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2017 Employment Law Symposium: The New Frontier

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Gentry Locke attorneys are ready, willing, and able to assist your company in adapting to the “new lay of the land” for changing federal and state laws.

Attend one of our Symposia events, where we’ll cover timely updates like these:

  • Changes in compliance: new rules, new reporting requirements, and new people enforcing them.
  • What to expect from OSHA, EEOC, NLRB, OFCCP, DOL, & other rowdy gangs of acronyms.
  • Handling internal and external workplace threats.
  • Harassment, pay equity, drug testing, workers’ compensation — we will cover a lot of ground!

Where and when: 

May 2 at the Craddock Terry Hotel and Event Center in Lynchburg, Virginia
May 11 at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia

The full day includes continental breakfast, lunch, and all materials. You’ll choose the event location when you register each attendee. Full agenda and topic details coming soon.

Cost: $170 per attendee until 3/31/17, thereafter $200 per attendee

Credit: Gentry Locke is a SHRM pre-approved recertification provider. HRCI (HR Certification Institute) has pre-approved this Symposium for 6.0 HR (General) Recertification Credit Hours.

Refunds: Our policy is to allow the switching of event locations if needed. Full refunds will be made by check if cancelled no less than two weeks prior to the event date.

Questions? Email Care to share this event? Here’s a printable PDF.

Register to Attend


8:00-8:30 a.m. – Continental and sign-in
8:30-9:30 a.m. –  HR Panel Discussing Recent Developments  (1.0)
9:30-10:20 a.m. – Pay Equity, Rules and New Reporting Requirements with Lindsey Coley (1.0)
10:20-10:40 a.m. – Break
10:40-11:30 a.m. – HR in the Hot Seat with Paul Klockenbrink and Cate Huff (1.0)
11:30-Noon – OSHA Drug Testing/Reporting/Workers’ Compensation with Cate Huff (.5)
12:00-1:00 p.m. – Lunch
1:00-1:15 p.m. – HR Target Practice (non-credit activity)
1:15-2:00 p.m. – Dealing with Internal and External Threats with Mike Finney and Spencer Wiegard (.5)
2:00-2:50 p.m. – Harassment in the Workplace with Todd Leeson (1.0)
2:50-3:10 p.m. – Break
3:10-4:00 p.m. – EEOC/NLRB/OFCCP/DOL – What to Expect from the Trump Administration with David Paxton and Brad Tobias (1.0)

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Partner Spencer Wiegard quoted on OSHA regulations in national article

March 16, 2017 – Gentry Locke Parner Spencer M. Wiegard, who practices in the areas of construction law and construction litigation, was quoted in an article by Construction Dive writer Kim Slowey entitled “Regulation reboot: What is OSHA’s fate under a Trump administration?” You can read a formatted version of the article here. Here is the text of the article: Regulation reboot: What is OSHA’s fate under a Trump administration? Kim Slowey March 16, 2017 During last year’s presidential campaign, President Donald Trump ran on a variety of issues — with deregulation in order to create a more business-friendly environment as one […]

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Gentry Locke Partner Thomas Bondurant, Jr. Receives Distinguished Achievement Award from Emory & Henry College

ROANOKE, Va. (March, 2017) – Thomas J. Bondurant, Jr., a partner in the Roanoke, Va., office of Gentry Locke, has been named by Emory & Henry College as the 2017 recipient of its E&H Distinguished Achievement Award. The award is granted annually to an alumnus/a who has attained distinguished achievements in a professional or volunteer capacity. Bondurant, who graduated with a B.A., cum laude, class of 1976, will be honored at the Emory & Henry College Founder’s Day on March 23, which pays tribute to the school’s founders and awardees. “I am honored to be recognized by Emory & Henry College […]

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Google Sued By the Department of Labor For Refusal to Submit Compensation Data

On January 4, 2017, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) filed a lawsuit against the tech mega-giant Google for its refusal to submit compensation data for its employees as part of a compliance review. The complaint alleges that Google repeatedly refused to provide specific compensation data about its employees. The request, which was issued by the OFCCP under Executive Order 11246, asks Google to provide job and salary history for employees which includes a variety of employee-specific data, including “starting salary, starting position, starting ‘compara-ratio,’ starting job code, starting job family, starting job level, starting organization” and any […]

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The OFCCP Continues to Crack Down on Pay Discrimination

This article by Gentry Locke attorneys Lindsey Coley and Brad Tobias was published by Law360 on February 8, 2017. You may read the formatted article here. In the waning days of President Obama’s administration, before President Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) forged several new lawsuits against technology and financial companies in a continuing effort to crack down on compensation discrimination. The OFCCP, which is expected to take a more employer-friendly approach under the Trump Administration, still has yet to have a new director appointed. But for now, […]

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Employment Law Update: Will the Trump Administration Make HR Great Again?

We are all anxious to see what changes will occur in the field of employment law with the Trump Administration.  As the featured speaker at the February Roanoke Valley SHRM meeting, Gentry Locke partner Todd Leeson will provide an update on key issues and potential changes HR professionals should be prepared to address. The meeting is open to members and non-members. Register here.

