HR 2023

42nd Annual Labor & Employment Seminar Series

Building a better workplace requires endurance and determination. But when you manage people, it’s easy to get off track. Everyone needs a trainer who can help them keep their eyes on the prize: a workplace that is good for employees and good for business.

Join attorneys from the WRVB Labor & Employment team for a full day of programming geared toward getting your workforce back on track and across the finish line.

Full-day seminars in all locations: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

LocationDateRegister Now
Norfolk: Norfolk Waterside MarriottWednesday, October 18Registration Closed
Richmond: The WestinThursday, October 19Registration Closed
VirtualThursday, October 19Registration Closed
Lynchburg: The Virginian HotelWednesday, October 25Registration Closed
Charlottesville: Quirk HotelThursday, October 26Registration Closed
Roanoke: Hotel RoanokeFriday, October 27Registration Closed

Registration Information

Registration includes:

  • Full-day seminar
  • Continental breakfast and lunch
  • Free parking
  • Digital handout
  • Continuing education credits


  • Regular Pricing: $325/person
  • Early Bird: (through September 10): $295/person
  • Group Pricing (3+): $275/person
  • October 19 Virtual Program: $295/person


Training Day: Legal Updates & Hot Topics

This informative session covers recent legislation, court cases, and updates from the “Big 3.” We’ll also cover the new Virginia laws in effect since July 2023. You’ll leave this session informed about current legal issues and better prepared to face upcoming changes.

Starting Block: Hiring the Right Way

Your hiring process can either build your team or break your business. Applicants are increasingly vocal about transparency and fairness and the EEOC is taking a special interest in hiring issues. From artificial intelligence to pay equity to ADA claims, this session will help you evaluate and update your hiring policies and procedures.

Home Straight: Return to Office Issues

Not that long ago, working from home was a rare privilege. Now, workers are pushing back on the mildest requests to return one or two days a week or leaving over a call to return to the office full time. This session covers the positives and negatives of managing a remote workforce and the pitfalls of a blanket mandate to “return to office.”

Jumping Hurdles: DEI After Affirmative Action

What does the future hold for corporate DEI programs? After the US Supreme Court’s landmark ruling ending affirmative action in university admissions, public attention quickly turned to the diversity programs many organizations have embraced in recent years. You’ll leave this session knowing how to promote a diverse and inclusive workplace without running afoul of equal protection and non-discrimination laws.

Open High: Medical Marijuana & Drug Testing

The rapid legalization of cannabis in Virginia and other states has resulted in confusion for employers attempting to enforce drug testing policies. Employers are often unsure about when and how they can test employees and whether marijuana use can still be grounds for discipline or dismissal. This session discusses best practices regarding medical marijuana accommodations, drug testing, and navigating conflicting federal and state laws.

Open Q&A

2022 WRVB Seminar Reviews

I love the energy this team has as well as the great depth of knowledge.

Everything was wonderful and the topics with actual cases cited were so interesting.

This was a great seminar as always! It was fantastic to be back in person.

Great topics and case examples provided to bring home the topics at hand.

Engagement with the participants was amazing. Great venue and the WRVB team does a great job. Excellent presentation. Thank you.

Loved the interaction from the various panel members, really kept the audience captive.

Love the unbiased approach to HR legal issues! The speakers were engaging and knowledgeable; I’ll definitely be back.

LOVE all the speakers, the lessons, and the takeaways. Always a valuable time.

I love this bunch of presenters; they are knowledgeable, friendly, and funny. They make hard topics interesting.


Labor & Employment Practice Co-Chairs:
Anne Bibeau, Victor Cardwell, Tom Winn

Patrick Bolling

Dean Buckius

Agnis Chakravorty

Michael Gardner

Patice Holland

Leah Stiegler

Daniel Summerlin

King Tower

Raven Burks

Emily Kendall Chowhan

Olivia Moulds

Christine Ward

Who Can Benefit

Human Resource Professionals, Executive Leaders, Owners/Operators, Directors, In-House Counsel, and Frontline Managers/Supervisors

Continuing Education Credits

The 2023 Labor & Employment seminars are approved for 5.5 hours of continuing education credit from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), and have been submitted for 5 hours of Virginia CLE credits from the Virginia State Bar.