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Mintz's Annual Employment Law Summit 2024 - Boston


Date: May 7, 2024

Time: 8:30AM - 2:30PM (EST)

Location: One Financial Center, 2nd Floor

2024 continues to present employers with a significant number of workplace challenges. The regulatory climate remains increasingly complex, the concept of the employment relationship continues to be altered, and employer and employees alike are navigating their way through a bevy of new issues driven by technologic and social changes. Understanding the larger picture but also the nuances of these issues is critical for employers to thrive.

Join us on May 7, 2024 for Mintz’s Eighth Annual Employment Law Summit as we bring together thought leaders to discuss the employment law hot topics of the day.

This year, we are thrilled to feature U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Director of the Boston Area Office, Kenneth An, as our keynote speaker. 

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

Breakfast & Check-In (8:30 - 8:55 AM)

Opening Remarks (9:00 - 9:05 AM)

Non-Competes Under Fire: The Changing Landscape of Non-Competition in the Workplace and the Rising Importance of Trade Secret Protection (9:05 - 9:55 AM)

This panel will focus on recent legal changes impacting employee mobility and the increased importance of implementing or enhancing employer trade secret and confidentiality protections. This discussion will dive into best practices when onboarding and offboarding employees, how to navigate state restrictions when employees are located across the nation, including an overview of non-compete jurisdictions, and steps all employers should take to assess and protect the information vital to their business.

Moderator: Geri Haight, Mintz

Panelists: Danielle Bereznay and Brad Scheller, Mintz

2024 Wage and Hour Developments (9:55 - 10:45 AM)

Wage and hour continue to be a critical area of focus for our clients, as a misstep with respect to wage payment practices can lead to serious repercussions, ranging from poor recruiting/retention to government investigations to class action lawsuits.  This session will provide a summary of the wage and hour topics that our clients find most pressing right now: (i) the DOL’s updated rules on FLSA exemptions, (ii) the DOL’s updated rules on independent contractor classification, and (iii) state wage transparency laws.

Moderator: Drew Matzkin, Mintz

Panelists: Katy Droumbakis and Tom Pagliarini, Mintz

Break (10:45 - 10:55 AM)

What Would You Do? DEI and Affirmative Action Edition (10:55 - 11:45 AM)

This interactive program will explore the DEI landscape in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s affirmative action decisions and will engage seminar participants in a discussion exploring current challenges and potential solutions that further DEI concepts in a legally compliant and practical manner.

Presenters: Danielle Dillon, Geri Haight, and Nikki Rivers, Mintz 

Lunchtime Keynote: EEOC Director of the Boston Area Office, Kenneth An (11:45 - 12:40 PM)

Director An's remarks will be followed by a Q&A.

Break (12:40 - 12:45 PM)

Negotiating Do’s and Don’ts for an Executive Employment Agreement in 2024 (12:45 - 1:35 PM) 

This interactive panel featuring an employment lawyer, two executive compensation lawyers, and a private equity industry professional will walk the audience through an executive employment agreement negotiation set for 2024, stopping along the way to focus on key negotiating points: (a) Cause and Good Reason definitions; (b) Severance; (c) Incentive and Equity Compensation; (d) Restrictive Covenants (non-compete and non-solicit obligations); and (e) Dispute Resolution (court, arbitration, etc.). 

Presenters: Anne Bruno, Ben Ferrucci, and Brendan Lowd, Mintz and James Ward, Artemis Capital Partners

Key Discrimination & Harassment Developments for Massachusetts Employers (1:35 - 2:25 PM)

Mintz's Employment team will discuss several of the most noteworthy discrimination and harassment-related developments at the federal and state levels over the past year. This segment will include a review of the EEOC’s 2024-2028 Strategic Enforcement Plan and how it impacts employers (including with respect to topics such as artificial intelligence in the hiring process); an overview of employers’ obligations under the recently enacted Pregnant Workers Fairness Act; considerations for handling political issues in the workplace; and a discussion of recent Massachusetts-related developments.

Presenters: Delaney Busch, Corbin Carter, and Natalie Groot, Mintz and Virginia Johnson, Aspen Aerogels

Closing Remarks (2:25 - 2:30 PM)

CLE and HR credits are available.

For any additional questions, please contact [email protected].