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Increased Focus on Healthcare Prosecutions

The Department of Justice has indicated an increased focus on healthcare fraud by devoting additional resources to these investigations and highlighting recent prosecutions in this area. Of note was the June 2016 sweep led by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which resulted in criminal and civil charges of 301 individuals and alleged approximately $900 million in false billing.[1] Among those charged were doctors, pharmacists, physical therapists, home health care providers, and other medical providers. This nationwide sweep involved 23 state Medicaid Fraud Control Units and took place in 36 federal districts. This coordinated takedown has been described as the largest […]

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Settlement for $125k in accident due to inattentive truck driver on I-81

The results of client matters depend on a variety of factors unique to each matter. Past successes do not predict or guarantee future successes.

Gentry Locke for the Plaintiff Pulaski County Circuit Court The driver of a truck on I-81 in Pulaski County rear-ended our client’s car when traffic had come to a stop. He was unable to stop in time as a result of not paying attention to traffic conditions. As a result of his inattentive driving, our client suffered injuries to her neck and back. Attorneys for the truck driver claimed that her injuries were the result of extensive pre-existing conditions and were not caused by the crash. Despite the dispute over the cause of the injuries, the defense settled the case for […]

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Best Practices for ESOP Transaction Design in an Era of DOL Scrutiny

On March 10, 2017, Gentry Locke Partner Bill Gust will speak to attendees of the ESOP Association Mid-Atlantic Chapter-2017 Spring Conference in Charlottesville, Virginia. He will discuss “Best Practices for ESOP Transaction Design in an Era of DOL Scrutiny.” Register for the two-day conference online before March 3, or receive more information by emailing    

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Managing an ESOP Termination

Gentry Locke Partner Bill Gust will be a presenter at the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) Conference in Denver, Colorado. More than 1,700 people are expected to attend the conference at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel and Conference Center April 4-6, 2017. On April 5 at 11:15am, Bill will present information on “Managing an ESOP Termination.” For information about the Conference and the presentations, click here. You may register online or call (510) 208-1300.

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Article on Workplace Harassment by Partner Todd Leeson Published in Bloomberg BNA “Daily Labor Report”

On January 6, 2017, the “Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report” published an article by Gentry Locke Partner Todd Leeson entitled Preventing Harassment in the Workplace: An Updated Analysis of the EEOC’s Call for a ‘‘Reboot.’’ A formatted version of the article provided the publication is available here: Leeson Insights Article (BBNA-2017_final) The article offers insights on the 88-page report on workplace harassment released by the EEOC’s Select Task Force in June 2016, and provides key takeaways for business owners and HR professionals to apply to their companies. It expands information provided in a previous article Todd published to our website. Contact Todd Leeson […]

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Consequences of “Hokie Stone” Case on Public Construction Projects

Because the legal matter in this article was handled by attorneys at Gentry Locke, we are required to inform readers that THE RESULTS OF CLIENT MATTERS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH MATTER. PAST SUCCESSES DO NOT PREDICT OR GUARANTEE FUTURE SUCCESSES.   Virginia Tech’s athletes are not the only ones engaged in high-level Hokie contests. In 1997, Virginia Tech contracted with a construction company to build McComas Hall, a facility to house student health, fitness, and recreational services. Consistent with the campus aesthetic, McComas Hall’s exterior featured Hokie Stone, a unique variety of limestone that is quarried on […]

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Gentry Locke Elects Catherine Huff to Partner

ROANOKE, Va. (January 12, 2017) – Gentry Locke is pleased to announce that Catherine J. Huff has been promoted to the position of Partner, effective January 1, 2017. Huff, who practices in the firm’s Labor and Employment and Insurance practice groups, has litigated in federal and state courts throughout Virginia. In her practice, she defends employers against discrimination and workplace claims and advises businesses a number of industries, including the restaurant and hospitality industry. “I thoroughly enjoy working with a variety of individuals and getting to know my clients and their businesses,” said Huff. “Understanding how their companies operate enables me […]

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“Andy Warholing It” Article by Justin Lugar Featured in “The Federal Lawyer” Magazine

The December 2016 issue of “The Federal Lawyer” features an unusual article by Gentry Locke Partner Justin Lugar entitled “Andy Warholing It: A New Take on an “Old” Tool”. Justin’s article covers the False Claims Act (FCA), particularly in connection with the expansion of authority for issuing civil investigative demands (CID). As the article introduction states, “…[s]ome creative thinking and bootstrapping of analogous legal principles in the FCA context may provide an avenue for affirmative challenges to government authority that might just turn the process on its head.” Read a formatted PDF of the article here, or the online version here. […]

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Partner Peter Irot Quoted in Workers Compensation Article on WorkCompCentral Website

Gentry Locke attorney Peter Irot, a partner practicing in Gentry Locke’s Insurance and Workers’ Compensation group, was quoted in an article written by reporter Ellen Goodman for WorkCompCentral. The article utilizes the following contributions by Irot: In Virginia, cumulative trauma cases are not covered because state law says workplace injury claims are compensable only if they are “injuries by accident,” which the courts have said must occur due to an “identifiable incident or sudden precipitating event.” That means a worker whose back has worn out from years of heavy labor likely wouldn’t be eligible for workers’ compensation in Virginia unless there was […]

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