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    2018 Annual Legal and Legislative Conference

    Date: October 19, 2018
    Cumberland Valley SHRM Chapter
    Fountain Head Country Club
    13316 Fountain Head Rd. Hagerstown, MD 21742
    Pre-paid CVSHRM Members – $75, Pre-paid non-CVSHRM members – $90, Student particpants $23 All registrations after October 9 – $100, all of our event fees are non-refundable
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    Program Agenda

    Program Agenda

    Employment Law & Legislative Conference

    October 19, 2018


             Fountain Head Country Club

    13316 Fountain Head Rd

    Hagerstown, MD 21742

    Approval pending for re-certification credits from the Human Resource Certification Institute HRCI and SHRM

    Program Agenda

    7:30 – 8:15 Continental Breakfast and Registration

    8:15 – 8:30 Welcome-Beth Kennedy

    8:30 – 9:30 Recent Developments in Federal and Maryland Employment Law- Eric Paltell, Esq.

    Eric Paltell is a partner in the law firm of Kollman and Saucier, P.A. Mr. Paltell has practiced law since 1987, concentrating in the representation of businesses in all aspects of labor and employment law. Mr. Paltell is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia, where he received a B.A. (with High Honors) in 1983 and a J.D. in 1987. In additional to his law practice, Eric spends a substantial portion of his time mediating employment law disputes. Eric has been mediating with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission since 1998, and he has the highest success rate of any pro bono mediator in the Commission’s Baltimore Office. Mr. Paltell has received a number of awards for his expertise in employment law. Best Lawyers in America named Eric the “Lawyer of the Year” for Labor and Employment Law in Baltimore in 2014, 2015 and 2018, and Super Lawyers has named him one of Maryland’s Top 100 Lawyers each year since 2012. Eric is also listed as one of the top labor attorneys in Maryland in the Chambers USA publication, “America’s Leading Business Lawyers,” and he is one of only five attorneys in Maryland to receive a “Band One” ranking from Chambers. In 2014, Eric was elected a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, an honor reserved for the leading practitioners in the field nationwide. 

    9:30 – 10:30 Benefit Plan Provisions of the Recent Tax and Budget Acts and Other Recent Developments for Plan Sponsors - Henry Smith, Esq. and Adam Meehan

    HENRY A. SMITH, III.  Henry’s practice deals with all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation law, including all aspects of ERISA.  He has extensive experience in designing, drafting and providing advice concerning all types of employee benefit and executive compensation programs, including tax-qualified and non-tax-qualified deferred compensation and retirement plans and all types of welfare benefit programs.  Henry is a frequent speaker and panelist at educational programs in the employee benefits and executive compensation areas and is past Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association Tax Section and Employee Benefits Committee.

    University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., with Honors, Order of the Coif); The Johns Hopkins University (M.L.A.); Frostburg State College (B.A., magna cum laude, with Honors in Political Science and Education). Member:  Maryland Bar, ABA Section of Taxation and Business Law Section Employee Benefits Committees. From 1998 – 2006, Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Baltimore Law School Graduate Tax Program. From 1997 - 2000, author of COBRA Quarterly, COBRA Procedures Manual and HIPAA Quarterly.  Co-Author of Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Answer Book and Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Answer Book Forms and Checklists.  Contributing author of 403(b) Answer Book.


    ADAM M. MEEHAN.  Adam’s practice deals with all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation law.  He has extensive experience in advising clients on the tax and ERISA implications of a broad range of benefits-related matters, including in the development, documentation and operation of qualified and nonqualified deferred compensation and retirement plans of all types, welfare and flexible benefits programs and executive and broad-based equity-oriented and performance-oriented incentive arrangements.  Adam has considerable experience advising clients regarding employee benefit issues that arise in connection with corporate transactions, such as business acquisitions, mergers and dispositions, including counseling on a $2.4 billion acquisition of a telecommunications company.  Adam also has experience in all facets of employee benefits litigation and counseling on pre-litigation matters, such as document requests and claims and appeals processes.

        Prior to joining S&D, Adam was an Assistant General Counsel/Vice President at a Fortune 25 bank where he represented the bank’s global human resources group in various areas pertaining to benefits and compensation, with a principal focus on retirement plans and the tax aspects of executive compensation arrangements.  Adam previously was an attorney for an international AmLaw 100 law firm where his practice focused on a wide variety of employee benefit and executive compensation matters.

        Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., Taxation; Certificate in Employee Benefits Law, Graduate Editor, The Tax Lawyer); University of Oklahoma College of Law (J.D., Editor, Oklahoma Law Review); Salisbury University (B.A.).  Contributing author to the Georgia Human Resources Manual: A Guide to Georgia and Federal Employment Laws and Regulations, America Chamber of Commerce Resources (2013-14).  Member: Maryland and Georgia Bars. 

    10:30 -10:45 Break

    10:45 -11:45 Resources and solutions to accommodating mental and physical disabilities – Linda Batiste, Esq.

    Linda Carter Batiste, J.D., is a Principal Consultant with the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), specializing in the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability related legislation.  She has been with JAN since 1992 and is a member of JAN's management team. She has a Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling/vocational evaluation and a law degree from West Virginia University. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the West Virginia Bar, and the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC).

