Pre-Register Now for the 2024 Employment Law Symposium!

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Are you feeling the heat of the ever-changing employment law landscape? Get ready to turn up the temperature on your knowledge and strategies at the 2024 Employment Law Symposium, hosted by Ward and Smith.

This one-day event, which will take place on Friday, September 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The Umstead Hotel and Spa, is your opportunity to stay ahead of the curve with the latest insights, practical advice, and valuable networking opportunities.

Why Should You Attend?

In today’s dynamic legal environment, staying informed about the latest developments in employment law is crucial for businesses of all sizes. The 2024 Employment Law Symposium is designed for human resources directors, vice presidents, managers, in-house employment attorneys, and corporate controllers with human resources responsibilities. Attendees are limited to five guests per company.

Key Topics Heating Up

  • Turning Up the Heat: Rapid Fire Legal Updates: Learn about the latest legal trends and how they impact your business
  • Red-Hot Rights: An Interview with the NLRB: Dissect recent NLRB matters
  • Fiery Debates: Current Challenges in Today's Workplace: Explore the boundaries of political speech at work, analyze the impact of the Harvard ruling on DEI initiatives, and discuss the latest updates on the USDOL salary minimum threshold
  • Sparking Collaboration: An Interview and Q&A with the EEOC: Dive into the interworkings of the EEOC
  • Heatwaves of Drama: An Interactive Case Study: Act out real-life HR  investigations

Featured Speakers

We are excited to introduce our two distinguished outside speakers who will bring their expertise to this hot lineup:

Thomas M. Colclough

Thomas currently serves as the Director of Field Management Programs for the EEOC Charlotte District. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient operations of Field Offices by providing operational oversight and monitoring of program implementation and coordination of administrative services. Thomas identifies problem areas and appropriate corrective actions. The above responsibilities, including direct supervision of the EEOC’s District Directors, are performed for 15 Districts and one Field Office. 

Shannon Meares

Shannon began her career with the NLRB at the Winston-Salem office immediately following graduation. Shannon served as a Field Attorney for the first 13 years of her career; in 2013, the Region promoted her to Supervisory Attorney; and most recently, in February 2022, she was promoted to Regional Attorney, the position she holds today.


Pre-approval has been submitted for HRCI, SHRM, and CLE.  As pre‑approval notices are received, we will provide updated information.

How to Pre-Register

Pre-registering for the 2024 Employment Law Symposium ensures you secure your spot at this essential event. Visit our registration page to sign up today. 

Details at a Glance:

  • Date: Friday, September 6
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Location: The Umstead Hotel and Spa | Cary, NC


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