TRIBAL EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS & LAW
Sovereignty, Jurisdiction And Best Practices
July 14, 2014
Washington State Convention Center, Seattle
Who Should Attend
Attorneys, Tribal representatives, human resource executives and staff, and governmental officials
Why You Should Attend
Creating and maintaining sustainable and productive employment is a top priority for Tribes, Tribal businesses, and the agencies and enterprises that serve Native American communities. The relationship between Tribes and the workers they employ is an important aspect of Tribal governance and the development of reservation economies. The complex and ever-changing laws and regulations governing the relationships between Tribal employers and workers require special expertise and current information to manage effectively. This conference will offer in-depth guidance on crucial legal issues in employment law in Native American communities, including: the application of federal employment laws to Tribes, Tribal preference policies and sovereignty issues, collective bargaining, employment insurance and risk management, best practices for personnel dispute resolution, selecting and managing employee benefit and retirement plans, and using the EB-5 investor visa program to create new job opportunities on reservations.
Tribal counsel, leading Tribal law practitioners, and industry experts will provide the latest insights on current topics with significant Tribal implications in employment law. Don't miss this excellent update on today's legal and policy developments, along with practical strategies and tips to assist attorneys, Tribal leaders, agency officials, and Tribal enterprise managers navigate these critical issues.
~ W. Gregory Guedel, Esq. and Christopher T. Stearns, Esq., Program Co-Chairs
What You Will Learn
• Employment law in Indian country: A case of competing sovereigns
• What Tribal businesses need to know about Federal employment law
• Indian Tribes & discrimination issues including the structuring of Indian-hire preference requirements for non-tribal entities
• Federal EB-5 Employment Investor Visa Program
• Indian Tribes & collective bargaining
• Employment insurance for tribes as employers
• Tribal employee benefit plans
• Best practices for Tribal counsel setting up personnel and dispute resolution system
W. Gregory Guedel, Program Co-Chair, is the Chair of Foster Pepper LLC's Native American Legal Services Group and serves as Chair of the American Bar Association's National Committee on Native American Concerns. His practice focuses on Tribal economic development, construction, government contracting, and business transactions.
Christopher T. Stearns (Navajo), Program Co-Chair, of counsel, Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, specializes in public policy, energy, self-governance, and election law. He is a Commissioner for the Washington State Gambling Commission and past Chairman of the Seattle Human Rights Commission. He was Democratic Counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources and Director of Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of Energy.
Sherry L. Barry, Tribal Liaison, Washington & Northern Idaho District Council of Laborers, is Tribal Employments Rights Commissioner for the Quinault Indian Nation. She is the Vice Chair of the Washington State L&I Apprenticeship Division/PNW TERO Affiliates, Tribal Liaison Sub Committee and Vice Chair of KGHI Public Broadcast Radio (Labor and Native American Talk Radio).
Jason R. Donovan, Foster Pepper PLLC, focuses on representing policyholders in insurance coverage disputes involving commercial general liability, directors and officer's liability, employment practices liability and professional services liability. He started his career representing insurance companies, but now represents policyholders exclusively.
Troy A. Eid, principal shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP, is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Colorado. He was Colorado's United States Attorney, and recently chaired the National Indian Law and Order Commission where he helped prepare their final report to the President and Congress, "A Roadmap for Making Native America Safer".
J. Scott Galloway, of counsel, Foster Pepper PLLC, focuses on ERISA, employee benefits, executive compensation, fiduciary, and investment law. He advises employers with respect to issues involving pension, profit sharing, 401(k), stock bonus, stock option, deferred compensation, and medical and other welfare benefit plans.
Stephen H. Greetham, Chief General Counsel for the Chickasaw Nation Commerce Department and Senior Legal Advisor to the Chickasaw Nation Justice Division, works closely with Tribal leadership on the management of litigation and negotiation. He is also Vice President of the Tribal In-house Counsel Association, a national non-profit.
Vicki J. Limas, Professor of Law, University of Tulsa College of Law, focuses on employment law, particularly employment issues affecting Indian Tribes and individuals and is a contributing writer to Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law.
Pamela Means, MSPA, MAAA, EA, President, Means & Associates, an actuarial and third party retirement administration firm, ERISA Compliance Associates, a compliance review firm, and The Tribal Group, a consulting firm that specializes in Tribal Retirement Plans and Trusts. She is a member of a number of national actuarial societies.
Brian K. Nichols, shareholder, Modrall Sperling, is Co-Chair of the Native American Law Practice Group. He consults with businesses doing commerce with Tribal nations, and advises clients regarding employment, property, vendor preferences and procurement, and worker health and safety.
Steven R. Peltin, Chair of the Employment and Labor Relations Practice Group at Foster Pepper PLLC. He helps employers address a wide variety of personnel issues, and represents employers before courts and administrative agencies. He prepares and negotiates employment, confidentiality, and non-compete agreements.
Lisa M. Vanderford-Anderson, Reservation Attorney, Tulalip Tribes, is also a Tribal Appellate Judge for the Northwest Intertribal Court System and a Mediator. She is experienced in employment law and dispute resolution. Her practice includes employment law (litigation and HR advising), Elder Protection, Child Welfare and other civil matters.
Ava (Xiaoqiu) Wang, Senior Counsel, Ater Wynne LLP, focuses on American immigration law. She is experienced in employment visa and the EB-5 investment program, particularly designation of a regional center and investor's I-526 and I-829.
Leilani Wilson-Walkush, Senior Consultant, Breakwater Investment Group, LLC, is an enrolled member of the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, and is a shareholder of two Alaska Native Corporations - Sealaska Corporation and Goldbelt, Inc. She is experienced as both a successful financial advisor and a champion of Native awareness.