February 3 2022

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What’s New in ’22? Employment Law Update

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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Kristina Vaquera

Kristina H. Vaquera is a principal in the Norfolk, Virginia, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses exclusively on labor and employment counseling and litigation.

Kristina represents employers in federal and state court lawsuits and agency investigations and charges covering a wide range of statutes and subjects, including anti-discrimination and civil rights laws, wrongful termination claims, disability accommodation and access, wage and hour laws, covenants not to compete, leave of absence claims, negligent hire/retention, and breaches of fiduciary duty and contract. Kristina has litigated class and collective actions, including FLSA, FCRA, and discrimination class actions. She also represents clients in mediation and arbitration before various national and state entities.

As part of Kristina’s counseling practice, she provides daily counseling and training to management to help employers avoid litigation. She assists clients with employment agreements, handbooks, background checks and drug testing issues, and disciplinary action. She represents employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, Department of Labor, and numerous state agencies, such as the Virginia Employment Commission, Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, Virginia Department of Housing Discrimination, and Virginia Worker’s Compensation Commission.

Kristina speaks extensively on various employment topics, including to the Virginia and Hampton Roads Society of Human Resource Managers, Virginia State Bar Labor and Employment Section, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Virginia Employment Commission, International Professional Managers Association, Virginia Government Contract Attorneys Association, Society of Designers and Architects, local chambers of commerce, Hampton Roads Industrial Liaison Group, PINK! Women Business Owners Conference, Public Media Business Association, the American Council of Engineering Companies, and the Retail Association of Hampton Roads. She lives in Hampton Roads with her family.

Milena Radovic

Milena Radovic is an Associate in the Norfolk, Virginia, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses exclusively on workplace law, including employment litigation, workplace training, and preventative client counseling.

Ms. Radovic defends employers against claims brought under Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, and tort claims, including assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent hire and retention, and wrongful discharge, in both federal and state courts, in arbitrations as well as before federal, state, and local administrative agencies. Ms. Radovic also provides clients with employee handbook review and training on a wide variety of employment topics.  Ms. Radovic also frequently presents on employment law related topics to local organizations and associations.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Ms. Radovic was a prosecutor in the Office of the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney.  She now uses her prosecution experience to defend management charged with criminal offenses stemming from workplaces incidents. During law school, Ms. Radovic served as a Manuscript Editor of the Richmond Journal of Law and Technology. As a member of the University of Richmond School of Law Trial Advocacy Board, Ms. Radovic competed and finished as an advancing finalist in the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Trial Advocacy Tournament and regional runner-up in the American Association for Justice Regional Trial Advocacy Tournament. Ms. Radovic received the Pro Bono Certificate from the Harry L. Carrico Center for Pro Bono & Public Service for performing more than 120 hours of pro bono service. While in law school, Ms. Radovic externed for the Employment Unit of the Virginia Office of the Attorney General and was a teaching assistant for Appellate Advocacy. Ms. Radovic was also a research assistant for Professor Ann C. Hodges, and assisted her in the drafting of Public Sector Employment: Cases and Materials, (West 3d ed. 2016) and Modernizing Disability Income for Cancer Survivors, 35 Hofstra Lab. & Emp. L.J. 2  (Spring 2018).