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2021 Workplace Law Forum

Thursday, Sep. 23, 2021 • 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Legal issues affecting business leaders and human resource professionals.

Location: Ambassador Conference Center
7794 Peach St., Erie, PA 16509

CERTIFICATION: This program has been approved for 4.0 credit hours of general HR-related continuing education through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and for 4.0 General HR credits through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

September 3, 2021 UPDATE: We are offering both in-person RSVPs and a LIVESTREAM option (via Zoom).

If you would like to attend either, please email your RSVP to Marian at, indicating which option you prefer. We will send the link for the livestream option closer to the event.

NOTE: If you are pursuing HRCI, SHRM or CLE credits, you must attend in-person.

*We may implement COVID-related protocols, depending on CDC and/or Pennsylvania mandates and recommendations.


11am Registration

11:30am Buffet Lunch

12pm Welcome - Mark Wassell

12:10 - 1pm KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: The National Labor Relations Board: What to Expect Under the Biden Administration, Presented by Tara Yoest, Assistant to NLRB Region 6 Director

1 - 1:45pm New and Developing Topics in Private Sector Labor Law: A Look at President Biden’s First Year, and More, Robert Zaruta

1:45 - 2pm BREAK

2 - 2:45pm Implications of Coronavirus on the Unemployment System: A Guide to Handling Unemployment Claims in the COVID and Post-COVID Era, Matthew Lasher

2:45 - 3:30pm Trending Now: HR Hot Topics in 2021, including changes to wage and hour laws at the state and federal level; non-competes and employee contracts; EEO and DEI; marijuana and CBD; and remote work, Julia Herzing

3:30 - 3:45pm BREAK

3:45 - 4:30pm Employee Requests for Medical Leaves of Absence: An Employer’s Rights and Responsibilities, Mark Wassell

4:30pm Cocktails & Appetizers

There is no cost for this event.

What People Are Saying

"[This] forum is always filled with current information critical to my ability to do my job as an HR professional and provides an opportunity to network with other HR professionals." - 2019 attendee

"Great investment of time to gain the necessary knowledge to lead a better organization." - 2019 attendee

"Very informative and well organized. Speakers were all relatable and interesting- real examples and cases help us further understand law." - 2019 attendee

"The speakers seemed very accessible for questions and guidance. Did not speak over our heads in 'legalese'. I would feel comfortable approaching them." - 2019 attendee

"The opportunity to get this caliber of training locally is so appreciated. Thank you!" - 2019 attendee

"Informative, enjoyable, and well worth the time to attend." - 2018 attendee
"Each year I attend these forums. I find them very informative, and I use the information in my daily job duties." - 2018 attendee
"The Knox Law Workplace Law Forum never disappoints; it is informative and provides the best and biggest networking opportunity for HR professionals in the area." - 2018 attendee
"I enjoy this forum and always leave with important, pertinent information to take back to my organization." - 2017 attendee
"I attend the Knox Law Workplace Law Forum every year to ensure that I am keeping up with an ever-changing HR landscape. Thank you!" - 2017 attendee
"Very informative - they can make some dry topics funny!" - 2017 attendee

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