On May 23, 2017, Teske Katz Kitzer & Rochel partner Doug Micko presented a continuing legal education seminar to his peers at the Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute. The Employment Law Institute, billed as “the Nation’s best employment law conference,” is a program that attracted approximately 1,400 lawyers and employment law professionals. Micko, together with his co-panelist Joe Schmitt, presented a session entitled “Blowing the Amended Whistle – Minnesota Whistleblower Litigation.” The discussion focused on Minnesota’s Whistleblower Act, some recent amendments to the Act, and how broad the Act protects employees from retaliation.
On October 4, 2016, Teske Katz Kitzer & Rochel attorney Doug Micko was part of a panel presentation on spoliation of evidence, sponsored by the Hennepin County Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section. The program, entitled, “Spoliation of Evidence: Knowing and Avoiding the Pitfalls,” focused on parties’ obligations to safekeep information for litigation. “Spoliation—destruction of evidence—is becoming more and more of an issue, especially with so much evidence taking electronic forms through text messages and emails these days,” said Micko, “and it’s not an easy road to navigate because the law is quickly changing in this area.” Micko added, “This can be especially true in employment law cases, where witnesses might text critical information back and forth.” Micko was joined on the panel by Elizabeth Gerling, which was moderated by Areti Georgopolous.
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On February 23, 2016, Teske Katz Kitzer & Rochel partners Doug Micko and Marisa Katz presented a continuing legal education (CLE) seminar on “Employment Law Tips and Traps for Business Lawyers.” The presentation included an overview of key employment law developments in federal and state laws, including the recently passed Minnesota Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA), the interplay between the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act after Young v. UPS, retaliation and whistleblower claims, and other topics. The presentation was made as part of Minnesota CLE’s Business Law Webcast Series.
The presentation included an overview of the major employment law-related cases decided in the last term and the implications of such decisions in everyday practice. The seminar also touched on the Court’s current term and key cases that will be decided in 2016 both in the employment and consumer class action areas. The presentation was made as part of Minnesota CLE’s Employment Law Webcast Series.
Each year Minnesota CLE hosts the Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute (ELI), one of the most respected and well-known employment law seminars in the country. The event is held over two days in St. Paul, Minnesota. This year, Doug Micko presented on the “Basics of Minnesota’s Unemployment Insurance Law and Practice.” Micko’s presentation was attended by human resources professionals and colleagues who represent both employees and employers.
Vildan Teske co-moderated a continuing legal education (CLE) seminar today sponsored by the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association entitled “Cultivating a Diverse Pipeline of New Attorneys in Uncertain Legal Times.” The seminar was followed by a reception at the Radisson Blu in downtown Minneapolis. The CLE kicked off with remarks by U.S. Magistrate Judge Tony N. Leung. The panel of speakers included Valerie Jensen, Executive Director of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice; Anthony Winer, Professor of Law at William Mitchell College of Law; Tracy M. Smith, Deputy General Counsel for the University of Minnesota, and; Dr. Luiza Dreasher, Assistant Dean and Director of the Office of Multicultural and International Inclusion at the William Mitchell College of Law. The seminar explored the challenges, obstacles, and the successes in achieving a diverse pipeline of attorneys in Minnesota, as well as the effect of recent U.S. Supreme Court opinions on admission decisions in higher education.
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Vildan Teske presented a webinar along with Major Lyndsey Olson, General Counsel for the Minnesota National Guard, for Minnesota CLE. The CLE presentation was part of the Creditor/Debtor CLE Series. Vildan’s presentation focused on the consumer financial protections contained in the Servicemember Civil Relief Act (SCRA).
At today’s 40th Annual Labor & Employment Law Institute, Doug Micko presented on a continuing education panel along with EEOC Commissioner Jenny R. Yang and other noted attorneys. The panel discussed cutting-edge issues involving pay and pregnancy discrimination. The discussion was prompted by this year marking both the 50th Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act (EPA) and the 35th Anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Doug offered his insights on current developments in both areas, and led a discussion on the interaction between the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).