Upcoming Events


Consumer Privacy: How to Avoid or Prevail in Class Action Litigation

This month we will cover recent trends in class action litigation related to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and data breaches. The panelists will discuss how class action lawsuits evolve and what drives them. In addition, they will discuss litigation avoidance strategies and potential defenses when these kinds of cases arise.

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Previous ELA Webinars


Workplace Safety and Health: What Companies Doing Business in Bangladesh, China, and India Need to Know

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European Works Councils: Challenges Facing Multi-National Employers Doing Business throughout Europe

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China Labor and Employment Law Update (offered in Chinese only at this time)

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Demystifying Business Immigration Law and Compliance for U.S. Employers

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The BYOD Workplace and the 24/7 Employee: Managing Legal Risks for Employers

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Maximum Marketing with the ELA

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The NLRB Comes to Campus: An Update on Union Activity at U.S. Institutions of Higher Education

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Hot Topics in Employment Law for the Oil and Gas Industry: A Global Perspective

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A Year in Review: Key U.S. Labor and Employment Law Developments in 2013 and What to Expect in 2014

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Redundancies in Asia and the Pacific: What Employers Need to Know - South Asia and the Pacific Session

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Redundancies in Asia and the Pacific: What Employers Need to Know - North Asia Session

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Drugs, Alcohol, Social Media, and Harassment in the Workplace: A Canadian Overview

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Key Employment Issues for U.S. Employers in the Hospitality Industry

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The U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 Employment Law Decisions: Key Considerations for Employers

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Affirmative Action and OFCCP Regulations and Audits: When and How They Apply to Your Business

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Hot Topics in Labor Law Affecting the Retail and Restaurant Industry: A Global Perspective

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Preventing Workplace Violence in the U.S.: Critical Legal, Behavioral, and Operational Considerations for Employers

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M&A in the Middle East and North Africa: Key Issues for Employers

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New Developments in European Labour and Employment Law – What Employers Need to Know

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A Year in Review: Key U.S. Employment Law Developments in 2012 and What to Expect in 2013

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Employers Beware: Major Changes in Mexican labor and Employment Law

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Global Workforce Mobility: What Employers Need to Know

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Hot Topics in Canadian Employment Law: A Coast-to-Coast Review

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Hot Topics in U.S. Labor and Employment Law for the Hospitality Industry

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Can Employers Demand to See Employees' and Applicants' Facebook Pages?

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Harassment and Discrimination Issues in Latin America

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Social Media and Privacy: Challenges Facing European Employers

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Hot Topics in U.S. Wage and Hour Law

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Social Media and Disciplining Employees: What Employers Need to Know

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Hiring and Firing Workers in Asia and the Pacific

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A Year in Review: Key U.S. Labor and Employment Law Developments in 2011 and What to Expect in 2012

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Latest Developments in Human Rights in Canada: A Coast-to-Coast Overview

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Making Your ELA Membership Work Harder for You

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Hiring and Firing Workers in Benelux

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Mergers and Acquisitions in Latin America: What Every Employer Needs to Know

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The U.S. Federal Government’s Attempt to Strengthen the Power of Unions – and Why You Should Care

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Hiring Workers in South Africa

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Class Action Waivers and Enforceable Arbitration Agreements after the Supreme Court's 2011 Decision in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion

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Hiring Workers in Eastern Europe and the CIS Countries

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Hiring Workers in East Africa

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Outsourcing in Europe: What Employers Need to Know

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Multi-National Companies Doing Business Abroad – Avoiding Common Business Immigration Pitfalls

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A Year in Review: Key U.S. Labor Law Developments in 2010 and What to Expect in 2011

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A Year in Review: Key U.S. Employment Law Developments in 2010 and What to Expect in 2011

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Union Establishment and Labor Unrest: What Every Employer Doing Business in China Needs to Know - Asia Session

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Union Establishment and Labor Unrest: What Every Employer Doing Business in China Needs to Know - North America Session

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Transfer of Data and Personal Information Across Borders in the EU

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Labor and Employment Law Issues Triggered by Mergers and Acquisitions in the U.S.

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Cultural Considerations for Conducting Business in a Global Economy - Sessions 1 and 2

Cultural Considerations for Conducting Business in a Global Economy - Sessions 1 and 2

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Your Top Talent Walks Out the Door: Now What?

