Addressing Critical Issues at Legal Symposium

NSSGA’s Legal Symposium will offer attendees insightful presentations on critical legal issues confronting stone, sand and gravel producers. Industry-leading experts will equip attendees with best practices on enhancing safety, mitigating risk and protecting the rights of operators.

The annual symposium will be held on Feb. 13, 2019, during the NSSGA Annual Convention and AGG1 Academy & Expo in Indianapolis. Those interested in participating can register for the symposium today and receive state bar association continuing education credits.

A good safety program should serve to prevent injuries and help employees learn from them. Avi Meyerstein of Husch Blackwell will cover major aspects of near-miss and accident investigations, how these efforts can create liability and strategies to consider for managing these risks. Participants will leave with better strategies to improve safety and mitigate hazards in the workplace.

Quarries are often reclaimed for housing or parks when the aggregates are depleted, but less traditional uses, like entertainment venues, water resource management and waste disposal uses, are gaining support. Thomas Herman of Eversheds-Sutherland will address legal issues related to post-depletion uses of quarries. His presentation will also cover critical issues related to active quarrying facilities located near other operations, such as agriculture or timber.

Arthur Wolfson of Jackson-Kelly will dive into the regulatory agenda and policy initiatives of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor. The presentation will cover high impact MSHA appellate cases litigated during the Trump administration and will pay attention to the litigating position taken by the government.

The current business, regulatory and political environment is complex and presents a range of challenges to the industry. Applying for permits, for example, is a lengthy process with many steps and requirements. Brian Montag of K&L Gates will lead a session that will show what managers need to know to make effective decisions on environmental, insurance and employment issues that face aggregates operations.

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, workplace harassment is under increasing scrutiny. Adele Abrams, president and owner of The Law Office of Adele Abrams, will cover the basics of what constitutes illegal workplace harassment under various civil rights laws. Participants will leave with a better understanding of workplace harassment, sexual harassment, assault, and

Existing and expected litigation will lead to significant changes within the Environmental Protection Agency, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Mine Safety and Health Administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on the Toxic Substances Control Act. Andrew D. Knudsen, Susan Wiltsie and Alexandra Cunningham of Hunton Andrews Kurth will give a presentation on the potential impact of this pending litigation on acquisitions, stock values and bottom lines.

For more information about these presentations, visit NSSGA’s Annual Convention and AGG1 Academy & Expo website or contact Emily Coyner, NSSGA senior director of environmental policy.

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