2021 Staffing Law Conference

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Every year this signature ASA event includes the nation’s leading legal experts—and this year is no exception. New in 2021: Each day of Staffing Law Conference features a Super Session—a deeper dive into a timely topic with more time for discussion. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to connect with your staffing peers and leading employment law experts on these important topics.

 

  • The Most Entertaining Game Show Ever: Staffing Law Edition

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    If you’ve ever attended Staffing World®, then you’ve likely enjoyed a lively game show-style session presented by the ASA legal team.

    If you’ve ever attended Staffing World®, then you’ve likely enjoyed a lively game show-style session presented by the ASA legal team. Featuring important legal questions, video clues, and prizes, this Staffing Law edition of the Most Entertaining Game Show Ever is designed to maximize learning and interaction and provide some fun and friendly competition focused on important staffing law topics for your company.

    Presenters: Stephen Dwyer, Esq., SVP and chief legal and operating officer, ASA; Ed Lenz, Esq., senior counsel, ASA; Toby Malara, Esq., government relations counsel, ASA; Brittany Sakata, Esq., associate general counsel, ASA

    Session Sponsored by
    Anthem

    Toby Malara, Esq.

    Government Affairs Counsel

    American Staffing Association

    Malara is government affairs counsel for the American Staffing Association. He advises on all staffing-related legislation and regulation, including the Affordable Care Act, immigration/I-9, paid sick leave, sales tax, and per diem issues. He also directs the association’s political activities through its political action committee, StaffingPAC. Malara graduated from Georgetown University and earned a juris doctorate degree from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University.

    Stephen Dwyer

    Senior Vice President and Chief Legal and Operating Officer

    American Staffing Association

    Dwyer is senior vice president and chief legal and operating officer for the American Staffing Association. He is a leading authority on the legal and public policy aspects of staffing, and engages in and coordinates the association’s legal and public affairs activities and advises the staffing industry on labor and employment law and policy issues. He has testified before legislatures and regulatory bodies regarding, and written extensively and spoken widely on, the staffing industry. Before joining ASA, he was associated with the New York multinational law firm Chadbourne & Parke, as well as De Forest & Duer, a 100-year-old Wall Street firm. Dwyer is a member of the New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia, and District of Columbia bar associations.

    Brittany Sakata, Esq.

    Associate General Counsel

    American Staffing Association

    Sakata is an experienced labor and employment attorney with more than 10 years of experience litigating matters on behalf of individuals and employers. She advises American Staffing Association members on labor and employment law and policy issues, including equal employment opportunity, wage and hour, immigration/I-9, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and National Labor Relations Board issues. Sakata graduated from George Mason University and earned a juris doctorate degree from the Washington College of Law at American University.

    Ed Lenz, Esq.

    Senior Counsel

    American Staffing Association

    Lenz is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the legal and policy aspects of staffing. He joined the American Staffing Association in 1989 as the association’s first general counsel and later, as senior vice president for legal and public affairs, was the industry’s chief legal and legislative strategist. Since passage of the Affordable Care Act, Lenz has led the industry’s advocacy efforts before Congress and the administration regarding how the ACA uniquely affects staffing companies. Before joining ASA, he was vice president and assistant general counsel for regulatory affairs with Kelly Services and chairman of the ASA legislative committee. In addition to his ongoing leadership role with ASA, Lenz also serves as senior adviser for employment, labor, and benefits to the law firm Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • The “American Rescue Plan”—What Does It Mean for Staffing Firms?

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    ​Staffing firms could face major cost increases under the sweeping $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package which President Biden signed into law March 11.

    Staffing firms could face major cost increases under the sweeping $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package which President Biden signed into law March 11. The plan re-enacts the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, expands the reasons for FFCRA paid sick leave, extends its related tax credits, and increases the length of paid family and medical leave. It also extends federal unemployment insurance benefits and expands eligibility for premium tax subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, which could increase tax penalties for some staffing firms. Find out what’s at stake for your company.

