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Kelly Bunting, Michael Mason to Speak at SHRM Annual Conference

LAS VEGAS June 20, 2019 Kelly Dobbs Bunting and Michael Mason, shareholders in the Labor & Employment Practice of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, will participate in the 2019 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference & Exposition June 23-26 in Las Vegas. The conference is among the largest HR events in the world and offers opportunities for professionals to stay up-to-date on trends, new strategies, and innovations in HR. 

Bunting will present June 24 at the session "Trouble in the Suez: An Employer's Duty of Care to Employees Based Overseas," which will address the risks in sending an employee overseas or placing an employee in an overseas position, and the company’s legal duty of care to that employee. 

Mason will present twice: the first presentation on June 25, “Why Harassment Is No Longer Just a Compliance Issue, But a Brand Issue,” will address uncovering and acknowledging past instances of harassment, and implementing strong policies and processes to ensure that harassment does not happen again. On June 26, Mason will present a MEGA Session titled, “Advanced Internal Investigations: Tips, Tools and Cautionary Tales,” where attendees will learn to apply a simple framework to internal investigations and understand the importance of effective, timely investigations in employment-related cases. 

Bunting is co-chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s Workforce Compliance & Regulatory Enforcement group and sits in the firm’s Philadelphia office. She litigates federal and state class and collective actions alleging wage and hour violations, misclassification, overtime, minimum wage and off-the-clock work. She also defends employers around the country in single-plaintiff litigation involving gender, age, disability, race, national origin, religious and pregnancy discrimination, harassment and retaliation; whistleblower claims; theft of trade secrets; breach of duty; breach of employment agreements and restrictive covenants. Bunting is listed in the 2019 Legal 500 United States for Workplace and Employment Counseling. Also in 2019, she is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Labor and Employment and in Who’s Who in Labour & Employment Law.

Mason is an attorney in the firm’s Phoenix office. Clients turn to him for policy drafting, internal investigations, compliance advice, management training, representation before administrative agencies, and, when necessary, litigation. Mason is also imbedded with the legal department of a large international company providing global labor and employment support and leading internal investigations. Prior to rejoining Greenberg Traurig in 2018, Mason spent six years in executive roles as senior labor and employment counsel and director of human resources at Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its subsidiary Arizona Public Service Company. In those roles, he oversaw litigation, selected and managed outside counsel, and oversaw part of the company’s compliance function. He also conducted internal investigations and audit responses, trained management, managed a team of HR professionals, served as lead negotiator in collective bargaining, led the diversity and inclusion program, and represented the company before federal administrative agencies including the NLRB, EEOC, DOL, OFCCP, OSHA, and NRC.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Labor & Employment Practice: Greenberg Traurig’s Global Labor & Employment Practice serves clients from offices throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Members of the practice have had numerous trial wins and are frequently called upon to handle complex, bet-the-company, and large high-stake cases, including nationwide class and collective actions. On the labor side, a leading group of lawyers regularly represents management with labor-relations matters. Labor & Employment team members assist clients with complex employment issues, and design practical, proactive strategies that can be readily implemented by today’s human resources professionals. In addition, the practice is recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the areas of Labor and Employment Litigation, Labor-Management Relations, ERISA Litigation, Workplace & Employment Counseling, and Trade Secrets Litigation. Visit Greenberg Traurig’s Labor & Employment Blog for insights and analysis of the latest labor and employment developments, including legislation, regulations, cases, policies, and trends.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 41 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law.