Law Seminars International Presents: An In-Depth One-Day Seminar on New Developments for

Employment Law in Alaska
Alaska's leading practioners bring you up-to-date on important new case law; practical tips for compliance and risk management; and effective litigation strategies and preparation

(For this past program, we offer two options for purchase: a Homestudy (DVD and written materials) or written materials alone.)

December 5, 2012
William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center in Anchorage, AK

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, in-house counsel, corporate executives, business owners and human resources professionals.

Why You Should Order

Employment law continues to be an important and constantly evolving topic of interest to employees and employers. From the Supreme Court's recent decision on the Affordable Care Act, the NLRB's decisions regarding social media policies, the Alaska Supreme Court's recognition of a privilege for communications between employees and their union representatives, to recent decision regarding ANCSA Corporations' shareholder preference policies, employment law sets the stage for the modern day workplace. Employers must keep up with these developments in order to remain in compliance with the law. Representatives of employees must keep up to ensure that the rights of employees concerning social media, discrimination, wages and benefits, and other rights are respected in the workplace.

At this comprehensive one-day seminar on new developments in employment law, you will hear from some of the state's leading practitioners on the important issues that permeate this field of law. Employer strategies for addressing compliance issues will be a primary focus, with in-depth discussion of effective litigation strategies and preparation tips. You will also learn about best practices for conducting internal investigations designed to identify and correct problems before they become the subject of a lawsuit.

Our distinguished faculty will explore these questions and provide practical tips employers and practitioners can use to effectively manage risks in this important area of law.

~ Program Co-Chairs: Thomas M. Daniel, Esq. of Perkins Coie LLP and William J. Evans, Esq. of Sedor, Wendlandt, Evans, & Filippi, LLC

What You Will Learn


Wednesday, December 05, 2012

8:30 am

Registration Opens

9:00 am

Introduction and Overview

Thomas M. Daniel, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie LLP / Anchorage, AK

William J. Evans, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Sedor, Wendlandt, Evans, & Filippi, LLC / Anchorage, AK

9:15 am

Federal Legal Update: Key Agency Actions and Judicial Decisions

U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision on the Affordable Care Act; the Ministerial Exception & Title VII; Arizona immigration law constitutionality; overtime eligibility for pharmaceutical sales representatives

Gregory S. Fisher, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Anchorage, AK

National Labor Relations Board: An update on recent NLRB decisions that could impact Alaska employers and thoughts on the future direction of the Board

William J. Evans, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Sedor, Wendlandt, Evans, & Filippi, LLC / Anchorage, AK

Ninth Circuit decisions; Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) developments

Peter C. Partnow, Esq.
Lane Powell PC / Anchorage, AK

11:00 am


11:15 am

Key Developments and Issues under Alaska Law

The Alaska Supreme Court: Good faith and fair dealing; union steward privilege; Alaska State Commission for Human Rights investigative process; when the respondent's attorney can be present at employee interviews

Douglas S. Parker, Esq.
Littler Mendelson P.C. / Anchorage, AK

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Checklist for Determining the True Impact on Your Business of the Supreme Court's Health Care Decision; the Potential Impact of the Repeal and Replace Movement

A decision tree for who needs to do what, and when, for employer provided health care (you may be pleasantly surprised to find that your path leads to "do nothing"); popular provisions not likely to get replaced; how the election changes the dynamics

Carolyn Heyman-Layne, Esq.
Sedor, Wendlandt, Evans, & Filippi, LLC / Anchorage, AK

2:00 pm

Best Practices for Conducting Internal Investigations

Do you need to conduct an investigation before firing an employee? Is there a different standard for at-will employment? How do you ensure attorney-client privilege is maintained for an internal investigation?

Renea I. Saade, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Anchorage, AK

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Crafting Compliant Social Media Policies

The purpose of social media and how an employer can utilize it to help employee engagement and retention

Heather Kinzie, Founder
A Leading Solution / Anchorage, AK

Social media policies that lawfully limit adverse posts and retain IP rights

David L. Schaff, Esq., Field Attorney
National Labor Relations Board / Anchorage, AK

Ambiguities and key issues going forward from a practitioner's perspective; meeting business objectives while avoiding enforcement actions or lawsuits

Danielle M. Ryman, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Anchorage, AK

5:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



Regular tuition for this program is $595 with a group rate of $445 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $395. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $297.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.


There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 6 AK CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

Faculty Bios

Thomas M. Daniel, Program Co-Chair, partner at Perkins Coie LLP in the Labor & Employment practice, focuses on labor and employment law, including counseling and litigation regarding employment discrimination, wrongful discharge law, wage and hour and FMLA. He is listed in Best Lawyers.
Full bio and contact info for Thomas M. Daniel at Perkins Coie LLP

William J. Evans, Program Co-Chair, of Sedor, Wendlandt, Evans, & Filippi, LLC, focuses on labor and employment law. He represents employers in employment-based matters including wrongful discharge, discrimination and harassment, wage and hour and breach of contract claims. He is listed in Best Lawyers.

Gregory S. Fisher, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, practices general commercial litigation with an emphasis on appellate litigation, labor and employment law, business torts, trade secrets, restrictive covenants, and computer security. He is listed in Chambers USA.

Carolyn Heyman-Layne, of Sedor, Wendlandt, Evans, & Filippi, LLC, focuses on health care, non-profit, corporate and real estate law in business and health care issues including HIPAA compliance, medical billing audits, corporate formation, applications for tax-exemption, real estate contracts, and health care policies and procedures.

Heather Kinzie, founder of A Leading Solution and A LEAN practitioner, focuses on engaging staff in decision making about their job design and processes.

Douglas S. Parker, shareholder at Littler Mendelson P.C., represents employers in Alaska and throughout the Pacific Northwest in all aspects of labor and employment law and has litigated employment-related matters before federal and state courts. He is listed in Best Lawyers.

Peter C. Partnow, of Lane Powell PC, focuses on litigation and dispute resolution in employment and labor disputes, construction, public procurement and contract claims. Previously, he was Chief of the Civil Section of the Alaska Attorney General's Anchorage Office. He is listed in Chambers USA.

Danielle M. Ryman, of counsel at Perkins Coie LLP in the Labor & Employment practice, focuses on defense and representation of employers before the EEOC, Alaska State Commission on Human Rights, Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, Department of Labor, and U.S. Office of Inspector General.

Renea I. Saade, partner at Stoel Rives LLP in the Labor and Employment group, counsels on employment issues including noncompetition/nonsolicitation enforcement and defense, wrongful termination, requests for accommodation, wage/hour compliance, workers' compensation, workplace investigations and discipline.

David L. Schaff, Field Attorney for the NLRB, investigates charges of unfair labor practices filed by unions, employers or employees and holds elections to determine union representation, decertification of their union, and whether employees will deauthorize union security provisions in collective-bargaining agreements.