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    Mid-Valley SHRM March Meeting - Religious Accomodation

    Date: March 9, 2022, 7:30am
    Mid-Valley SHRM
    Virtual Via Zoom
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    Religious discrimination and accommodation issues moved to center stage when employers began addressing COVID- related accommodation issues. Now the spotlight in even more focused with the U. S. Supreme Court accepting a new case for this term’s review, a claim by a public school coach who wanted to engage his students in public prayer on the field after football games. This meeting will provide a reminder of the basics – public/private distinctions, religious exemptions from some of the employment laws, handing accommodation requests, what we can expect from the Supreme Court, AND making sense of our obligations to address the sometimes unexpected religious accommodation requests from employees who are objecting to vaccination policies and mandates.


    Presented by Paula Barran. Paula Barran, a founding Partner at Barran Liebman LLP, has been practicing law since 1980 with concentrations in labor and employment law and the law of higher education. She has written extensively on management law, higher education, investigative processes, and is a national speaker and trainer. She handles litigation in labor and employment and higher education, in state and federal courts, as well as employment and labor arbitrations. Additionally, she develops and presents “train the trainer” programs to introduce comprehensive and cost effective training programs into workplaces and educational institutions. Since the first publication of the Oregon Super Lawyers Magazine in 2006, Paula has repeatedly been named as a “Top Ten Lawyer” in Oregon. In 2008, 2010, and 2017-2021, she has been honored as the “Top Point Getter” for the year, and was honored as the #2 Top Point Getter in 2016. Since 2003, Paula has been ranked #1 (with partners Ed Harnden and Rick Liebman) for Labor and Employment Law defense in the State of Oregon by Chambers & Partners USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers. She is also a fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and has been named in The Best Lawyers in America directory since 2001. She is admitted to practice in Oregon, Washington and before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, U.S. District Court, District of Oregon and U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington.


    Paula received her B.A. from the College of William and Mary, M.A. from Cornell University, Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, J.D., with honors, from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, and M.B.A. degree from the University of Oregon, Oregon Executive M.B.A. program. Paula has also earned an Association of Title IX Administrators Title IX Coordinator Certificate. In addition to her labor and employment practice, she represents colleges and universities on wide ranging compliance issues, including institutional obligations under Title VI, Title IX, and Violence Against Women Act.


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