9:00 am Assessing the Pros and Cons of Workplace Arbitration
Kate E. Jones, Esq. Kutak Rock LLP
This presentation will discuss the pros and cons of requiring mandatory arbitration as a condition of employment, including the U.S. Supreme Court’s approval of class action waivers in arbitration agreements and other important considerations in drafting an
enforceable arbitration agreement.
9:35 am New Methods and Resources for Civil Case Progression in the Nebraska Federal Court
Honorable Cheryl R. Zwart, United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Nebraska
This presentation will address the Court’s newly adopted civil case management practices and online resources for progression and resolution of civil cases, including how these developments may impact discovery and motion practice in labor and employment cases. This presentation will also discuss the purpose behind these changes and additional changes the Court may consider regarding case progression in the future.
10:35 am Break
10:50 am Advanced Issues in Discrimination PART I: Navigating the Changing Waters of Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation in the Workplace
Susan K. Sapp, Esq. Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather, LLP
This presentation will address special issues arising in connection with transgender or transitioning employees; employee training and awareness, and suggested policies; and provide a recap of the case law on sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination.
11:25 am Advanced Issues in Discrimination PART ll: Evolving Landscape of “Regarded As” Claims Under the ADA
Ashley H. Dugan, Esq. Woods & Aitken LLP
Recent case law permits “regarded as” claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) to proceed to trial under circumstances that suggest a potential expansion. This presentation surveys the landscape of this developing area of law and outlines practical implications for plaintiff and defense attorneys.
12:00 pm Break
12:15 pm Advanced Issues in Discrimination PART lll: Raining Cats and Dogs: Accommodating Assistance Animals in the Workplace
Scott P. Moore, Esq. Baird Holm LLP
Requests for service and emotional support animals in the workplace as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA are on the rise. This session will discuss an employer’s obligation to accommodate employees with a disability-based need for an animal in the workplace, including how to verify the employee’s need for the accommodation and whether the animal’s presence is “reasonable.”
1:00 pm Adjourn