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

New York’s Groundbreaking Sexual Harassment Legislation

The sexual harassment foundation you have known for 30 years – and upon which all your in-house training, HR policies, and legal and HR instincts are built – has just been neatly demolished with NY’s new sexual harassment bill. Find out what it means for employers.  Presenter: partner Mark Konkel and senior associate Steven Nevolis.

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Employment Impact of Cannabis Legalization

In spite of federal prohibition, a majority of states have passed some form of legislation allowing for the medical use of marijuana. Other states, including California and Illinois, have gone further and allow adult recreational use of marijuana. These developments have left employers with unique challenges in the workplace. This webinar will discuss the variations (and conflicts) between state laws and federal laws, including those governing federally regulated industries, and provide guidance on how employers should address legalized marijuana.  Presenter:  partner Matt Luzadder.  Guest Speakers:  Rachel Kaiser and Courtney Ofosu.

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The “Year of the Woman” – Pay Equity and Gender Equality Legislation and Litigation

With agency and legislative support, female employees are demanding more than protection from harassment; they are demanding pay equity, opportunity equality, and fair treatment for pregnant workers and new parents.
  • Washington State, California, Massachusetts, and New Jersey have expanded the equal pay definition to require “equal pay” for “substantially similar” or “comparable work.” Further, California, New York, and New Jersey have expanded the geographical “same establishment” restriction and allow comparisons among employees in different locations.

  • California was the first state to enact legislation that mandates California-headquartered public companies to have at least one woman on their board of directors by 2019 and other states are following suit with even higher demands.

  • New York’s new ground breaking harassment legislation profoundly altered the landscape of harassment claims in New York.

We will discuss compliance with the ever-changing legal requirements, as well as how to audit your business to identify and eliminate risk. Presenters:  partners Barbara Hoey and Kimberly Carter.

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Managing Employee Absence and Disability Requests With Confidence 

Managing employee requests related to disabilities (actual, perceived or alleged) is a trap for the unwary HR department. Requests may involve leave for extended or unlimited periods of time, workplace changes and more. Employers must consider the interaction between numerous laws, including the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as their state counterparts. Know your legal obligations and reduce your risk.   Presenter:  partner Barbara Hoey.

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Employment and Pre-Employment Testing - Are You Doing it Right?

Workplace employment and pre-employment testing related to aptitude, personality, skills and even substance abuse is common place and may even seem desirable for many employers. But with new and stricter national and local laws, employers beware: there are serious legal implications to consider.  Presenters:  partner Mark Konkel and associate Nicholas Kromka.

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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 1.0 NY Professional Practice credit, 1.0 General Illinois credit, and 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 valid for 1.0 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit