Social Justice in the Workplace: Corporate Responsibility and Compliance

2021 Talent Conference & Expo
Attendies will learn the recommended best practices when responding to employee demands for social justice.

In this unprecedented time of social unrest, employees are crying out for leadership from their employers. And although employers may be sympathetic, they are also wary of the legal implications, as well as the potential business implications, of engaging in or offering social justice programs at work. This session will explain the do's and don'ts regarding corporate social justice initiatives in the workplace, and discuss the impact on employee recruiting and retention. The session will also address the legal implication of such programs, including the potential for disparate impact discrimination claims and affirmative action issues.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the intersection between employment law and social justice.
  • Understand  the delicate balance an employer must maintain to both permit employees to engage in legally acceptable activities about which they feel passionate, and comply with the law.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 10:15am to 11:15am

Kelly Dobbs Bunting

Kelly Dobbs

Kelly Bunting litigates federal and state class and collective actions alleging wage and hour violations, misclassification, overtime, minimum wage and off-theclock work. She also defends employers around the country in single plaintiff litigation involving gender, age, disability, race, national origin, religious and pregnancy discrimination, harassment and retaliation; whistleblower claims; theft of trade secrets; breach of duty; breach of employment agreements and restrictive covenants. Kelly is Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice's Workplace Compliance & Counseling group. She has appeared before the EEOC, the NLRB, the DOL and many state agencies.

She drafts and negotiates national and international employment agreements, secondment agreements, settlement and severance agreements. She has represented employers in numerous U.S. Department of Labor audits and investigations, and has conducted labor and employment due diligence in many M&A transactions. Kelly advises multinational clients on workplace policies, best practices, internal investigations, cross-border issues and employment-related FCPA/anticorruption law compliance. She is a founding member of the Workplace Compliance and Counseling group, and has spoken on U.S. and international L&E topics around the world. Bunting was listed as “Recommended” in The Legal 500 United States for Workplace and Employment Counseling for multiple years and has been listed in Who’s Who in Labour & Employment Law since 2018. She was also listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Labor and Employment in 2021, an honor she first received in 2019.

Jamie R. Rich

Jamie R.

Jamie R. Rich represents employers in all areas of labor and employment law before state and federal agencies and in courts across the country. Jamie focuses much of her practice on traditional labor law, representing management in collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations, and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. She helps clients navigate representation proceedings and union organizing drives. Jamie also maintains an active employment litigation practice, defending clients against harassment, discrimination, and retaliation lawsuits. She also regularly handles administrative charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state agencies.

Jamie maintains a strong counseling practice and she enjoys advising clients on day-to-day employment matters. She routinely consults with human resources professionals, executives, and board members regarding all aspects of the employment relationship, including hiring and firing practices, employment contracts, enforceability of covenants not to compete, and reductions in force. She often advises foreign and out-of-state companies with a California presence on unique California-related employment issues. Jamie also Co-Chairs the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s Labor-Management Relations group.

Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Ethical Practice
Relationship Management
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