Virtual Conference, Real Results!


(All times Eastern)
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • Additional registration required

LEAP 2021 attendees receive a 20% discount on these two virtual workshops. We’ve scheduled both events to make sure you don’t miss any of LEAP’s free pre-conference sessions, which start at 3:00 pm Eastern.

The I-9/E-Verify Summit is an intensive half-day look at how new legal and regulatory changes will impact your work. Survive (and even avoid!) an I-9 audit … learn key recordkeeping and E-Verify rules … master field-tested compliance strategies to prevent violations, stiff fines and even criminal prosecution.

The Payroll Compliance Workshop will help you improve every facet of your payroll operations. Attorney Alice Gilman will cover topics like the new W-4 … key changes to W-2s and 1099s … timekeeping … expense reimbursement … garnishments … special payroll rules for remote workers … and more.

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Choose between either of these important sessions presented by dynamic, nationally recognized speakers:

Legal HR in a Remote Environment: Hiring, Terminations and Performance Management

COVID has changed the workplace and your HR duties forever. In this interactive workshop, discover how to successfully (and legally) manage your compliance obligations—from hiring to firing to performance management – when either you or your employees are remote. Don’t fall behind on this #1 workplace trend. (Jenn Betts, Ogletree)

Supervisor Training that Pops … In-Person and Virtually 

Supervisor training can shield employers from liability … if it’s done correctly. In this dynamic workshop, training legend Dr. Dennis Davis offers creative, interactive approaches to increase supervisors’ engagement and attention during your training. Discover the do’s and don’ts of engaging virtual presentations that inspire employees to closely follow along—and follow the law. (Dennis Davis, Ogletree)

Thursday, March 25, 2021
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Coffee and Conversations, Part I

Learn from the pros – AND your peers! Start your day by entering one of the virtual “rooms”—each on a different topic that you can discuss with our legal expert and get your questions answered. Topics include: COVID Q&A (Jennifer Trulock), Wage & Hour (John Doran), Handbooks & Policies (Kathy Perkins), Employee Leave (C.B. Burns), Harassment/Problem Employees (Debbie Adams)

12:00 pm - 12:10 pm
Program welcome and opening remarks
12:10 pm - 1:00 pm
The Biden Administration: What it Means for HR

The Biden Administration brings a dramatic shift in workplace policies and practices from the past four years. New compliance obligations will be coming at a breakneck pace in 2021.  Discover how all these new regulatory and legislative changes will radically alter the way you do your job (and protect your organization). (Michael Lotito, Littler – Legislative Agenda; James Plunkett, Ogletree – Regulatory Agenda)

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
COVID & the Workplace, Part I: Tips for Successful HR Management

Even with a vaccine, HR will be dealing with complex pandemic health, safety and legal risks for years to come. Discover the best practices your HR department should be using in 2021 on testing, return-to-work, accommodations, reporting, employee leave, remote work, the vaccine and much more. Keep your company healthy & in compliance! (Jennifer Trulock, Baker Botts; Paul Prather, Littler; Dan Kaplan, Foley)

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm
LEGAL BRIEF – Emotional Contagion: Transferring Positivity in the Workplace

In this power-packed mini session, learn how to use the power of “emotional contagion”—the way one person’s emotions and behaviors trigger other people—to help spread positivity and a can-do spirit in your workplace. (Dennis Davis, Ogletree)

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Break / Yoga stretch
2:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Breakout Session #1 – Choose from:

1) FMLA/Employee Leave Master Class: New Environment & New Responsibilities

Managing employee leave is HR’s toughest task—and the new COVID laws have added to your legal risks. Go beyond the basics with this critical review of what you must do (and when you can say “no”) on questions of accommodations, intermittent leave, disability leave and more. (C.B. Burns, Kemp Smith)

2) Mental Health Issues in the Workplace: Caring & Compliance

The CDC says COVID-19 has triggered a crisis of stress, depression and substance abuse. HR must walk a fine line between supporting employees’ well-being while complying with an array of rules on leave … ADA accommodations … privacy … and notification. Discover how to protect ALL your employees—as well as the C-suite.  (Suzanne Martin, Ogletree)

3) Public-Sector Employers: Unique Issues for 2021

Public-sector employers face different legal hurdles than their private-sector colleagues, especially in the past 12 months. Discover how to manage these unique risks and learn about recent developments in public-sector employment litigation. (Rich Paul, Paul Plevin)

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm
LEGAL BRIEF – Monitoring Employees: What’s Legal, What’s Not

During this remote revolution, more companies are using technology to keep tabs on their employee’s work and movements. Where’s the legal line? This Legal Brief session will give you the steps you should take – and those you MUST avoid. (Tony Martin, Ogletree)

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Advanced Internal Investigations in Remote & Live Settings

Conducting an HR investigation is more difficult in this new environment—yet more important than ever. Find out how to plan your investigations … choose your investigator … document every step … and avoid the most common mistakes in any setting. (Charlie High, Kemp Smith; Kathy Perkins, Kathy Perkins LLC)

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Engaged or Enraged? Creating a Workplace that Inspires Motivation—Not Litigation

Wherever they work, a highly engaged staff means peak efficiency and better retention – plus fewer lawsuits. This session focuses on the top 10 tools, procedures and communication strategies to help employees feel engaged in their jobs (and less likely to engage an attorney). Learn the key causes of the current disengagement crisis and tested solutions. (David Rittof, Modern Management; George Yund, Frost Brown)

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
The Most Bizarre Employment Law Cases of 2020

One of our most popular LEAP sessions each year, this hilarious review of the most bizarre employment law cases of 2020 will leave you laughing … and thinking. That’s because each crazy case carries a practical tip for employers as well. (Joe Clees, Ogletree)

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cocktails & Questions

Unwind from a packed day of LEAP by sitting down with some of our featured speakers in a casual setting to review the lessons learned that day and get answers to your personal employment law questions.

