October 6, Employment Law Symposium

Join us in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina for a half-day session to hear about the latest updates in employment law from the North Carolina Department of Labor Employment Discrimination Bureau, Board of Review of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  We will conclude the symposium with a roundtable discussion and Q&A session with three of Ward and Smith's employment law attorneys.


Friday, October 6, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
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Hyatt Place Asheville Downtown
199 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801

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Traveling from out of town?  We've reserved a block of rooms at the Hyatt for the evening of October 5, with a discounted rate of $135.  Guests are responsible for making their own reservations and all costs associated with their stay at the Hyatt.

To make a reservation, call 828.505.8500 and mention Ward and Smith, P.A. to receive the discounted room rate.  The reservation cutoff is September 21, 2017.



The North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education, through its Accreditation Committee, has approved this symposium for CLE activity.  Any North Carolina attorney attending will receive 3.75 hour(s) of CLE credit.


This symposium has been approved for 3.75 (HR (General)) recertification credit hours toward CA, GPHR, HRBP, HRMP, PHR and SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.  For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.


Ward and Smith, P.A. is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.   This program is valid for 3.75 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.  For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.


Ward and Smith, P.A.


7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8:00 a.m. to 8:05 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Ken Gray, Ward and Smith, P.A.

8:05 a.m. to 9:05 a.m.

Insights Into the NCDOL Employment Discrimination Bureau

Tiffany Lathan, Former Bureau Chief, Employment Discrimination Bureau, N.C. Department of Labor

The Employment Discrimination Bureau of the N.C. Department of Labor enforces the Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act ("REDA").  REDA incorporates whistleblower protections related to the Workers' Compensation Act, Wage and Hour Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, Mine Safety and Health Act, hemoglobin C and sickle cell carriers, National Guard Service Discrimination, Genetic Testing Discrimination, and Participation in Juvenile Justice System, Domestic Violence Victims, and Controlled Paraphernalia.  The Bureau's mission is, "to investigate discriminatory practices, conduct fair, impartial and timely complaint investigations, and to increase the possibilities for early resolution and settlement of REDA complaints." 

9:05 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.

Unemployment Insurance Claims

Jeanette Doran, Chairman, Board of Review, N.C. Department of Commerce

This discussion will cover unemployment insurance claims and appeals to the Board of Review.  Key points will include essential documents in discharge cases, examples of misconduct, and examples of good cause. 

9:50 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.


10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Update from the EEOC

Thomas Colclough, Deputy Director, The Raleigh Area Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

A brief discussion on the EEOC's new policy guidance on religious dress (garb).  Tom's discussion also will address pregnancy discrimination and how it relates to the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Finally, he will provide a brief on reasonable accommodation - is reassignment asking too much? 

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Labor and Employment Law Roundtable and Q&A Session

Rendi Mann-Stadt, Ward and Smith, P.A.

Grant Osborne, Ward and Smith, P.A.

Hayley Wells, Ward and Smith, P.A.