocate settlement payments to different claims in a way that the revenue authorities may understand.
          – Valerie Sasaki

12:30–1:30        lunch (on your own)

1:30–2:15         Oregon’s Marijuana Laws and the Workplace

  • History of medical marijuana employment issues
  • Current law, as it is
  • What should employers do/recommend when not using drug tests
  • Considerations for employers that allow consumption on site (dispensaries)

– Paul T. Loney

2:15–3:00          Everyone’s Got the Fever: Paid Sick Leave in Portland, Eugene and Statewide
This program will explain compliance requirements in Portland, Eugene, and a potential Statewide law including:

  • Key definitions of covered employers and eligible employees
  • Minimum accrual rates
  • Notice and use requirements
  • Verifying absences
  • Potential pitfalls
  • Enforcement mechanisms

– Amy L. Angel

3:00–3:15         break

3:15–4:15        NSA Esquire: The Ethics of Employee Investigations and Monitoring

  • Monitoring or accessing employee email / social media / other data
  • Purloined documents
  • Surreptitious recording
  • Pretexting

– Nellie Q. Barnard
– Calon Nye Russell

4:15 p.m.           adjourn

FACULTY =================

Barran Liebman LLP

Holland & Knight LLP

Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP

Tedesco Law Group

Program Planner & MC
Barran Leibman LLP

The Law Offices of Paul Loney

Holland & Knight LLP

Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP

Portland Office of City Attorney



Richard F. Liebman's Profile

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Barran Liebman LLP

Richard F. Liebman, Founding Partner, Barran Liebman LLP, Portland; B.A. (1969) and J.D. (1972), University of California at Berkeley; admitted to practice in Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, and U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia; has represented employers for 40 years in labor and employment law; former chair, Tri-County Affirmative Action Association and the Oregon State Bar’s Labor Law Section; management editor, Oregon State Bar’s book and supplements entitled Labor and Employment Law; instructor, EEO law at Portland State University’s Professional Development Center; selected repeatedly by peers for listing in the Best Lawyers in America (1995–present); elected by his national colleagues as a national fellow of The College of Labor and Employment; ranked #1 for Labor and Employment Law defense in the State of Oregon by Chambers & Partners USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers (2003–present); recipient of the first OSB Labor and Employment Section’s Award for Distinguished Service (2003); first recipient of the Management Practitioner of the Year Award by the Industrial Relations Research Association (2004); ranked as one of the top 50 lawyers in Oregon by Super Lawyers; selected by Best Lawyers as the Labor and Employment Lawyer of the year in Portland (2010, 2012, and 2014); board member, Oregon Law Institute (2007–present) and Oregon Independent College Foundation (2006–present).

Amy L. Angel's Profile

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Barran Liebman LLP

Amy L. Angel, Partner, Barran Liebman LLP, Portland; B.A., Cornell University (1996); J.D., cum laude, Duke University School of Law (2001); member of the Oregon State Bar since 2004; admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, District of Oregon; represents public and private employers in all stages of employment litigation, including advice and compliance, administrative complaints, trial, and appeal; member, OSB New Lawyer Mentoring Committee (Mentor, 2012–present); Executive Committee member, OSB Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (2014–present); editorial board member, OSB Civil Rights Section Newsletter (2008–present, member, 2007–2011, Chair 2010); Board member, Multnomah Bar Foundation (2014–present); member, CourtCare Campaign Committee, Multnomah Bar Foundation (2010–present, Chair 2012–present); member, Employment Practices Steering Committee, Associated Oregon Industries (2013–present); member, U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society, and OWLS (2004–present); selected as “Rising Star”, Oregon  Super Lawyers (2010-2011); frequent author and speaker on employment law related issues.

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Holland & Knight LLP

Nellie Q. Barnard, Associate, Holland & Knight LLP, Portland; B.A., magna cum laude, Middlebury College (2006); J.D., cum laude, Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College (2012); member of the Oregon State Bar since 2012; admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; practice focuses on advising lawyers, law firms, and corporate legal departments on legal ethics and professional responsibility matters; also maintains a commercial litigation practice; previously clerked for the Honorable Virginia L. Linder on the Oregon Supreme Court, for the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office, and for the trial team at the Oregon Department of Justice; member, Oregon Women Lawyers, Multnomah Bar Assoc., Assoc. of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, Joyce A. Harpole Committee, and the ABA, Young Lawyers Division; volunteer, MBA YLS Imprint Program.

