2015 March Gwinnett GEM
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Law & Legislation Content Area

When: 03/19/2015
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Medieval Times - at Sugarloaf Mills Mall
5900 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville, Georgia  30043
United States
Contact: SHRM-Atlanta

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So Long, Farewell – Severance Policies/Agreements and Restrictive Covenants for Georgia Employers in 2015
Law & Legislation Content Area
The time for employers to think about their severance agreements, including their restrictive covenant agreements, is now. If you wait until the exit interview with your departing employee, it already is too late to revise your severance policies, and also it very well may be too late to revise your agreement to meet your needs. Severance policies and severance agreements - - including restrictive covenant agreements, should be instruments in a symphony of coherent strategies that understand the interests of your company and the law.

This presentation will offer HR and business leaders an understanding of the law regarding severance programs for departing employees. Should you have a severance policy and what should it include? Under what circumstances should departing employees be requested, or required, to sign separation agreements? What are the key legal issues to consider in putting together a separation agreement? And where do restrictive covenants fit into the picture? Can you include covenants in a separation agreement? Should you? What other best practices should be included in my checklist for departing employees?  

Employment attorney Wit Hall Jr. (founding partner of Hall, Arbery, Gilligan, Roberts & Shanlever LLP) will discuss strategies that can help you minimize your company’s exposure to litigation, and enhance its competitive position in the marketplace.  

Learning Objectives:
1.  Understand the key components of severance policies, and severance agreements.
2.  How to avoid common mistakes and omissions often found in severance documents.  
3.  Where do restrictive covenants fit into your severance program, what are the new laws that everyone is talking about regarding restrictive covenants, and how can your company take advantage of the sea-change in Georgia law that we are experiencing at this moment.  

Speaker: Wit Hall, Partner, Hall, Arbery, Gilligan, Roberts & Shanlever LLP

Wit Hall has practiced labor and employment law his entire legal career.  His practice focuses in five areas: (a) employment civil rights litigation, (b) employment transition litigation (restrictive covenants, trade secrets, related tort and contract claims), (c) drafting and negotiating employment contracts, severance agreements and related transactional work, (d) client counseling, and (e) federal contractor affirmative action (OFCCP) compliance and litigation.

After eight years as a partner in one of the largest firms in Atlanta, Mr. Hall started as a solo employment law practice in 2008.  That firm grew into Hall, Arbery, Gilligan, Roberts & Shanlever LLP which now includes ten lawyers and two other professionals.  SuperLawyers named the firm the 2014 “Top Small Law Firm in Georgia" for Employment Law.

From 2007-2014, Mr. Hall has been one of the Georgia employment lawyers selected as America’s Leading Lawyers for Business by Chambers & Partners. He also has been named as Atlanta Magazine Georgia SuperLawyers in 2010-2014. He has received a peer review rating of AV by Martindale-Hubble.  He is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law (JD 1992) and Princeton University (AB Economics 1988).  Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Hall served as a judicial law clerk in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, clerking for the Honorable G. Ernest Tidwell (1992-94).

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Parking is free surrounding the mall. Please park near Entry #5 of Sugarloaf Mills Mall. Once through the mall entrance, turn right at Starbucks and pass by the ticket booth on your right. Enter through the castle tower entrance between the stone lions.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM  Registration, Networking & Lunch
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  Speaker Presentation

Advance Registration Deadline: March 17, 2015
Cancellation Deadline: March 12, 2015

 Registration Rates:
   Advanced  On-Site
 Member  $25  $30
 Non-Member  $35  $40
 Student Member  $15  $20

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Building Five, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30305

Cancellation Policy:  Refunds will not be granted if cancellation is not received by the specified deadline. Send all cancellation notices via e-mail to info@shrmatlanta.org. Substitutions are allowed, however the non-member rate may apply.  If we do not receive a cancellation notice you will be required to pay for this event, even if you are unable to attend.