2019 RAA
Summer Seminars

Schedule of Events

Opening Reception June 16 sponsored by FS Solutions

Inflight

Monday, June 17

8:00 AM

Introductions and Antitrust – RAA staff

8:30 AM

The Growing Opioid Crisis:
All companies, including airlines, could be better equipped to handle the challenge of drug abuse in the workplace. Sarah Wimberly of FordHarrison will discuss how the opioid crisis is affecting the airline industry and how carriers should respond. Sarah will review several case studies, including describing how these actual cases were handled and the results.

9:30 AM

Retaliation: Protect Your Airline (Part 1)
This is the most expensive legal claim you don’t know enough about. Retaliation is the most prolific and most commonly successful legal claim that the EEOC investigates. What exactly is a retaliation claim and how do you protect your carrier against it? Lean the answers from Sarah Wimberly of FordHarrison at this informative – and surprising – session.

10:00 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM

Retaliation: Protect Your Airline (Part 2)

11:00 AM

Labor Law in the Trump Era:
The Trump Administration has brought significant changes to labor and employment law over the past two years. Jacki Thompson of FordHarrison will update attendees on the recent developments affecting regional carriers, as well as what is on the horizon at the U.S. Equal Employment Commission and the Department of Labor.

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM

RAA Update
RAA President and CEO Faye Malarkey Black and RAA Director-Government Affairs Drew Jacoby-Lemos will give a briefing on the latest developments regarding U.S. government regulations and how they affect regional airlines.

2:00 PM

10 Keys to Positive Employee Relations:
Employee experience and engagement is a major issue for airlines. Despite the time and money that has been spent on employee engagement, the numbers reflected in surveys of airline employees on job satisfaction have been stagnant and declining. Why are carriers not making progress? What can they do about it? Brad Federman of FH Solutions Group will explore the pivotal components to creating and sustaining best-in-class employee relations.

3:00 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM

Elevating Corporate Culture
Does culture end up eating strategy at your airline? The way work gets completed, how decisions are made and what makes a company unique is all driven by culture – and yet it is left to chance by most companies. Culture needs to be nurtured regularly and consistently. Like all companies, airlines often lack the time to elevate their culture. Join Brad Federman of FH Solutions Group, who will explain how an airline can elevate its culture by weaving culture development and sustainability into the fabric of its operations.

4:30-5:00 PM

Nation Mediation Board Update
Jacki Thompson of FordHarrison will update attendees on significant developments at the NMB. The Board has two new members, a new (Republican-appointed) chair and a new focus. There is change in the air at NMB; find out what has happened so far and what is on the horizon.

Tuesday, June 18

8:00 AM

Ask the Attorney
What questions do you need answered by an experienced attorney? For one hour, a FordHarrison attorney will be on hand to answer your most pressing question.

9:00 AM

Inflight Committee meeting
(RAA members only)

10:00 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM

Inflight Committee meeting
(RAA members only)

12:00 PM

Adjourn

Human Resources

Monday, June 17

8:00 AM

Introductions and Antitrust – RAA staff

8:30 AM

The Growing Opioid Crisis:
All companies, including airlines, could be better equipped to handle the challenge of drug abuse in the workplace. Sarah Wimberly of FordHarrison will discuss how the opioid crisis is affecting the airline industry and how carriers should respond. Sarah will review several case studies, including describing how these actual cases were handled and the results.

9:30 AM

Retaliation: Protect Your Airline (Part 1)
This is the most expensive legal claim you don’t know enough about. Retaliation is the most prolific and most commonly successful legal claim that the EEOC investigates. What exactly is a retaliation claim and how do you protect your carrier against it? Lean the answers from Sarah Wimberly of FordHarrison at this informative – and surprising – session.

10:00 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM

Retaliation: Protect Your Airline (Part 2)

11:00 AM

Labor Law in the Trump Era:
The Trump Administration has brought significant changes to labor and employment law over the past two years. Jacki Thompson of FordHarrison will update attendees on the recent developments affecting regional carriers, as well as what is on the horizon at the U.S. Equal Employment Commission and the Department of Labor.

