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Election 2016: Employment Policies & Workplace Benefits Will Change. Is Your Business Ready?

October 20, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am


How Will Washington’s Hires Affect Yours?

Presented by Chernoff Diamond, Rivkin Radler Attorneys at Law and New York Institute of Technology“Election 2016: Employment Policies & Workplace Benefits Will Change.  Is Your Business Ready?” discusses how recent rules & regulations established by President Barack Obama could be impacted by the succeeding presidential nominee and open seats in both the Senate and House of Representatives.  These rules & regulations fall under one of several topics: Affordable Care Act, Paid Family Leave, Minimum Wage, Overtime Regulations and Immigration & Employment.

We are proud to announce SHRM Chairman Brian Silva as our special guest speaker.  Other presenters scheduled include: Jill Bergman (VP/Compliance, Chernoff Diamond), Scott Green (Partner, Rivkin Radler), Henry Mascia (Associate, Rivkin Radler) and Ralph Sepe (Partner, Chernoff Diamond).

This event will take place on Thursday, October 20th at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway near Columbus Circle in New York City.  The event is no cost to attend and will include a complimentary breakfast.  Professional credentials (CLE, CPE, HRCI, SHRM) will be available to those who request it. 

About “Election 2016: Employment Policies & Workplace Benefits Will Change.  Is Your Business Ready?”:

As one of the most polarizing elections in history nears, businesses prepare for the policies of a new Administration.  Employers who prepare for these potential changes will possess a significant competitive advantage.  Join us as we look at both sides of these challenging issues:

Affordable Care Act
After six years of the Affordable Care Act, what have we learned and what may be on the horizon for individuals and businesses struggling with rising costs and the ever-changing rules and regulations? The candidates have expressed their thoughts on what needs to be done to improve our present healthcare model – but what are the issues and challenges to implementing these ideas? How might you and your business be impacted?

Paid Family Leave
There are few greater challenges than taking care for a child or sick family member. The demand for Paid Family Leave has steadily increased, despite only seeing traction in a handful of states. Will Paid Family Leave become a federal mandate, or continue to be addressed by the individual states?

Minimum Wage
While the federally-established Minimum Wage rate remains at $7.25/hour, many states are seeing changing rules and regulations as these rates have steadily climbed for the better part of a decade. New York, California and D.C., will see the minimum wage rate increase to $15 over the next few years – the highest anticipated rate nationwide. Will new state representatives reject or promote minimum wage rate increases?

Overtime Regulations
With the establishment of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) came the ratifying of what was originally a concept among businesses: one and one-half times overtime pay for individuals covered and working an excess of 40 hours in a work week. How might changes in the nation’s overtime regulations affect your headquarters and satellite offices nationwide?

Immigration & Employment
The Executive Branch wields tremendous power to shape immigration policy affecting employers. It makes policy decisions about the “prevailing wage” of H-1B employees, work authorization for students and recent graduates and I-9 enforcement priorities.

About the Presenters:

Brian Silva is Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). SHRM has a global membership of more than 260,000 professionals in 140 countries and is committed to advancing the Human Resources profession.  Brian is also Fresenius Medical Care North America’s (FMCNA) Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Vice President, Administration. His role is focused on delivering solutions to human capital issues and managing the company’s corporate real estate activities.

Jill Bergman, CEBS, is Vice President of Compliance in the Health & Benefits division. As a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist®, Ms. Bergman monitors federal and state-level employee benefit plan legislation and regulations to help clients understand and comply with the ever-changing health and welfare plan requirements as well as continuing to closely watch and report on the progress of healthcare reform implementation under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Scott R. Green handles all aspects of labor and employment litigation. Scott has defended management against hundreds of employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour claims in federal and state courts and before various federal, state, and local administrative bodies. Scott also defends employers against class action lawsuits and multidistrict lawsuits involving employment issues. He routinely litigates restrictive covenant and non-competition disputes. On behalf of management, Scott also negotiates collective bargaining agreements and he handles National Labor Relations Board charges and union arbitrations.

Henry M. Mascia is a civil litigator and immigration attorney. As a litigator, Henry drafts and argues appeals, and litigates a variety of civil matters in federal and state courts. As an immigration attorney, Henry helps corporations and individuals navigate the labyrinth of U.S. immigration law. Henry represents clients seeking H-1B Visas for highly skilled workers in specialty occupations, L Visas for intra-company transfers engaged in specialized employment, O Visas foreign nationals with extraordinary ability, E Visas for treaty traders and investors, P Visas for entertainers and athletes, and T & N Visas for highly skilled Mexican and Canadian professionals.  Henry also represents individuals seeking to sponsor family members to become lawful permanent residents and advises corporate clients on compliance with E-Verify and Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9.

Ralph A. Sepe is a Partner in both the Health & Benefits and Transaction Services divisions.  Mr. Sepe’s role is to understand clients’ short and long term objectives, then to work closely with the firm’s internal and external resources to develop a customized benefits program that meets each client’s business, financial and competitive requirements. Having over 20 years’ experience in the industry affords Mr. Sepe the knowledge and expertise necessary to not only develop a truly unique benefits program for each client, but also the ability to organize the resources needed to implement and maintain a successful program that exceeds client expectations.


Chernoff Diamond, LLC is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.  This program is valid for 2.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.


October 20, 2016
8:00 am - 11:00 am


NYIT Auditorium on Broadway
1871 Broadway
New York, NY 10023 United States
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(646) 273-6100