WORKing Lunch Labor & Employment Webinar Series

Kelley Drye’s virtual WORKing Lunch is a webinar series focused on bringing in-house counsel, management, and HR professionals the latest trends and developments in workplace law. If you or a colleague are interested in receiving invitations to future webinars, please contact

Previously Held Webinars in This Series

June 22, 2021 - 12:30 ET

Restrictive Covenants 101: NDAs, Non-Competes & Other Tools To Protect Your Company

A company’s confidential information and customer relationships are its lifeblood—and are the assets that can walk out the door too easily with a departing employee. Too few companies take a considered approach to protecting those assets. NDAs and noncompetes can help, but using them without a holistic strategy can be worse than no protection at all. In this webinar, Kelley Drye's Labor & Employment team examined how to use—and not to use—restrictive covenants, and how they should be tailored to fit your company’s unique needs.

Presenters:  Partner Mark Konkel.

To view the recording of this webinar, please click here.

May 18, 2021 - 12:30 ET

Wage & Hour Laws: How To Avoid Common Pitfalls

The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division recovered a record $1.4 billion in back wages for workers in the past 5 years. According to the WHD, that’s an average of $1,120 for each employee. Suffice it to say that your company’s potential liability under wage-and-hour laws continues to be very real, and very expensive.

Happily, much of this risk can be reduced with the right policies and practices in place—if you know what to look for in an ever-changing regulatory and enforcement environment.

Kelley Drye's Labor and Employment team took a deep dive into wage-and-hour laws. We helped participants look for their next big litigation risk by helping them find their blind spots.

The webinar delved into a detailed review of today’s wage and hour laws and coverage of the most costly mistakes, including:
  • Misclassifying non-exempt employees as exempt from overtime requirements

  • Failing to recognize what time is compensable

  • Misclassifying employees as independent contractors

  • Getting tripped up on differences between federal and state laws

Presenters:  Partners Mark Konkel and Nick Kromka.

To view the recording of this webinar, please click here.

April 15, 2021 

This Is Happening: Immediate Employment Law Impacts under the Biden Administration

Forget speculation about what is to come: the Biden administration has already acted to unravel the Trump legacy in employment and labor regulation—and to expand worker protections. This webinar addressed immediate, real-time impacts of new employment regulation on your business, including:

  • Significant changes to overtime classifications and wage & hour regulation

  • Expansion and extension of COVID-19 laws and regulations

  • Independent contractor classification rules

  • Easier union organizing, and a more pro-union National Labor Relations Board

  • Increased OSHA enforcement

  • And others . . .

Presenters:  Partner Mark Konkel and Senior Associate Maria Biaggi

To view the recording of this webinar, please click here.


March 2, 2021

Employee Leave Laws: Managing the Intersection of FMLA, ADA, and COVID Leave

Many issues can arise when coordinating employee leaves of absence, especially when employee requests are related to medications (opioids or medical marijuana), mental health impairments, remote work, and the pandemic. We are talking about the nuanced problems and gray areas that makes complying with the ADA, FMLA and numerous new COVID-19 leave laws nearly impossible.

This program takes you through a practical and effective thought process to mitigate (not remove) risk from the more challenging employee leave situations. Our goal is to equip you with the right tools to coordinate employee leave with confidence.

Presenter:  Partner Barbara Hoey

To view the recording of this webinar, please click here


January 26, 2021

Lawsuits and Laws In Vogue: What To Keep an Eye On in 2021

Emerging vaccines bring hope during the ongoing pandemic, but there’s little relief in sight for the upward trend in COVID-19-related lawsuits. Adding to that, employers still have to comply with existing employment laws and legislation, even when new COVID-19-related laws are the main focus. The Kelley Drye Labor and Employment team took a deep dive into COVID-19 litigation and legislative trends, including:
  • Discrimination, retaliation, and COVID-19-related lawsuits

  • Vaccine mandates and disputes

  • New pay equity laws

  • COVID-19 workplace reporting laws

  • Remote work and return-to-the-office challenges

  • Whistleblower claims

  • And much more

Presenters:  Partners Barbara HoeyMark Konkel and Kim Carter.

To view the recording of this webinar, please click here.


CLE and SHRM Information


Kelley Drye is an accredited provider of NY, IL, CA and TX CLE. Each program in this series offers transitional continuing legal education and each program has been approved for a minimum of 1.0 NY Professional Practice credit, 1.0 General Illinois credit, 1.0 CA General credit and 1.0 Texas General credit. We will apply for CLE credit in other jurisdictions, upon request, but cannot guarantee approval.


Kelley Drye & Warren LLP is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. Each program in this series is pending for a minimum of 1.0 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit  HRCI credit is pending.