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Brian Peterson and Jill Hall Among Presenters at HR Conference

October 2015

Bowles Rice Lawyers Among Presenters at HR Conference

Bowles Rice lawyers Jill E. Hall and Brian M. Peterson will be among the presenters at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s annual HR Conference at the Charleston Marriott Town Center, October 12-13, 2015.

Ms. Hall will be speaking about “Same Sex Benefits and other Related Issues.”  She is a partner in the Charleston, West Virginia office of Bowles Rice, and focuses her practice in employment law and employee benefits, ERISA and ERISA litigation.  She has significant experience in advising employers, insurers and third-party administrators on the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.  She advises clients in the private and public sectors on human resources (HR) matters, and devotes a substantial part of her practice to advising clients on the requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and issues arising in the administration of health and other welfare plans. In addition to drafting, compliance and advisory work, she represents clients in every stage of ERISA litigation from the pre-suit administrative process to appeals in state and federal courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She also is experienced in subrogation and reimbursement rights under health plans. She also serves as the firm’s Diversity Partner.

Mr. Peterson will provide a “Federal and State Minimum Wage and Overtime Update” on Tuesday afternoon.  He is a partner in the firm’s Martinsburg, West Virginia office and practices in the areas of employment law, civil rights defense and state and local government defense.  He counsels and advises clients in wage and hour matters, workplace harassment investigations, development of handbooks and policy manuals, hiring and discharge of employees, drafting and litigation of employment contracts including restrictive covenants, wrongful discharge claims, workers’ compensation matters, compliance with state and federal employment laws and unemployment benefits claims.  He also defends employers against claims under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Age Discrimination In Employment Act (ADEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the West Virginia Human Rights Act, including claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

Bowles Rice is a Gold Sponsor of the Chamber’s 2015 HR Conference, which provides human resources professionals across the state with updates and best practices.