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The Fifth Annual Loyola Journal of Regulatory Compliance Symposium: Labor & Employment Compliance Issues in the Era of Covid-19

Presented in conjunction with Loyola University Chicago Journal of Regulatory Compliance

Friday, March 12, 2021
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

About the Symposium

This year’s virtual Symposium will bring together practitioners to examine current issues in Labor & Employment compliance with particular attention to issues arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. Practitioners will reflect on a variety of concerns facing employment professionals as advisor, employer, and client.

Video

We will post a video recording of the symposium here following the event.

Symposium Format

This event will be held virtually in a synchronous format using Zoom.

Cost & CLE

This program has been approved for 2.5  hours of General MCLE credit. CLE is complementary this year.

About the Loyola University Chicago Journal of Regulatory Compliance

To stimulate academic discussion of the role of regulatory compliance in today’s business landscape, Loyola created the Loyola University Chicago Journal of Regulatory Compliance. The Journal publishes scholarship from the interdisciplinary perspectives of law, economics, philosophy, and ethics. The journal seeks to advance academic dialogue on managing regulatory risk in a commercial enterprise, the experience of the regulated actor, and analysis of regulations in the context of organized efforts to comply with law.

Inside Compliance Blog

The journal's companion blog, Inside Compliance, to provide up to date content about emerging compliance issues. This blog, authored and run by students, aims to explore what compliance means across a variety of industries, update readers about recent regulatory developments, and serve as a resource on how regulated actors manage their regulatory risk.

Symposium Agenda (CST)

9:30am – 9:40am (CST): Welcome and Introduction

  • Professor Steve Naughton, Director of the Center for Compliance Studies, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • Dean Zelda Harris, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Director, Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy; Mary Ann G. McMorrow Professor of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

9:40am – 10:30am (CST): * Session 1 - Work in the Time of COVID-19: Polarities, Variants & Mutations of Employment Law"

Moderated by Yunge Li, Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Journal of Regulatory Compliance Publications Executive Editor

  • Ellen Hunt, Vice President, Compliance Program Operations & Chief Privacy Officer at LifePoint Health
  • Colleen Kirkpatrick, Director of Human Resources and Compliance & Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer at Ethos Laboratories
  • Linda Maremont, Director of Human Resources at First Supply LLC
  • Kendall Mills, Senior Counsel at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)

10:30am – 11:25am (CST): *Session 2 - Compliance Across Multiple States, Cities, Counties - Legal Impacts and People Impacts”

Moderated by Haley Burridge, Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Journal of Regulatory Compliance Symposium & Marketing Executive Editor

  • Colleen Kirkpatrick, Director of Human Resources and Compliance & Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer at Ethos Laboratories
  • Linda Maremont, Director of Human Resources at First Supply LLC
  • Kendall Mills, Senior Counsel at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)

11:25am – 11:30am (CST): Break

11:30am – 12:25pm (CST): *Session 3 - “COVID-19 And Employment Law Compliance: Workplace Leave and Accommodations; Wage and Hour Issues; EEOC Guidance; COVID-19 Vaccine Considerations; Off-Duty Conduct Challenges; and Litigation Trends”

Moderated by Alayna Frauhiger, Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Journal of Regulatory Compliance Editor-in-Chief

  • Sara Eber Fowler, Partner, Labor & Employment at Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Priya Prakash Khatkhate, Associate at Jackson Lewis P.C.
  • Kristin Michaels, Partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP

12:25pm – 12:30pm (CST): Closing Remarks

  • Professor Steve Naughton, Director of the Center for Compliance Studies, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

* Session 1, 2 & 3 are broken down by time as follows: 5-minute introductions, 40-minute presentation, and 10 minutes moderated Q&A

Symposium Presenters

Featured Speaker: “Work in the Time of COVID-19: Polarities, Variants & Mutations of Employment Law”

Ellen Hunt, Vice President, Compliance Program Operations & Chief Privacy Officer at LifePoint Health

Ellen is a lawyer, ethics & compliance professional, audit executive, and chief privacy officer. She has expertise in identifying, evaluating and mitigating risks as an advisor to the Board of Directors and senior management. She has over 20 years of management experience in various industries in creating, designing, implementing, and operating world class ethics and compliance programs including board governance and reporting, designing instructor led and on-line ethics education, creating policy management frameworks, managing enterprise and compliance risk processes as well as handling investigations and regulatory agency inquiries.

