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

Date(s) of Presentation
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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Program Description:

The United States Supreme Court has issued a number of significant opinions over the past few months that address employment laws and practices, including harassment, retaliation, arbitration, and collective action wage claims. The impact of these decisions will be both immediate and far reaching. This webinar, featuring experienced employment and labor attorneys from around the country, will offer insight into these decisions, the impact and ramifications for employers, and what best practices should look like going forward. The presenters will also briefly discuss the potential impact of the Fisher v. University of Texas affirmative action decision, the recess appointments of NLRB members, and whether Congress will take steps to undo any of these Supreme Court decisions. Among the cases that will be discussed are:

  • Vance v. Ball State University: Are there steps an employer should take to reduce the potential for harassment liability based on "supervisor" actions?
  • University of Southwestern Texas Medical Center v. Nassar:   Is this the end of retaliation claims as we know them, or a case that only lawyers can love?
  • American Express v. Italian Colors Restaurant: Should an employer consider changes to arbitration agreements?
  • Genesis HealthCare Corp. v. Symczyk:  A new defense for employers facing a collective-action lawsuit for unpaid wages?


  • Michael Porter, Moderator, Miller Nash LLP, Portland, OR
  • Phyllis G. Cancienne, Baker Donelson Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Ian P. Cooper, Tueth, Keeney, Cooper, Mohan & Jackstadt, P.C., St. Louis, MO
  • Margaret M. (Molly) DiBianca, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, Wlimington, DE
  • George R. McFall, Modrall Sperling Roehl Harris & Sisk, Albuquerque, NM