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    CVSHRM's Annual 2017 Legal and Legislative Conference

    Date: October 27, 2017
    Cumberland Valley Society for Human Resources Management
    Fountain Head Country Club
    13316 Fountain Head Rd. Hagerstown, MD 21742
    Pre-paid CVSHRM Members – $75, Pre-paid non-CVSHRM members – $90, Student particpants $23 All registrations after October 9 – $100, all of our event fees are non-refundable
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    CVSHRM's Annual 2017 Legal and Legislative Conference


    Registration/Please RSVP by 10/25/2017 by registering here 

    Student participantsstudents register here

    Program Agenda

    7:30 – 8:15 Continental Breakfast and Registration

    8:15-5:00 program, lunch and presentations.  


    Developments in Maryland and Federal Employment Law

    Presentation by Eric Paltell, Esq.

    This program will provide an overview of the changes in federal and Maryland employment law that have transpired in the past year, as well as predictions on what the coming year may bring. Areas to be covered  include legislative,  regulatory, and judicial developments, including Governor Hogan’s veto of the Healthy Working Families Act , what to expect from Congress and the Trump Administration with regard to executive orders, overtime regulations, and labor law reform, and important state and federal employment cases that have been decided by the courts in 2016 and 2017. 

    Eric Paltell

    Kollman and Saucier, P.A.

    1823 York Road

    Timonium, MD 21093

    P.  410.727.4300

    F.  410.727.4391





    Eric Paltell has practiced law since 1987, concentrating in the representation of private and public sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. His clients include a broad range of businesses, including a regional health care system, a national mortgage company, a major automobile finance company, and numerous small to medium sized companies. Prior to joining Kollman & Saucier as a partner in 2002, he was a partner with one of the world’s largest law firms, Piper Rudnick (now known as DLA Piper). Eric’s practice includes general advice and counseling in employment matters, as well as the defense of employment discrimination and sexual harassment suits, ADA and FMLA litigation, wrongful discharge suits, wage and hour cases, ERISA litigation, NLRB proceedings, collective bargaining negotiations, and grievance arbitrations.


    Eric is a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and was named Baltimore’s Management Employment “Lawyer of the Year” by the Best Lawyers in America in 2014 and 2015.  Each year since 2003, Eric has been listed as one of the top labor attorneys in Maryland in the Chambers USA publication, “America’s Leading Business Lawyers,” and he is one of only six attorneys in Maryland to receive a “Band One” ranking from Chambers.  He has been listed by Baltimore Magazine as one of Maryland’s “Super Lawyers” since 2007, and been ranked one of the top 100 attorneys in Maryland since 2012. Eric has obtained an “AV” peer review rating from Lexis-Nexis/Martindale Hubbell and a perfect “10.0” rating from Avvo.

    Bar and Court Admissions

    Admitted to practice in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

    Also admitted to practice before the United States Courts of Appeals for the 3rd, 4th and D.C. Circuits, and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland and the District of Columbia.


    University of Virginia School of Law (J.D. 1987)

    University of Virginia (B.A. with High Honors 1983)

    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Echols Scholar


    Guest Lecturer, University of Virginia School of Law

    Faculty, National Public Employers Labor Relations Association Labor Relations Academy


    Professional Memberships

    Maryland Chamber of Commerce Employment Relations Committee

    Maryland State Bar Association. Labor and Employment Section

    Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association

    Virginia State Bar, Litigation Section

    District of Columbia Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section




                                                                    Smith & Downey

                                                                  Baltimore, Maryland




    Henry is a partner of Smith & Downey, a law firm with a national practice concentrating in employee benefits, executive compensation, and labor and employment law.  Smith & Downey has offices in Baltimore, New York, Washington, Charleston and Sarasota.


    Henry advises for-profit, tax-exempt, governmental and church-related employers of all sizes, in all industries and in all areas of the country, concerning the full range of employee benefit and executive compensation issues.  Henry also regularly works with other benefits professionals and other attorneys who require for their clients legal expertise in Henry=s practice area.


    Henry has been active in various American Bar Association and Maryland State Bar Association committees dealing with employee benefits and executive compensation, and he is a frequent lecturer and panelist at educational programs dealing with those areas.  Henry is past Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association's Employee Benefits Committee and past Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association's Tax Section.