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM

RAA Update
RAA President and CEO Faye Malarkey Black and RAA Director-Government Affairs Drew Jacoby-Lemos will give a briefing on the latest developments regarding U.S. government regulations and how they affect regional airlines.

2:00 PM

10 Keys to Positive Employee Relations:
Employee experience and engagement is a major issue for airlines. Despite the time and money that has been spent on employee engagement, the numbers reflected in surveys of airline employees on job satisfaction have been stagnant and declining. Why are carriers not making progress? What can they do about it? Brad Federman of FH Solutions Group will explore the pivotal components to creating and sustaining best-in-class employee relations.

3:00 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM

Elevating Corporate Culture
Does culture end up eating strategy at your airline? The way work gets completed, how decisions are made and what makes a company unique is all driven by culture – and yet it is left to chance by most companies. Culture needs to be nurtured regularly and consistently. Like all companies, airlines often lack the time to elevate their culture. Join Brad Federman of FH Solutions Group, who will explain how an airline can elevate its culture by weaving culture development and sustainability into the fabric of its operations.

4:30-5:00 PM

Nation Mediation Board Update
Jacki Thompson of FordHarrison will update attendees on significant developments at the NMB. The Board has two new members, a new (Republican-appointed) chair and a new focus. There is change in the air at NMB; find out what has happened so far and what is on the horizon.

Tuesday, June 18

8:00 AM

Background Checks
FSSolutions provides an update on the latest you need to know regarding employee background checks.

9:00 AM

How AI & Technology Are Changing Talent Acquisition:
Talent acquisition technology is changing faster than the regulatory and compliance landscape. As innovations such as blind resume systems, social media recruitment options and artificial intelligence tools seek to improve the talent acquisition process, they also push the limits of the law. Molly Shah of Littler Mendelson will discuss how these advances are affecting the airline industry and how they intersect with the law. He will review client experiences in implementing these changes and suggest how airline employers can stay in front of the compliance curve in a fast-changing talent acquisition environment.

10:00 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM

Ask the Attorney
What questions do you need answered by an experienced attorney? For 90 minutes, a FordHarrison attorney will be on hand to answer your most pressing question.

12:00 PM

Adjourn

Drug & Alcohol Testing

Monday, June 17

8:30 AM

Introductions

9:00-10:30 AM

DER Training
Under U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) mandated substance abuse testing programs, a Designated Employer Representative (DER) receives test results and other communication for the employers regarding the testing process. The he DER is an employee authorized by the employer to take immediate action to remove any employee from safety sensitive duties and make decisions regarding further testing and evaluation processes. Every organization falling under DOT regulations that employs safety sensitive employees must have at least one qualified DER. Training will be conducted by Regina Doural, CSAPA.

10:30 AM

Break

10:45 AM

DER Training continued
with Regina Doural, CSAPA

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM

Marijuana Legalization & Drug Testing:
Dr. Randy Barnett, MD and Chief Medical Review Officer for FSSolutions, will discuss how airlines can navigate drug testing in an era of changing marijuana laws. His update on state marijuana laws will include reports on medical marijuana, marijuana edibles and CBD oil.

3:00 PM

Break

3:15 PM

FAA Audit Preparation
with Regina Doural, CSAPA

4:00 PM

Administering Your Follow Up Testing Plan
with Regina Doural, CSAPA

4:45 PM

Q&A

5:00 PM

Adjourn

Tuesday, June 18

9:00 AM

Drug Testing Options for Non-Safety Employees:
Not all employees at an airline are directly related to functions that affect safety. Does the carrier’s drug testing regime have to be the same for all employees? What are the options for non-safety sensitive employees? Dr. Randy Barnett, MD and Chief Medical Review Officer for FSSolutions, will discuss.

9:45 AM

Ask the MRO – FAQs & Answers
with Dr. Randy Barnett, MD/Chief Medical Review Officer, FSSolutions

10:15 AM

Break

10:30 AM

Handling Unique Situations in Drug & Alcohol Testing
with Shawn O’Neil, C-DER, CMROA, CPC

11:15 AM

Drug Testing Jeopardy. Test your knowledge and win a prize with Mary Ellen Petti

12:00 PM

Adjourn