2017 Legal Update - Santa Fe

Inn and Spa at Loretto

211 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501
United States

This all-day conference features several of New Mexico’s top employment law attorneys and attracts over 100 Human Resources, Business and Legal professionals from Northern New Mexico, as well as other areas who gather to learn about the latest trends and changes in employment law. 

Speakers & Topics! 

Keynote SpeakerCeline Bussey, New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, Cabinet Secretary

Celina Bussey serves as the Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions where she began her career in state government. Born and raised in Albuquerque, Ms. Bussey received a Bachelor of Arts in political science and communications from the University of New Mexico. The Secretary’s vision for the department is to become more engaged with the business community and to promote the vast array of employment-related services and resources. Her vision includes the Department of Workforce Solutions as a leader in and a facilitator of a competitive workforce for the benefit of all New Mexicans.

Faith Reyes,  

Everything from ADA to Workers’ Comp �" Alphabet Soup and More - Human Resource professionals are used to the “alphabet soup” of employment laws which govern businesses, large and small.  Those laws are in a constant state of change based upon new court decisions, changes in policy, and amendments.  In this presentation, we will review some of the recent court decisions, policy changes, and amendments to employment laws that affect our workplaces. 

Faith is an Ohio (Cleveland and Cincinnati) native, who relocated to New Mexico in the 1990s. She will be joining Verdi & Ogletree, PLLC, as Counsel in mid-September. Faith practices in the areas of employment law and litigation (representing employers), insurance and land use, foreclosure, commercial litigation, contested probate matters, appellate law, and general civil litigation. She represents employers, insurers and their insureds, non-profit organizations, businesses, and individuals.

In her employment law practice, Faith provides legal advice to employers, conducts investigations and employee interviews, responds to agency audits and charges, and represents employers in litigation. Faith is a graduate of the Washington University School of law in St. Louis, Missouri, where she was the Executive Notes and Comments Editor for the Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law and received the American Jurisprudence Award in Land Use Law. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where she received her B.A. with honors and with distinction in her major, American Civilization.

She is a member of the American Bar Association (litigation and labor/employment committees), the New Mexico Bar Association, and is a former member of the American Employment Law Council. She was also selected as a “Southwest Superlawyer” for her civil litigation skills.

Cory Jorbin, Compliance Officer - HUB International

What is the Latest in Navigating Healthcare? The Affordable Care Act has been a divisive political issue since it was first enacted back in 2010. Now, seven years later we’re potentially looking at the ACA being repealed and/or replaced. Thus far the repeal and replace efforts have been met with firm resistance, but this may not necessarily continue. In this presentation, we’ll discuss the repeal and replace proposals we have seen thus far, why these proposals were defeated, what this means for group health plans and potential next steps towards repeal and replace.

 Mr. Jorbin is HUB’s Central Region Compliance Officer, where he provides day-to-day compliance support to account teams and clients of all sizes on ERISA, ACA, and related matters. He actively presents on related topics before employer groups, professional associations, client meetings and on webinars. Mr. Jorbin came to HUB through its acquisition of Laurus Strategies in 2014.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University and a Juris Doctorate from Cleveland State University. Mr. Jorbin is a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois and is admitted to practice before the US Tax Court. 


Shawn Oller, Littler, Office Managing Shareholder

Conducting an Effective Investigation. This session will cover the very complex and often sensitive question of how to properly conduct workplace investigations, particularly in light of recent case law creating boundaries around what can and cannot be said to employees. As employers continue to grapple with the difficult issues regarding when and whom to investigate and who should conduct an investigation, we will work through these questions using real-life scenarios. During this presentation, Shawn will address critical questions, including: When to investigate, Whom to investigate, What to address when developing the investigative plan, How to properly investigate and avoid legal pitfalls, How to prepare the investigative report, Preparing for litigation.

In 2016, Shawn Oller was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona by AzBusiness Magazine and featured as “20 Names to Know �" Law” by the Phoenix Business Journal. Shawn is a trial lawyer who represents management and companies in all aspects of employment litigation arbitration and mediation. Shawn is certified by the New Mexico Board of Specialization in employment and labor law. He practices in federal and state courts in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, and before and against federal agencies like the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and comparable state agencies.

Shawn has spoken extensively on a variety of labor issues before business and professional associations. He taught review courses as part of the PHR/SPHR Certification program, as well as a 15-hour seminar course for graduate students on alternative dispute resolution.

As the office managing shareholder of Littler Mendelson's Phoenix office, Shawn is a member of Littler Mendelson's Associates Committee and also serves on the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Council and the Good Business Practices Committee. Previously, he worked as an associate at a firm in El Paso, Texas, and at another firm in Phoenix.


