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Mintz's Annual Employment Law Summit 2023 - Boston


Date: May 2, 2023

Time: 8:00AM (EST)

Location: Mintz Boston Offices

Assumptions about the nature and structure of work have been revisited and employers find themselves operating in a workplace transformed. 

Now, with a multi-generational, geographically-dispersed, politically and socially conscious workforce in tow, a continued expansion of the regulatory landscape, and a greater pressure to enhance the overall employee experience, employers must be ready to confront the many new challenges that lie ahead – all while remaining competitive and reducing potential exposure.

Join us on May 2, 2023 for Mintz’s Seventh Annual Employment Law Summit as we bring together thought leaders to discuss the employment law hot topics of the day.

This year, we are pleased to announce Lauren Moran, Chief of the Fair Labor Division at the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office as our keynote speaker.

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Who should attend? C-Level executives, compliance officers, in-house counsel, and HR professionals from all industries.

Agenda & Topics Covered:

First things First: Prioritizing Hiring & Onboarding Compliance in an Evolving Marketplace

Whether an employee’s hiring and onboarding occurs in the office, remotely, or as a hybrid of the two, it’s crucial that employers understand the associated legal risks as it can make all the difference between a successful experience and a costly lawsuit. During this opening segment, we will cover requirements and best practices for properly hiring and onboarding new employees (in office and remotely), focusing on employment salary history and pay transparency, artificial intelligence in the hiring process, background checks and drug testing, employment applications and job postings, trainings and orientations, and more. 

Presenters: Mike Arnold and Natalie Groot (Mintz)

To Have and To Hold: Leveraging Change to Drive Engagement and Retention

The workforce is more connected, mobile and diverse than ever.  Given this, employers need to understand the factors, trends, and developments driving the retention of high-performing employees.  Specifically, this panel will discuss the “new normal” driving employee’s everyday experience and practices for retention, including effective performance management techniques, including in the hybrid environment, the prevalence of quiet quitting but also quiet hiring, the impact of GenZ’s growing presence in the workplace, the importance of DEI, as well as, focusing on health and wellness in the workplace, and much more.

Moderator: Drew Matzkin (Mintz)

Panelists: Julianna Akuamoah (Chief People Officer, NOBULL), Jay Babbit (Vice President, Human Resources, Northland Investment Corporation), Kelley Burwood (Assistant General Counsel - Global Lead of Employment, Mobility & Immigration, HubSpot)

When It Is Time To Say Goodbye: Best Practices For Navigating the Separation and Post-Separation Landscape

In this session we will take a deep dive into the thorny, complicated issues that arise when it’s time to end the employment relationship and the issues that arise thereafter.  Topics include: separation/severance agreement do’s and don’ts, tips for ensuring the safeguarding of employer information (including trade secrets), physical property (e.g., laptops) and reputation, final wage payment law compliance, and finally, the keys to implementing and enforcing an employee’s post-employment restrictive covenants.

Presenters: Brendan Lowd and Emma Follansebee (Mintz)

Compensation Considerations in Hiring, Firing and Everything in Between

Today, the business, tax and legal considerations around the design, implementation and efficacy of different compensation models continue to evolve. This session will discuss at a high level some of the significant compensation issues facing companies needing to attract, retain talent and, where necessary, separate with talent. Topics we will cover include:

  • Granting of Equity at Hire, Types of Equity, and Tax Strategies for Employees.
  • What to do about Underwater Options; Revisiting Repricing.  
  • How to Deal with Expiring Options
  • Our CEO wants to conserve cash and hold off on their own salary payment.  Great, right?
  • Equity Considerations in Terminations- acceleration, extension and other changes.

Presenters: Anne Bruno and Benjamin Ferrucci (Mintz)

Keynote Speaker and Q&A Session: Lauren Moran, Chief of the Fair Labor Division at the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office

The Evolution of Discrimination and Harassment Since #MeToo

In 2017, the #MeToo movement took the workplace (and the world) by storm, prompting legislative efforts to address workplace harassment and employers to make significant changes to policies, procedures and training. Now, over five years and a national pandemic later, in a workplace transformed, how have employers continued to advocate for safe, inclusive work environments? This final segment will explore this evolution and cover the latest developments regarding equal rights laws, detail new and novel approaches to ensuring safe workplace environments, and highlight considerations employers and employees should recognize in addressing new forms of discrimination and harassment. 

Presenters: Geri Haight, Corbin Carter and Natashia Tidwell (Mintz)

Mintz is an accredited CLE provider.  This program is accredited in the following states: California (4.0 general credits) and New York (5.0 credits in the Areas of Processional Practice).  Through reciprocity, this program is also eligible for 5.0 credits in New Jersey and 4.0 credits in Connecticut. This program is eligible for 4.0 PDCs toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification.  If you are seeking credits for a state not listed above, we will issue a certificate of attendance that you may use to apply for credit in your state of licensure.

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Lauren Moran

Keynote Speaker: Chief of the Fair Labor Division at the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office
Michael Arnold is Chair of the firm's Employment, Labor & Benefits Practice. He is an employment lawyer who deftly handles a wide array of matters.
Natalie C. Groot is a Mintz attorney who litigates employment disputes on a wide variety of employment and labor matters. Natalie's litigation practice includes non-competition and non-solicitation agreements; discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation claims; and wage and hour compliance matters.
H. Andrew Matzkin is an employment litigator at Mintz, and he provides counsel on labor and employment issues. Drew represents clients in life sciences, technology, industrial, and professional services before federal and state courts, arbitrators, and administrative agencies.
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Brendan J. Lowd


Brendan is an experienced and creative litigator, advisor, and counselor to public, private, start-ups, and closely-held companies. Brendan also represents high-level executives in the negotiation of their employment agreements and compensation.
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Emma Follansbee


Emma counsels clients on a wide variety of employment issues and litigates employment disputes before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Her litigation practice includes restrictive covenant agreements; discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation claims; and wage and hour compliance.
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Anne L. Bruno


Anne L. Bruno is a Member at Mintz who advises clients ranging from start-ups to multinational public companies on issues related to corporate and employment law, including executive compensation, employee benefits, securities law, and corporate governance. She is also a key member of the firm’s multidisciplinary ESG practice, helping corporate boards, companies, and their investors navigate a broad range of environmental, social, and governance considerations.
Benjamin is a Member at Mintz who advises clients on executive compensation and employee benefits issues and ERISA-related corporate matters. He represents public and private companies in financial services, health care, life sciences, technology, and a variety of other industries as well as boards, management teams, and funds.
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Geri L. Haight


Geri Haight is a Mintz Member and former in-house counsel who focuses on employment litigation, counseling, and compliance, as well as intellectual property and trade secret matters.

Corbin Carter


Corbin Carter is a Mintz attorney who litigates all types of employment disputes before federal and state courts and counsels clients on compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws.
Natashia Tidwell is a Member at Mintz who focuses her practice on white collar defense and government investigations. She leverages her experience as a former federal prosecutor and police officer to provide pragmatic counsel to schools on federal and state constitutional issues and to advise individuals, companies, and institutions on government enforcement actions.
Julianna Akuamoah

Julianna Akuamoah


Julianna Akuamoah is the Chief People Officer at NOBULL, a footwear, apparel, and accessory brand for people who work hard and don’t believe in excuses. At NOBULL Julianna helps ensure that all people strategies fuel the brand’s growth with a focus on culture and operational efficiencies. She is a trusted advisor, dedicated to fostering an award-winning work culture. Julianna was named by Campaign US as their Female Frontier Award Winner for championing change. She is passionate about driving change and inspiring up and coming women leaders along the way.