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NKA Attorneys to Speak at Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute

Monday, May 21, 2018

Nichols Kaster Partner Steven Andrew Smith will co-lead a breakout session entitled “Friedlander and Minnesota Whistleblower Claims – New Cases and Strategies.” (10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Note - this session will repeat at 4:00 p.m.)

Nichols Kaster Partners James H. Kaster & Matthew H. Morgan will lead a breakout session touching on their experiences conducting mock trials. They will share video clips and lessons from retaliation, harassment, and discrimination mock trials. “Learn Important Lessons Watching These Mock Trials.” (10:15 – 11:15 a.m.)

Nichols Kaster Partner Anna P. Prakash will speak on a panel discussion regarding damages. Topics will include damage valuation at the case assessment stage; damage calculations in demand letters; proving emotional distress damages at trial; the pros and cons of using experts; and how to present the issue of damages to a judge or jury. “What’s the Harm? Evaluating and Proving Damages.” (11:25 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.)

Nichols Kaster Partner Rachhana T. Srey will speak on a panel discussion regarding arbitration proceedings in the class action context. The session will cover strategic and tactical issues relating to class discovery; arbitrator selection; the use of experts; the admissibility of evidence; and requested relief. “Arbitration Strategy and Tactics.” (1:30  – 2:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Nichols Kaster Partner James H. Kaster will moderate a panel discussion entitled Practical Overview: Sexual Harassment Claims and Compliant Policies, Training and Response.” (10:15  – 11:15 a.m.)

Nichols Kaster Partner David E. Schlesinger and Associate Michelle L. Kornblit will lead a breakout session revolving around sexual harassment claims.  The discussion will include a high-level overview of the current state of the law on sexual harassment and employers’ obligations to prevent and respond to claims, as well the importance of robust harassment policies and effective investigations. “Practical Overview: Sexual Harassment Claims and Compliant Policies, Training and Response.” (11:25 a.m.  – 12:25 p.m.)

Nichols Kaster Partner Rachhana T. Srey will co-lead a session entitled “FLSA update – New Cases and Current Issues for Plaintiff and Defense.” (11:25 a.m.  – 12:25 p.m. Note – this session will repeat at 4:00 p.m. )

Nichols Kaster Partner James H. Kaster will moderate a panel discussion entitled “Winning the Harassment Case – Strategies and Tactics.” (1:30  – 2:30 p.m.)