If The Business Cycle Is Slowing, Workforce Reductions Are Not Far Behind
Date: Sep 20, 2019 Beginning at 7:15 AM
Session Duration

Learning Objective
Learn about the various federal and state laws that apply to reductions in force.
Gain an understanding of notice requirements under the WARN Act.
authorization forms, adverse action

Session Description
"If the business cycle is slowing, workforce reductions are not far behind.

Recent reports of layoffs and a slowing economy suggest that reductions in force (RIFs) are back. In the midst of a RIF, in-house counsel and HR professionals are often overwhelmed by the legal challenges that restructuring brings, including the selection process [for voluntary and involuntary RIFs], WARN Act considerations, mini-WARN Act implications, OWBPA compliance, and release agreements. Participants in this session will receive a RIF toolkit and other information to assist them to work through these difficult projects."

Session Speakers

Rebecca Bennett

Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

More About Rebecca Bennett

There is a story behind every employment discrimination claim.  Rebecca is skilled at telling your side of the story.  She unravels allegations, sifts through facts, and marshals evidence to build a defense.  Rebecca is a trial lawyer.  Through experience and intuition, she is good at evaluating risks and drawing up a winning strategy, whether that means early resolution or preparing for a jury trial.  Clients appreciate Rebecca’s cool-headed counsel in times of workplace trouble and uncertainty.

Rebecca has spent her career representing and counseling employers nationally in all aspects of labor and employment law, litigation, and compliance.  As a trial lawyer, she has achieved successful results for employers through defense verdicts, arbitration awards, dismissals, appeals, and negotiated settlements, in hundreds of matters for employers in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, health care, technology, professional services, higher and secondary education, retail, non-profit, transportation, retail, hospitality, and construction.  She has advised clients regarding the formation and maintenance of disadvantaged, minority and female business enterprises and voluntary supplier diversity issues. Much of her work includes advising and representing clients through workplace crises, such as data breach, criminal activity, abuse, fraud, workplace violence, accidents, and other crises requiring swift, thorough, and coordinated action.

John Gerak

Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

More About John Gerak

John is the Managing Shareholder of the Cleveland office of Ogletree Deakins, an international labor, employment and employee benefits law firm. John’s practice focuses on employment counseling, including employment policies and practices, reductions in force, executive hires/terminations, and issues arising out of mergers and acquisitions. John also has significant experience handling complex employment litigation, including class and collective action litigation and non-compete matters. John received his undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University, his MBA from Fontbonne University, and his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to practicing law, John played five years in the National Football League. John is an active speaker on employment law and human resource topics, and he teaches employment law for human resource practitioners at the Penn State University. John has been recognized as “Rising Star” – Ohio Super Lawyers (2010-2012) and recognized in Best Lawyers since 2013, Chambers USA since 2014, and Ohio Super Lawyers since 2015. John also is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.