Broadcast Date: Thursday, October 08, 2020
from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)


Class actions alleging labor law violations continue to hound employers throughout the country. As the volume of these cases increases, new court rulings also continue to emerge and reshape the litigation landscape. Anticipated court rulings which employers should follow in 2020 include Retirement Plans Committee Of IBM v. Jander, et al., Intel Corp. Investment Policy Committee v. Sulyma, et al., and Thole, et al. v. U.S. Bank, N.A.

Aside from these cases, emerging legal changes in relation to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are also expected to significantly impact employers as well as the ongoing class action trends.

In this LIVE Webcast, labor and employment law experts Jennifer A. Riley and Michael Jacobsen with Seyfarth Shaw LLP will provide an in-depth analysis of the recent trends in employment class actions along with the best compliance practices and effective litigation strategies considering the current risk issues.

Key Issues:

  • Litigation Trends from 2019 – 2020
  • Key Supreme Court Decisions
  • Hot Issues to Watch in 2020
    • Certification of “Me Too” Cases
    • Lack of Injury and Ascertainability as Defenses to Certification, and
    • Personal Jurisdiction Over Claims of Unnamed Class Members
  • Settlement Trends
  • The EEOC In 2020
  • COVID-19 Employment Litigation Trends
  • Managing Employment Litigation Risks In The Wake Of COVID-19


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)



General knowledge of employment litigation


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credit:

1.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Jennifer A. Riley, Partner
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Jennifer A. Riley is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, a leading national employment and labor law defense firm. Ms. Riley has been defending complex litigation matters for more than 20 years. Her practice focuses on defending employers from class, collective, and representative lawsuits brought in federal and state courts throughout the U.S.  She regularly represents employers facing employment discrimination class actions, wage & hour class and collective actions, EEOC pattern or practice lawsuits, and systemic investigations involving hundreds to thousands to tens of thousands of employees.  Ms. Riley also counsels employers regarding a range of issues, including hiring practices, investigations, and wage & hour compliance. Ms. Riley obtained her B.A. from Vanderbilt University and obtained her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall).

Michael Jacobsen, Associate
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Michael represents companies facing wage & hour class, collective, and other representative actions, and discrimination pattern and practice lawsuits. Clients look to Michael for solutions regarding how to advance their positions to reach decisive, favorable resolutions early on in these matters, and in the ongoing development of successful, long-term strategies.  Prior to joining Seyfarth, Michael practiced business and tort litigation in the Chicago office of a Vault 50 firm. His litigation experience has trained him to navigate the constantly-evolving procedural and substantive challenges in the matters he handles.


Jennifer A. RileyPartner

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

  • Trends from 2019 - 2020, including numbers of filings, key rulings, and certification trends
  • Key Supreme Court decisions
  • Hot issues to watch in 2020
    • certification of “me too” cases,
    • lack of injury and ascertainability as defenses to certification, and
    • personal jurisdiction over claims of unnamed class members
  • Settlement trends, including lower settlement values from 2019 and what they mean


Michael JacobsenAssociate

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

  • The EEOC In 2020
  • COVID-19 Employment Litigation Trends
  • Managing Employment Litigation Risks In The Wake Of COVID-19

Date & Time:

Thursday, October 08, 2020

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Class Action Lawyers
  • Human Resource Managers
  • Human Resource Executives
  • General Counsel
  • Top Level Management


Jennifer A. RileyPartner
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Michael JacobsenAssociate
Seyfarth Shaw LLP



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