Fourth Transatlantic Conference

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Date:
Mon, 28 Sep 2015
City:
London (National)
Venue Address:
Radisson Blu Portman Hotel
22 Portman Square
W1H 7BG London
Speaker(s):
See programme below
Event Type:
Annual Conference
Duration:
Time: 7.45am for 8.30am start to 5.15pm; Drinks Reception: 5.30pm – 7.00pm
CPD hours:
7.00
Status:
Spaces Available

Fourth Transatlantic Conference

Organised by the ELA International Committee in conjunction with the American Bar Association, International Labor & Employment Law Committee of the Section of Labor & Employment Law

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About the Conference

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Fee: £220 plus VAT per delegate. There is a 20% early bird discount for bookings received by 28 August 2015 and a 50% discount for ELA members working in the voluntary sectorThe fee includes all refreshments and conference papers. The conference fee does not include accommodation.

ELA’s International Committee and the ABA International Labor & Employment Law Committee of the Section of Labor & Employment Law have once again joined forces to organise this highly acclaimed one-day conference.

The one-day conference will explore a wide range of cross-border employment issues. Delegates will have an opportunity to join two plenary sessions and breakout discussion groups, facilitated by leading employment lawyers and professionals from both sides of the Atlantic. Programme details are set out below.

This conference is open to members of ELA and the ABA and practising employment lawyers from other jurisdictions (including both private practice and in house).  ELA members can book online by logging in.  Non ELA members may book by downloading the pdf version of the Programme . There is a Booking Form on page 9 to complete and return to ELA.

A note to our speakers:

Please note that speakers at this conference do not need to book or pay. ELA will automatically register you free of charge.

Programme Details

The day begins at 7.45am with registration and runs through to 5.30pm, followed by a drinks reception to which all speakers and delegates are invited.

7.45am
Registration and Tea/Coffee

8.30am
Welcome and Introduction

Juliet Carp, Chair of ELA International Committee; Dorsey & Whitney (Europe) LLP
Mike Delikat, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

8.45am
Plenary Session: Human Capital Issues – New Forms of Corporate Responsibility

Corporate responsibility is evolving and forcing global corporations to rethink their approach to engaging their global workforce.  Supply chain integrity and labour issues (including compliance with international labour standards) are becoming more important as companies expand their global footprint and modern technology makes reputational risk a real threat to the value of the business.

Moderator: Mike Delikat, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (US)

ELA Panel:
Christy Hoffman, Deputy General Secretary of Uni Global Union (Switzerland)
Peter Talibart, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (UK)

ABA Panel:
Terry Fitz, Assistant General Counsel & Global Employment, Seagate Technology (US)
Judith Scott, General Counsel, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) (US)


10.00am
Tea/Coffee

10.20am - 11.35am
Breakout Sessions I (choice of three)

1A Technology In The Workplace (Part 1)

Room: Berkeley

This panel will look at how technology affects employment practices in the workplace (both now and in the future), including staff performance, working time, confidentiality, social media policies, blogging, BYOD etc.

Moderator: Tahl Tyson, Littler Mendelson (US)

ELA Panel:
Nicolai Hesgaard, Elmann (Denmark)

ABA Panel:
Tahl Tyson, Littler Mendelson (US)
Arnie Pedowitz, Pedowitz & Meister, LLP (US)

1B The Rights of Unions and Other Representatives: One Size Does Not Fit All  

Room: Gloucester

Across jurisdictions, union and employee representative bodies take dynamic forms. This panel will focus on various models in the global legal landscape - Germany, Italy, Canada, the UK and the US, their approach to representation and their impact on local employment practice.

Moderator: Sharon Reilly, Lablaw (Italy)

ELA Panel:
Dr Thilo Mahnhold, Justem (Germany)
Alan O’Rourke, European Head of Employment, Unisys (UK)
Sharon Reilly, Lablaw (Italy)

ABA Panel:
Danny Kaufer, Borden Ladner Gervais (Canada)
Stephen Moldof, Cohen Weiss and Simon LLP (US)

1C Litigation Trends: From Class Actions to Quasi Class Actions

Room: Devonshire

This panel will consider the approach to class actions in the US and parallels which can be drawn with co-ordinated litigation claims in Europe;  whether collective claims in Europe will develop further and if so, what can be learnt from the US approach.

Moderator:
Adam Klein, Outten & Golden LLP (US)

ELA Panel:
Caroline André-Hesse, Altana (France)
John Hendy QC, Old Square Chambers (UK)

ABA Panel:
Adam Klein, Outten & Golden LLP (US)
Zach Fasman, Proskauer (US)

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

11.45am - 1.00pm
Breakout Sessions II (choice of three)

2A Alternative Working Arrangements

Room: Berkeley

A transatlantic update on the development of non-traditional work patterns, including developments in flexible, part-time, remote and zero hour working, the use of contractors and other forms of alternative working arrangements and the risks and benefits to global employers.

