Welcome to 2016's first edition of
, the e-newsletter from Spilman Thomas & Battle's Labor & Employment Group. Spilman's commitment in 2016 is to become more fully immersed in our clients' employment issues. To us, this means more than simply offering good legal advice, but to truly partner with you to learn your business and offer solutions even before you know there are problems. A big part of that plan is continuing our SuperVision webinars and our SuperVision symposium series.
Our clients in West Virginia certainly are aware of two significant legislative reforms passed by our Legislature in the past month: the adoption of right-to-work legislation and the repealing of the prevailing wage. Kevin Carr and Eric Kinder explain, in a rhetoric-free way, what that legislation means legally and, more importantly, what it means for you. In order to complement this, we will be presenting a
webinar on that topic in the middle of March
. In addition, Erin Jones Adams is presenting
a webinar in late March on Effective (and Defensible) Workplace Investigations
. Be on the lookout for more information on both of these webinars in the near future.
2016 marks the 10th anniversary of Spilman's SuperVision symposium series. This year's series is already filling out with events scheduled for
May 17 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; June 24 at the Charleston Marriott Town Center in Charleston, West Virginia; and September 13 at the Grandover Resort & Conference Center in Greensboro, North Carolina
. Watch your inboxes for invitations to these events, as well as the March webinars (with more to come throughout the year). Currently, we plan to continue the Lunch & Learn topics at SuperVision symposia where attendees have the opportunity to discuss important employment topics with Spilman attorneys and other professionals. If you have suggestions for topics of discussion, please let me know by e-mailing
In this edition of
, in addition to the article Kevin Carr and Eric Kinder prepared regarding new West Virginia legislation, Erin Jones Adams offers suggestions to help prepare you for the ever-changing reality of litigation in an electronic age. Larissa Dean takes a look at promoting workplace diversity in these changing times. And, the newest member of our labor & employment team, Mitchell Rhein, discusses important information regarding clients in the healthcare industry about how enforcement of HIPAA regulations is increasing. There is more on Mitch in our featured bio portion of this e-newsletter.
We hope you enjoy this issue. Feel free to contact us if you have any suggestions for future articles.
Eric W. Iskra
Chair, Labor & Employment Practice Group
Eric E. Kinder