Wild World of Employment Law



Join us for our 1/2 day Employment Law event on Tuesday, November 19. During our time together, the Pappas-O’Connor firm will cover the topics most requested in our GRHRA employment law survey. See the event schedule below:



  • Reefer Madness: How Illinois legalization effects Employer’s in Illinois & Iowa and what to do about:
    • Managing the conflict between federal and numerous state laws.
    • Differences between recreational and medicinal use laws.
    • How do employers address zero-tolerance drug policy and the fact that marijuana is legal?
    • The overlap between marijuana use and reasonable accommodations – to grant or deny? Is there a change in employer outlooks about this?
  • The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat: The FLSA and the DOL
    • This quick hit session will provide an overview of the most significant developments on the wage- and-hour front, including:
      • The latest on DOL's proposed rulemaking on overtime exemptions, regular rate, joint employment
      • Possible additional proposed regulations regarding independent contractors and tip pooling
      • Recent DOL opinion letters
  • The Battle of the Sexes: Me Too and its unintended consequences
    • How has the legal system responded to the #MeToo Movement? The panel will cover significant developments, including:
      • Impact of #MeToo on state and federal laws
      • Erosion of Ellerth and Faragher defenses?
      • Significant harassment caselaw
      • How #MeToo has raised the stakes and increased the pressure on traditional sexual misconduct investigations;
      • How to report findings and recommendations, balancing privileged, confidentiality and anonymity concerns with pressure from internal and external stakeholders for transparency and action.
  • An overview of the new legislation and case law that permeates the workplace in Illinois and Iowa
    • Learn about recent major decisions and legislation including the ones that should drive employer policy changes and those that should be used by litigators to the advantage of their clients.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM | Doors open at 7:15 AM

New Members & Trivia Introduction from 7:15 - 8:15 AM

Speakers to begin promptly at 8:15 AM


Breakfast & Lunch Menu: 
Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet
Lunch: Assortment of Box Lunches
$50 for GRHRA Members | $75 for Guests | $15 for Students

(RSVP prior to end of day November 13 to avoid paying a $5.00 late fee)


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​Rhythm City Casino, Davenport, IA


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Pappas O'Connor P.C. practice areas include management employment, traditional labor, education, and municipal law.  The Firm attorneys work closely with clients to ensure policies and procedures are compliant with federal, state and local law while addressing the particular goals and objectives of the business.  Its attorneys practice throughout the country with an emphasis on its Illinois and Iowa clients.  Pappas O'Connor represents clients in all facets of the employer-employee relationship having extensive understanding of the various workplace issues that arise on a day-to-day basis and successfully litigating matters. 


Pappas O’Connor has sustained a strong presence in the business and legal community, bringing a focused practice on management labor and employment matters to clients.  The Firm is proud to work closely with GRHRA through having attorneys serve GRHRA for over 25 years.





8:00AM - 12:00PM Tue 19 Nov 2019 ( Timezone: Central )


Rhythm City Casino
7077 Elmore Avenue
Davenport, IA 52807 USA

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Look Who's Coming:

Stacey Cary
Mary Jones
  Management Resource Group, Ltd.
Leonna Ellis
  Two Rivers YMCA
Tally Curry
  Benefit Staff
Shelly Chapman
Joanna Davis
Kelly Green
Aaron Van Lauwe
  Group O
Doug Petersma
Kimberly Datisman
Lori Bassow
  Sterilite Corporation
Kellie Kerns
Heather Wuebben
Dr. Teresa Hutchinson
  American Intercontinental University
Joanna Miller
Patti Kenyon
Connie Miller
  Lee Enterprises
Kathy Sidlinger
Sarah Kramer
Tiffany Haedt
  Vibrant Credit Union
Lisa Heinisch
  Vibrant Credit Union
Alison Fleming
  City of Moline
Peggy Brehmer-Hull
  TBK Bank
Hilary Spengler
Alicia Simms
Kristal Schriner
  The Arc of the Quad Cities Area
Ashley Ramos
  The Arc of the QCA
Margaret Davis
Ann Jackson
Dawn Meier
Holli Ebizo
  Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency
Sandra Hodgson
  RK Dixon
Kristen Ryan
  SAL Family and Community Services
Leah Miller
  City of Moline
Shelby Bartlett
Wesley Livingood
Madison Lower
Adrian Nourse
Jay Orth
Jerica Pettit
Tanner Plowman
Reed Rollette
Shelby Thede
Jaya Thakur
Kevin Krupitzer
Emily Kenney
Pedro Castro
Parker Beverlin
Jacob Brozovich
David Celania
Fred Heffernan
Zach Johnson
Xavior Jones
Meghanne Kendall
Shari Souza
  Vera French
Candi Mostrom
Janine Cummings
  RiverStone Group, Inc.
Ali Grise
  Sterilite Corporation
Meg Roth-Roffy
Roger Schemmel
  Molyneaux Insurance, Inc.
Bobbi Jo Cox
Lauri Flanagan
  Management Resource Group, Ltd.
Drue Curry
Sara Ryan
  McLaughlin Body Company
Jeremy Hicks
Jennifer Palar, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Sarah Wallace
Rhonda Harksen
  Stanley Consultants
Chuck Henson
  the George Evans Corporation
Penny Timmons
  the George Evans Corporation
Leanna Bowers
Cheryl Riley-Hayles
Kayla Wendt
Steve Walzer
Janice Dolan
Amy Roberts
Guest of Amy Roberts
... a total of 83 guests.
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