Employment Law Check-Up:
Top Issues for DC, MD, and VA Employers to Know in 2017
October 26, 2017
Federal and state laws are rapidly developing in the employment law arena. HR professionals should understand the changing terrain of employment law on both the state and federal levels and issues to be aware of in 2017.
The session will educate employers about key legal issues that employers with employees in the DC, MD, and VA must know to be in compliance with state and federal employment laws. The session will include information about major developments in laws regarding sick leave, social media policies, wage and hour issues, and discrimination and retaliation. This topic is important to businesses that have employees in the DC, MD, and VA, as these employers could face civil and potentially criminal penalties for violating the employment laws discussed.
1. Identifying Problematic Social Media Policies--‐Employers will understand the key issues to look for in social media polices that are not compliant with federal and potentially local laws.
2. Understanding of key changes to Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Employers will understand the key changes to the FLSA and how this will affect an employee's classification as an exempt or non-exempt employee.
3. Retaliation and Discrimination--‐Employers will understand the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's 2016 guidance on retaliation and understand how to avoid retaliation claims by employees and what to do if such a claim is made.
4. Miscellaneous Key State Laws--‐ Employers will understand hot topics that state agencies regulating employers are focusing on in 2017, such as misclassification of employees as independent contractors, equal pay, and proper use of background checks.
Ms. Childress represents private companies and non-profit organizations, both large and small, in matters relating to employment law.
Ms. Childress has litigated retaliation, discrimination, sexual harassment, non-competition, trade secret, unfair labor practice, and whistleblower cases before various tribunals. She serves clients in general business transactions with employees and independent contractors. Ms. Childress drafts agreements such as employment agreements, consulting agreements, termination agreements, and confidentiality agreements. She also routinely reviews employment handbooks and employee policies for compliance with federal, state, and local law.
Ms. Childress holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and African American Studies from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. Ms. Childress graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with High Distinction from the University of Virginia in 2007. After law school, Ms. Childress served as a federal judicial law clerk for the Honorable Alexander Williams, Jr. in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Ms. Childress has served as an associate at two large, international law firms and as an attorney for the United States Department of Justice.
While in law school, Ms. Childress was an editorial board member for the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law. She was also an executive board member of the Student Bar Association. Additionally, while in law school, she served as a legal intern in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. She is an alumnus of the National Trial Advocacy College.
Ms. Childress is admitted to practice in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia.
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