How to Stop Your Competitors from Raiding Your Workforce and Engaging in Unfair Competition in the U.S. and Canada

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MySpace is Not Your Space: What Employers Need to Know about Employee Social Networking

With the advent of more and more social networking tools, it is becoming increasingly easier - and often more common - for employees to connect outside of work to talk about work.

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Opening a Business and Hiring Workers in Latin America

Latin and South American countries are becoming increasingly attractive to multi-national companies seeking to open offices on a global basis.

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An OFCCP Audit -- Coming to a "Theatre" Near You....

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) within the U.S. Department of Labor is responsible for enforcing the nondiscrimination and affirmative action obligations applicable to federal contractors and subcontractors. Failure to fully comply with these rules puts your government contracts in jeopardy. OFCCP recently received a large increase in funding and personnel, which it intends to devote primarily to enhanced enforcement. Regardless of whether your business is publicly or privately owned, for-profit or non-profit, based in the U.S. or overseas, you need to understand how these new developments will affect your organization.

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Hiring, Documenting, and Terminating H-1B Workers in a Climate of Increased Government Scrutiny

What In-House Counsel and H.R. Professionals Need to Know

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Caution Advised: Federal and State Laws Regulating Pre-Employment Screening and Safe Hiring

Failure to exercise diligence when hiring new employees can result in workplace violence, fraud, embezzlement and the legal and financial nightmare that can come from hiring someone with a false credential or who is not qualified. To avoid bad hiring decisions, employers increasingly turn to pre-employment background screening as a risk management tool.

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Conducting Employee Background Checks in the EU: Is it Legal? Is it Advisable?

While employers in the United States have been conducting background checks on prospective employees for years, it still is a relatively new concept for companies in the EU. American companies have been doing this to uncover resume fraud, screen out potentially dangerous employees, and ascertain whether there has been a past history of criminal or other dangerous behavior.

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Conducting an Effective Internal Investigation in the United States

This webinar is a follow-up to the October 2009 webinar on conducting employee investigations, but will be devoted exclusively to addressing the special and unique issues that arise when investigating employee misconduct in the United States

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Conducting an Effective Internal Investigation - A Global Perspective

Conducting internal investigations of employee conduct has been common practice in the U.S. for years, and is only recently becoming a world-wide phenomenon. When grappling with a claim of harassment, discrimination, theft, retaliation, or workplace violence, a multi-national company needs to ensure that its investigation is handled consistently from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and is thorough and professional; otherwise, it faces a real prospect of expensive litigation and significant liability.

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Doing Business in the Muslim World - Europe

Practical Issues for Employers and Employees

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Doing Business in the Muslim World - North/South America

Practical Issues for Employers and Employees

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Asia and the Pacific - Making Tough Personnel Decisions in a Global Recession:

How to Do Them Right and Minimize Liability

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Africa and Middle East - Making Tough Personnel Decisions in a Global Recession

The global recession has impacted every region in the world. Multi-national companies are being forced to make tough but necessary personnel decisions in all of their operations. One of many challenges is ensuring that layoffs and redundancies are implemented in compliance with local laws, which can vary greatly from country to country and often from region to region within a given jurisdiction.

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Reducing Your Exposure to Pay Discrimination Claims

How Employers Doing Business in the U.S. Should Respond to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

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Europe: Making Tough Personnel Decisions in a Global Recession

The global recession has impacted every region in the world. Multi-national companies are being forced to make tough but necessary personnel decisions in all of their operations. One of many challenges is ensuring that layoffs and redundancies are implemented in compliance with local laws, which can vary greatly from country to country and often from region to region within a given jurisdiction.

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United States: Making Tough Personnel Decisions in a Global Recession

How to Do Them Right and Minimize Liability

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Immigration Issues For Employers

What In-House Counsel and Human Resources Professionals Need to Know

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Immunity Gone! Will Jail Be Next?

What You Need to Know about Doing Business in Iraq in 2009 and Beyond

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Changes to the ADA and FMLA

What In-house Counsel and Human Rresources Professionals Need to Know

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Anticipating the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)

Enactment of the Employee Free Choice Act ("EFCA"), which will result in a new paradigm for union organizing and collective bargaining, is certain to be at the top of the legislative agenda for President-Elect Obama. The information presented during both webinars reviewed how the new paradigm will work, how unions may approach negotiations for that all-important first contract, and why interest arbitration for a first contract will make the practical and legal landscape unrecognizable.

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Redirection for Webex

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Client Successes

Altra Industrial Motion Inc.

