Happy Legal Hour
When it comes to making tough decisions based on employment laws, have you ever felt confused, lost or plain stressed? Don’t worry—in fact, relax, grab yourself a cocktail or mocktail and join Crowe & Dunlevy Labor & Employment attorneys for Happy Legal Hour! We’ll address some of today’s most pressing legal issues in the workplace and answer your questions. Together, we look forward to evolving our knowledge to meet today’s legal challenges and closing out day one of the conference in a fun and educational way.
Tanya S. Bryant will address the problem of understanding whether or not human resources professionals are legally obligated to treat same-sex harassment, discrimination and retaliation issues in the same manner as traditional male-female allegations. This segment will:
• Update attendees on the current status of gender stereotyping discrimination law
• Forecast the likely outcome of a Supreme Court review in this area
• Empower HR professionals with the information they need to make the right decisions when dealing with these issues in the workplace
Adam W. Childers, Co-Chair of the Crowe & Dunlevy Labor & Employment Practice Group, will address post-employment restrictive covenants, including:
• The types of post-employment restrictive covenants are enforceable in Oklahoma
• The types of employees that should be considered for post-employment restrictive covenants
• The impact COVID-19 has had on the use and/or effectiveness of post-employment restrictive covenants
Mary Snyder will delve into difficult areas of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about how to better manage:
• Company compliance with initial notice requirements
• Intermittent leave issues
• Properly designating leave as FMLA in less obvious cases
Evan Way will address the evolving issue of medical marijuana in the workplace, including:
• The difference between safety sensitive and non-safety sensitive positions
• Recent guidance from the courts regarding workers’ compensation; and
• A brief overview of legislation introduced this session affecting employers
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Evan Way is an associate in the firm’s Oklahoma City office and a member of the Administrative & Regulatory, Cannabis Industry, Labor & Employment, Litigation & Trial and Securities Litigation, Enforcement and Compliance Practice Groups.
A graduate with honors from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, he was inducted into the Order of the Solicitors and was a member of Law Review. He was a director on the Board of Advocates and a member of the American Bar Association Negotiation Team. He served as an American Indian Law Review Note and Comment Editor and received the American Indian Law Review Award for Outstanding Comment.
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Mary Snyder is a director in the Labor & Employment Practice Group.
She has been a litigator and counselor at law since 1999. Her practice includes litigation in state and federal courts, as well as in front of administrative tribunals, in arbitrations and in appellate proceedings. Mary’s litigation experience includes matters brought under a full range of employment laws such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act, the National Labor Relations Act, as well as cases brought under contract law, negligence law and other state and federal causes of action.
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Tanya Bryant is a director based in the Oklahoma City office of Crowe & Dunlevy. She exclusively represents management in employment related matters such as harassment and discrimination claims under Title VII, the Age Discrimination and Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), whistleblower claims, negligent hiring, supervision and retention and retaliatory discharge.
Tanya also handles Oklahoma Employment Security Commission hearings and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigations. She has tried cases in both state and federal courts and in arbitration. In addition to her litigation practice, Tanya counsels clients on proper employment practices, including hiring, conducting performance evaluations, disciplining, performing investigations and terminations, maintaining personnel files and properly classifying employees under the FLSA. Tanya regularly drafts and updates employer policies and procedures as the employment law landscape continues to evolve.
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Adam W. Childers is a director at Crowe & Dunlevy, and serves as co-chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (1997) and his Juris Doctor degree (2000), both with honors, from the University of Oklahoma. He also attended the Summer Program at the Queens College at Oxford University in Oxford, England.
Adam is currently an Administrative Law Judge at the Oklahoma Department of Labor and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Barristers. Adam is also a member of the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals and he is a graduate of Leadership Norman’s 2007 – 2008 class and OKConnect Class 2 (2012). In 2013, he was chair of the Oklahoma Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, after holding the positions of vice-chair in 2012, treasurer in 2011 and secretary in 2010. He also served as a member of the Board of Visitors for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma, the Board of Governors of the Oklahoma County Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Division and the Robert J. Turner Inn of Court.