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    MCSHRM Fall Professional Development Seminar - Approved for 5 General HRCI Credits

    Date: October 26, 2016, 7:00am – 12:30pm
    Raghad Mohamed
    Holiday Inn, 2 Montgomery Village Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20879
    $79.00 Member; $109 Non-Member; $139 Walk-ins
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    Approved for 5 General HRCI Credit 

    Employment Law Seminar (Need to Know)

    7:00 - 7:45 Registration and Breakfast

    7:45 - 9:45  Session I - Employment Law presented by Diane A. Seltzer, Esq. 

    It is crucial for HR professionals to stay current with Maryland and federal employment laws and regulations.  The program will provide attendees with an update on Maryland’s employment laws that go into effect on October 1, 2016.  The focus will be on changes to Maryland’s equal pay statute, which now includes protections based on gender identity and protects discussions of wages.  We will also discuss in depth Montgomery County’s new Earned Sick and Safe Leave Law.   We will also review the highlights of the new federal overtime rules that go into effect on December 1, 2016.

    9:45 - 10:00 Questions for the first presenter 

    10:15 - 12:15 Session II – Avoiding Pitfalls of conducting an internal inverstigation, and an update on what's happening at the EEOC, presented by Charles M. Elmer, Esq.

    Join Jackson Lewis attorney, Charles Elmer, for a joint session on understanding the “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of internal investigations and a discussion of where the EEOC has been--and will be--focusing its enforcement efforts. Charlie will walk attendees through the processes involved with conducting an effective internal investigation and also discuss the EEOC’s recent activity in several “high priority” areas, such as pregnancy discrimination, disability discrimination, and the use of confidentiality and other contractual arrangements with employees. He will also discuss trends in EEOC’s investigative, conciliation and enforcement practices. You don’t want to miss it!

    12:15 - 12:30 Questions for the second presenter

    Please send your questions in advance to our presenters, you can email your questions to:                       

    Presenters Biography

     Diane A.Seltzer Torre, the principal of The Seltzer Law Firm in Bethesda, Maryland, represents employers and employees in all aspects of employment law and employment litigation.  She also serves as a mediator for employment disputes.  She received her B.A. in Sociology, cum laude, from Tufts University in 1988.  She graduated from American University, Washington College of Law, in 1991, where she served as a member of the Law Review.  She clerked for Judge Frederick C. Wright III, Judge John P. Corderman, and Judge Daniel Moylan of the Circuit Court of Maryland for Washington County after graduation, from 1991-1992. Ms. Seltzer Torre is currently serving her second year as Vice Chair of the D.C. Bar’s Continuing Legal Education Committee.  She served as a Committee member for two years prior to being selected as its Vice Chair.

    In addition to her private practice, Ms. Seltzer Torre is an Adjunct Professor of Law at American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington, DC, where she taught Employment Discrimination in the Fall 2015 semester.  From 2003 to 2009, she was a member of WCL’s adjunct faculty and taught Employment Law:  The Employment Relationship. 

    She is an active member of the ABA.  From 2008 through 2010, she served a 2 year term as Co-Chair of the Solo and Small Firm Committee in the ABA’s Section of Litigation, and from 2004 through 2008, she served a 4 year term as Co-Chair of the Section of Litigation’s Employment and Labor Law Committee. She has spoken nationally and locally at various programs on employment law and has appeared as a guest on and in national and local media programs and publications.  She frequently serves as a faculty member on Continuing Legal Education programs presented by the D.C. Bar.

    More information about her practice, publications, presentations, and media appearances can be found at


         Mr. Charles M. Elmer’s practice spans the full spectrum of employment litigation before state and federal courts in Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Alabama, with special emphasis on the defense of discrimination, retaliation and “whistle blower” claims, the enforcement of non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements, and the litigation of employment and compensation agreement disputes. He has extensive experience litigating and trying cases in state and federal courts as well as arbitrating cases before the American Arbitration Association and other arbitration organizations. Mr. Elmer also regularly advises employers regarding compliance with federal and state employment laws, the development of personnel policies and procedures and the investigation of harassment and other forms of employee misconduct. 

    After graduating from law school, he served as a clerk and staff attorney for the Honorable Reneau P. Almon, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama. Mr. Elmer is a proficient speaker and writer of Spanish.   

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    Fall Professional Development Seminar is sponsored by  PaleyRothman Attorneys at Law