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April 23, 2019 Chapter Meeting: Year in Review Legal Update
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SEPA SHRM holds monthly breakfast meetings featuring keynote speakers covering timely topics related to Human Resources.

When: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
8:00 AM
Where: American Heritage Federal Credit Union - Community Room
2068 Red Lion Road
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19115
United States
Presenter: Brian Pedrow, Esq. Ballard Spahr, LLP
Contact: Laurie Sample

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  • 8:00 Breakfast and Networking
  • 8:30 Business Meeting, Introductions and "Hot Topics"
  • 9:00 Featured Speaker
  • 10:15 Professional Networking


Year in Review Legal Update, Brian Pedrow, Esquire, Ballard Spahr


Brian is back for his annual Year in Review Legal Update for employers, offering a discussion of the key legislative, regulatory and judicial developments from the past year. Brian will focus on all levels of enforcement, with particular attention to state and local legislation and regulation which has greatly expanded in reaction to a slower federal enforcement year. Given the ambitious efforts of our state and local officials, combined with the widening divide between legislators, political parties and governmental branches, there will be much to discuss.

With so much happening, and so many things changing, Brian will also make sure you are aware of what’s on the horizon as legislators from Congress to local city councils, as well as administrative agencies such as the EEOC, DOL, and NLRB, continue to shift their regulatory and enforcement priorities.

Your organization’s officers need HR professionals to help them understand how newly proposed laws and regulations would affect their business – for good or for bad! You are also the most important voice to educate and advocate with the legislative and executive branches of government regarding laws and how proposed changes to the laws and regulations may affect your organization because you are the expert in human resources; the field that affects almost every area of almost every business. This presentation will provide you with an understanding of the importance of and the tools, assurance, and proficiency to effectively advocate for or against public policy issues that affect your company positively or negatively.



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Brian Pedrow, Esq. leads Ballard Spahr's Labor and Employment Group and serves on the Board for SEPA SHRM as Past Chapter President. He represents employers and management in the full scope of matters related to employment, labor, and employee benefit disputes. His practice includes all facets of employment-related litigation, such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, and employment-based torts. He also has a significant practice representing benefit plans, fiduciaries, and plan sponsors in Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation arising from benefits eligibility disputes, breach of fiduciary litigation, and interference with benefits claims. Brian's traditional labor practice includes both private and public sector labor negotiations, arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, and related matters. He routinely represents clients in litigation, regulatory matters, and compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).

Brian also represents employers in transactional and compliance matters encompassing such issues as employment and benefits aspects of corporate transactions, reductions in force, executive compensation, agreement drafting, policy and handbook reviews, and affirmative action planning. He provides management and workforce training on a wide array of labor and employment law issues and day-to-day counseling and advice to human resources professionals, managers, and in-house counsel. Brian serves as the team leader for related initiatives, including the firm's Accessibility team involving ADA Title III and other public accommodation laws and Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) team which assists with develop and implementation of D&I programs.

Brian has litigated before the U.S. Supreme Court and has argued appellate cases in several U.S. appellate courts. He counts among his clients Fortune 100 companies, the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, SEPTA, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice, and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry.



  • HRCI: 1 Business Credit 
  • SHRM: 1 Professional Development Credit