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May Membership Meeting

Legislative Developments & Employment Law Trends

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Join NOARK Legislative Board Member, Kelly Madjan, and Employment Law Compliance and Training Consultant, Sandy Lauro to take a practical look at key employment law and regulatory developments and HR trends that need to be on HR’s radar screen in 2019.  While the federal front saw very little in new employment laws in 2018, the year 2019 is developing differently with new wage and hour regulations and EEO reporting requirements.  We will review these recent developments as well as look at some important state employment law iniatives that all employers should note and important federal employment law cases that smart employers will pay attention to as the courts interpret existing laws in new ways that impact the workplace from hiring to firing.  An overview of these developments will be provided with a focus on the legislative and case law developments relating to gender and compensation discrimination, harassment prevention and alternative dispute resolution.

SPEAKER: Sandra Lauro, JD

After practicing labor and employment law for over 20 years in private practice for international law firms and then acting as Associate General Counsel for a Fortune 500 medical device company, Sandy now focuses on providing neutral expertise and practical advice or “people guidance” on a wide variety of employment issues and disputes.  Using her background as an employment litigator and passion for helping companies understand and resolve employee concerns to minimize misunderstandings that can turn into lawsuits, Sandy now focuses exclusively on compliance, training and alternative dispute resolution as a workplace investigator, private arbitrator and mediator.  Her goal is to keep clients out of the court house by practical and customized solutions to training and internal dispute resolution designed to create a culture of equity, communication and collaboration.  Sandy is frequently retained and designated as an “expert witness” in state and federal employment litigation by both defendant companies and plaintiffs on topics of internal investigations, training of employees, and effective policies and procedures to prevent or minimize harassment and discrimination.

Sandy has her own law firm that focuses on employment law compliance and dispute resolution, and she is also a senior consultant with DeDe Church & Associates, LLC. Sandy is Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  She is also a mediator and an employment law arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association.  She is a frequent speaker, trainer, and author on employee relations issues and is proud to have worked with large and small businesses in a variety of industries, including Whole Foods, Albertson’s, American Airlines and TTX.  She frequently speaks and writes on employment law issues and has spoken at the American Bar Association and is a published author, including the chapter of “Employment Rules and Policies” and “Arbitration of Employment Law Claims” in the treatise Texas Employment Law. 

 She is a Detroit native and attended Wayne State University before going on to  graduate from the University of Michigan Law School.  Sandy’s passions are her family, outdoor adventures and helping others.  Sandy’s personal motto is “ listen, be kind, grateful, and always evolve to improve your life and others’ lives.”

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