    Presenter: Brandon C. Roman, Esq., senior associate, Squire Patton Boggs

    Session Sponsored by
    ESC

    Brandon C. Román, Esq.

    Senior Associate

    Squire Patton Boggs

    Román advises a wide array of domestic and international clients, including banks, nonbank financial institutions, financial market utilities, trade associations, and multinational corporations, on a variety of financial services and tax issues. He assists clients in developing comprehensive strategies to further their legislative and regulatory interests before Congress, relevant congressional committees, and various regulatory agencies. He also assists various nonprofit organizations with their corporate formation, including assistance with obtaining tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service and state-level tax regulators, as well as advises nonprofit organizations on corporate governance and compliance issues. Román is a member of the advisory committee of the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation, which promotes the role of public service and pro-bono work in the practice of law and the development of public policy.

  • Workplace Safety and Vaccine Programs in a Postpandemic World

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    While Covid-19 vaccines should mean staffing firms have less to worry about, in fact, 2021 brings new legal and operational issues to replace those 2020 headaches.

    While Covid-19 vaccines should mean staffing firms have less to worry about, in fact, 2021 brings new legal and operational issues to replace those 2020 headaches. Workplace safety requirements are evolving with new state safety and health mandates, and changes in the White House and government agency leadership will mean new enforcement approaches by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Workplace vaccine programs raise workers’ compensation and employer liability issues as well as wage and hour and equal opportunity concerns. Add to that clients with varying approaches to all of the above, and staffing firms are left with “new normalitis.” Hear from experts who will help your staffing firm navigate changes, stay compliant, and keep your business healthy going forward.

    Presenters: J. Scott Bicksler, lead safety manager, Aerotek; Benjamin D. Briggs, Esq., partner, labor and employment, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

    Session Sponsored by
    World Wide

    J. Scott Bicksler

    Lead Safety Manager

    Aerotek

    Bicksler came to the staffing industry in 1995 after retiring from the U.S. Army as a nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare specialist. He is currently lead safety manager for Aerotek and has health and safety oversight of Aerotek’s national, international, and government accounts. Bicksler serves as co-chairman of the American Staffing Association’s safety committee and member of the National Occupational Research Agenda services sector council.

    Benjamin D. Briggs, Esq.

    Partner, Labor and Employment

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP

    Briggs is a partner in the labor and employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and serves as co-chairman of the firm’s workplace safety and health practice group. His practice focuses on employment-related litigation and compliance counseling involving federal and state statutes that govern employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wage and hour issues, employee leave issues, and workplace safety and health. Briggs represents and counsels clients in matters involving the protection of trade secrets and the enforcement of noncompete agreements and other restrictive covenants. He has successfully represented employers in a wide range of industries, including staffing, building and consumer products, technology, retail, automotive, distribution, utilities, insurance services, construction, and media, in federal and state courts throughout the U.S.

  • Immigration Reform and Enforcement: What Staffing Firms Can Expect in the Next Four Years

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    ​The enforcement of immigration laws over the past four years has escalated and staffing firms have been in the bullseye of enforcement agency activities.

    The enforcement of immigration laws over the past four years has escalated and staffing firms have been in the bullseye of enforcement agency activities. Now, with changes taking place in Washington, DC, find out how that will affect immigration reform and enforcement for employers. Hear from leading experts about what will likely change for your business operations and what can’t change over the next four years. Get the latest information on the status of virtual I-9s—and whether there is any hope that they’re here to stay—and how to navigate the latest immigration rules to avoid fines and protect your company.

    Presenters: Jill Hulsizer, Esq., general counsel, AB Staffing Solutions LLC; Helen L. Konrad, Esq., director, immigration practice group, McCandlish Holton PC; Agape Ogbonda, Esq., legal counsel, Airswift

    Session Sponsored by
    HireTech

    Helen Konrad, Esq.

