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Making the Most of Evidence in Your Employment Cases
Chief Judge Sanchez, Judge Heffley, Judge Rice, Ms. Mattiacci, Mr. Torchia, Mr. S. Console (moderator)
Here is your chance to take away practical tips from the judges on the best use of evidence in your employment cases. Hear the candid discussion of the judges about strategies to make the most of your evidence.

EEOC Update from the Regional Director
Ms. Lawrence
Find out the latest developments in EEO law and EEOC litigation from the Philadelphia Regional Attorney. Always a crowd pleaser!

Managing the Media (ETHICS)
Ms. Bond, Ms. Rubel, Mr. Simon, Mr. Goldshaw (moderator)
The media can be a powerful force in shaping public perception. There can be strategic advantages, as well as disadvantages, to having the media take an interest in your legal matter. If you have a case that garners media attention, how can you manage the media within the ethics rules? Come to hear a discussion on: • navigating Rule 3.6 • communicating in a way your message can be heard • do’s and don’ts when it comes to talking to the media • managing media inquiries • having a plan for when the media comes calling • working effectively with third party partners such as PR firms and crisis agencies.

Blurred Lines Between Work and Play: Employer Regulation of Off-Duty Conduct
Ms. Humma, Mr. Pedrow
How far can employers go in taking action against employees based on off-duty conduct? Using fact patterns and examples, we will focus on how employers may address: • off-duty criminal activity • off-duty marijuana use • off-duty conduct statutes • social media activity • moonlighting • relationships.

Nuts and Bolts of Managing Employer Liability During COVID-19
Mr. Ezold, Ms. Grubbs
With the concerns regarding the spread and impact of COVID-19, many of your clients moved to remote working environments. Discussions will include a walk-through of the employment laws effected by a remote working environment.  Join us for a discussion of how the pandemic has affected many of the employment laws and how to keep your clients in compliance.

Flexible Work Arrangements
Ms. Barish, Mr. Bell, Ms. Tiernan
Technology is transforming the workplace. Many employees, not just Millennials and Gen Z workers, want or expect a flexible work schedule. But what are some pitfalls with that flexibility? Is regular attendance even an essential function of the job? When must you adjust work schedules or permit work from home as a reasonable accommodation to an employee’s disability? When is leave an FMLA issue? Learn when flexibility, or the lack of flexibility, in schedules could implicate employment or wage and hour laws.

Recorded in July 2020.

Practice Areas


Wendi D. Barish Esq. Philadelphia Housing Authority
Jennifer C. Bell Esq. Bell & Bell LLP
Robin F. Bond Esq. Transition Strategies LLC
Stephen G. Console Esq. Console Mattiacci Law, LLC
Christopher E. Ezold Esq. The Ezold Law Firm PC
Scott B. Goldshaw Esq. Salmanson Goldshaw PC
Rhonda K. Grubbs Esq. Wisler Pearlstine, LLP (Blue Bell)
Hon. Marilyn Heffley United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Tara L. Humma Esq. Ballard Spahr LLP (NJ)
Debra M. Lawrence Esq. US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Laura C. Mattiacci Esq. Console Mattiacci Law, LLC
Brian D. Pedrow Esq. Ballard Spahr LLP (Phila)
Hon. Timothy R. Rice United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Gina Furia Rubel Esq. Furia Rubel Communications, Inc.
Hon. Juan R. Sánchez United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Theodore Simon Esq.
Mary M. Tiernan Esq. US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Michael J. Torchia Esq. Semanoff Ormsby Greenberg & Torchia, LLC
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