She has deep knowledge of the regulatory requirements for governmental grants and contracts, has managed litigation matters, and redesigned audit planning processes to identify and mitigate risk.

Ellen currently serves as the Vice President, Compliance Program Operations and Chief Privacy Officer for LifePoint Health, a national network with 65,000 employees in 88 hospitals, post-acute services, and outpatient centers operating in 30 states. Before joining LifePoint, she has served as the Senior Vice President ~ Audit, Ethics & Compliance Officer for AARP, a 38 million member not-for-profit association that advocates for those 50+ to empower them to choose how they live as they age. Ellen created the first Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics for the AARP Boards and established an ethics and compliance program from seven-page conflict of interest policy to AARP being honored as a World's Most Ethical Company in 2019 and 2020. 

PANEL 1: "Compliance Across Multiple States, Cities, Counties - Legal Impacts and People Impacts”

Colleen Kirkpatrick, Director of Human Resources and Compliance and Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer for Ethos Laboratories

Colleen E. Kirkpatrick is a Director of Human Resources and Compliance and Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer for Ethos Laboratories. Kirkpatrick is responsible for planning, oversight, and coordination of activities to drive effective compliance with regulatory requirements and policies across the Ethos Laboratories markets. She, additionally, is responsible for leading the human resources department, with a focus on developing and executing recruiting, talent acquisition and employee relations strategies that represent the organization’s culture and values. As a member of the executive team, Ms. Kirkpatrick contributes directly to long and short-term strategic objectives of the organization while maximizing organizational effectiveness. She oversees HR programs and initiatives that enhance the employee experience and partners with leaders across the organization.

Kirkpatrick was most recently a 2020 C-Suite Finalist as Chief Human Resources Officer for her human resources and compliance work during the pandemic.

Kirkpatrick holds a law degree from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, and a LL.M from Loyola School of Law. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati. She also holds a SHRM-CP Certification

Linda Maremont, Director of Human Resources at First Supply LLC

Linda is currently the Human Resources Executive at First Supply LLC. First Supply® is a leading main channel wholesale distributor and features manufacturer product lines in the plumbing, heating, air conditioning, builder, waterworks, pump/well & septic, industrial and municipal markets. Headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, First Supply also owns and operates 18 Kitchen & Bath Stores in 5 midwestern states under the Gerhard's Kitchen & Bath and Kohler Signature Store brands.  First Supply has more than 700 employees in 46 operating facilities/stores serving Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, and Kansas. The company has over $60 million in inventory and over $300 million in annual sales. 

Linda is an enthusiastic Human Resources leader with a broad track record of accomplishments at large organizations in a variety of industries, both national and international, including legal, commercial insurance, and fleet leasing.  She has broad experience as an HR generalist and business partner as well as specialties in Compensation, Benefits and Talent Acquisition. Experienced at forging strong partnerships with business leaders and staff, providing solutions that are competitive, motivational, and aligned with business needs, she is a strong team leader with both strategic and operational agility. Linda has forged a solid reputation for partnering with business leaders by providing excellent customer service across the HR platform, devising solutions for talent needs.

Kendall Mills, Senior Counsel, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)

Kendall Mills is Senior Counsel for Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), which employs more than 90,000 employees in 80 countries.  JLL is a leader in the areas of commercial real estate and professional services and has been voted one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for eleven consecutive years.   In her role as Senior Counsel, Mills provides advice and counsel on employment and benefits matters, ensures statutory compliance with employment laws, and drafts and assists in the development and implementation of company policies and programs.  Prior to joining JLL, Ms. Mills was Employment Counsel at Allstate Insurance Company where she provided employment law advice and counsel to clients, managed litigation and directed internal ethics investigations.  Ms. Mills received her Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois at Chicago John Marshall Law School in Chicago. 