Moderator:
Helga Breen, DWF LLP (UK)

ELA Panel:
Juan Bonilla, Cuatrecasas (Spain)
Helga Breen, DWF LLP (UK)

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

2B Pay and Leave

Room: Gloucester

A panel looking at the difference in US / EU approach to variable pay during paid leave, (e.g. holiday, maternity, parental, sickness absence), as well as other pay and benefit considerations during a leave period.  The panel will also take a look at the increasingly popular concept of combined paid/personal time off and whether that can work in a UK/EU setting.

Moderator:
Wayne Outten, Outten & Golden LLP (US)

ELA Panel:
Jason Galbraith-Marten QC, Cloisters (UK)
Howard Hymanson, Harbottle & Lewis LLP (UK)

ABA Panel:
Victoria A. Lipnic, Commissionner, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) (US)
Wayne Outten, Outten & Golden LLP (US)

2C Technology in the Workplace (Part 2) 

Room: Devonshire

The second part of the technology panel will focus on the use of technology in employment law as applied to recruitment, litigation, investigations and data privacy issues.

Moderator:
Melanie Crowley, Mason Hayes & Curran (Ireland)

ELA Panel:
Adam Brun, Berkeley Research Group (UK)
Melanie Crowley, Mason Hayes & Curran (Ireland)

ABA Panel:
Anne M. Radolinski, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. (US)
Laura Schnell, Eisenberg & Schnell LLP (US)

1.00pm
Lunch

2.15pm - 3.30pm
Breakout Sessions III (choice of three)

3A A Transatlantic View of Disability – US / UK / EU

Room: Berkeley

This panel will focus on the approach to disability discrimination protection in the US, UK and EU; considering recent developments in the legal landscape and sharing practical tips.

Moderator:
Kiran Daurka, Slater & Gordon LLP (UK)

ELA Panel:
Akhlaq Choudhury QC, 11KBW (UK)
Kiran Daurka, Slater & Gordon LLP (UK)

ABA Panel:
Bob O’Hara, Director of Employment Law and HR Compliance, United Technologies Corp (US)
Robert B. Stulberg, Broach & Stulberg LLP (US)

3B Legal Privilege And How to Preserve It

Room: Gloucester

A debate on the meaning of legal privilege in the US and the UK, and how lawyers and in-house counsel should handle these issues e.g. when facing litigation, carrying out internal investigations and grievance procedures, or managing whistleblowing claims.

Moderator:
Fraser Younson, Squire Patton Boggs LLP (UK)

ELA Panel:
Paul Epstein QC (UK)
Fraser Younson, Squire Patton Boggs LLP (UK)

ABA Panel:
David Garland, Epstein Becker Green (US)

3C Running A Cross Border Restrictive Covenant Case

Room: Devonshire

A panel focussing on the practical handling of a cross border restrictive covenant case, including the questions and challenges faced by advisers; dealing with covenants in equity plans; and negotiating restrictive covenants in a cross border settlement.

Moderator:
Nicola Whiteley, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (UK)

ELA Panel:
Iván Suárez Telletxea, Bufete Suarez de Vivero (Spain)
Nicola Whiteley, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK)

ABA Panel:
Wendi Lazar, Outten & Golden LLP (US)
Jeffrey Goodman, Hicks Morley (Canada)


3.30pm
Tea/Coffee

3.45pm
Plenary Session: Is the Glass Ceiling Broken Yet?

Are employment laws helping women progress through their organisations (including up to board level)? How are companies using regulations and their own aspirations to promote gender equality?

Moderator:
Ming Henderson, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (UK) 

ELA Panel:
Helle Jul-Hansen, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of EMEA
Ming Henderson, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (UK) 
Marian Bloodworth, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

ABA Panel:
Kelly Dermody, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein (US)
Gary R. Siniscalco, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (US)
Alexa Pappas, Managing Director & Global Head, Employment Law, Morgan Stanley (US)

5.15pm
Closing Remarks

5.30pm - 7.00pm
Drinks Reception
All speakers and delegates are invited to the drinks reception 


Accommodation Information

The Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, the Conference venue, is in the heart of London’s West End. If you are unable to get a room at the Radisson Blu, there are many hotels in the area at many different prices. Hotels of similar calibre to the Radisson Blu, very close by:

Hyatt Churchill Hotel - 30 Portman Square, London W1H 7BH

Thistle Marble Arch Hotel - Bryanston Street, London W1H 7EH

Cumberland Hotel - Great Cumberland Place, London W1H 7DL

We recommend using hotel booking websites to make your booking, as they often have availability from their own room allocations, even where the hotel itself is reporting being fully booked. Search on Radisson Blu Portman to bring up all nearby hotels. The rates change all the time, as these websites regularly release new deals.

Example booking websites (in no order of preference):

http://www.expedia.co.uk

http://www.trivago.co.uk

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk

http://www.booking.com

http://www.laterooms.com


For details of international employment law events organised by other national and international employment lawyers associations please see  
http://www.americanbar.org/groups/labor_law/committees/intcom/directory/calendar.html