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What U.S. Employers Need to Know About How the Appellate Courts Changed the Labor and Employment Law Landscape in 2017


This is a virtual event, accessible over the phone. Access instructions will be provided after registration.


The news media and pundits are focused on the changes wrought by President Trump and his appointees during his first year in office. Meanwhile, lawyers and HR professionals are acutely attuned to the 2017 decisions issued by the federal appellate courts. During his eight years in office President Obama's appointments transformed the make-up of the thirteen federal courts. When President Obama arrived, four courts were majority Democratic, when he left nine were majority Democratic.

In 2017, the appellate courts issued a number of significant decisions with blockbuster developments sure to affect US employers. From transgender protections under Title VII to the protection of vulgar rants on social media, the federal courts weighed in on a wide variety of issues facing employers today.

Our webinar will help you stay ahead of the curve by explaining the impact of these major cases and helping you plan ahead for 2018. We will cover:
• The NLRB’s Joint-Employer holding and the future of the joint employer standard
• Important new FMLA cases regarding what constitutes a reasonable leave of absence
• New developments regarding medical marijuana in the workplace
• The current status of Weingarten rights
• The enforceability of class and collective action waivers 
• And much more!

Educational Objectives:
Our goal is that attendees come away with:
• An understanding of important 2017 labor and employment developments from the appellate courts
• Practical tips for navigating these changes moving forward and preparing for 2018

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Human resources professionals, employee relations officers, and in-house counsel.


Douglas Darch
  • Partner
  • Baker & McKenzie LLP

Douglas Darch is a member of the Global Automotive Steering Committee and the former chair of ECL Sub-Practice Group for the Chicago office. He represents and counsels management in the areas of Labor and Employment. He has extensive experience in union/labor relations, corporate restructurings, multiemployer pension plans, international framework agreements, mergers, acquisitions, the integration of work forces, melding European-style labor relations to meet US legal standards, and personnel policy development. He has participated in over 150 hearings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), labor arbitrators, federal and state courts, and administrative agencies including landmark decisions under Title VII, ERISA, FMLA, and the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Mr. Darch served as an Officer in the US Navy. He was recognized by Who’s Who Legal: Pensions & Benefits 2015 as a "top name" in Chicago for benefit plan modification and ERISA litigation.

Mr. Darch provides counsel in absenteeism and leave management, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), sexual harassment, Title VII discrimination (race, age, sex, national origin, and retaliation), arbitration agreements, workforce reductions, severance plans, developing personnel policies, workplace investigations, wage and hour (FLSA) counseling and litigation, compliance with NLRB dictates for non-union employers, union negotiations and labor contract compliance. Mr. Darch also has experience with benefit plan modification, ERISA (retiree health and withdrawal) litigation, as well as labor and employment litigation. He is an experienced appellate court advocate, and provides clients with strategic and pragmatic solutions that help meet corporate objectives.

Jenna Neumann
  • Associate
  • Baker & McKenzie LLP

Jenna Neumann is an associate in the Baker McKenzie's Chicago office and a member of the Employment & Compensation Group. Her practice focuses on domestic and international matters, including cross-border transactions.

Continuing Education

1.0 HRCI, 1.0 General COA, 1.0 SHRM
A basic understanding of labor & employment law.
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