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Maritime and Admiralty lawyer and Head of the Maritime Law Practice Group, Chris Abel, presents the Employment Law Update at the Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA) Human Resources Professional Development Seminar on April 3, 2024. His presentation reviews key changes in federal and state employment laws in the past year, with a particular emphasis on changes affecting Virginia employers in the government contracting and ship repair industries.  Among the topics to be addressed are:

  • New federal statutory protections for pregnant workers
  • The US Department of Labor’s new rule for determining whether someone is an independent contractor or employee
  • The National Labor Relations Board’s aggressive new approach to limiting employer noncompete, severance, outside work options and policies
  • The latest Supreme Court ruling on accommodating religious beliefs and practices in the workplace  

The half-day annual program for members and non-members typically draws over 100 attendees and is coordinated by VSRA’s Human Resources Committee to support the professional development of its members by providing essential and timely information delivered by local maritime experts. As a long-standing supporter of this program, Willcox Savage is both a sponsor, and assures accreditation of the program via SHRM and HRCI.

The 2024 agenda also includes presentations from: President and CEO of Principle Strategies, Brian Winterstein on Proactive Employee Recruitment and Retention Strategies; Submarine and Logistics Assessment Engineer, John Johnson on MARMC: Base Access and CUI Compliance Update; and, Senior Human Resources Consultant, Valerie Edson, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, of OneDigital on Communicating Across Generations.

VSRA is a regional association with 311 member companies, and an unwavering mission is to support the ship repair industry in Virginia. Visit the VSRA events page to view their programs calendar.

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