Altra Industrial Motion Inc. has multiple locations in the U.S., as well as Central America, Europe, and Asia. The Employment Law Alliance has proved to be a great asset in assisting us in dealing with employment issues and matters in such diverse venues as Mexico, Australia, and Spain. We have obtained excellent results using the ELA network for matters ranging from a multi-state review of employment policies to assisting with individual employment issues in a variety of foreign jurisdictions.

In one instance, we were faced with an employment dispute with a former associate in Mexico that had the potential for substantial economic exposure. The matter had been pending for over a year, and we were not confident in the employment advice we had been receiving. I obtained a referral to the ELA counsel in Mexico, who was able to obtain a favorable resolution of the dispute in only a few days. Based on our experiences with the ELA, we would not hesitate to use its many resources for future employment law needs.

American University in Bulgaria

In my career I have been a practicing attorney, counsel to the Governor of Maine, and CEO of a major public utility. I have worked with many lawyers in many settings. When the American University in Bulgaria needed help with employment litigation in federal court in Syracuse, New York, we turned to Pierce Atwood, the ELA member we knew and trusted in Maine, for a referral. We were extremely pleased with the responsiveness and high quality of service we received from Bond Schoeneck & King, the ELA's firm in upstate New York. I would not hesitate to recommend the ELA to any employer.

David T. Flanagan
Member of Board of Trustees 

Arcata Associates

I really enjoyed the Conducting an Effective Internal Investigation in the United States webinar.  We are in the midst of a rather delicate employee relations issue in California right now and the discussion helped me tremendously.  It also reinforced things that you tend to forget if you don't do these investigations frequently.  So, many, many thanks to the Employment Law Alliance for putting that webinar together.  It was extremely beneficial.

Lynn Clayton
Vice President, Human Resources

Barrett Business Services, Inc.

I recently participated in the ELA-sponsored webinar on the Employee Free Choice Act.  I was most impressed with that presentation.  It was extremely helpful and very worthwhile.  I have also been utilizing the ELA's online Global Employer Handbook.  This compliance tool is absolutely terrific. 

I am familiar with several other products that purport to provide up-to- date employment law information and I believe that this resource is superior to other similar compliance manuals.  I am delighted that the ELA provides this free to its members' clients.

Boyd Coffee Company

Employment Law Alliance (ELA) has provided Boyd Coffee Company with a highly valued connection to resources, important information and learning. With complex operations and employees working in approximately 20 states, we are continually striving to keep abreast of specific state laws, many of which vary from state to state. We have participated in the ELA web seminars and have found the content very useful. We appreciate the ease, cost effectiveness and quality of the content and presenters offered by these web seminars.  The Global Employer Handbook has provided our company with a very helpful overview of legal issues in the various states in which we operate, and the network of attorneys has helped us manage issues that have arisen in states other than where our Roastery and corporate headquarters are located in Portland, Oregon.

Capgemini Outsourcing Services GmbH

As an international operating outsourcing and consulting supplier Capgemini has used firms of the Employment Law Alliance in Central Europe. We were always highly satisfied with the quality of employment law advice and the responsiveness. I can really recommend the ELA lawyers.

Hirschfeld Kraemer

As an employment lawyer based in San Francisco, I work closely with high tech clients with operations around the globe. Last year, one of my clients needed to implement a workforce reduction in a dozen countries simultaneously. And they gave me 48 hours to accomplish this. I don't know how I could have pulled this off without the resources of the ELA. I don't know of any single law firm that could have made this happen. My client received all of the help they needed in a timely fashion and on a cost effective basis.

Stephen J. Hirschfeld

Hollywood Entertainment Corporation

As the Vice President for Litigation & Associate General Counsel for my company, I need to ensure that we have a team of top-notch employment lawyers in place in every jurisdiction where we do business. And I want to be confident that those lawyers know our business so they don't have to reinvent the wheel when a new legal matter arises. With more than 3400 stores and 35,000 employees operating in all 50 U.S. states and across Canada, we rely on the ELA to partner with us to help accomplish our objectives. I have been delighted with the consistent high quality of the work performed by ELA lawyers. I encourage other in-house counsel to use their services, as well.

Ingram Micro

Ingram Micro is the world's largest technology distributor, providing sales, marketing, and logistics services for the IT industry around the globe. With over 13,000 employees working throughout the U.S. and in 35 international countries, we need employment lawyers who we can count on to ensure global legal compliance. Our experience with many multi-state and multi-national law firms is that their employment law services are not always a high priority for them, and many do not have experts in many of their offices. The ELA has assembled an excellent team of highly skilled employment lawyers, wherever and whenever I need them, and they have proven to be an invaluable resource to our company.

