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    Legal Update

    Date: September 5, 2019, 8:00am – 11:00am
    Northern Illinois Society for Human Resource Management
    Lake Forest Graduate School of Management
    1905 W Field Ct
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
    Advance tickets: $40 members, $60 non-members. Day of: $50 members, $70 non-members
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    8:00 - 8:30 am                                      Registration, Networking and Breakfast

    8:30-11:00 am                                      Program

    Don’t miss NISHRM’s September Legal Update Meeting on Thursday, September 5, 2019.  Beginning at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 11:00 a.m.  We will be addressing sexual harassment, drugs and workplace violence.  

    Recent new Illinois legislation, agency responses, and what has been keeping you up at night:

    •             Sexual Harassment

    •             Revamp of Illinois Department Human Rights process and procedures

    •             Marijuana

    •             Expense reimbursement of employees and Illinois DOL

    •             Workplace Violence and what should be on your radar. 

    Don’t miss our vendor expo, professional headshots and great raffle prizes!

    Vendors include: MRA | Graphics Illustrator | Paylocity | Capture the Moment Headshots | Core Power Yoga | Live Your Best 365 | Velociteach

    Our Panel & Facilitator

    Facilitated by: Kathryn Hartrick, AWI-CH, Investigator, Executive Coach & Legal Counsel, Hartrick Employment Law, Ltd.

    Kathryn is the founder and managing partner of Hartrick Employment Law, Ltd.  She delivers solutions in the areas of investigations, training/coaching, and employment law counseling.  She has conducted several investigations addressing perceived bias, harassment and retaliation.  Kathryn combines over 25 years of employment law expertise with training in investigations, mediation, and executive coaching.  She has over 15 years first-hand knowledge of business needs as a senior corporate counsel and HR officer with global publicly traded corporations such as Career Education, Wolters Kluwer and United Stationers/Essendant.  She is also General Counsel/Vice President for the global coaching firm, Robertson Lowstuter.  She is a former law firm partner and litigator, adjunct law school professor, and served as Deputy Commissioner for the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations discrimination agency.  She is a member (and instructor) of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) and International Coach Federation (ICF).  Other recognition:  elected Fellow to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a recognition by colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession that exemplifies integrity, dedication, and excellence; Illinois Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine; and Martindale-Hubbell "AV" rating, the highest ranking in legal ability and ethical standards as determined by lawyer peers.  She is a certified mediator and former volunteer with Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR), EEOC and IDHR.  For the past 16 years, Kathryn has chaired the North Shore Labor & Employment Counsel (NSLC), and serves on the Board of Directors for NISHRM.  She frequently speaks and writes on sexual harassment/respect in the workplace, investigations, executive coaching topics, and employment law topics.  Her law degree is from Case Western Reserve University School of Law where she served on the Law Review, and she has a BBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.  Contact her at and visit her website at

    Jennifer Jones: Associate, Littler

    Jennifer Jones has a wide range of experience in labor relations and collective bargaining matters; federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations; as well as common law employment issues including: Arbitration, mediation and litigation, Labor relations and collective bargaining, Employee investigations, State and federal appellate litigation, Labor and employment counseling, FMLA compliance and Title VII/ADA/ADEA/IHRA compliance.

    Kristin M. Case, Founding Member, The Case Law Firm

    Kristin M. Case founded The Case Law Firm to empower employees to fight for a fair and healthy workplace. To her, there is nothing as rewarding as helping her clients achieve the optimal outcome during workplace related disputes. With over 15 years of successfully litigating, counseling and guiding clients through the complex world of employment law, Ms. Case has earned a reputation as one of the most respected employment attorneys in Chicago.

    Ms. Case has extensive expertise successfully leading clients through every aspect of their claim, from the initial filing and litigation to judgment. She has in-depth knowledge from years of bringing her clients’ cases before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Illinois Department of Human Rights, as well as throughout the litigation process in both state and federal courts. Representing employees of all levels, including executives, expat employees, lawyers, physicians and academics, she has a proven ability to evaluate claims and identify a strategic approach to achieve the best result for her clients.

    Robert T. Bernstein, Partner, Laner Muchin

    Rob joined Laner Muchin in 1995 and has been a partner since 2003. His practice has been concentrated in defending employers in employment disputes and proceedings throughout the country, counseling employers   on their day-to-day labor and employment issues, training management on a host of labor and employment topics, drafting and negotiating employment and non-competition agreements, drafting employee handbooks and corporate policy manuals, as well as handling collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations, and a variety of other labor and employment matters on behalf of employers.


    Elizabeth N. Hall, Shareholder, Labor and Employment, Vedder Price

    Elizabeth N. Hall is a Shareholder in the firm’s Labor and Employment practice area and serves as the Chicago office chair of the firm's women's affinity group, "Women at Vedder Empowering Success" (WAVES).

    Ms. Hall represents a wide range of employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, as well as in arbitral forums, defending them against various claims, including single plaintiff and class allegations of employment discrimination, failure to accommodate disabilities, sexual harassment, wrongful and retaliatory discharge, breach of contract and violations of the FMLA and wage and hour laws. Ms. Hall has successfully argued procedural and employment discrimination issues in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and has particular expertise in managing electronic discovery teams in complex litigation.