Zachary L. Erwin concentrates his civil litigation practice primarily in the areas of workers' compensation and labor and employment defense.
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Now more than ever it is important to analyze your employee handbooks and update the key policies and procedure that protect against potential liability. The areas where employment laws and regulations have changed the most in the last 5-10 years have been: the expansion of protected classes in conjunction with discrimination and harassment issues; expansion of drug testing and accommodation issues in light of the growing legalization of medical marijuana; and work from home rules and policies in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As such, this presentation will focus on necessary updates and tips as it pertains to those three areas of the law and your employee handbooks. Lastly, this presentation will delve into the debate over Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs) and their value when it comes to avoiding and defending potential exposure in our litigious society.
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Date: December 16, 2022
Zachary L. Erwin | Anderson, Coe & King
Zachary L. Erwin concentrates his civil litigation practice primarily in the areas of workers’ compensation and labor and employment defense. Zach has extensive experience in Maryland and the District of Columbia representing employers and insurers in workers’ compensation cases. In Maryland, Zach has successfully handled numerous cases before the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission, in various State Circuit Courts, and before the Maryland Court of Special Appeal and Court of Appeals. In the District of Columbia, Zach has represented employers and insurers before the Office of Workers’ Compensation, Office of Hearings and Adjudication, Compensation Review Board, and the DC Court of Appeals.
Zach’s practice also includes defending employers against individual and collective actions raising employment discrimination, employee benefits, and wage and hour claims under Title VII, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. In that capacity, Zach has vast experience representing employers and insurers in both state and federal court and before state and federal administrative agencies, including: the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, numerous Maryland and D.C. Fair Employment Practices Agencies, the Department of Labor, and MOSH/OSHA. Zach also regularly counsels clients on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including but not limited to: employee handbooks, discrimination and accommodation, wage payment and collection, employee termination, and issues that frequently arise in the overlap between employment law and workers’ compensation.
Prior to joining ACK, Zach was a workers’ compensation and labor and employment litigator with a large regional law firm in Baltimore, where he successfully represented numerous employers and insurers in both workers’ compensation and labor and employment cases in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
I. Discrimination and Harassment Policies and Procedures | 11:00am – 11:30am
II. Work from Home Policies | 11:30am – 12:00pm
Break | 12:00pm – 12:10pm
II. Drug and Alcohol Policies and Procedures | 12:10pm – 12:40pm
IV. Performance Improvement Plans | 12:40pm – 1:10pm