Out of the Headlines and Into the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know About Human and Labor Trafficking

2014 Employment Law and Legislative Conference
Discuss proposed requirements for federal contractors, and explore the recent interest in having employers take actions to combat human and labor trafficking in their workplaces and supply chains.

The issues of human and labor trafficking have gained prominence in recent years as they are a crime under federal and international law. A recent Executive Order and proposed federal regulation focused on federal contractor requirements to root out trafficking among subcontractors. This session will explain the evolution of human trafficking laws and regulation and provide insight into how the issue is likely to affect employers in the future at both the state and federal level.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 9:15am to 10:45am

Leslie E. Silverman


Leslie E. Silverman is a shareholder at Fortney & Scott, LLC where she counsels and advises clients on complying with workplace laws, dealing with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, other government agencies and Congress, and on a wide range of workplace issues, including employment screening and diversity and recruitment and retention programs.  Ms. Silverman also conducts workplace investigations and represents clients before the EEOC and other government agencies.

Elizabeth Bradley


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Elizabeth B. Bradley has over ten years of experience representing employers and federal contractors in litigation and mediation matters before state and federal agencies and courts, as well as counseling and training private, public, and non-profit employers in all aspects of employment law.

Specifically, Ms. Bradley has extensive knowledge and experience in advising employers on wage and hour compliance under federal and state laws; litigating discrimination and retaliation claims advanced under Title VII, ADA, ADEA, and comparable state and local statues; counseling on ADA and FMLA compliance; advising and defending federal contractors in OFCCP compliance proceedings; conducting internal investigations involving discrimination complaints; performing wage and hour compliance reviews; drafting and negotiating employment agreements including non-compete and non-solicitation provisions; and advising employers on their obligations under the Patent Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Prior to joining FortneyScott, Ms. Bradley represented and counseled employers in labor and employment law matters at Epstein, Becker & Green. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and is admitted to practice in Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania, as well as in various federal courts.

Laurel G. Bellows


Laurel G. Bellows is a Principal in The Bellows Law Group, P.C. Ms. Bellows is an experienced business lawyer who counsels senior executives around the world on employment matters such as employment contracts, executive compensation, severance agreements and workplace disputes. She also represents clients in areas ranging from commercial litigation to business startups. Ms. Bellows is licensed to practice in the States of Illinois, Florida and California, as well as in Federal courts throughout the country. She is also admitted and qualified as an Attorney and Counsellor of the Supreme Court of the United States. Ms. Bellows is a mediator, certified through the Institute for Conflict Management.

A respected voice on matters concerning negotiation, business litigation and the advancement of professional women, Ms. Bellows has written and lectured extensively. She has spoken on the subject of negotiation tactics before groups such as the Deloitte and Touche Leadership Conference, the Harvard Club of Chicago and the Women’s Leadership Exchange. She authored a chapter on negotiating in The Communication Coach, a book on business and personal communications and has written or been interviewed for articles on litigation and negotiation in publications such as Your Money, Nation’s Business, Chicago Life, Investment Dealer’s Digest, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, Working Woman and The Chicago Tribune.

Ms. Bellows is a leader in the legal community on the local and national levels. Laurel Bellows is Immediate Past President of the American Bar Association, 2013-2014. She is immediate past Chair of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates, the ABA’s policy-making body; the second-highest elected office in the ABA. She is past President of the 22,000-member Chicago Bar Association and the National Council of Bar Presidents. American Lawyer Magazine selected Ms. Bellows as one of seven women nationally who contributed most to the advancement of women in the legal profession, Chicago Magazine designated her as a Power Lawyer and Crain’s Chicago Business named her in the Who’s Who in Chicago Business List and as one of Chicago’s 100 Women of Influence. In addition, Ms. Bellows has served on the Standing Civil Reform Act Advisory Committee of the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Illinois Supreme Court Special Commission on the Administration of Justice and the U. S. Senate Judicial Nominations Commission for the Northern District of Illinois.



Congressional A
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Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Business Acumen
Ethical Practice
Leadership & Navigation
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