Updates: Presentations & Events

Litigation of OSHA Death Cases and Retaliation Claims

As energy companies ramp up to meet production and staffing needs, the use of workers who are new to the industry and related safety concerns are on the rise, as is the frequency of workplace injuries and deaths.  Cases that routinely would have been efficiently resolved in the past are now referred by OSHA to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution, raising the specter of more significant enforcement actions than in the past.  Employers must also take care not to retaliate against employees who raise safety concerns.  Larry Stuart gave a presentation about these issues at a conference sponsored by EUCI in January 2014.  Click here for a copy of the presentation.

Overtime Litigation On the Rise

Larry Stuart gave a presentation entitled “What’s New Pussycat?  The Perfect Storm of Overtime Litigation” at the 2013 Texas Total Rewards Conference, where he presented the results of Stuart PC’s study of overtime cases filed in the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, during 2013. The presentation addressed national and local trends and provided guidance regarding steps companies should consider to reduce the risk of claims and unpaid wage liability.  Click here for a copy of the presentation.

Auditing Compensation Practices (June 2013)

With overtime collective actions and agency investigations of pay practices on the rise, employers should seriously consider auditing their compensation practices to ensure compliance with applicable legal standards and minimize risk.  Larry Stuart spoke at the 2013 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, about compensation audit best practices and in September 2013 for a webinar sponsored by Thompson Media.  Click here for a copy of the SHRM conference presentation.

Managing Employees Who Have Medical Issues (May 2013)

With an older working population and more Americans being diagnosed and treated for medical and psychological issues, employers have their hands full navigating the requirements of the ADA, FMLA, workers’ comp, and unique state law rules and requirements.  Larry Stuart gave a presentation at the HR Houston Gulf Coast Symposium on Human Resources Issues entitled “Out Sick, or Sick of Work?  Managing Employees With Medical Issues” during which he educated HR professionals about recent legal developments and best practices relating to the handling of employees with medical limitations that impact work.  Click here for a copy of the presentation.

Employment Law Boot Camp

Larry Stuart conducted an “Employment Law Boot Camp” for managers attending the Association of Energy Services Companies (AESC) annual safety conference in Fort Worth, Texas.  The workshop provided practical insight for managers about legal standards applicable to employers in the energy sector and best practices to reduce legal risk.  Contact Larry for presentation materials.

Auditing Compensation Practices

Larry Stuart and Glen Rigby gave a presentation entitled “Auditing Compensation Practices” at HR Houston’s 2011 Gulf Coast Symposium on Human Resource Issues. Larry and Glen provided practical insight on why employers should conduct compensation audits and how those audits should be conducted. Click here for Presentation Slides.

The New Bermuda Triangle

Larry Stuart and Tonja King gave a presentation entitled “The New Bermuda Triangle: ADA/FMLA/GINA” at HR Houston’s 2011 Gulf Coast Symposium on Human Resource Issues. Larry and Tonja gave an update on recent development relating to management of employees needing time off and/or accommodations for medical issues and provided practical information on how to manage employees with medical issues to reduce risk of claims. Click here for Presentation Slides.

The Impact of E-Discovery for Businesses

The ease with which companies create and store data has caused the focus in many employment and commercial disputes to be on electronic discovery.  Courts and litigants continue to grapple with how best to manage the cost of gathering, reviewing and producing data relevant to pending claims.  The availability of electronic data and the ease with which it can be misappropriated has led to an increase in trade secret theft litigation and the use of non-compete agreements to protect company interests. On December 8, 2009, Larry Stuart and the Honorable Lee Rosenthal, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas, co-presented “The Future of Litigation and the Impact of e-Discovery on Your Business” for Jones Partners at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business.  Click here for a copy of the presentation.