    Director, Immigration Practice Group

    McCandlish Holton PC

    Konrad is director in the immigration practice group of the law firm McCandlish Holton PC, where she concentrates on work site compliance; defending employers in U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Special Counsel, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigations; and employment-based and professional immigration. She has worked directly with the staffing industry for more than 18 years and has shared her extensive expertise with staffing professionals at Staffing World, through ASA webinars, and at the ASA Staffing Law Conference. Konrad has regularly been recognized as one of the best immigration lawyers in America.

    Jill Hulsizer, Esq.

    General Counsel

    AB Staffing Solutions LLC

    Hulsizer joined AB Staffing Solutions LLC in 2017 as its general counsel. AB Staffing was founded in 2002 and focuses on health care staffing, placing travel nurses and locum tenens nationwide. Hulsizer oversees all legal activities and policies, corporate governance, risk minimization and mitigation, contract administration, and regulatory and legal compliance for the company. She has worked extensively in matters involving labor and employment law and manages all outside counsel relationships. She regularly partners with the executive leadership team and advises the company on new legal developments and potential impacts on the company.

    Agape Ogbonda, Esq.

    Legal Counsel

    Airswift

    Ogbonda is legal counsel, Americas, for Airswift, where he provides legal services to the company’s operations across the U.S., Canada, and Latin America since joining in December 2019. With almost a decade of experience in the staffing industry starting out on the sales side, he now advises on a range of issues from labor and employment, corporate governance, compliance, litigation management, and contracts.

  • Artificial Intelligence and Onboarding: Tools That Make Staffing Easier, or Legal Minefield?

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    ​Robotic process automation, a software system that can automate recruiting, onboarding, performance evaluations, compliance trainings, and more, is becoming increasingly common in the workplace.

    Robotic process automation, a software system that can automate recruiting, onboarding, performance evaluations, compliance trainings, and more, is becoming increasingly common in the workplace. What tools are out there that can help your staffing firm stay competitive, streamline operations, and engage more effectively with talent while steering clear of legal thorns? Hear from a panel of AI experts who have the legal expertise to help guide your firm’s onboarding strategy going forward.

    Presenters: James A. Essey, CSP, president and CEO, TemPositions Group of Cos.; Jason B. Klimpl, Esq., partner, Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP; Niloy Ray, Esq., shareholder, Littler Mendelson PC

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    Avionte

    Jim Essey, CSP

    president and CEO

    The TemPositions Group of Cos.

    Essey is president and chief executive officer of the TemPositions Group of Cos., which operates in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and California. He served five terms as president of the New York Staffing Association, an ASA-affiliated chapter. Essey was elected ASA chairman in 2004—exactly 30 years after his father, Dick, served in the same role—and was chairman of the chapter relations, member education and certification, political action, and industry practices committees. He currently is a member of the ASA board of directors, chairman of the legal and legislative committee, and chairman of the public policy advocacy task force. Essey received his bachelor of arts degree from Trinity College and master of business administration degree from Harvard University.

    Jason B. Klimpl, Esq.

    Partner

    Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

    Klimpl is a partner in the employment law group of Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP. In this capacity, he advises clients on a broad range of employment law matters, such as wage and hour compliance, health care, equal opportunity actions and policies, employment agreements and restrictive covenants, independent contractor and consulting issues, reductions in force, technology and privacy concerns, and other human resource counseling. He is also the general counsel of the New York Staffing Association, an ASA-affiliated chapter, and is heavily involved in legal and legislative efforts to support the staffing industry. He has written numerous employment law articles and is a contributing faculty member of both Lawline and the National Academy of Continuing Legal Education. Klimpl also is a member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce speakers bureau and help desk. He was awarded Martindale-Hubbell’s “preeminent” peer review rating, was named 2013–2020 New York Super Lawyer (Rising Star), and won the “Rising Star Attorney” category in New York Enterprise Report’s Best Attorneys and Accountants list.

