SCIHRA invites you to our 2021 Virtual Spring Conference, sponsored by JB Screening Partners, and held on Wednesday, April 14 from 8:30am-12:00pm.
Join Brien Shoemaker, Outreach and Education Coordinator for the Indianapolis District of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), as he leads a discussion about the barriers inhibiting equal employment opportunities, providing attendees with recommendations for cultivating a diverse, productive, and harassment-free workplace.
And hear from Jackie Gessner and Colleen Naumovich, Attorneys at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, as they address anticipated regulatory changes in the Biden Administration, highlighting specific initiatives from the Department of Labor. Learn about new regulations pertaining to wages, employee leave protections, workplace safety in the pandemic, and more!
JB Screening Partners offers employee screening solutions, helping to identify risks in your business. They understand the competitive market for qualified employees and use a transparent approach to best serve their clients. Learn more.
Since joining the EEOC in 2001, Brien has served as an investigator and a supervisor. As an investigator, Brien earned the Commission’s CORE award for outstanding contributions to the EEOC during his work as the lead investigator in a multi-agency class case involving hiring discrimination. As an Outreach and Education Coordinator, Brien earned the Circle of Excellence Team Award for work with HBCUs. Brien is also a member of the Labor Trafficking Committee for the Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficked Humans (IPATH) and has spoken on this topic to numerous groups.
Jackie regularly defends employers in federal and state courts and before state and local civil rights agencies, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Jackie works with human resource departments, business leaders, owners, and managers on an array of workplace issues. She regularly advises management and human resources professionals on employee disciplinary matters, leave and wage and hour compliance, retaliation and discrimination complaints, and harassment and workplace investigations, among others. Jackie also counsels employers on complying with rapidly changing employment laws and implementing effective practices to avoid workplace issues, and she has led employee and supervisor trainings. Additionally, Jackie is a skilled litigator who is capable of taking the lead responsibility defending employment lawsuits. She frequently conducts and defends depositions, and she has successfully resolved numerous cases and obtained favorable rulings on summary judgment and motions to dismiss on behalf of her clients. She has also obtained appellate decisions affirming favorable judgments for her clients, including before the Indiana Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Jackie gained knowledge that benefits her practice before joining the firm full-time, as a summer associate and a legislative intern with Barnes & Thornburg, and as a legal clerk in the Office of the Indiana Attorney General's Criminal Appellate Division. Prior to attending law school, Jackie interned with the Indiana State Senate; worked as a campaign manager for an Indiana State Senate election campaign; and worked as a registered lobbyist with an Indianapolis public affairs firm, representing clients before the Indiana General Assembly. Jackie has an unwavering commitment to the development and mentorship of younger attorneys, and she regularly serves as a mentor to the firm's summer associates and new attorneys. She also was instrumental in the creation of the Mentorship Award in her role with the IndyBar Women & the Law Div.
Colleen brings focus and dedication to assisting her employer clients with various workplace and employee needs they have. She conducts legal research and drafts memoranda, motions, and position statements to the National Labor Relations Board. She also helps clients prepare for trial by reviewing depositions and providing summaries of expert witness testimony. Before joining the firm full-time, Colleen was a summer associate with Barnes & Thornburg and a summer legal intern with Cummins, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, where she gained insight into the challenges and needs businesses, their employers, and employees face on a daily basis. Additionally, she acquired experience drafting and editing supplier contracts, liability waivers, joint venture agreements, and other legal documents. Intrigued by the intersection of law and sociology, Colleen wrote her senior thesis on “The Effect of Female Judges on the Collegial Decision-Making Process in Federal Appellate Courts." Outside of her professional endeavors, Colleen enjoys cooking and fitness, and she is an avid college football fan, rooting for the University of Notre Dame. She was a senior student manager for Notre Dame football for three years, the first Saint Mary's student selected for that role in the 91-year history of the program.