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Deborah Collins To Speak At Advanced Employment Law Seminar

Deborah Collins will be speaking at the National Business Institute’s Advanced Employment Law Seminar on October 2, 2017 in Norfolk, Virginia. Her presentation will discuss best practices in “Conducting an Effective Internal Investigation”.

This course covers the following topics:

  • I. Recent Developments in State and Federal Employment Law
  • II. Preparing for Electronic Discovery in Litigation
  • III. Conducting an Effective Internal Investigation
  • IV. Creating Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) Compliance Strategies That Work
  • V. Deciphering FMLA, ADA and Workers’ Compensation Issues
  • VI. Responding to EEOC and State Agency Charges

See the following link to review the seminar webpage: Advanced Employment Law

EEOC Strategic Enforcement Targets

In 2012 the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) which is designed to establish substantive area of priorities.

The substantive areas of priority in the 2017-2021 plan are meant to protect populations that have been historically underserved or underprepared to deal with potential equal employment violations. The SEP has specifically identified African Americans, Latinos, pregnant women, LGBT persons, and disabled persons. The SEP specifically targets enforcement to assist these groups from barriers in hiring, for example, discriminatory entrance tests or birth date questionnaires targeted at determining an applicant’s age. In 2015, 30% of all charges filed with the EEOC alleged harassment.

Ms. Sybil L. Spurgeon joins SLG as an Associate Attorney

SybilSMs. Spurgeon is a graduate of the Marshall–Wythe School of Law and practiced employment law and civil litigation with the former firm of Huff, Poole & Mahoney, P.C.

She then pursued her career for six years in Human Resource Management and Consulting. She has now returned to the practice of law combining all these skills in a focused employment and corporate law practice with the Sullivan Law Group.

SLG Awarded $493,721.72 In Attorneys' Fees in Federal Court Victory

On March 27, 2017, the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia awarded Sullivan Law Group, P.L.C. an award of $493,721.72 in attorneys’ fees for the jury verdict received in their favor after a two week jury trial in federal court, in which SLG represented the Plaintiff.  In the Court’s Order awarding attorneys’ fees, the Court noted the following:

“Plaintiff vigorously litigated and prevailed on significant legal issues throughout the litigation that addressed novel and difficult questions requiring significant skill.”

“This case required a significant expenditure of time and labor involving complex legal issues in a niche area of employment discrimination law.”

“Plaintiff’s victory served a public purpose in defining the responsibilities of joint employers to offer reasonable accommodation, which may be more than TTY, to medical professionals in similar health care facilities.”

SLG Announces New Clerk for Summer 2017

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Anna McMullen will be clerking for the Sullivan Law Group during the summer of 2017. She is an Articles Editor of the William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal and President of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team. At William and Mary undergrad, she was a three-time All American Scholar of the William and Mary Women’s Golf Team. She previously clerked with Jones Walker in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Deborah Collins To Speak At Human Resource Conference

Deborah Collins will be speaking at the National Business Institute’s “Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know Now” Seminar on June 7, 2017 in Norfolk, Virginia. Her presentation will discuss best practices in “Hiring and Recruiting”.

This course covers the following topics:

  1. Other Developments in Federal and State Employment Law
  2. Hiring/Recruiting
  3. Is Your Employee Handbook Up to Date?: Essential Components and Sample Policies for Today’s Workplace
  4. Wage and Benefit Issues
  5. Discrimination and Harassment
  6. Employee Discipline and Termination
  7. Workplace Behavior and Privacy Issues

See the following link to review the seminar webpage: Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know Now