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Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 6-7:30 p.m., reception (no daytime sessions)
Thursday, June 27, 2019, 7-8 a.m., breakfast, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. all-day sessions
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.


ABC’s Legal Conference is a must-attend event that covers the latest developments and insights on employment and labor law and open competition in the construction industry. Hear from experts about the legal and regulatory issues that are confronting the merit shop and gain insights on the legal battles that ABC anticipates in the year ahead. The conference is also an excellent opportunity to network and share ideas with merit shop labor attorneys, construction contractors, and ABC chapter presidents, government affairs directors and attorneys.

Hot topics include:
  • A mid-year update on legal and regulatory issues affecting merit shop contractors
  • The latest developments at the National Labor Relations Board and what to expect in 2019
  • Recent U.S. Department of Labor policies and regulatory actions
  • State and local mandates in construction—2019 trends
  • And much more!
  • Wednesday, June 26
    6-7:30 p.m.
    ABC Legal Conference Reception
    Thursday, June 27
    7-8 a.m.
    ABC Legal Conference Breakfast
    8-8:15 a.m.
    Welcome
    8:15-9 a.m.
    ABC’s general counsel will provide an overview of recent legal decisions impacting merit shop contractors nationwide, along with an update on executive orders and rulemakings issued under the Trump administration.
    9-9:45 a.m.
    Peter B. Robb, the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, will provide an update on recent NLRB rulemakings and decisions as well as discuss the overall direction of the NLRB in 2019.
    9:45-10 a.m.
    Coffee Break
    10-10:45 a.m.
    This session will cover the practical implications of the NLRB’s recent activities.
    What should contractors expect from the 2018 D.C. Circuit Court decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California and joint-employer rulemaking? How should employers plan for a revision to the 2014 “ambush” election final rule? Plus, the speaker will discuss recent significant board decisions and give a status update on the NLRB overruling existing Obama precedents.
    10:45-11:45 a.m.
    Gain insights from experts on coercive pressure tactics employed by unions and union front organizations, which sometimes are tied to organizing or aimed at stifling merit shop competition. The speakers will cover “street” tactics like picketing, handbilling, bannering, and rat balloons, as well as “inside” strategies like salting and job targeting. Responses to corporate campaigns will also be discussed, including how to deal with abuses of social media, and defending against complaints about real or imagined law violations to government officials.
    12-1:30 p.m.
    Kate S. O’Scannlain, the Solicitor of Labor for DOL, will offer remarks on priority initiatives as the Department’s chief law officer.
    1:30-2:15 p.m.
    An experienced practitioner will provide an update on the latest developments at the DOL impacting merit shop contractors, including DOL’s overtime rulemaking, independent contractor misclassification and Davis-Bacon requirements and wage determinations.
    2:15-3 p.m.
    This session will cover the complex rules associated with contractors utilizing both union and non-union workers and how to avoid withdrawal and alter-ego liability. Recent legal decisions will also be discussed.
    3-3:15 p.m.
    Coffee Break
    3:15-4 p.m.
    Learn about the latest legal decisions and legislation at the state and local levels related to sexual harassment and other forms of unlawful workplace harassment. The speaker will also discuss how employers can prevent and correct harassment in the construction workplace.
    4-5 p.m.
    The speakers will provide an update on recent state and local laws and legal cases dealing with responsible contractor ordinances, local hiring requirements, job targeting programs, prevailing wages, apprenticeships and drug testing. The latest developments in the legal fight over state neutrality laws will also be discussed.
    5-5:30 p.m.
    Open Forum (ABC Members Only)
    *Sessions are subject to change. Updated as of March 24, 2019.
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