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Winning Talent Together: Assessing the Future of Non-Competes

When: March 6, 2024
Where: PTC Office at Nova Place

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This spring, we expect to see some changes with employers using non-competition agreements to restrict their employee’s post-termination job choices. It is anticipated that the Federal Trade Commission will take a vote on the final rule relating to the proposed non-compete ban by April 2024. This ruling could further affect existing non-compete clauses that are already in place, and make them no longer effective. 

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2024 | 9:00am-11:00am

Where: Nova Place | Pittsburgh Technology Council Office
100 S. Commons, Suite 172
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Featuring: Jeremy V. Farrell | Experienced Management-Side Employment And Litigation Lawyer Who Helps Solve Legal Issues Inside And Outside The Courtroom.

As the deputy chair of Tucker’s litigation department, Jeremy represents businesses in a variety of civil and commercial disputes, with a particular focus on employment law. Jeremy advocates on employers’ behalf in state and federal courts, private arbitrations, and in administrative investigation and enforcement proceedings before the Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations.

Jeremy’s litigation experience gives him the background and perspective needed to guide employers and their managers and HR departments through difficult issues in the workplace, with the goal of helping clients comply with the law and minimize risk in a manner consistent with its overall business philosophy.

For example, he frequently counsels clients on how to:

  • Strengthen employment contracts, independent contractor agreements, severance agreements, employee handbooks, and workplace policies
  • Comply with family, medical, and sick leave laws and ordinances—including the Family Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Allegheny County Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, and the City of Pittsburgh Paid Sick Days Act
  • Effectively respond to employee requests for accommodations due to pregnancy, medical, or religious considerations
  • Craft compensation structures complying with state and federal minimum wage and overtime laws like the Fair Labor Standards Act as well as wage payment statutes like the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law
  • Investigate internal complaints of bullying, discrimination, retaliation, and hostile work environments that implicate laws like Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disability Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act
  • Improve non-compete, non-solicit, and non-disclosure agreements
  • Train managers on implementation of practical compliance and risk-minimization strategies
  • Respond to unemployment compensation claims.

Diane A. Houser, SHRM-CP, MS-HRM | Experienced Director of Employee Relations- Human Resources

As a seasoned HR professional, Diane has done and seen just about everything in HR.  She understands the commitment to excellence that HR practitioners must demonstrate and how their day-to-day efforts impact the lives of the employees and the health of the company.  HR is in a unique position to provide support, at every level of the organization, in a way that no other role can.

Diane has a passion for all things HR.  She believes that all companies need to stay close to their Core Values/Mission and that extends from the moment a person onboards to even after the offboard.  Treating people with respect and dignity is the most basic thing that every employee should get.

She has a bachelor’s degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a master’s degree from Robert Morris University in Human Resource Management. Additionally, Diane has earned her SHRM-CP certification as well as a SHRM specialty certification in Workplace Investigations. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Human Resource Association proudly serving as the VP of Membership and College Relations.

This Winning Talent Together will address:1. The ins-and-outs and enforceability of the rule if it is finalized by the FTC. 2. Repercussions for companies if and when non-competes go way 3. Options for employers to protect their businesses in place of traditional non-competition agreements.Interested in joining alongside Jeremy Farrell and Diane Houser as a panelist? Please reach out to Marie Pelloni.

8:15 AM | Registration Opens
8:30 AM | Networking Over Breakfast
9:00 AM | Welcome & Introductions
9:00 AM | Panel Discussion 
10:00 AM | Q & A
10:30 AM | Networking
11:00 AM | Adjourn

Member price: Early bird $60 if you register by 2/19, regular, $65
Non-member price: Early bird $250 if you register by 2/19, regular, $275

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Contact Information:
For program questions: Marie Pelloni, Sr. Director of Talent & Workforce Development Initiatives,
For registration questions: Megan Colf, Director of Events,
For sponsorship questions: Ashley Steckel, Director of Business Development and Advertising,
For membership questions: Betsy Rusnic, Director of Membership Services,