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ISSA Legislative Conference

  • February 23, 2023
  • 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wintrust Financial Corporation, 9700 W Higgins Rd, Rosemont IL


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The 2023 ISSA Legislative Conference will be held in person on Thursday, February 23rd at Wintrust Financial Corporation in Rosemont, IL.  

The event will begin at 11AM with morning sessions, followed by lunch  and afternoon sessions, and concluding with a networking cocktail reception.


10:30 AM – Registration / Check-in Begins

11:00 AM – Welcome 

11:05 AM to 12:00 PM Session 1

12:00 PM to 12:30 PM Box Lunch / Break

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM Session 2

1:30 PM to 1:45 PM Break

1:45 PM to 2:45 PM Session 3

2:45 PM to 3:00 PM Break / Cocktails begin

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM  - Keynote Toby Malara

4:00  Wrap up and Cocktail Hour


Navigating Illinois Tangled Employee Leave Rules

Pay Transparency – Bereavement – Sick Leave

The Changing Landscape of Joint Employer Status

This informative session will address the changing landscape of joint employer status and liability under various employment laws including the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and Title VII.

Temp Worker and Fairness Safety Act--and What You Can Do About It

Chicago Sun Times

January 24, 2023

Illinois state Assembly members announced Monday they plan to introduce a bill called the “Temp Worker and Fairness Safety Act,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The legislation would make it easier for temporary workers to sue staffing firms, unionize and strike, according to comments by an attorney interviewed for the article. It would also make it more difficult for staffing firms to use noncompete clauses and other tactics to discourage workers from moving to permanent employment with a client.


Toby Malara will review Illinois and National legislation that may impact your business.

This event is approved for 4.0 CE Credits


Vice President Government Relations

American Staffing Association

Toby Malara directs ASA's government relations, lobbying, and political activities, including the operations of the associations' political action committee, StaffingPAC. He also advises members on immigration/I-9, paid sick leave, sales tax, and per diem issues. He graduated from Georgetown University and earned a J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University.


Managing Partner

Staffing GC

Lia Elliott is an attorney and C-Suite advisor with 20+ years of boots-on-the-ground executive and legal experience in the workforce solutions and staffing industry. Lia is solutions-focused and works with clients to achieve business objectives while aligning legal compliance within risk tolerance and budget. A constant critical thinker and firm believer that “no” is seldom the answer, Lia simplifies legal complexities enabling growth in a mine-filled environment.

Areas of Specialization: Fractional GC/Executive Services • Labor, Employment & HR Support • Compliance Programs / Training • Litigation Management • In-House Legal Function Build



Ogletree Deakins

Norma regularly advises employers on various aspects of the employment relationship. She regularly counsels human resources professionals and in-house counsel on wage and hour issues, employment handbooks and policies, compliance with federal and state anti-discrimination statutes, and terminations. Norma has substantial experience handling organized labor and employee relations matters. In the traditional labor space, Norma handles a variety of matters before the NLRB, from the charge investigation phase up to and including trial and post-trial proceedings. She also oversees representation elections, leads labor negotiations, including economic and non-economic proposals, enforces labor contracts post-execution, and defends employers against labor grievances and ULP charges.


Senior Labor and Employment Associate

Ogletree Deakins

Ebony is an experienced labor and employment defense attorney and primarily focuses her practice on workplace investigations, traditional labor, and employment litigation. She also advises public and privately held companies across different industries on a wide variety of labor and employment issues.



Ogletree Deakins

Jennifer Colvin’s practice is focused on labor and employment litigation.  She began her legal career as an Administrative Law Judge with the Illinois Labor Relations Board, specializing in public sector labor law.  Jennifer joined Ogletree Deakins in 2006.

Jennifer’s current practice ranges from advice and counseling on matters such as employee handbooks, personnel policies, downsizing, family/medical leave, medical examinations, drug testing, discipline and discharge, and non-compete/non-solicitation issues to litigation and alternative dispute resolution of claims under federal, state and local employment laws.

Jennifer’s labor law practice includes advising companies regarding grievances and representing companies in labor arbitrations.

Jennifer also has extensive experience in defending tort related matters.

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