  • Named, The Best Lawyers in America©, 2015-2017
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J.D., Baylor University School of Law, 1995, B.S., Northeastern University, 1992

Scott D. Ferrin, SHRM-SCP, PMP, SHRM Field Service Director, Society for Human Resource Management

Master of Ceremonies (MC); Sharing Information about the Useful Tools in the SHRM Knowledge Center

Scott D. Ferrin has been a Field Services Director for SHRM since 2010.  His primary responsibilities include managing state council relationships, serving as a liaison with state councils, chapters, and volunteer leaders, and promoting SHRM membership. He attends State Council meetings and conferences, and, as his schedule permits, chapter events.  Scott resides in Mesa Arizona and supports SHRM members in Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.

He has served in a variety of volunteer organizations prior to joining SHRM as a member of the staff. Most recently, he was the Legislative Director for the East Valley Human Resources Association (EVHRA), an affiliate chapter of SHRM located in Arizona. Scott is certified as a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Scott has 20 years of work experience in HR. Prior to joining the SHRM staff, he held titles as a Senior Workforce Planner, Workforce Planning Manager, Talent Manager, Recruiter, Site HR Generalist, and Site HR Manager for companies ranging in size from Fortune 500 down to start-up companies with 20 employees.  He has worked in the mining, financial services, insurance and education industries during his career.

Scott has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from Weber State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. 

Kevin Gick, Associate University Counsel at the University of New Mexico

State and Federal Legislative Update 

Kevin will present the takeaways from employment-based legislation passed in the 2017 legislative session. He will also present employment-related cases decided by the New Mexico Judiciary decided since last year’s Update.

Kevin Gick is Associate University Counsel at the University of New Mexico. He provides legal representation, advice, and counseling to the University primarily in the areas of employment and labor law. The University employs over 30,000 employees across multiple campuses and is party to contracts with five separate labor unions. Prior to joining the University, Mr. Gick was an associate attorney in the Albuquerque office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Mr. Gick holds a Juris Doctorate, Master of Arts Degree in Latin American Studies, and Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, all from the University of New Mexico.


Danny Jarrett, Office Managing Principal of the Albuquerque, New Mexico, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. 

State and Federal Legislative Update. Federal and State Legislative Update will include information on: A broad overview of the Trump Administration’s anticipated impact on Labor and Employment since his inauguration, January 20th, 2017. A review of President Trump’s Executive Orders relating to contractors, healthcare and immigration and the effect imposed for employers and employees. A brief analysis of President Trump’s appointee to the Supreme Court and the new Justice’s views in relation to Labor and Employment. An introduction of President Trump’s appointees to Federal Government Agencies and the proposed rulings, reversals and changes for each respective agency.  

Danny Jarrett is a New Mexico native and has been certified as a specialist in labor and employment law by the New Mexico Supreme Court Board of Legal Specialization since August of 2008.

Mr. Jarrett previously served as vice-president and corporate counsel for a national healthcare company. His duties included managing all operations of a multi-state company with over 400 employees, overseeing all human resources functions, and organizing corporate restructuring.

Mr. Jarrett’s legal practice focuses on counseling and representing employers, government entities and Native American tribal organizations regarding labor and employment disputes. His experience involves Title VII and Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, the ADA, the FLSA, the FMLA and Davis-Bacon Act wage issues. He has successfully represented clients before the NLRB, the EEOC, and the WCA. He has negotiated many collective bargaining agreements, on behalf of management, with various unions, including the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Operating Engineers, and the Teamsters. He has represented management’s interests in union organizational campaigns, including organizing attempts by the Communication Workers of America, the Teamsters and the Painters and Glazers Union, as well as in response to Unfair Labor Practice charges of all types. Mr. Jarrett assisted in setting up a double-breasted operation for a large, regional construction company. He also represented the State Bar of New Mexico and set national precedent when the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. ruled that it did not have jurisdiction to oversee a representation election involving State Bar employees and the Communication Workers of America.

While attending law school, he served as a staff editor of The New Mexico Law Review. He attended the University of New Mexico as the recipient of a Presidential Scholarship.

Mr. Jarrett was an elected member of the Board of Bar Commissioners of the State Bar of New Mexico, the group of peer-elected attorneys who govern the Bar. As a Bar Commissioner, Mr. Jarrett served on the Personnel Committee and as liaison to the Board of Bar Examiners. Mr. Jarrett has also served as an elected board member and as chair of the Bar’s Employment and Labor Section and its Indian Law Section.


Visit www.nnmhra.shrm.org for more information and to register! 

Thursday, 21 September, 2017


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