    Henry is a principal author of Panel Publishers' Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Answer Book and Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Forms and Checklists, and formerly was a contributing author of Panel Publishers' 403(b) Answer Book.  From 1997-2000, Henry was the author of COBRA Procedures Manual, HIPAA Quarterly and COBRA Quarterly.  Henry also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law in the University of Baltimore Law School's Graduate Tax Program.


    Henry received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Frostburg State College, where he was an Honors graduate in Political Science and Education, received a Masters degree from the Johns Hopkins University, and received his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he graduated with Honors and was selected to the Order of the Coif.  Henry is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars.

    When not practicing law or spending time with his wife and five adult children and six grandchildren, Henry chairs the Surrattsville High School Foundation ( and plays guitar in The Back Pages Band (

    Cases Studies on Recent Court Decisions:  How Recent Developments in the Law Will impact You as an HR Professional.

    Presentation by Tracey Eberling, Esq.

    I will present scenarios to the attendees based on issues decided on recent 3rd and 4th Circuit cases and some state law cases as well.  There will be interaction with the attendees to engage them in analysis and discussion of the points raised in the cases. This includes cases addressing employee speech (at work and after hours); Fitness for duty issues based on the sex of the employees; Hostile work environment based on race or sex; FMLA interference and Discipline of employee for support of others raising discrimination claims.

    Tracey B. Eberling


    (304) 262-3532                                                                          

    Office: Martinsburg



    J.D. University of Baltimore
    B.A. West Virginia University

    Licensure: MD | PA | WV


    Tracey Eberling focuses her practice in the areas of labor and employment law and litigation, with a concentration in the defense of institutions, professionals, insurance companies and governmental entities. Ms. Eberling has tried numerous cases in the trial courts of Maryland and West Virginia, and has argued cases in the appellate courts of both states as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  She is a member of the firm's General Litigation group, the Professional Liability and Long Term Care group and the Education Law team.



    1993Steptoe & Johnson PLLC


    Defended employers in wage payment and collection and retaliation claims

    Defended local law enforcement agency and officers in civil rights litigation

    Sought dismissal of premises liability action for national retailer and a local board of education



    The Best Lawyers in America®
    Defense Research Institute
    Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
    Chair, Pro Bono Committee, Washington County Bar Association
    Volunteer of the Year, Martinsburg-Berkeley Chamber of Commerce 2006


    Chairman, Board of Directors, Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce
    Immediate Past President, Board of Directors, Martinsburg-Berkeley Chamber of Commerce
    Past President, Board of Directors, United Way of the Eastern Panhandle

    Workplace (In)Civility Part II:

    Bullying, Harassment & Retaliation in Today’s Workplace

    Presentation by Christine Walters, Esq.


    Presented at CV SHRM’s 2016 conference this session presents related highlights and updates from the last 12 months including and not limited the:


    • EEOC’s proposed (pending final) guidance on workplace harassment
    • EEOC’s FY 2016 charge statistics (what are the hot topics?)
    • EEOC’s recent guidance on national origin discrimination
    • Anti-Retaliation Training: Tips for Managers
    • Workplace Bullying & Incivility aka the Equal Opportunity Harasser


    Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this program participates will be able to:


    1. Name and give examples of the #1 basis of all charges filed with the EEOC
    2. Give practical examples of proactive steps to prevent and correct workplace harassment
    3. Give practical examples of proactive steps to prevent and correct discrimination based on national origin
    4. Offer at least two tips to help managers avoid even the appearance of retaliation
    5. Present the business case to demanding civility in the workplace

    Christine V. Walters, JD, MAS, SHRM-SCP, SPHR


    Ms. Walters has more than 25 years’ combined experience in management, HR administration, employment law practice, and teaching.

    She has received national and regional awards, presented at conferences across the country, been engaged as an expert witness for the defense, and testified before U.S. Congressional and state legislative committees and administrative agencies on employment issues.

    After being one of the SHRMStore’s “Great 8” best-sellers for six consecutive years, the second edition of Ms. Walters’ book, “From Hello to Goodbye: Proactive Tips for Maintaining Positive Employee Relations” was published in June 2017!

