The 2023 Employment Law Roundtable
Date: Dec 14, 2023 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick and Online
Member Price: $180
Non-Member Price: $235
Section Price: $169
Areas of Law: Ethics, Labor & Employment
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- Robert T. Szyba, Esq.
- Seyfarth Shaw, New Yorkis a Partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP in New York City, where he defends and counsels employers in a wide range of employment-related issues, including background check and Fair Credit Reporting Act violations, “ban the box” issues, prevailing wage requirements, wage and hour compliance, whistleblower retaliation, family and medical leave compliance and interference/retaliation claims, paid sick leave, and discrimination/harassment. He also advises clients on preventive employment counseling, pre-litigation strategy and litigation avoidance, alternate dispute resolution and mandatory arbitration programs, and employment policies and procedures.
Admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and New York, Mr. Szyba serves on the Executive Committee of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He has been Co-Chair of the Ethics & Professional Responsibility Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section’s Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee.
Mr. Szyba has served on the Alumni Advisory Board of the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal and as a member of the Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court. He is a former Editor-in-Chief of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s New Jersey Labor & Employment Law Quarterly and has lectured for ICLE, NELA-NJ, the American and New York State Bar Associations, and other organizations.
Mr. Szyba received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Berklee College of Music and his J.D., cum laude, from Hofstra University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal and a member of Hofstra’s Moot Court Association.
- Hon. Ronald J. Hedges
- is Senior Counsel for Dentons in New York City and a member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group. He has extensive experience in e-discovery and the management of complex civil litigation matters, and has served as a special master, arbitrator and mediator. He also consults on the management and discovery of electronically stored information (ESI).
Admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, Texas and the District of Columbia, and before several federal courts, Judge Hedges is a former United States Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (1986-2007), where he was the Compliance Judge for the Court Mediation Program, a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee, and a member of and reporter for the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee. A member of the Advisory Group of Magistrate Judges from 2001-2005, he has also been a member of the American Law Institute, the American and Federal Bar Associations, and the Historical Society and the Lawyers Advisory Committee of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Judge Hedges has served on the Sedona Conference Judicial Advisory Board; the Sedona Conference Working Group on Protective Orders, Confidentiality, and Public Access; and the Sedona Conference Working Group on Best Practices for Electronic Document Retention & Protection. He has also been a member of the Advisory Board of the Advanced E-Discovery Institute of Georgetown University Law Center. He is a former Fellow at the Center for Information Technology of Princeton University and has been a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas.
Judge Hedges has been an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law-Newark and is a former adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and Seton Hall University School of Law, where he has taught courses on electronic discovery and evidence and mediation skills. He is the author of “Rule 26(f): The Most Important E-Discovery Rule” (New Jersey Law Journal, 5/18/2009) and has authored, edited and co-edited a number of other publications on ESI topics including Discovery of Electronically Stored Information: Surveying the Legal Landscape (BNA, 2007). He is the principal author of the third edition of the Federal Judicial Center’s Pocket Guide for Judges on Discovery of Electronic Information.
Judge Hedges received his B.A. from the University of Maryland and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
- Raymond M. Baldino, Esq.
- Zazzali Fagella Nowak Kleinbaum & Friedman, P.C, Newark
- Andrew Botwin, Esq.
- Strategy People Culture, LLC, Florham Park
- Kirsten S. Branigan, Esq.
- KSBranigan Law P.C., Montclair
- Stephanie D. Gironda, Esq.
- Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer, Woodbridge
- Mark Goldstein, Esq.
- Goldstein Law Group, Brielle
- James La Rocca, Esq.
- Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, New York
- Timothy F. McGoughran, Esq.
- PRESIDENT, NJSBA Executive Committee, NJSBA
Law Office of Timothy F. McGoughran LLC, Oceanis the founding Partner of the Law Office of Timothy F. McGoughran, LLC in Ocean, New Jersey. He concentrates his practice exclusively in family law and handles matters related to divorce, custody, alimony, domestic violence, adoption, prenuptial agreements, parenting rights, same-sex marriage and other issues. He has also served as a Municipal Court Judge in Ocean Township and is a former Municipal Prosecutor for the Township.
Mr. McGoughran is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the United States Supreme Court. A member of the New Jersey State, Pennsylvania, Ocean County and Monmouth Bar Associations, he is President of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Past Chair of the NJSBA Family Law Section Executive Committee, serves on the Executive Committee of the Association’s Military and Veterans Affairs Section and is a member of the Legal Education Committee. Mr. McGoughran is also Past President of the Monmouth Bar Association and Past Co-Chair of the Monmouth Bar Association’s Family Law Committee. He has been a Trustee for Monmouth County on the NJSBA’s Board of Trustees and has co-chaired the Legislation and Meeting Arrangements and Program Committees.
In 2010 and 2013 Mr. McGoughran was the recipient of the Distinguished Legislative Service Award bestowed by the New Jersey State Bar Association, and the Monmouth Bar Association Family Law Committee presented him with the Family Lawyer of the Year Award in 2012. He is a regular lecturer on law and ethics topics.
Mr. McGoughran received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and his J.D. from Seton Hall Law School. He was a law clerk to the Honorable Robert W. O’Hagan, JSC.
- Cheyne R. Scott, Esq.
- SECRETARY, Labor and Employment Law Section, NJSBA
Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC, Secaucus
- Stephanie Wilson, Esq.
- Reed Smith, LLP, Princeton
- Beth P. Zoller, Esq.
- KSBranigan Law P.C., Montclair
Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Labor and Employment Law Section
Our annual Employment Law Roundtable will bring you up to date about the most pressing issues facing employers and employees.
- 9:00 | Panel 1 - The Temporary Workers’ Bill of Rights - Robert T. Szyba, Esq.; Beth P. Zoller, Esq.
An overview of the new obligations for temporary help agencies and employers, as well as the protections available to employees and enforcement mechanisms.
- 10:15 | Panel 2 - Recent NLRB Activity - Raymond M. Baldino, Esq.; Stephanie D. Gironda, Esq.; James La Rocca, Esq.
NLRB decisions implicating non-union workers.
- 11:15 | Break
- 11:25 | Panel 3 - Employment Investigations - Andrew Botwin, Esq.; Kirsten S. Branigan, Esq.
A panel discussing best practices for conducting investigations to withstand challenge in litigation, as well as strategic methods of challenging workplace investigations in litigation and at trial
- 12:40 | Lunch
- 1:30 | Panel 4 - Artificial Intelligence and Employment Discrimination - Hon. Ronald J. Hedges; Mark Goldstein, Esq.; Stephanie J. Wilson, Esq.
The application of federal and state law to artificial intelligence
- 2:30 | Panel 5 - Attorney Wellness/Mental Health: A Profession in Crisis - Timothy F. McGoughran, Esq.; Mark Goldstein, Esq.; Cheyne R. Scott, Esq.
A 2023 report from the New Jersey State Bar found much higher rates of anxiety, burnout and suicidal thoughts among the state’s attorneys than workers in other industries.
- 4:00 | Adjourn