Human Resources Best Practices and Legal Issues

Human Resources Best Practices and Legal Issues

February 4, 2020

Greater New Orleans Foundation
Center for Philanthropy
919 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

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Most nonprofits don’t have a human resources office, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important nor does that protect you from liability. Implementing best practices in human resources management can help you attract and retain talent and boost employee morale. Understanding employment law and legal issues associated with human resources is critical to protecting the organization from losing good employees, and from costly lawsuits. This workshop is being led by a panel of lawyers and seasoned nonprofit executive directors. The following topics will be covered:

  • Human resources best practices;
  • Handbooks and personnel manuals including a case study discussion with the leaders of Pomegranate Hospitality;
  • Legal protections for employees and wage and hour laws;
  • Non-compete agreements; and
  • When to ask for help on employment concerns.

The Human Resources Best Practices and Legal Issues workshop will be held on Tuesday, February 4th from 9:00-12:00 pm at the Greater New Orleans Foundation located at 919 St. Charles Ave. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Click here to register.

Meet Our Panelists

Casey Denson, Esq.
Casey Denson Law

Casey Denson, Owner and Attorney of Casey Denson Law, LLC focuses on employment discrimination, and retaliation, cases. She also works with small companies, and nonprofits, to ensure that their employment practices comply with federal and state law.

Mercedes Montagnes, Esq.
Promise of Justice Initiative

Mercedes Montagnes is the Executive Director of The Promise of Justice Initiative. Mercedes jumped into her legal career feet first by litigating prison conditions throughout Louisiana. Her first impact litigation challenged the alarming heat conditions on Death Row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, otherwise known as Angola. Her litigation team recently tried a federal class action suit against the prison, shedding light on the unconstitutional medical care received by those incarcerated at the prison, as well as the lack of accommodations provided to those with disabilities.

Mercedes also leads many projects at PJI. In the last year, this has included publishing a report on the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and it’s high death rate, being a founding member of the Unanimous Jury Coalition/#YesOn2 Campaign which successfully led efforts to abolish the use of non-unanimous juries throughout Louisiana, and overturning the convictions of 17 people in New Iberia Parish who were convicted on evidence from corrupt deputies. Mercedes believes deeply that our criminal court system is failing to provide safety to our communities both inside and outside prison. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and had the opportunity to clerk for Judge Carl Barbier in the Easter District of Louisiana and Chief Judge Roger Gregory on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Cashauna Hill, Esq.
Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center

Cashauna Hill has served as Executive Director of the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center (formerly the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center) since 2015. At Louisiana Fair Housing, Cashauna leads a staff of 13 advocates in fulfilling the organization’s mission to end housing discrimination across the state. Prior to leading LaFHAC, Cashauna spent several years challenging discriminatory housing policies and practices through litigation. She has written about housing segregation and civil rights for Next City and The Hill, among other outlets, and in 2017 was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Tulane Law School Public Interest Law Foundation’s Practitioner Service Award. Cashauna is a graduate of Spelman College and Tulane Law School.

Kenneth Bordes Esq.
Kenneth C. Bordes, Attorney at Law, LLC

Kenneth C. Bordes, Esq. is an accomplished attorney licensed in Louisiana and New York. His full-service law firm focuses primarily on clients with civil rights issues, labor/workplace issues, clients injured in accidents, and entertainment law. Mr. Bordes also does a significant amount of criminal and civil pro bono work in the local community and actively serves on the Civil Pro Bono Counsel, a pilot program formed by the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and approved by the Federal Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Mr. Bordes attended Loyola University College of Law and obtained a Juris Doctor in Civil Law (Louisiana) with a Certificate in Common Law. While attending law school, he also worked as an intern at the Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit and at the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office. In law school he was appointed Managing Editor of Loyola’s Journal of Public Interest Law, selected to Moot Court Staff, selected to Trial Advocacy Staff, and received the College of Law Skills and Experiential Learning Award and the Civil Procedure Law Excellence Award. Mr. Bordes also earned a Certificate in International Legal Studies, having lived and studied at Lomonosov Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia, Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary, and University of Rio de Janeiro Faculty of Law in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.