    Ms. Walters demonstrates her commitment to supporting and advancing the needs and interests of the business community and HR profession by serving in a variety of volunteer leadership roles at the national, state and local levels including SHRM’s Labor Relations Panel, Government Affairs Director for the Maryland SHRM State Council, a member of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s Employment Relations Committee and more.

     Today Ms. Walters works as an independent consultant providing proactive human resources and employment law consulting services and training programs doing business as FiveL Company, “Helping Leaders Limit their Liability by Learning the Law.”SM


    Ms. Walters is licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland.


    Jill Sebest Welch
    Lancaster Office
    Tel: (717) 399-1521
    Fax: (717) 291-4660

    Jill is a partner in Barley Snyder's Labor and Employment Practice Group, where she counsels companies in handling workplace challenges and helps clients resolve disputes, claims, cases, and litigation in all aspects of labor and employment law.

    As an employment law counselor, Jill assists in developing employment policies, employee handbook provisions,non-compete and restrictive covenants and severance agreements, and has assisted companies through difficult layoffs and reductions in force. Jill serves as her clients' counselor-on-call, advising clients daily on a myriad of employment issues such as Internet and drug and alcohol abuse, evaluating requests for Family Medical Leave Act
    and military leaves of absence, questions under the Fair Labor Standards Act, using criminal background checks in hiring, conducting terminations, and other workplace challenges.

    In her employment litigation practice, Jill represents employers and companies of all types - large and small, public, private, family-owned, emerging companies, entrepreneurs and others - on matters ranging from employment discrimination, benefits, contracts, collective action wage and hour claims, non-compete cases and unemployment compensation appeals to Sarbanes-Oxley and whistleblower cases, and labor management relations before administrative tribunals and state and federal courts.

    Jill works with companies across a wide range of industries including manufacturing, products, retail, banking and other finance-related companies, hospitals, long-term care facilities and other health care entities, food processing, hospitality, construction and property management, communication, technology, transportation, agri-business, professional services and non-profit organizations. Examples of select matters which Jill has helped resolve for
    clients include:

    Served as trial counsel and successfully resolved a number of collective action wage and hour claims.
    Secured a complete defense verdict on claims of overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and breach
    of contract in the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas.
    Served as co-trial counsel in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on an ERISA claim for benefits in excess of a
    million dollars resulting in a complete defense victory for the company.
    Successfully defended a manufacturing client in a breach of employment contract claim in AAA arbitration.

    Successfully represented clients before the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review and the National
    Labor Relations Board in upholding the independent contractor status of their third-party contractors.
    Successfully defended a manufacturer before the American Arbitration Association, where the union alleged that
    the company violated the collective bargaining agreement, affirming the company's management rights in
    response to changing market needs.
    Represented a client in a jury trial in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on an employment discrimination claim
    resulting in a defense verdict on five of six counts and a favorable resolution of the final count.
    Represented a client in a temporary restraining order/preliminary injunction involving claims of tortious
    interference with the company's contracts and misappropriation of confidential client information, involving over
    20 pre-trial motions and hearings, resolving the matter favorably for the client.
    Represented County Commissioners in interest arbitration regarding full-time and part-time Adult Probation
    Officers, Juvenile Probation Officers, BARJ Coordinator and Domestic Relations Hearing and Enforcement
    Officers under the auspices of the PLRB.

    Jill also defends Barley Snyder's food and agribusiness clients in matters ranging from class and collective action wage and hour litigation, whistleblower complaints, and employment discrimination claims, and provided counsel to companies on a wide range of employment practices and policies.

    Jill was selected to the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Super Lawyers list. The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection can be found at No aspect of this advertisment has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

    A frequent speaker, Jill has trained companies, human resources professionals, managers and supervisors on best practices in such areas as: conducting sexual harassment investigations, planning reductions in force, handling mental disabilities under the ADA, understanding wage and hour laws, effective hiring and discharge strategies, EEOC compliance, managing Sarbanes-Oxley and whistleblower claims, and navigating the ADA - FMLA - Worker's Compensation maze and other subjects . Jill was the editor of the firm's Employment Law Update newsletter, and
    was a contributing author of "Conducting Effective In-House Investigations" for the National Employment Law Institute and a contributing author of "Employee Benefits Law, 2nd Edition" for the American Bar Association.