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York PA 17408
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7:30 – 8:00am Announcements
8:00 – 9:00am Presentation
HR ETHICAL DILEMMAS
As tough as an HR professional’s job is already, statistics show that HR professionals are likely to encounter at least one ethical dilemma in the workplace. According to a 2018 study, 30% of employees in the U.S. personally observed misconduct in the past 12 months. Following the pandemic, changes to the workplace such as temperature screening, remote work and the more recent expansion of Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) have only compounded the ethical dilemmas that HR is likely to face. Join us for this interactive presentation in which HR professionals will be faced with ethical quandaries and given the opportunity to participate in identifying the best courses of action as well as learn how to navigate complex ethical issues.
Anne E. Zerbe is a Member of the McNees Labor & Employment and Public Finance & Government Services Practice Group. Anne has successfully defended business clients in county, state and federal courts for more than 20 years and focuses her practice on prevention of employment liability and risk-management, defending against employment claims and assisting clients with compliance issues concerning the multitude of employment laws and regulations governing employers. She also counsels employers, practice groups and health care providers on employment law compliance, risk management and HIPAA compliance issues unique to the health care industry. Anne serves as special counsel for investigations and is a trusted resource to handle sensitive and confidential matters including executive terminations.
Anne also serves as the Solicitor for the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. In that role, she works with county commissioners and executive leadership to address issues affecting counties across the Commonwealth.
Anne is a trusted problem solver for clients. She has been a featured speaker regarding various employment law topics for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, the Pennsylvania State Counsel of SHRM, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Employee Relations Council, the York Society of Human Resource Managers, the Physicians’ Office Management Association of York, the Lancaster Society of Human Resources, the Hanover Area Human Resource Association, and Quest Behavioral Health EAP.
Anne served in executive roles for years on the Board of Directors for the York County Bar Association, the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Pennsylvania and the Children’s Home of York. She also volunteers as a member of the Endowment Committee for Advent Lutheran Church. Anne lives in York with her family and spends her free time cheering on her kids in their high school and collegiate games and riding her horses, Big Blue and Megan.
Litigator Erik R. Anderson’s practice focuses on navigating companies and professionals in sensitive and complex governmental and commercial litigation, white collar government investigations and regulatory enforcement actions, attorney ethics defense and professional licensing prosecutions. Clients who engage Erik often find themselves confronted by the intense glare of professional, political, reputational or media scrutiny.
Government Services and Appellate Law
Erik has represented clients at the nexus of government, law and public policy for nearly two decades. With that, he has represented elected and appointed officials — from both sides of the aisle — from each branch of Pennsylvania state government, each Chamber of the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the General Assembly itself in civil, appellate, criminal or administrative proceedings. He also has significant experience briefing and arguing constitutional issues before state and federal trial and appellate courts.
Commercial Disputes and Litigation
Erik represents plaintiffs and defendants in various disputes in federal and state courts and arbitration forums. He has helped clients avoid the cost and risks of courtroom battles by achieving highly favorable pre-suit and pretrial outcomes and has handled matters involving:
- Breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract
- Corporate governance
- Energy litigation
- Intellectual property
- Lanham Act
- Partnership disputes
- Restrictive covenants
- Trade secrets
- Unfair trade practices
White Collar Defense, Public Corruption and Investigations
Erik defends businesses and individuals in white collar government investigations, regulatory enforcement proceedings, federal and state grand jury investigations, and trials. His white-collar representations have included high-profile public corruption cases and several confidential matters where charges were avoided. Erik is regularly called on to conduct sensitive internal investigations for law firms, businesses, government agencies and religious institutions.
Professional Licensing and Ethics Defense
He brings experience providing counsel to attorneys and law firms, responding to ethics inquiries and defending against prosecutions brought by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. In addition, Erik defends judges before the Judicial Conduct Board. He advises on various ethics issues, including conflicts of interest, attorney misconduct, fees, firm organization, unauthorized practice of law and defending and prosecuting disqualification actions.
Before entering private practice, Erik spent nearly a decade in government service, first as a Deputy Chief Counsel with the Pennsylvania General Assembly and then as a Deputy Attorney General with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General (OAG). As Agency Counsel for the OAG, he served as chief in-house counsel and represented the office in labor and employment litigation matters. He also conducted internal investigations into misconduct allegations by law enforcement agents and prosecutors in collaboration with the Office of Professional Responsibility.
Before joining McNees, Erik was a commercial litigator at Post & Schell, P.C., where his practice was concentrated on complex commercial, governmental, and employment litigation; attorney and law firm defense; government investigations; and internal investigations. He also was the lead attorney in the Harrisburg office of Myers, Brier & Kelly, LLP.
Certification: Pending certification credit through HRCI and SHRM.
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