A variety of factors are influencing the 2024 EPL insurance market, from job applicant screening software to wage & hour claims. Existing federal and state anti-discrimination and privacy laws, proposed and enacted legislation targeting algorithm bias, and evolving litigation theories developed by the plaintiffs’ bar pose a myriad of risks for EPL insurers.

This session, with an emphasis on California-specific insurance risks and exposures, will discuss key insights and analysis into trends and developments arising from PAGA litigation and privacy litigation, challenges and changes to the arbitration defense, and the evolving impact of artificial intelligence.

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Meet the Speakers

Headshot of Laura LapidisLaura Lapidus, Management Liability (EPL) Risk Control Director, CNA

As CNA’s Management Liability Risk Control Director, Laura provides risk control support to all of the insurance products which provide management liability coverage, with a focus on Employment Practices Liability (EPL) insurance coverage. Laura has 25 years of experience in employment law. She has taught dozens of CNA’s School of Risk Control Excellence (SORCE) courses and webinars, and has written various articles on employment practices issues.

Prior to CNA, she spent ten years managing EPL and other management liability claims for other carriers. Prior to her employment in the insurance industry, Laura was the in-house employment counsel for a nationwide restaurant company, worked as in-house employment counsel for the Internal Revenue Service, and practiced at a litigation boutique, concentrating on employment law and commercial litigation. Laura is admitted to practice in New York and is a graduate of Albany Law School of Union University and of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.


Headshot of Anne Repo.Anne Repo, Senior Claims Counsel, Sompo

Anne Repo is currently a Senior Claims Counsel at Sompo International in their Commercial Management Liability group handling EPL claims. Anne was in private practice for 4 years before joining insurance carriers, Westport, CNA, OneBeacon, QBE and Hiscox.  Anne has handled Employment Practices claims for public and private companies as both outside monitoring counsel and in house claims along with Technology, Cyber, Directors & Officers and Miscellaneous Professional Liability claims. Anne is a licensed Illinois attorney with 20 years of claims management experience.  Anne is a graduate of Indiana University School of Business where she earned her B.S. as well as a graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Law for her Juris Doctorate.


Headshot of Shireen Wetmore. Shireen Wetmore, Partner, Duane Morris

Shireen Y. Wetmore’s practice focuses on employment litigation, including class, collective and representative actions, as well as single and multi-plaintiff matters. Her practice includes employment counseling, traditional labor, and advice and counsel regarding administrative matters for diverse industries and employers ranging from tech start-ups to multi-national corporations.

Clients look to Ms. Wetmore for guidance navigating the regulatory, legal, practical and business interests impacting hiring and termination decisions and everything in-between.

Having started her career in an in-house role, Ms. Wetmore brings a unique understanding of the many business considerations facing her clients. She finds practical solutions to help her clients comply with the complex layers of legal requirements impacting workforce policies, particularly in the wage-and-hour space. She has a detailed knowledge of her clients’ business, and a deep, real-world understanding of the broader implications of the legal guidance their outside counsel provides.

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