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Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP

Dan Grinfas, Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP, Portland; B.S., U.C.L.A. (1988); J.D., Willamette University College of Law (1994); member of the Oregon State Bar since 1994; practice focuses on counseling employers, conducting training in a variety of employment-related areas, and representing management before administrative agencies including BOLI and the EEOC; former lead program coordinator, BOLI Technical Assistance for Employers; member, OSB Labor and Employment Law Section, and OSB Civil Rights Section; editorial board member, Oregon Civil Rights Newsletter; co-authored Family Leave Laws, Labor and Employment Law, Private Sector OSB (2002), Statutes Affecting Compensation, Labor and Employment Law, Public Sector OSB (2002 and 2011), and Equal Employment Opportunity: Disabilities, Labor and Employment Law, Private Sector OSB (2011); certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute; certified as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) by the society for Human Resources Management;  selected for inclusion in the Employment Law category of  Chambers USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers, in Best Lawyers in America, and Oregon Super Lawyers; teaches Employee and labor Relations as an adjunct professor with the School of Business Administration at Portland State University.

Anil S. Karia's Profile

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Tedesco Law Group

Anil S. Karia, Partner, Tedesco Law Group, Portland; B.A. Reed College (1999); J.D., University of Oregon (2006); member of the Oregon State Bar since 2006,  Washington State Bar since 2011, and Alaska State Bar since 2012; represents public and private sector labor organizations in all aspects of their labor relations.

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Belmont Law Center

Paul T. Loney, Founder, The Law Offices of Paul Loney, Portland; B.S., Michigan State University (1981); J.D., University of Oregon School of Law (1991); member of the Oregon State Bar since 1992; founder of Oregon’s most experienced comprehensive cannabis law firm; practice focuses on marijuana business law, marijuana compliance, medical marijuana, and dispensary law; represents producers, processors, retailers, and ancillary cannabis businesses; attorney for Oregon’s largest growers’ organization; developed the blueprint for Oregon’s first private cannabis club and the first national high-profile cannabis café; helped draft numerous cannabis related ballot initiatives, including Oregon’s Ballot Measure 91; frequent presenter at seminars and conferences regarding marijuana business law and compliance issues; co-chair of Oregon’s first cannabis business continuing legal education seminar.

Calon N. Russell's Profile

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Holland & Knight LLP

Calon N. Russell, Associate, Holland & Knight LLP, Portland; B.A., Whitman College (2000); M.B.A., Portland State University (2004); J.D., Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College (2009); member of the Oregon State Bar since 2009; admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon; practice focuses on advising lawyers, law firms, and government and corporate legal departments on legal ethics and professional responsibility matters; provides counsel on regulatory compliance issues including unauthorized practice of law, litigation financing, fee splitting, conflicts of interest, and state bar admissions; regularly advises on confidentiality duties, steps to avoid criminal liability, and strategies to lessen risk in law firms of all sizes.

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Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP

Valerie H. Sasaki, Associate, Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP, Portland; B.A., magna cum laude, Tulane University (1998); J.D., University of Oregon School of Law (2001); LL.M., University of Washington School of Law (2002); practice focuses on jurisdictional tax consulting, working closely with Fortune 500 companies involved in audits before the Oregon or Washington Departments of Revenue, and working with business owners on tax and planning issues in Oregon or Southwest Washington; chair-elect, the Portland Tax Forum; member, IRS Liaison Committee; non-member participant, Oregon Certified Public Accountants’ committee on state and local tax legislation; board member, Junior Achievement of Oregon and Southwest Washington; board member, Portland Taiko; volunteer, CASH Oregon and Minds Matter; Daily Journal of Commerce “Up and Coming Lawyer: (2011); Oregon Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2011–2015).

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Deputy City Attorney

Portland Office of City Attorney

Simon C. Whang, Deputy City Attorney, Office of the Portland City Attorney; B.A., Johns Hopkins University (1992); J.D., New York University School of Law (1999); member of the New York State Bar since 2000 and the Oregon State Bar since 2003; adjunct professor, Mock Trial/Moot Court at Lewis & Clark Law School; speaks regularly on professionalism and social media.


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