By Brian Burbrink, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC
Greetings fellow members of the IndyBar Labor & Employment Section. I hope this message finds you well and enjoying the summer. Our section is off to a roaring start to 2016, having already completed four CLE programs on important topics in employment law, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) draft proposed guidance on retaliation and related claims, developments on the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and LGBT issues, HIPAA for litigating health-related claims, and the impact of the amendments to Federal Rules 26 and 34 on employment litigation discovery disputes. Thanks to all who prepared, presented, or participated in these programs, each of which was a huge success.
The section’s summer calendar is also stacked with educational and networking opportunities for our members. On July 28, Barbara J. Fick, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School, will conduct her annual presentation on the U.S. Supreme Court’s labor and employment decisions, as well as updates on EEOC and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) developments. Register for the program here. In August, Patricia Lewis, District Director for the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor, and Manolis Boulokos, Partner at Ice Miller, will discuss the new regulations changing the white-collar exemption requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Keep an eye out for more info regarding registration for the program. On September 1, the section will be hosting its first annual Labor Day Soiree, a social and networking event to take place at Hotel Tango (more details to come). We hope to see each of you at these events.
I would also like to congratulate Kelsey C. Dilday of the Robert H. McKinney School of Law, who was selected as the recipient of the IndyBar Labor & Employment Law Section Scholarship. We are proud of our association with IU McKinney Law and we encourage its students to join our section, explore the field of labor and employment law, and get to know our members.
Finally, I want to encourage the submission of posts and articles to the IndyBar Labor and Employment Law Section webpage to keep section members informed of development of interest to the Indianapolis community. If you have an article, a blog post, or even just an interesting or informative link you’d like to share with fellow IndyBar Labor & Employment Law Section members, please submit it for consideration for posting to the webpage. Your submission will be shared with members who have subscribed to Labor and Employment news on their Member Profile! Please send your submission to IndyBar's Marketing and Communications Coordinator Kara Sikorski, at firstname.lastname@example.org.