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Kenneth An

Director Kenneth An


Kenneth An is the Director of the Boston Area Office of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Kenneth has sat on several Boards, such as the New England Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans and Quincy Asian Resources, Incorporated. He was a member of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Regional Networking Group for Region 1 and served as a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Asian American Commission. Kenneth received awards for his professional and personal accomplishment that includes an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Federal Asian Pacific American Coalition; EEOC District Director’s Awards; EEOC Chair’s Organizational/Core Awards; and an Unsung Hero Award from the National Organization of Chinese Americans. At the EEOC, Kenneth conducted training for new investigators and on topics that include Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rights; the Genetic Non-Discrimination Information Act; Fact-Finding Conferences; Pre-Determination Interviews; Human Trafficking; and, Cultural Awareness/Asian-American Pacific Islander. Kenneth immigrated to America with his parents from Taiwan when he was five-years of age and received his bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a jurist doctorate from Suffolk University Law School.
James Ward

James Ward


James Ward is Partner and CEO at Artemis Capital Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm focused on growth and buyout investments in industrial technology markets. At Artemis, James is involved in the sourcing and analysis of new investment opportunities including due diligence, market research, deal structuring, and financial analysis. James also works closely with Artemis’s portfolio companies, providing analysis and advice on market, operational, product development, and financial strategy. James joined Artemis in 2011 from Odeon Capital Group’s investment banking team, where he worked with public and private companies from a variety of industries including financial services, software, aerospace, and defense.
Virginia Johnson

Virginia Johnson


Ginny Johnson is the Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Aspen Aerogels, Inc., a technology leader in sustainability and electrification solutions. As CLO at Aspen, Ginny is responsible for global oversight of all aspects of legal risk, compliance, corporate governance, regulatory and government affairs, intellectual property, litigation, transactional work, and the company’s ESG program, across all lines of Aspen’s business spanning the energy industrial/sustainable buildings and thermal barrier/EV OEM sectors. As a former litigator and seasoned in-house corporate generalist, Ginny also has extensive experience in the areas of employment law, executive compensation and complex dispute resolution. In addition to serving on Aspen’s Executive Committee, Ginny chairs the company’s Sustainability Steering Committee, sponsors the Aspen Women’s Initiative, and founded Aspen’s legal department pro bono program. Ginny is also actively involved in a number of initiatives and professional associations outside of Aspen, including the Legal Mentor Network, the Society of Corporate Governance Professionals, the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), the Digital Legal Exchange, Association of Corporate Counsel, and TechGC.
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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.
Danielle Bereznay is an employment attorney at Mintz who represents clients in employment disputes and investigations.
Brad M. Scheller is an experienced patent litigator and strategic counselor to start-up ventures and established businesses in the mechanical and electrical arts, with a focus in EV and battery technologies and advising clients on patent portfolio growth, management and enforcement. He represents clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and as lead counsel in federal district court and appellate litigation across the country.
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.
Kathryn Droumbakis is a Mintz Associate who litigates employment disputes before state and federal courts and administrative agencies and counsels clients on compliance with employment laws. She also has experience with complex commercial, professional liability, and real estate litigation.
Thomas J. Pagliarini in an attorney at Mintz who advises companies on all aspects of employment-related issues. He helps employers across a variety of industries navigate federal, state, and local regulatory compliance issues and provides practical guidance on day-to-day employment matters to company owners, board members, executives, general counsel, and human resources personnel.
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Danielle Dillon


Danielle Dillon is an Associate at Mintz who focuses her litigation practice on employment disputes before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.
Mintz attorney Nicole M. Rivers defends employers in employment litigation and labor matters and advises on employment best practices. She handles cases involving claims of wage and hour violations, harassment, retaliation, discrimination, breach of employment agreements, FMLA violations, and violations of California's Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), Family Rights Act (CFRA), and Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
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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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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.
Delaney Busch is a Mintz associate in the firm's Boston office. Focusing on federal and state employment matters, Delaney defends clients against claims of discrimination, sexual misconduct, harassment, and wage and hour violations in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. Her clients have included Fortune 500 companies, insurance companies, prominent medical providers, manufacturers, and luxury fitness facilities.

Corbin Carter


Corbin Carter is a solution-oriented employment counselor and litigator who guides clients through all aspects of the employment lifecycle. Corbin’s practice covers everything from offering day-to-day employment advice and compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws, to leading the management-side defense and prosecution of various employment-related claims at the trial and appellate level.
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.