PANEL 2: “COVID-19 And Employment Law Compliance: Workplace Leave and Accommodations; Wage and Hour Issues; EEOC Guidance; COVID-19 Vaccine Considerations; Off-Duty Conduct Challenges; and Litigation Trends” 

Sara Eber Fowler, Partner, Labor & Employment, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Sara is a Partner in Seyfarth Shaw’s Labor and Employment Group in Chicago.  She is also a proud 2009 Loyola Law graduate.  Sara’s practice focuses on advising employers on a wide variety of employment matters, and in particular, areas related to employee leave and accommodation requests and compliance with federal, state and local leave laws -- like the FMLA, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and predictable scheduling laws.  Sara also helps employers prepare employment policies and handbooks, conducts investigations to assist companies in responding to employee concerns about discrimination and harassment in the workplace, and defends such claims before courts and administrative agencies. 

Over the years, Sara has been an avid participant in Seyfarth’s pro bono programs, ranging from successfully representing clients seeking asylum to helping non-profit organizations manage their operations.

Outside of work, Sara is typically chasing her 4 and almost 2-year old sons around, and enjoys cooking for said boys. 

Priya P. Khatkhate, Associate, Jackson Lewis P.C.

Priya Khatkhate is an associate in the Chicago office of Jackson Lewis. She has experience in representing management in a range of employment and labor matters including defending administrative charges, handling both state and federal litigation, and labor arbitrations. Priya also has experience in counseling employers on leave and vacation policies, handbooks, separation agreements, ADA accommodations issues, and FMLA compliance. 

Kristin Michaels, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Kristin Michaels focuses her practice on all aspects of labor and employment litigation and counseling. Her practice is national in scope and her clients include employers from a wide range of industries.

Kristin has litigated numerous cases from inception through trial before federal and state trial courts, courts of appeal, the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor, and arbitration tribunals throughout the United States. These cases have involved a full spectrum of labor and employment issues arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the National Labor Relations Act, the Age Discrimination In Employment Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Section 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act, and various other federal and state statutes, as well as contractual issues and terminations under collective bargaining agreements.

In the counseling arena, Kristin routinely advises and trains companies on all forms of employment corporate compliance and conducts internal employment investigations and audits. She also advises companies and boards of directors on executive retention and separation, and the full spectrum of labor and employment issues involved in sales, acquisitions and other forms of corporate transactions.

Closing Remarks 

Professor Steve Naughton, Director of Regulatory Compliance Studies, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Professor Naughton joins Loyola after more than 30 years of experience an an attorney managing risk and compliance efforts for large multinational corporations. Specifically, Steve has served as a Chief Compliance Officer, overseeing the Litigation and Compliance functions, of three well-known consumer brands. 

For the past three years, Steve has served as a member of the monitorship team overseeing Volkswagen’s remediation efforts after its emissions scandal. Steve has worked on the team responsible for assisting Volkswagen in designing and implementing an appropriate compliance function and program to prevent, detect and resolve compliance risks with the world’s largest automaker. 

Before his work on the monitorship team, Steve was the Vice President and Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer of Kimberly-Clark, a multinational corporation operating in more than 100 countries. He served in the same role at PepsiCo. Both programs were recognized as industry leaders with PepsiCo receiving the first perfect 100 score for its compliance program from the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.  Steve was recognized as a “Top Mind in Compliance” by Compliance Week in its inaugural class of honorees. 

Prior to working as a Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Steve held numerous positions as an in-house attorney for PepsiCo and The Quaker Oats Company. He was also elected as a partner at the late, great Chicago law firm, Pope Ballard Shepard and Fowle.  He is a member of the bar of the State of Illinois.