2021 Employment Law Webinar Series by Kelley Drye

A new year means new challenges in the world of employment law. To help employers comply with new laws and navigate today’s complex employment challenges, the Kelley Drye Labor and Employment team will be offering its second virtual WORKing Lunch Webinar Series in the coming months. The 2021 series consists of five webinars covering hot topics such as COVID-19 leave laws, NDA’s, wage and hour class actions, and more.

Our programs are designed to inform and provide best practices for in-house counsel, management, and HR professionals. We will kick off the series on January 26th with “Lawsuits and Laws In Vogue: What to Keep an Eye on in 2021.” See below for registration details and program descriptions.

Tuesday, January 26th at 12:30pm ET

Lawsuits & 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. Join partners Barbara Hoey, Mark Konkel, and Kimberly Carter for 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

Tuesday, March 2nd at 12:30pm ET

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

Complying with the ADA, FMLA and numerous new COVID-19 leave laws is a huge challenge for employers. More often than not, employers have to manage leave requests where two, or sometimes, all of these laws intersect. Whether it’s dealing with the employee for whom no accommodation is good enough, or the employee whose expertise seems to be avoiding work—we’ve seen it all.

Join partner Barbara Hoey for a thorough review of the obligations under all of these laws, as well some practical advice for handling employee claims and implementation of necessary policies.

Tuesday, April 13th at 12:30pm ET

A Look Down the Road: Employment Laws Ahead

To say that employers live in an era of change is a radical understatement. Join partners Barbara Hoey, Mark Konkel, and Kimberly Carter for a review of the pressing employment laws and issues that must be addressed by the new presidential administration and the impact of new legislation on how employers must manage their workforces from coast to coast.

Tuesday, May 18th at 12:30pm ET

Wage & Hour Laws: How To Avoid Common Pitfalls

The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division recovered a record $322 million in wages owed to workers in 2019 and found, on average, $1,025 for each employee due back wages. As employers face employees become more informed about their rights, employers should also stay on top of the ever-changing federal and state wage and hour laws to avoid run-ins with the Department of Labor and state labor agencies.

Join partners Mark Konkel and Kimberly Carter for a detailed review of today’s wage and hour laws and coverage of the most commonly made errors, including:

  • Misclassifying Non-Exempt Employees As Exempt
  • Failing To Recognize What Time is Compensable
  • Misclassifying Employees As Independent Contractors
  • Failing To Comply With Both State And Federal Wage And Hour Requirements

Tuesday, June 22nd at 12:30pm ET

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

A company’s proprietary information and business relationships are critical to its success, but these assets can also walk out the door with any one key 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 using no protection at all.

Join partner Mark Konkel team for a practical look at how to use—and not to use—restrictive covenants, and how to tailor them to your company’s unique needs.

Click here to register for one, all, or some of the programs.


CLE 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.

SHRM 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 www.shrmcertification.org. HRCI credit is pending.