Friday, March 26, 2021
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Coffee & Conversations, Part II

Learn from the pros – AND your peers! Start Day 2 by entering one of the virtual “rooms”—each on a different topic that you can discuss with our legal expert and get your questions answered. Topic include: COVID Q&A (Jennifer Trulock), The Biden Administration (Jim Plunkett), Documentation & Recordkeeping (Amanda Jones), HR Investigations (Kathy Perkins), Diversity & Inclusion (Kimya Johnson).

12:00 pm - 12:35 pm
Special presentation: The Honorable Charles A. Gonzalez

With his background as a judge, a seven-term member of Congress, and as the leader of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus during the Obama administration, combined with his current position at a top employment law firm, Congressman Gonzalez is uniquely qualified to not only provide insight into the huge changes in Washington, but also how it will impact the HR profession.

12:35 pm - 12:50 pm
LEGAL BRIEF – Key HR Cases Before the Supreme Court

Find out about the most significant cases for employers on the 2020-2021 Supreme Court docket and learn how the Court’s rulings will affect your organization’s policies. (Steve Suflas, Ballard)

12:50 pm - 1:30 pm
COVID & the Workplace Part II: How to Avoid the Tidal Wave of Litigation

First came the virus … then came the lawyers. As one law firm said, “It’s open season on employers.” Do you know your liability risks related to employee leave? Wages? Medical accommodations? Safety requirements? School closings? Layoffs? Discover your vulnerabilities and the practical steps to avoid these risks. (Fred Plevin, Paul Plevin; John Doran, Sherman & Howard; C.B. Burns, Kemp Smith)

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Your Documents on Trial

From offer letters to termination notices—and everything in between—each employment document is a potential lawsuit waiting to happen. And in today’s world, you need to document EVERY step you’re taking to protect employees’ safety. This session will examine the best practices, new trends and common errors that come into play when dealing with HR documents. (Richard Brann, Baker Botts; Dan Gallipeau, Dispute Dynamics; Amanda Jones, Cades)

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Break / Yoga stretch
2:15 pm - 2:50 pm
Breakout Session #2 — Choose from:

1) FMLA/Employee Leave Master Class: New Environment & New Responsibilities (repeated from Thursday)

Managing employee leave is HR’s toughest task—and the new COVID laws have added to your legal risks. Go beyond the basics with this critical review of what you must do (and when you can say “no”) on questions of accommodations, intermittent leave, disability leave and more. (C.B. Burns, Kemp Smith)

2) Diversity & Inclusion the Legal Way

Everyone wants to build a diverse and inclusive culture. But where to start? How do you measure success? And what training is required? This timely session provides a road map for designing an effective D&I program, plus warnings about the important legal pitfalls to avoid. (Kimya Johnson, Ogletree)

3) Federal Contractor Issues

If you do business with Uncle Sam, you’re facing an increasingly dizzying array of rules and regulations. We’ll review the latest wrinkles in OFCCP compliance, new wage-and-hour rules, employee leave mandates, plus how your obligations could change in the Biden Administration. (Dan Kaplan, Foley)

2:50 pm - 3:05 pm
3:05 pm - 3:45 pm
Harassment, Discrimination & Retaliation in 2021: New Risks in a New World

Zoom-based harassment … COVID retaliation … social-justice discrimination. While Title VII and other anti-bias laws haven’t changed much, HR departments are facing a fresh wave of challenges to those laws based on today’s huge culture shifts. Discover the new risk you face in this new world, plus practical steps to keep your company out of court. (Debbie Adams, Frost Brown; Dennis Davis, Ogletree; Bob Sheeder, Morgan Lewis)

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
LEGAL BRIEF – The Workforce of the Future

From technology advancements to multigenerational staffs, HR professionals need to rethink their HR strategy to plan for the workforce of tomorrow. This session will provide a handful of quick, easy-to-implement tips to help you redefine your role. (Rich Paul, Paul Plevin)

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Employee Expression & Social Media: Where to Draw the Line

Inflammatory comments on Facebook … MAGA hats on the warehouse floor … BLM walk-outs. How can you build a productive workforce while also respecting employees’ expression—and following the law? Discover the best policies and practices that allow free speech but also minimize distractions. (Jim Dale, Stoel; Dave Banks & Jeff Portnoy, Cades)

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
A Look Into the Crystal Ball: HR Planning for the Next 12 Months

We’ll close the conference by dusting off our crystal ball to explain the six most important employment law issues to watch for the next 12 months—plus the concrete steps you need to take to prepare. (Rich Paul, Paul Plevin; Joe Beachboard, Ogletree)

5:00 pm
Closing & Grand Prize Drawing
5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Stick around after the general sessions to participate in one of these two special workshops presented by nationally recognized speakers:

1) Managing Marijuana & Drug Laws: A Compliance Workshop

Currently, 15 states allow marijuana for recreational use and 35 allow it for medical purposes. But the complex maze of these state laws and the federal restrictions has left employers and HR in a haze on how to manage testing, off-duty usage, safety concerns and legal compliance. We’ll clear the air on these marijuana- and drug-related questions.  (Mark Neuberger, Foley)

2) California Employment Law Update: 2021 Compliance Issues

If you have employees in California, you know the only constant is change. And COVID has brought several big changes that demand revisions to your HR policies. This up-to-the-minute briefing on the state’s complex, employee-friendly employment laws will provide you with a quick shortcut to compliance. (Fred Plevin, Paul Plevin)




Speakers and topics subject to change.