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Employers, especially HR professionals, have been on a roller coaster ride over the past 18 months. COVID-19 has changed the way we work and has underscored the need to take proactive steps to protect the longevity of our businesses.  Add in a new administration - with its pro-employee policy initiatives - and it becomes even more important for employers to stay informed about what’s happening now and what’s coming in the future.  

The AR/HR Summit brings together Adams and Reese’s Labor and Employment Team from across our regional footprint. What used to be a traveling, single-day program across the Southeast is now a three-day virtual event.

Join us for informative discussions, critical takeaways, and real-life scenarios designed to help you stay on top of what’s currently trending so that you - as employers - can successfully navigate workplace issues and avoid legal risks.

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Register for each event by clicking the links below. All events are Central Daylight Time (CDT). Registrants will receive a unique link via email to join the sessions.

Tuesday, August 10
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. A Heads Up on the CROWN Act
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Workplace Drug Testing in the Age of Legal Marijuana: Avoiding Half Baked Polices
2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Four Pillars for Keeping the Peace in the Age of Unacceptable Use

Wednesday, August 11
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Non-Compete Agreements: It’s Not One Size Fits All
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Remote Working in a “Post-COVID” World: Best Practices and Worst Pitfalls

Thursday, August 12
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Employee or Independent Contractor? Labor Enforcement in the Biden Administration
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Biden Administration- Labor Imperatives: Changes on the Horizon



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Event schedule iconSchedule/CLE

Event scheduleVirtual sessions begin on Tuesday, August 10 at 9:00 a.m. CDT.

This program has been submitted for CLE accreditation in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Approvals are pending.

Our program has also been submitted to the HR Certification Institute for general recertification credit hours. Approvals are pending.

Attendees may download Certificates of Attendance when attending the live broadcast for each session so you may self-report your CLE, HRCI, SHRM, and CPE credit hours.

Questions about continuing education credit? Contact Catherine Filippi.

  View a PDF of the schedule  

Tuesday, August 10

A Heads Up on the CROWN Act
Hosted by: Patrick Morris 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. CDT

The CROWN (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) Act was created in 2019 to ensure protection against discrimination based on race-based hairstyles. We’ll discuss the protections it provides in the workplace and how these protections will impact your business.

You’ll learn:

  • What is the CROWN Act
  • Where is the CROWN Act
  • How will it impact your business

Workplace Drug Testing in the Age of Legal Marijuana: Avoiding Half Baked Polices
Hosted by: Kellen Mathews and Hunter Schoen 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. CDT

In a constantly changing legal landscape, employers must take care when creating a zero-tolerance policy. In this session, we’ll cover how employers are reacting to the legalization of marijuana and how to examine your current workplace drug policy. 

You’ll learn:

  • Federal Drug Policy Past and Present
  • Legalized Marijuana Landscape
  • Bans on Pre-Employment Marijuana Screening

Four Pillars for Keeping the Peace in the Age of Unacceptable Use
Hosted by: David Katz and Angela Grate 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. CDT 

Cancel culture is not new, but the use of social media has vastly expanded the scope of those subject to being “canceled”—as well as the liabilities that can result. In this presentation, we’ll cover the legal risks and liabilities that cancel culture can impose on a company and provide practical action steps HR professionals can use to withstand attacks internally and respond when in a crisis.

You’ll learn:

  • How to identify risks and liabilities associated with cancel culture
  • How to respond via crisis management plan if the business, employee, or leadership is ensnared

Wednesday, August 11

Non-Compete Agreements: It’s Not One Size Fits All
Hosted by: Craig Wilcox, Greg Rouchell, and Lauren Tafaro 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. CDT 

Non-compete agreements are being more widely used and more frequently litigated nowadays. Our panel will discuss strategies an employer can use to successfully enforce non-compete agreements and the potential legal pitfalls an employer can face by trying to enforce an unenforceable non-compete agreement.

You’ll learn:

  • The importance of customizing non-competes by jurisdiction
  • Legal consequences for employers who seek to enforce an unenforceable non-compete
  • Other angles/alternatives for employers if non-competes are not enforceable

Remote Working in a “Post-COVID” World: Best Practices and Worst Pitfalls
Hosted by: Margaret Myers and Rocky King 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. CDT 

Working from home is the new normal for many, but it opens the door for legal risks and a need for new policies. We’ll discuss when to have telecommuting policies and what should be covered.

You’ll learn:

  • How to effectively evaluate Hybrid work at home/telework models and requests from employees
  • Best practices when considering non-ADA/FMLA work at home/telework requests to limit legal liability
  • Telecommuting Policies – when to have one and what should be covered
  • Telework Legal Risks – wage and hour/FLSA claims (particularly for non-exempt employees), protection of trade secrets, company and customer confidential, proprietary and private information, safety considerations, breach of privacy claims, discrimination claims, regulatory and other legal risks

Thursday, August 12

Employee or Independent Contractor? Labor Enforcement in the Biden Administration
Hosted by: Bradley Byrne and Michael Berson 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. CDT

There’s a new administration, and it’s become even more important for employers to stay informed about what’s happening now and what’s coming in the future. In this session, you’ll learn about the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to advance one of the most significant overhauls of federal labor law in decades.

You’ll learn:

  • How to determine if a worker is an employee or independent contractor
  • How to determine if an employee can have more than one employer
  • The potential for the Administration’s efforts to facilitate more targets for labor enforcement actions

Biden Administration - Labor Imperatives: Changes on the Horizon
Hosted by: Michael MacHarg 2:00 - 2:30 p.m. CDT

The Protecting the Right to Organize Act, or PRO Act, would provide protections to workers trying to organize, limiting what companies can do to disrupt union membership campaigns. We’ll break down the proposed legislation and look ahead to other changes on the horizon. 

You’ll learn:

  • Collective Bargaining under the new Administration
  • Strikes and the Evolving Erosion of Employer Rights
  • Unfair Labor Practices and Penalties


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Event materials iconMaterials

Event materialsMaterials are available for event registrants only through the site below, when the Summit concludes on August 13. 

Enter your name and email address on the materials download page at the link below to access to AR/HR Summit materials.

After providing your contact information, you will receive an email to activate your account and access the shared folder.

Once you are logged in, you will find the materials by opening Folders > Shared folders in the left-hand column in ShareFile.

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Questions iconQuestions?

Questions?Let us know how we can help.

Have a question about registration? Contact Leslie Norman.

Have a question about CLE/HRCI credit? Contact Catherine Filippi.



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