Rubin Fortunato to Present Three Topics at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Employment Law Institute in April

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January 25, 2018

PBI’s 24th annual Employment Law Institute will occur at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27.  This year, attorneys from our Firm will present three topics:


  1. Christopher S. Koller, Esquire will collaborate with Jeffrey Stiegler of Precise, Inc. to present iSpy with My Expert Eye.  They will discuss strategies and remedies available to an employer to recover data and electronic devices containing its confidential information.  From policy drafting to injunctive relief to forensic imaging and examination, they will explore best practices for recovering, handling, and inspecting an employee’s smartphone or computer.


  1. Kathleen M. Laubenstein, Esquire and Karen P. Gaster, Esquire will present Don’t Go Away Mad, Just Go Away (and Be Quiet): Enforcing Confidentiality Clauses Against Former Employees. They will explore the enforcement of confidentiality, nondisclosure, restrictive covenants, and cooperation provisions in severance, settlement, and other employment agreements, as well as the federal agency (SEC, NLRB, and EEOC) push to restrict them.  They also will explore the fallout from Hollywood and discuss the current trends in prohibiting confidentiality clauses against former victims in sexual harassment and sexual misconduct cases.


  1. Michael J. Fortunato, Esquire and Patricia Tsipras, Esquire will present Implicit Bias: Are Good Intentions Good Enough? Despite a decline in overt discrimination over the last few decades, many social scientists say that we have unconscious biases that impact our conscious decision-making.  Mr. Fortunato and Ms. Tsipras will explore these alleged biases, how they can impact the workplace, and whether evidence of such biases can form the basis for liability under anti-discrimination laws.


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