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Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act – The Ending of Forced Arbitration


Total Credits: 1.0 CLE

Average Rating:
   2
Categories:
Employment & Labor Law
Faculty:
William R Hayden |  Michelle Ray Matheson |  Alexis L Pheiffer
Original Program Date:
May 16, 2022


Description

On this panel, our speakers will be providing a neutral, employer, and employee perspective of President Biden's Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act (the "Act"). Specifically, the speakers will provide their perspectives on mandatory arbitrations agreements, what the Act expressly now prohibits and allows, exceptions to its coverage, how to Act may affect mixed cases (i.e. sex discrimination and sexual harassment), and whether there are any immediate future developments that should be monitored.

Bill R. Hayden: Since 1972, Bill Hayden has been representing primarily employers of all sizes locally, regionally and nationally on all types of personnel and employment-related matters. His experience includes representing employers before state and federal courts as well as regulatory agencies, for example, the EEOC, the Dept of Labor, and the National Labor Relations Board and in private mediations and arbitrations. Typical issues Bill has handled over these years include employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, breach of contract and disputes as well as advising corporations in the formulation and implementation of staff reduction programs that minimize legal exposure; drafting and implementing alternative dispute resolution policies and procedures to reduce litigation exposure; preparing Executive Employment Agreements and Executive Separation Agreements; litigating non-compete, non-solicitation, and other restrictive covenants; and assisting in the resolution of internal personnel complaints before they escalate into litigation.

Michelle Matheson:
 Michelle has significant employment and labor law experience in private practice and as a Director of Legal Affairs for America West Airlines and US Airways. Immediately following law school, Michelle served for two years as a law clerk for the Hon. Kathryn H. Vratil, U.S. District Court of the District of Kansas. In her capacity as Director of Legal Affairs for the airline, Michelle both defended and managed employment litigation across the United States. She has handled more than 200 grievance and arbitration hearings with the Airline Pilots Association, the Association of Flight Attendants, Communications Workers of America, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the Office and Professional Employees International Union.

Alexis Pheiffer:
 Alexis is the Founder and Managing Member of the Law Office of Alexis Pheiffer, where she serves as a mediator and facilitator for employment, personal injury, and commercial disputes. Alexis has been an attorney for 20 years and has resolved hundreds of disputes, ranging from informal complaints and administrative charges to complex state and federal litigation in a variety of subject matter areas. Alexis began her legal career in Madison, Wisconsin, working in the employment law group of a large national law firm. She moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 2007 and continued in private practice first at a full-service law firm and later at an employment law boutique. Alexis served as PetSmart’s senior employment attorney from 2010-2017 and headed the employment and litigation teams at Sprouts Farmers Market from 2017-2021. During her time at Sprouts, Alexis managed a wide variety of litigated matters, ranging from wage and hour class actions and harassment and discrimination cases to general liability claims, securities litigation, false advertising, and contract disputes. For most of 2020, Alexis focused on compliance with the myriad COVID-19 laws, regulations, and guidance memoranda promulgated by federal, state, and local agencies, giving her extensive experience in COVID-19 response, and later, COVID-19 litigation. Alexis was named 2020’s Large Public Company In-House Counsel of the year by Arizona Business Magazine. 

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Faculty

William R Hayden Related Seminars and Products

Attorney

Snell & Wilmer LLP


Since 1972, Bill Hayden has been representing primarily employers of all sizes locally, regionally and nationally on all types of personnel and employment-related matters. His experience includes representing employers before state and federal courts as well as regulatory agencies, for example, the EEOC, the Dept of Labor, and the National Labor Relations Board and in private mediations and arbitrations. Typical issues Bill has handled over these years include employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, breach of contract and disputes as well as advising corporations in the formulation and implementation of staff reduction programs that minimize legal exposure; drafting and implementing alternative dispute resolution policies and procedures to reduce litigation exposure; preparing Executive Employment Agreements and Executive Separation Agreements; litigating non-compete, non-solicitation, and other restrictive covenants; and assisting in the resolution of internal personnel complaints before they escalate into litigation.


Michelle Ray Matheson Related Seminars and Products

Matheson & Matheson PLC


Michelle Matheson has significant employment and labor law experience in private practice and as a Director of Legal Affairs for America West Airlines and US Airways. Immediately following law school, Michelle served for two years as a law clerk for the Hon. Kathryn H. Vratil, U.S. District Court of the District of Kansas. In her capacity as Director of Legal Affairs for the airline, Michelle both defended and managed employment litigation across the United States. She has handled more than 200 grievance and arbitration hearings with the Airline Pilots Association, the Association of Flight Attendants, Communications Workers of America, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the Office and Professional Employees International Union.


Alexis L Pheiffer Related Seminars and Products

Managing Partner, Mediator

Law Office of Alexis Pheiffer PLLC


Alexis is the Founder and Managing Member of the Law Office of Alexis Pheiffer, where she serves as a mediator and facilitator for employment and commercial disputes. Alexis also conducts neutral workplace investigations as an external investigator. Alexis has been an attorney for over 20 years and has resolved hundreds of disputes, ranging from informal complaints and administrative charges to complex state and federal litigation in a variety of industries, jurisdictions, and subject matter areas.

Before opening her own practice, Alexis spent four years leading the employment and litigation teams at Sprouts Farmers Market, a natural and organic grocery store chain based in Phoenix, Arizona. During her time at Sprouts, Alexis managed a wide variety of litigated matters, ranging from wage and hour class actions and harassment and discrimination cases to general liability claims, securities litigation, false advertising, and contract disputes. Alexis was named 2020’s Large Public Company In-House Counsel of the year by Arizona Business Magazine. Before joining Sprouts, Alexis spent seven years as PetSmart’s senior labor and employment attorney, where she handled employment litigation and advice for PetSmart locations in the United States, Canada, and Asia.

Alexis began her legal career in Madison, Wisconsin, working in the employment law group of a large national law firm. She moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 2007 and continued in private practice, first at a full-service law firm and later at an employment law boutique.

After participating in hundreds of mediations as an advocate and client, Alexis knew the difference a good mediation could make to counsel and parties involved. Inspired by her experiences, she began dispute resolution training at Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution in 2017 and served as a Maricopa County Judge Pro Tem in the Civil Division.

Alexis joined the Executive Council for the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section of the State Bar of Arizona in 2020 and is currently Chair Elect of the ADR Section. Her term as ADR Section Chair begins in June 2023. She is also an active member of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) and the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI). Alexis is an AAA Affiliate Mediator and is also MC3 certified.

Alexis grew up in central Wisconsin. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., her law degree from University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis, and her Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.


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