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Mintz's Annual Employment Law Summit 2024 - New York


Date: May 1, 2024

Time: 8:00AM - 2:00PM (EST)

Location: Mintz New York Office

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 1, 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) New York District Director Yaw Gyebi, Jr. as our keynote speaker. 

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

Breakfast & Check-In (8:00 - 8:25 AM)

Opening Remarks (8:25 - 8:30 AM)

What’s Keeping You Up at Night?  Key Employment Law Concerns (8:30 - 9:20 AM)

The workplace challenges facing employers are greater than ever.  From mitigating the risks posed by bad hires, to effectively managing both problematic but also exceptional performers, to creating a safe and productive work environment – we will delve into these and some of the other most challenging issues keeping employers up at night.  In this engaging panel, employment experts from various industries will share their strategies and insights for effectively navigating these complex issues.

Moderator: LisaMarie Collins, Mintz

Panelists: Avisheh Avini, Baldor Specialty Foods, Inc., Leslie Ballantyne, Sloan Kettering, and Jamie Kohen, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

What Would You Do? DEI and Affirmative Action Edition (9:20 - 10:10 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: Jen Rubin, Mintz

Break (10:10 - 10:25 AM)

2024 Wage and Hour Developments: Emerging Issues and Questions Impacting Employers (10:25 - 11:15 AM)

2024 has already seen several significant wage and hour developments nationwide and in New York that impact employers and employees alike.  Starting just ten days into the New Year with the U.S. Department of Labor’s publication of its final rule modifying the test to determine independent contractor classification status under the Fair Labor Standards Act, which is already subject to legal challenges, employers are facing several new federal wage and hour compliance obligations in 2024.  New York is certainly no exception to this general theme, with the New York State Department of Labor increasing the minimum wage and salary thresholds for exemption statuses, and New York State courts arriving at dueling interpretations of whether “manual workers” have a private right of action under the New York Labor Law.  Our panelists will examine these and other critical developments during this segment and offer insights into how businesses can effectively prepare for these changes.

Presenters: David Barmak and Evan Piercey, Mintz

Key Discrimination & Harassment Developments for New York Employers (11:15 - 12:05 PM)

Mintz’s employment and benefits attorneys will discuss several of the most noteworthy discrimination and harassment-related developments at the Federal, New York State, and New York City 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 pay transparency enforcement efforts under the New York City Human Rights Law.

Presenters: Andrew Bernstein, Michelle Capezza and Corbin Carter, Mintz

Lunchtime Keynote: EEOC New York District Director Yaw Gyebi, Jr. (12:05 - 1:00 PM)

Director Gyebi Jr.’s remarks will be followed by a Q&A. 

Break (1:00 - 1:05 PM)

Do’s and Don’ts for Conducting Reductions in Force (1:05 - 1:55 PM)

Reductions in force (“RIF”) and involuntary layoffs are an unfortunate reality for many employers.  There are a myriad of critical issues an employer must consider when planning for and implementing a RIF, from safeguarding its trade secrets and confidential information, to entering into enforceable separation agreements.  This discussion will delve into the best practices for creating a RIF selection process, the documents (termination letters, separation agreements, etc.) that ensure compliance with the various intersecting federal, state, and local laws, as well as helpful tips to make sure that employees do not leave the company with its confidential information and trade secrets.

Presenters: Brendan Lowd and Brad Scheller, Mintz

Closing Remarks (1:55 - 2:00 PM)

CLE and HR credits are available.

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

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NY Director Yaw Gyebi, Jr.

Director Yaw Gyebi, Jr.


Yaw Gyebi, Jr. is the Director of New York District of the US EEOC. Mr. Gyebi’s prior experience includes more than seven years at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, including several years as the chief of enforcement. He has also served as an assistant district attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Most recently he served as the founding chief of enforcement and investigations at the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission. Mr. Gyebi is a graduate of Connecticut College, where he earned his bachelor's degree in economics and history. He also holds a juris doctor from Indiana University.
Professional Cropped Collins LisaMarie Mintz

LisaMarie Collins


LisaMarie Collins resolves complex legal matters for Mintz clients in the financial industry, handling issues concerning derivatives, commodity futures, civil securities litigation, and general commercial litigation. She also represents clients in class actions, arbitrations, and regulatory investigations.
Avisheh Avini

Avisheh Avini


Avisheh Avini is General Counsel of Baldor Specialty Foods, one of the largest importers and distributors of produce and specialty foods on the East Coast, with over 3,000 employees in four locations. Avisheh manages the legal function, providing advice and guidance on all aspects of Baldor’s business, including employment, corporate, commercial, intellectual property, real estate, litigation, and transactional matters. Prior to joining Baldor, Avisheh was Chief Legal Officer of Union Square Hospitality Group for seven years and, before that, was Of Counsel at Mintz’s New York office, practicing in M&A, capital markets, and corporate finance.
Leslie M. Ballantyne

Leslie Ballantyne


Leslie Ballantyne is the Vice President, HR Legal & Regulatory Affairs at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She supervises all employment law matters, including discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, wage and hour issues, FMLA and ADA cases, HR policies and labor and employee relations counseling. Leslie also oversees MSK’s Immigration Service, which processes all employee visas and green cards, directs MSK’s team of Employee Relations Advisors and serves on MSK’s HR and Legal leadership teams as well as its Incident Command System for emergency management. She previously spent 8+ years in private practice, focusing on general commercial and employment litigation, and prior to law school worked as a paralegal in the Office of the Solicitor General, US DOJ. Leslie graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in Government, and received her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is admitted to practice in the State of New York and Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Jamie Kohen

Jamie Kohen


As Managing Director and Associate General Counsel in JPMorgan Chase’s Human Resources Legal Department, Jamie has led teams of employment lawyers and other professionals to support the firm’s human capital agenda for over 13 years. Jamie previously worked in big law as an employment litigator, at Villanova University as part-time adjunct faculty for Graduate Studies in Human Resources Development, and at the US District Court for the Northern District of California, as Clerk to the Honorable William Alsup. Jamie also is pursuing a certificate in Executive Coaching at NYU’s Human Capital Management program, and serves as a consultant and coach to executives and management teams.
Michael Arnold is Chair of the firm's Employment Practice. He is an employment lawyer who deftly handles a wide array of matters.
Jennifer B. Rubin is a Mintz Member who advises clients on employment issues like wage and hour compliance. Her clients range from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies and business executives in the technology, financial services, publishing, professional services, and health care industries.
Professional Headshot of David Barmak

David Barmak


David Barmak is an experienced trial lawyer at Mintz who focuses his practice on employment law and HR issues. He litigates cases in federal and state courts and arbitrations across the country. David counsels clients on compliance and employee relations issues and risk reduction options.
Evan Piercey headshot

Evan M. Piercey


Evan M. Piercey is an Associate at Mintz who litigates employment disputes before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. He also advises clients on a range of issues, including employment agreements and compliance with employment laws.
Andrew is a seasoned transactional attorney who advises public and private companies, as well as C-Suite and business executives, on a broad range of sophisticated compensation matters.
Michelle is an accomplished employee benefits and executive compensation lawyer with more than 25 years of experience advising clients on ERISA, benefits, and executive compensation matters, including in connection with corporate transactions.

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.
Professional Cropped lowd Brendan Mintz

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.
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.

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