May 18th – Breakfast at the BAC
How Social Can We Get at Work?
Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Facebook, Linkedin, video games and fantasy sports . . . hey, is anybody working around here? Who are the workforce police, what should they be policing and what are the digital do’s and definite don’ts for employees and employers? We’ve rounded up a stellar panel of employment law experts to answer your questions during a very social breakfast.
Caroline Harrison, DOWELL PHAM HARRISON LLP
Caroline Harrison is a founding Partner of Dowell Pham Harrison LLP. As an attorney Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, she represents employers in disputes with former employees, and guides them through the sometimes confusing arena of employment law. Her practice focuses on employment litigation and counseling. She also acts as General Counsel for area businesses and non-profit organizations.
Caroline assists employers in a variety of areas, including anti-discrimination and retaliation laws, drafting and enforcing covenants not to compete and non- solicitation agreements, and protection of trade secrets. She advises employers on the Family and Medical Leave Act, (FMLA), Unemployment Compensation appeals, Wage and Hour issues, and classification of employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act, (FLSA). She provides counseling on complex issues including discipline, termination, harassment, investigations, effective employment practices, litigation avoidance and accommodation of disabilities, as well as training human resource professionals, managers, and supervisors in all areas of employment law.
Christopher D. Lopez-Loftis, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
As an Account Christopher is a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor.
Prior to joining the DOL, Christopher served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston. Christopher earned his Juris Doctor Magna
Cum Laude from TSU’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law and his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Stephen F. Austin State University. Christopher was also a collegiate student-athlete in undergrad competing in NCAA Division 1 football and track. In law school, Christopher served as an associate editor on the Law Review and began his legal career by completing internships with the U.S. District Court, Harris County District Attorney’s Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Department of the Treasury in the Chief Counsel’s Office for the IRS, and a litigation law firm.
Elizabeth Ramirez-Washka, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Elizabeth Ramirez-Washka is the Employment Counsel for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), where she is responsible for all employment matters. She advises the business and human resources on terminations, discipline, leaves of absences, disability accommodations and wage and hour issues. Prior to joining the BSA, Ramirez-Washka was the Employment Counsel at Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPSG). She was responsible for employment matters and also handled union matters, consisting of contract negotiations with unions, educating and training human resources and the business on how to avoid a union campaign at their facility and handling union elections. Ramirez-Washka was Counsel at Tenet Healthcare Corporation, where she was responsible for all union matters involving unions attempting to have nurses and all other healthcare worker become union members.
Ramirez-Washka started her career in Ft. Worth as a criminal prosecutor in the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office. She then worked with the National Labor Relations Board as a field attorney. She received a Bachelor of Science in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin and her juris doctorate from St. Mary’s University.