Employment Law USA

Employment Law USA

Learn about US employment law essentials: from a `labor law` and practical management perspective

London: 18th - 19th September 2017
London: 12th - 13th March 2018

Price: £999 + VAT
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This interactive seminar on US labor law, led by Adam Forman and Michael Mankes from top US law firm Littler Mendelson, provides a comprehensive overview of US employment law - delivered in a compelling style.

With a multitude of federal and state laws governing the workplace, managing employees based there offers many traps for the unwary. What`s more, this is proving to be a dynamic and historic period of time for US employment legislation. A number of important pieces of employment law have been passed under President Obama  - and others are still pending before Congress.

If your company has employees based in the US, it is vital that you not only learn the fundamentals of US employment law but also that you learn about the important changes.

Highlights include:

  • Gain a clear understanding of key labor law issues in the USA
  • Take away a working knowledge of US employment law and its practical application to real life scenarios
  • Benefit from up-to-date inside information from US lawyers and other experts
  • Evaluate the treatment of common employment law issues throughout the USA and compare them with the position in other countries
  • Be better equipped to advise senior colleagues on vital aspects of US labor law and best practice
  • Gain an appreciation of the risks of litigation
  • Understand how practices relating to employee benefits and employment contracts may impact employee relations
  • Employee Handbook Review exercise - one handbook submitted by a seminar participant, will be chosen at random for live review by our expert facilitators





Registration and coffee


An overview of the US legal framework: bringing it into focus

  • Understanding the legal framework: Federal and State laws
  • Comparisons with the UK employment law framework

State law issues: traps for the unwary

  • Presumptions of at-will employment
  • At-will exceptions
  • Common law claims



Federal discrimination laws

  • Age (ADEA)
  • Disability (ADA)
  • Race discrimination (Title VII)
  • Sex and Gender (Title VII)
  • Other protected categories and variations on State laws

Questions and Answers




Dismissal pitfalls: following Federal and State law

  • Retaliation and whistleblowing
  • Dangerous documents
  • Plant closing laws
  • Reduction in forces: redundancy issues, severance pay and release/waivers



Understanding wage and hour laws: the 'Litigation de Jure`

  • Minimum wage and overtime laws
  • The State Wage Payment statutes
  • Misclassification of independent contractors

End of day one


Registration and coffee


Leaves of absence: the `Bermuda triangle` of employment law

  • The dangerous intersection of the leaves of absence laws
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • ADA
  • Maternity Leave statutes
  • Workers` compensation

Data protection laws: how to make sure your company is compliant

  • US privacy laws: issues organisations need to be aware of
  • Electronic disclosure: setting compliant policies in the US
  • Confidentiality and covenants not to compete



Break-out session: dealing with real-life scenarios

Aim: To go beyond the legal framework and practical tips outlined on Day 1 and apply these effectively in a controlled real-life scenario. Participants will have the opportunity to practice the theory covered in Day 1 to enhance their understanding and interpretation of US employment law.

Participants will be divided into groups and given a particular scenario to consider. Each group member will be fully involved in the scenario and provide solutions and suggestions with feedback from the facilitators. Participants will have the opportunity to get involved in all aspects: recruiting, putting together a contract of employment, handling a dismissal and responding to a discrimination claim.




The Employee Handbook Review

AIM: To apply the principals learned during the seminar to the review and revision of a typical UK handbook converted to a U.S. handbook. This is a practical, hands on exercise that will assist participants with the drafting and review of their own employers’ handbooks.�

Note: One handbook will be chosen from all submissions for review in this interactive exercise.




Questions & Answers


End of seminar

Adam Forman Adam Forman

Adam Forman

I advise and represent employers in the USA in a broad range of employment law matters, including discrimination, harassment and wrongful discharge litigation; non-competition and trade secret litigation; the drafting of employment related documents such as employment agreements and personnel policies; and litigation avoidance training.

Prior to joining Littler Mendelson in 2005, I served as the Chair of the Labor and Employment Practice group of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP. I have been recognised as one of the leading employment attorneys in Massachusetts by Chambers USA, the Guide to the World's Leading Labor and Employment Lawyers and Boston Magazine. I am regularly invited to speak on matters relating to employment law and have written for a variety of publications, including CCM: The American Lawyer's Corporate Counsel Magazine, the National Law Journal and the Venture Capital Review.

I am a member of the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association. I am admitted to practice before the State and Federal courts in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

Michael Mankes Michael Mankes

Michael Mankes

I advise and defend employers in a broad array of employment and labor law. Particular areas of expertise include the representation of employers with respect to wrongful termination, federal and state discrimination and harassment claims. I also work closely with employers on litigation prevention measures and legal compliance, including compliance with state and federal leave, disability law, and wage and hour matters.

Gus Franklyn-Bute

I am a Senior Regional Investment Advisor for UK and Ireland for SelectUSA based in the U.S. Embassy in London. SelectUSA is President Obama’s federal government initiative established to support and attract overseas investors, entrepreneurs and companies to set up in the United States.  Prior to this I was Deputy Head at Invest Hong Kong’s UK office, holding in a similar position, and advising companies from UK, Baltics, Switzerland the Russia to expand into China and Asia via Hong Kong.

Soon after leaving the financial services industry over a decade ago, I serendipitously accepted an opportunity to spend a year on a consultancy project in the Caribbean.  In hindsight, it may not have been the smartest move – I have been working with governments ever since!  I am often heard fiercely declaring, “I am not a civil servant.”

Employment Law USA is designed for HR directors and managers, employment law advisers, employee relations professionals and line managers who have, or expect to have, responsibility for staff in the USA.

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Special offers

Multiple booking discount

Receive a 20% discount when you book more than one event, or book more than one person on the same event. Please note this discount only applies to the lesser priced booking and when all bookings are placed together.

Registered charities

You are entitled to a 25% discount on your booking if you are a registered charity. This discount will show on your invoice once your booking is submitted. You will need your charity registration number for the booking form.

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For groups of 4 or more people, any of our seminars and webinars can be tailored and delivered in-house. We will adapt case studies to suit your organisational culture and specific challenges. We ensure that the learning is engaging, relevant and easily applied.

Our webinars are designed to be as accessible as possible for all participants.


To join the webinar you will need to have Java installed on your computer. You can download and install Java quickly and easily here.

We use Webex to deliver our webinars. It is entirely web based - all you will need is an internet browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome. There is no requirement to download any files to use the Webex system.


You can only listen to the webinar over the internet through the Webex system, for which you will need headphones or speakers. A conference call dial in option is not available.

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