    11:45 - 12:45 Lunch

    12:45 – 1:45 Workplace Retaliation: The Employment Boomerang – Christine Walters, Esq.

    Christine V. Walters, JD, MAS, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

    Ms. Walters has more than 25 years’ combined experience in management, HR administration, employment law practice, and teaching.

    She has received national and regional awards, presented at conferences across the country, been engaged as an expert witness for the defense, and testified before U.S. Congressional and state legislative committees and administrative agencies on employment issues.

    Her book, “From Hello to Goodbye: Proactive Tips for Maintaining Positive Employee Relations” is now in its 2nd edition and has been one of the publisher’s “Great 8” best-sellers for seven consecutive years!

    Today Ms. Walters works as an independent consultant providing proactive human resources and employment law consulting services and training programs doing business as FiveL Company, “Helping Leaders Limit their Liability by Learning the Law.”SM

    Ms. Walters is licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland.

    1:45 --  2:45 Fact is Stranger Than Fiction – HR Lessons Learned Through Cases - Tracey Eberling, Esq.

    Tracey Eberling focuses her practice in the areas of labor and employment law, education, and litigation, with a concentration in the defense of institutions, professionals, insurance companies and governmental entities. Ms. Eberling has tried numerous cases in the trial courts of Maryland and West Virginia, and has argued cases in the appellate courts of both states as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She is a member of the firm's Labor Department, the General Litigation group, the Education Law team, and the Professional Liability and Long Term Care group.


    Defended employers in wage payment and collection and retaliation claims

    Defended county board of education in grievance and special education due process proceedings

    Defended local law enforcement agency and officers in civil rights litigation

    Obtained dismissal of premises liability action for national retailer and a local board of education

    Defended political subdivisions and boards of education and their employees in employment discrimination, personal injury, and civil rights litigation

    Represented physicians in professional liability actions

    Defended individuals and businesses in tort and contract litigation

    Litigated disability discrimination case

    Defended board of education in claim alleging violation of First Amendment and due process rights by student disciplined for using social media

    Represented clients in actions before the West Virginia Human Rights Commission

    2:45 – 3:00   Break    

    3:00 -  4:00   Tactical Workplace Investigations in the #MeToo Era– Jill Sebest Welch, Esq. and Michael J. Crocenzi

    Jill Sebest Welch Partner

    Jill is a partner in Barley Snyder's Labor and Employment Practice Group, where she counsels companies in handling workplace challenges and helps clients resolve disputes, claims, cases, and litigation in all aspects of labor and employment law.

    As an employment law counselor, Jill assists in developing employment policies, employee handbook provisions, non-compete and restrictive covenants and severance agreements, and has assisted companies through difficult layoffs and reductions in force. Jill serves as her clients' counselor-on-call, advising clients daily on a myriad of employment issues such as Internet and drug and alcohol abuse, evaluating requests for Family Medical Leave Act and military leaves of absence, questions under the Fair Labor Standards Act, using criminal background checks in hiring, conducting terminations, and other workplace challenges.

    In her employment litigation practice, Jill represents employers and companies of all types - large and small, public, private, family-owned, emerging companies, entrepreneurs and others - on matters ranging from employment discrimination, benefits, contracts, collective action wage and hour claims, non-compete cases and unemployment compensation appeals to Sarbanes-Oxley and whistleblower cases, and labor management relations before administrative tribunals and state and federal courts.

    Jill works with companies across a wide range of industries including manufacturing, products, retail, banking and other finance-related companies, hospitals, long-term care facilities and other health care entities, food processing, hospitality, construction and property management, communication, technology, transportation, agri-business, professional services and non-profit organizations. Examples of select matters which Jill has helped resolve for clients include:

    Served as trial counsel and successfully resolved a number of collective action wage and hour claims.

    Secured a complete defense verdict on claims of overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and breach of contract in the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas.

    Served as co-trial counsel in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on an ERISA claim for benefits in excess of a million dollars resulting in a complete defense victory for the company.

    Successfully defended a manufacturing client in a breach of employment contract claim in AAA arbitration.

    Michael J. Crocenzi Of Counsel

    Mike is an Of Counsel member in the firm's Employment Law and Litigation groups. Mike steadfastly guides clients through difficult and complex employment problems. Relying on more than two decades of experience, Mike listens to clients and provides practical solutions for a wide variety of employment issues. He routinely works closely with clients to develop strategies to avoid or minimize risks.

    Mike is often called upon to protect his clients' rights. He has handled numerous employment cases in federal court, state court, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC), the Bureau of Workers' Compensation, and the Bureau of Unemployment Compensation. He has successfully represented clients, including obtaining favorable jury verdicts in cases involving Title VII (sex, age, disability, national origin, religion, and race discrimination), the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, OSHA, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, non-compete agreements, workers' compensation, unemployment compensation, and defamation.

    Mike lectures on employment topics for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, corporations, and associations. He is active in the community serving on non-profit boards over the last several years.


    Dickinson School of Law, J.D.

    Pennsylvania State University, BA Foreign Service and International Relations

    4:00  - 4:15  Closing Remarks-Beth Kennedy