    Niloy Ray, Esq.

    shareholder,

    Littler Mendelson PC

    As a member of Littler’s eDiscovery group, Ray has a nationwide practice specializing in the litigation of critical eDiscovery issues and challenges. He routinely advises clients on efficiently meeting preservation and “meet and confer” obligations, developing strategies for effective data harvesting, review and production, implementing cost-shifting/cost-reduction techniques, and addressing the admissibility and authentication of electronic evidence. An active litigator, Ray regularly handles hearings and motion practice on matters relating to eDiscovery. Before joining Littler, he was at another multinational law firm, where his practice focused on commercial litigation in federal and state courts in complex tort, antitrust, and contract matters. Ray regularly represented energy utilities in regulatory proceedings and related litigation, and conducted internal investigations for Fortune 500 and academic clients. He has broad experience in all facets of trial practice and has chaired trials in state and federal court.

  • Data Privacy and Cybersecurity: Not Just a Big Company Problem

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    ​Cybersecurity issues have become a daily struggle for businesses big and small.

    Cybersecurity issues have become a daily struggle for businesses big and small. The latest statistics on cybersecurity issues reveal a huge increase in hacked and breached data from sources that are increasingly common in the workplace, like mobile devices and social media. On top of this, the Covid-19 pandemic has created new remote workforces, opening up new entry opportunities for cyber attackers. How do you protect the data of your company and your employees? What insurance should you have? What state and federal laws do you need to be aware of? And how do you protect your information when dealing with vendors? Hear from and query an expert panel that will answer these questions and many more about how to keep your business safe.

    Presenters: Threase A. Baker, TSC, CSP, president, Abbtech Professional Resources; Maureen Dry-Wasson, Esq, vice president, group general counsel, and global privacy officer, Allegis Group; Michael Jones, Esq., chief privacy officer, Randstad USA; and Robert Thompson, president, World Wide Specialty Programs Inc.

    Session Sponsored by
    ESC

    Threase Baker, TSC, CSP

    President

    Abbtech Professional Resources

    Baker is president and an owner of Abbtech Professional Resources Inc. Based in Washington, DC, the company supports both the government and private sectors by providing information technology, engineering, and office–clerical staffing services, as well as personal identity verification. Baker has more than 20 years of staffing industry experience. She is past president of the Capital Area Staffing Association.

    Robert Thompson

    President

    World Wide Specialty Programs

    Thompson is a president at World Wide Specialty Programs with 22 years of staffing industry experience. He started as a principal in a firm focused on market research and analysis of the staffing industry, and World Wide and American International Group were two of his many insurance clients. Thompson sold his company in 2007 and joined World Wide to run its new business, broker development, and workers’ compensation divisions. He is a skilled manager with experience in marketing, research, analysis, sales, customer and broker relations, underwriting, loss control, and co-authoring a staffing industry risk management manual. Thompson is from New York and has four grown children.

    Michael Jones, Esq.

    Chief Privacy Officer

    Randstad USA

    Jones is a privacy lawyer with more than a decade of in-house experience. He joined Randstad North America Inc. as its first chief privacy officer in 2017, managing privacy and data security compliance and strategy across Randstad’s brands—including Randstad’s staffing and HR services, job board monster.com, and outplacement service RiseSmart. In his adventures in data, he has dealt with criminal hackers, demanding marketers, inquisitive regulators, and unhappy candidates.

    Maureen Dry-Wasson, Esq

    Vice president—group general counsel and global privacy officer

    Allegis Group

    Dry-Wasson is senior in-house counsel and a trusted advisor to corporate executives on complex business issues, with experience in both the manufacturing and service industries. She is an energetic leader who thrives in a fast-paced environment, with a drive for execution and results while achieving desired business outcomes. Dry-Wasson has broad experience providing counsel on a wide range of substantive areas of the law, including employment, privacy, employee benefits/ERISA, contracts drafting and negotiation, litigation management, corporate, and mergers and acquisitions. She established the Allegis Group Global Privacy Office and provides leadership for compliance with privacy regulations worldwide across multiple, unique operating businesses.