Konami Gaming

Our company, Konami Gaming, Inc., is growing rapidly in a very diverse and highly regulated industry. We are aggressively entering new markets outside the domestic U.S., including Canada and South America. I have had the recent opportunity to utilize the services provided by the ELA. The legal advice was both responsive and professional. Most of all, the entire process was seamless since our Nevada attorney coordinated the services and legal advice requested. I look forward to working with the ELA in the future, as it serves as a great resource to the legal community.

Jennifer Martinez
Vice President, Human Resources

Nikkiso Cryo, Inc.

Until recently, I was unaware of the ELA's existence. We have subsidiaries and affiliates throughout the United States, as well as in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. When a recent legal issue arose in Texas, our long-time Nevada counsel, who is a member of the ELA, suggested that this matter be handled by his ELA colleague in Dallas. We are very pleased with the quality and timeliness of services provided by that firm, and we are excited to now have the ELA as an important asset to help us address employment law issues worldwide.

Palm, Inc.

The ELA network has been immensely important to our company in helping us address an array of human resources challenges around the world. I strongly encourage H.R. executives who have employees located in many different jurisdictions to utilize the ELA's unparalleled expertise and geographic coverage.

Stacy Murphy
Former Senior Director of Human Resources

Rich Products

As the General Counsel for a company with 6,500 employees operating across the U.S. and in eight countries, it is critical that I have top quality lawyers on the ground where we do business. The ELA is an indispensable resource. It has taken the guesswork out of finding the best employment counsel wherever we have a problem.

Jill K. Bond
Senior Vice President/General Counsel, Shared Services and Benefits

Ricoh Americas Corporation

We have direct sales and service offices all over the U.S., but have not necessarily had the need in the past for assistance with legal work in every state where we have a business presence. From time to time, we suddenly find ourselves facing a legal issue in a state where we have no outside counsel relationship. It has been a real benefit to know that the ELA has assembled such an impressive team of experts throughout the U.S. and overseas.

A few years ago, we faced a very tough discrimination lawsuit in Mississippi. We had never had to retain a lawyer there before. I was absolutely delighted with the Mississippi ELA firm. We received an excellent result. They will no doubt handle all of our employment law matters in Mississippi in the future. I have also obtained the assistance of several other ELA firms around the U.S. and have received the same outstanding service. The ELA is a tremendous resource for our company.

Roberts-Gordon LLC

Our affiliated companies have used the Employment Law Alliance in connection with numerous acquisitions, and have always been extremely pleased with our ability to obtain the highest quality legal advice on due diligence issues from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. We have found the Employment Law Alliance firms to be not only first rate with respect to their legal advice but also responsive and timely in assisting us with federal and state law issues critical to our due diligence efforts. We consider the Employment Law Alliance to be an important part of our team.

Rockwell Collins, Inc.

We have partnered with many ELA firms on the development and execution of case management strategies with very positive results. We have been very pleased with the legal advice and counsel provided by the law firms we have utilized who are affiliated with the Employment Law Alliance. The ELA firms we have worked with are customer focused, responsive, and thorough in their approach to handling labor and employment law matters.

Elizabeth Daly
Assistant General Counsel


Sanmina-SCI has facilities strategically located in key regions throughout the world. Our customers expect that we will provide them with the highest quality and most sophisticated services in the marketplace. We have that same expectation for the lawyers with whom we do business. With operations in 17 countries, we need to be certain that we have a team of lawyers working together to address our employment law needs worldwide. The ELA has delivered exactly what it promised-- seamless and consistent high quality services delivered in each locale around the globe. It has quickly become a key asset for our human resources department.


We own, manage, and franchise hotels throughout the U.S. and in more than 90 countries. With more than 145,000 employees worldwide, ensuring that we comply with the complex web of local labor and employment laws in every one of these jurisdictions is a daunting task. The Employment Law Alliance has served as an important resource for us and we have benefited greatly from its expertise and long reach. When a legal dispute or issue has arisen in some far-flung place, Employment Law Alliance lawyers have always provided responsive, practical, and cost-effective assistance.

Wilmington Trust Corporation

Wilmington Trust has used the ELA to locate firms in California, Washington State, Georgia, and Europe. Our experience with the ELA lawyers with whom we have worked has always been one of complete satisfaction and prompt, practical advice.

Michael A. DiGregorio
General Counsel