Legal Summit 20222022-05-04T14:04:35+00:00

SHRM-Atlanta Legal Summit

May 12, 2022
8:45 AM – 12:30 PM | Virtual

SHRM-Atlanta’s Virtual Legal Summit will help you stay up to date with the complex, ever-changing legal landscape that affects your organization. Don’t miss this opportunity to take a deep dive into timely and relevant legal topics.

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Welcome to SHRM-Atlanta’s Spring 2022 Legal Summit!

SHRM-Atlanta’s Spring Virtual Legal Summit will take you on a deep dive into the world of pressing HR legal issues. 

You can join us for the live event from 8:45 am – 12:30 pm OR take advantage of the content on-demand while you earn up to 5 SHRM PDC’s / HRCI CEU’s.

Hot Topics

Learn about the most important legal topics that affect you and your organization.

Experienced Speakers

Hear from some of the top legal experts in Atlanta, sharing the most up-to-date information.

Interactive Discussions

Participate in interactive discussions by connecting with others and deepening your knowledge.

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AGENDA

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Sessions

Gabrielle Rigg Herzog, USCIB 

Employees today are making values-based career decisions, and companies are having to think critically about not only legal requirements, but also cultural expectations related to human rights, diversity, ESG, labor rights, environment, social justice, development, sustainability, and more.

This kickoff to the Legal Summit will provide an overview of global and domestic regulatory trends affecting Atlanta-based companies and how HR professionals are positioned to advance understanding and compliance within their organizations. While each business is different, it is important to understand the dynamics at play, so leaders are ready to implement and manage change. What is voluntary now might be mandatory soon, and you and your employees will need to adapt, whether related to tracking new supply chain data, budgeting for higher wages, mitigating concerns about work conditions, and more. It means a redoubling and upgrading of all the time-tested best practices you know for this internal change management exercise, like hiring for soft skills, empathy, collaboration, and focusing on culture, culture, culture!

Join us and learn from keynote presenter Gabriella Rigg Herzog, Vice President for Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs, U.S. Council for International Business, about what should be on your radar now and in the coming months. 

Shannon M. Sprinkle, Stites & Harbison 

Risk management issues for professionals across service industries continues to evolve and expand. Risk of professional liability claims from clients remains an ever-present and known danger, but other risks are lurking. Professional liability claims by non-clients continue to grow. Non-standard professional negligence claims such as defamation, libel, RICO, and fraud may take defendants by surprise. And now, the risk of claims arising from cyber events is at the top of management’s concerns. This discussion will explore how these claims intersect and how best to update your risk management plans to stay ahead of or be prepared to respond when faced with such claims. 

Trisha Earls

The presentation will provide tips and advice for HR professionals on how to conduct fair and effective investigations of discrimination, harassment, and other workplace concerns. The goal of any workplace investigation is to build trust with all employee witnesses in order to obtain a complete understanding of the facts and to recommend a workable solution that strengthens employee trust as well as mitigates risk. The session will discuss how to organize the investigative process and the technical aspects of a thorough investigation. It will also share techniques for building rapport and meeting employee expectations as well as suggestions for influencing senior leaders and building consensus around the resolution of the dispute.   

Natalie Turner, Ogletree Deakins

This session will explore how to comply with the FMLA/ADA in today’s remote work environment. We will cover the both the FMLA and ADA, focusing on the overlap between the two statutes, and how to manage these issues for employees who work remotely either all of the time or on a regular basis.   

Keely Collins, Elarbee Thompson

Employment contracts are key to any effective risk management program, regardless of a company’s size or industry. However, with many employment contracts looking like a foreign language, HR professionals are often at a loss for developing a clear strategy to create and implement understandable agreements.

Although fully understanding the legality of contracts may take a lifetime, from this session you should take away the following contract basics:  

  • Identify the main parts of a non-compete agreement and what the agreement needs to be effective. 
  • Understand when you may need to use an employment severance or separation agreement and how to best structure the agreement. 
  • Recognize key pitfalls in independent contractor agreements and when to make necessary changes. 

 

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Scheduled Speakers

Member | Stites & Harbison

Shannon M. Sprinkle

VP, Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs | USCIB

Gabrielle Rigg Herzog

Shareholder | Ogletree Deakins

Natalie N. Turner

Trisha Earls

Trisha Earls

Attorney | Elarbee Thompson

Keely Collins

Member | Stites & Harbison

Shannon M. Sprinkle

Shannon Sprinkle is a Member in the Atlanta office where she handles a wide variety of litigation matters in state and federal courts. Shannon is frequently retained before litigation to help evaluate and control exposure to potential claims and also represents clients before various licensing and review agencies.

Shannon’s primary focus is on professional malpractice, real estate, and finance related claims. She has substantial experience defending legal malpractice claims arising out of litigation, family law, business organization, estate matters, real estate transactions, and commercial transactions. She also frequently defends accounting malpractice claims involving tax preparation, consulting, compilations, reviews, audits, and breach of fiduciary claims.

Shannon also defends law firms, lenders, and other businesses against individual and class-action claims for alleged violations of consumer protection statutes, such as the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Truth in Lending Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and others. She also provides compliance and risk management advice in these areas, as well as data and privacy breach claims.

