Fifth Transatlantic Conference: Programme

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8.15am    Registration and Tea/Coffee - Exhibition Space (Lower Ground Floor)

9.00am    Introduction and Welcome - Auditorium (Lower Ground Floor)

Gareth Brahams, Chair of the Employment Lawyers Association (UK); Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP

Stephen B. Moldof, Former ABA Paintiff International Committee Co-Chair; Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP

9.15am    Opening Plenary (Auditorium): The Age of Disruption - Understanding Brexit, The Trump Administration and other changes ahead
This panel will consider the changes of employment and labour laws that Brexit and the Trump Administration are provoking, but also address the broader disruptions in the business, legal, cultural and political environment on both sides of the Atlantic.

Moderator: Ming Henderson, Seyfarth Shaw (UK)

Shantha David, UNISON (UK)
David S. Fortney, Fortney & Scott LLC (US)
Robert Phillips, Jericho Chambers (UK)
Joseph M. Sellers, Cohen Milstein (US)

10.30am    Tea/Coffee - Exhibition Space (Lower Ground Floor)

10.50am – 12.05pm          Breakout Sessions 1 (choice of 3)

1A       Employment law perspective of data protection GDPR and privacy shield
Euston Room (5th Floor)
This panel will review the changes brought by GDPR and examine how far harmonization of employee personal data can happen across the EU. The session will consider some practical steps on how to best prepare for GDPR, including dealing with employee consent, transfer to the US, appointment of DPOs and showing compliance at short notice.

Moderator: Henry Clinton-Davis, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP (UK)

Katherine Blostein, Outten & Golden LLP (US)
Christopher Knight, 11KBW Chambers (UK)
Ian Carleton Schaefer, Epstein Becker & Green PC (US)

IB       Employment law at the forefront of global M&A
Meeting Room G4.5 (Ground Floor)
In-house perspective on how to best put employment matters forward. Employment lawyers are often brought it too late and too little. This panel will discuss strategies to bring employment law to the forefront of the deal, and consider key differences this can make.

Moderator: Jeffrey E. Goodman, Hicks Morley (Canada)

Kate Gater, NBC Universal International Ltd (UK)
Stephen B. Moldof, Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP (US)
Clare Ranson, Employment Counsel, Accenture (UK)

1C       Pay disclosure and transparency
Stephenson Room (5th Floor)
This panel will address from a UK and US perspective consideration relating to transparency, pay equity and reporting obligations regarding employees to authorities, shareholders and the public.

Moderator: Claire Dawson, Slater and Gordon (UK) LLP (UK)

Kelly M. Dermody, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP (US)
Paul Epstein QC, Cloisters (UK)
Gary Siniscalco, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (US)

10 minute break to allow time to change rooms for next session

12.15pm – 1.30pm          Breakout Sessions 2 (choice of 3)

2A       What’s new in financial compliance and regulations
Stephenson Room (5th Floor)
Regulations and compliance requirements continue to evolve significantly in the financial sector. Looking at the latest changes and trends, this panel will focus on key issues in the financial sector, such as whistleblowing, high end compensation and settlements.

Moderator: Mark Hunt, BNY Mellon (UK)

Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Kabat PLLC (US)
Mike Delikat, Orrick Herrington Sutcliffe LLP (US)
Andrew Taggart, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (UK)

2B       The trusted global employer
Euston Room (5th Floor)
Global employers today face increasing challenges in the field of labour and employment laws, whether this relates to corporate responsibility, pay transparency, compliance and vetting of employees, as an illustration. When operating in jurisdictions across the globe where business standards and cultures may vary, managing the impact of social media both internally and externally, handling employee representatives and employee satisfaction, significantly increases the burdens and responsibilities of such organizations. This panel will discuss from an in-house and a union perspective some of their most pressing issues and provide their perspective on how business needs, legal obligations and trust can be reconciled.

Moderator: Anna Birtwistle, CM Murray LLP (UK)

Rosamund Browne, Assistant General Counsel, Fragomen LLP (UK)
Mary Joyce Carlson, Fight for Fifteen (US)
Christy Hoffman, Deputy General Secretary, UNI Global Union (Switzerland)
Robert O’Hara, United Technologies Corporation (US)

2C       Background checks - trends and recent developments
Meeting Room G4.5 (Ground Floor)
US/Canada vs EU practices. As practices and regulations constantly evolve, this panel will take a fresh view of background checks and employee monitoring in the US and EU countries by considering trends, best practice for obtaining valid consents and avoiding employment and privacy claims. Drug testing, criminal records, credit rating, social media searches and other novel background checks.

Moderator: Colleen Cleary, CC Solicitors (Ireland)

David W. Garland, Epstein Becker & Green PC (US)
Michael C. Subit, Frank Freed Subit & Thomas LLP (US)
Henning Wiehe, Wiehe & Scharm (Germany)

1.30pm    Buffet Lunch - Exhibition Space (Lower Ground Floor)

2.45pm – 4.00pm          Breakout Sessions 3 (choice of 3)

3A       Immigration law for employment lawyers
Stephenson Room (5th Floor)
How they work hand in hand with employment law in the US  and the UK/Europe. This panel will inevitably focus on the changing landscape triggered by the Trump Administration and Brexit, providing clear guidance and practical tips for employment practitioners.

Moderator: Andrew Osborne, Lewis Silkin LLP (UK)

Stephane Coulaux, CMG & Associes (France)
Jonathan Grode, Green and Spiegel (US)
Jacqueline R. Scott, Fortney & Scott LLC (US)

3B       Employment issues in the gig economy in North America and the UK
Euston Room (5th Floor)
There has been a number of decisions on both continents that have disrupted the “Gig Economy” as more contractors have been able to gain the status of “workers” or “employees”. This session will analyse recent case law and provide an in-depth analysis of this trend, and its consequences on the model.

Moderator: Wendi Lazar, Outten & Golden LLP (US)

Chris Benson, Leigh Day Solicitors (UK)
Christopher Jeans QC, 11KBW (UK)
Tahl Tyson, Littler Mendelson PC (US)

3C       Diversity in the workplace
Meeting Room G4.5 (Ground Floor)
Are policies needed to restrict religious practices and displays in the workplace, and respect diversity or ethnic origins further. What are the fundamental rights that clash and what practical solutions have been found on both sides of the Atlantic.

Moderator: Matthew Herman, Russell Reynolds Associates (US)

Sally Brett, Head of Equality, Inclusion and Culture, British Medical Association (UK)
Judith Droz Keyes, Davis Wright & Tremaine LLP (US)
Aileen McColgan, Matrix Chambers (UK)

4.00pm    Tea/Coffee - Exhibition Space (Lower Ground Floor)

4.20pm    Closing Plenary: Women in the Workplace (Auditorium)
As a continuation of the panel from the 2015 programme (Is the Glass Ceiling Broken Yet?), this panel will focus on public policy and legal reforms pertaining to broader promotion of women in the workplace and in business. The speakers will provide their perspective on many topics such as gender bias and discrimination, pay gaps, juggling work life balance, career progression, parental and maternity leave and other employment challenges women face.

Moderator: Maryann Parker, Associate General Counsel, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) (US)

Dana Denis-Smith, CEO, Obelisk (UK)
John Hamlin, Marsh McLennan (US)
Victoria A. Lipnic, Acting Chair, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (US)
Brona Reeves, Barclays (UK)

5.40pm       Close of conference

5.50pm – 7.00pm      Drinks Reception - Exhibition Space (Lower Ground Floor)
All speakers and delegates invited to the drinks reception

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