Shannon frequently advises clients on internal employment issues, employment contracts, and defends employment-related litigation.

VP, Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs | USCIB

Gabrielle Rigg Herzog

Gabriella Rigg Herzog joined the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) in 2017 as Vice President for Corporate Responsibility & Labor Affairs. In this role, she leads USCIB’s policy work and international engagement on responsible business conduct, including corporate responsibility, human rights, labor and employment issues, and corporate governance, and she also co-lead’s USCIB’s sustainability practice. Additionally, Ms. Herzog serves as an industry representative on advisory boards of the U.S. Departments of State, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Before joining USCIB, Ms. Herzog worked for 10+ years advancing trade, development, human rights, and sustainability in the public and private sectors. At Hess Corporation, she served as Senior Manager for Corporate Social Responsibility, where she led the development and integration of key ESG policies into enterprise management systems in collaboration with cross-discipline peers. Prior to Hess, Ms. Herzog served as Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, where she led the global CSR policy and program practice, and she also served as an International Program Officer in the U.S. Department of Labor’s International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB) where she supported the enforcement of the labor chapters of U.S. Free Trade Agreements and the implementation of labor ministry capacity building programs.

Ms. Herzog earned her BA (cum laude) from Northeastern University, her Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and has been a First Mover Fellow” of The Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program since 2014. The daughter of a Venezuelan immigrant, Ms. Herzog is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and now lives with her family in the New York City metropolitan area.

Shareholder | Ogletree Deakins

Natalie N. Turner

Natalie’s practice primarily focuses on working with employers in three ways: providing proactive advice and training to employers on workplace policies and procedures to comply with employment related laws; conducting investigations, including at the C-Suite level; and litigating cases on behalf of employers Natalie works with local and national clients to implement policies and practices that comply with applicable local, state and federal law. Additionally, Natalie takes pride in learning about her client’s business and their values so that she can provide advice that makes practical sense for that client’s operations. Natalie also regularly provides training to both rank and file employees and management regarding a wide range of employment related topics, including anti-discrimination/harassment, best practices for investigations, and how to engage in the reasonable accommodation process.

Natalie frequently conducts high level internal investigations for clients focused on complying with the applicable law and identifying any potential areas of risk. Natalie’s emphasis on understanding her client’s business is essential to conducting these investigations in a manner that is both effective and practical.

Natalie has successfully defended employers against allegations of discrimination, sexual harassment, racial harassment, and retaliation in state and federal court. Natalie has also handled numerous charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Florida Commission on Human Relations, and the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.

Natalie is recognized by Best Lawyers® in the Litigation – Labor and Employment category for her work in this area.

Trisha Earls

Trisha Earls

Trisha has served in numerous executive and legal positions in various companies throughout her career, from Fortune 500, international companies to complex, private equity owned and non-profit entities.    She has held roles in a variety of different industries, such as financial services, education and manufacturing.     

Trisha began her career as a labor and employment attorney at a premiere law firm in Atlanta, Georgia and represented unionized and non-unionized clients in a myriad of industries.    Her practice primarily focused on employment discrimination defense and included handling single-plaintiff and class action cases in federal and state courts and before various agencies.   After practicing law for seven years, she accepted a role with Equifax Inc. in Atlanta as Associate Group Counsel, where she managed all employment litigation for the $1.4 Billion company and negotiated contracts for one of its emerging business units.    In that role, Trisha assumed additional duties and became the company’s first Compliance and Ethics Officer, launching a comprehensive compliance and ethics program in the U.S. and eight other countries.    She also subsequently served in various senior Human Resources roles while at Equifax.  

Trisha currently practices employment law in Atlanta and her practice focuses on handling sensitive internal investigations for employers as well as pro-active advice and counseling.   She has a unique vantage point to help HR leaders because she previously served in various CHRO roles, such as Chief People, Legal and Compliance Officer for Tegra LLC, a sports apparel manufacturer, with 12,000+ employees in the U.S., Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua.   Previously she served as Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel and in various HR leadership roles for Education Management Corporation, a $3.5 Billion private company and second largest proprietary education company in the U.S.   

Trisha has a B.A. degree in Political Science from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina and earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Ohio State University College of Law in 1995.  She is a member of the State Bar in Georgia.   

Attorney | Elarbee Thompson

Keely Collins

As both counselor and advocate for businesses large and small across all sectors, unionized and non-unionized, Keely takes a practical approach to advising and advocating for businesses nationwide. Both small family businesses and corporate boards of directors have benefited from Keely’s attention to the details of law and business, creative solutions, and zealous advocacy for businesses in negotiations before numerous administrative agencies, and in all levels of state and federal court. As an experienced collaborator with large organizations’ in-house counsel and general and employment counsel, Keely is trusted by other attorneys to strengthen the value they offer to the organizations they serve.

Keely was selected by her peers as a 2019 Super Lawyers Rising Star. She holds an LL.M. in tax, with a specialization in employee benefits, from Villanova University School of Law, and she earned her Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law.

VIRTUAL EVENT

The 2022 Legal Summit is a VIRTUAL Summit that will take place completely online!

This interactive online summit will bring amazing HR legal education right to your home, office – or wherever you’ll join from!

You can attend live sessions, interact with speakers, network with other attendees, and more.

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