Fundamentals of Employment Law for Cities



Friday, June 23
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Texas Municipal Center, Austin 

The TML Fundamentals of Employment Law for Cities Workshop will offer participants a practical overview of the employment laws that impact Texas cities, including laws dealing with hiring, employment discrimination and retaliation, and compensation and benefits.  The course is designed for city leaders seeking to develop their understanding of the key state and federal employment laws that apply to Texas cities and will provide general guidance on these issues.


Session topics and speakers are subject to change.

8:30-9:00 a.m.Registration
9:00-9:10 a.m.    Welcome
9:10-10:00 a.m.Employment at Will and Hiring (Evelyn Njuguna)
10:00-10:10 a.m.Break
10:10-11:00 a.m.Discrimination and Retaliation (Sarah Glaser)
11:00 a.m.-Noon   ADA, FMLA, and Workers’ Compensation (Sarah Glaser)
Noon-12:30 p.m.Lunch
12:30-1:00 p.m.Employment and Open Government Laws (Evelyn Njuguna)
1:00-1:10 p.m.    Break
1:10-2:00 p.m.    Compensation and Benefits (Clarissa Rodriguez)
2:00-2:10 p.m.    Break
2:10-3:00 p.m.    The Government as an Employer: First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, and Fifth Amendment (Laura Mueller)
3:00 p.m.Adjourn


Evelyn Njuguna serves as the director of the TML Legal Services Department, where she oversees a team of lawyers who serve the League’s 1,178 members cities.  Evelyn attended the University of Tennessee where she received both her undergraduate and law degrees. She previously worked at TML from 2006-2008 and returned in 2018 after serving as an assistant city attorney at the City of Houston and first assistant city attorney at the City of Missouri City. She co-authored the TML Employment Law Manual for Texas Cities, and frequently speaks on numerous topics, with a focus on employment law and open government.

Sarah Glaser is an employment attorney and principal at Lloyd Gosselink, specializing in assisting employers with federal and state employment law compliance.  Sarah prides herself on providing efficient and cost-effective representation rooted in an understanding of the business.  She also defends employers before governmental agencies like the EEOC and DOL, and when they are sued in state or federal court.  For the last few years, Sarah was named both a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star and a Top Austin Attorney by Austin Monthly Magazine in Labor and Employment law.  Additionally, Sarah enjoys getting involved with local HR groups and serves as the Austin Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) legal and legislative director, and as a legal and legislative co-director for the Texas SHRM state council. She has served as president of the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association, chair of the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Foundation, and is a member of the Robert W. Calvert Inn of Court.   

Clarissa M. Rodriguez is a partner and shareholder with Denton, Navarro, Rocha & Bernal & Zech, P.C. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Texas A&M University in 1998, her Master of Public Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2001, and her Juris Doctor from Drake University School of Law in 2006. Clarissa was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2006. She is experienced in local government and municipal law, the Texas Public Information Act, Open Meetings Act, ordinance and resolution drafting, and municipal prosecution, with expertise in civil litigation, employment issues, land use, municipal infrastructure issues, premises liability, personal injury, and constitutional violations. Clarissa has been recognized by Scene in San Antonio Magazine as one of the Top Women Attorneys and Top Attorneys in San Antonio for government and employment issues. She is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern and the Western District of Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. 

Laura Mueller previously worked at the Texas Municipal League as assistant general counsel. While at TML, she participated in over 100 speaking engagements on various legal topics and continues to be a featured speaker at legal conferences. She has authored amicus curiae briefs for the courts on numerous subjects including billboard regulation, reserved powers doctrine, civil service, elections, unions, takings, open meetings, public official liability, land use, and annexation.  Laura received her undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma and earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas at Austin. After spending three years as an associate at the Bojorquez Law Firm, Laura became the city attorney for the City of Dripping Springs.


This workshop is sold out. This workshop is limited to TML members and associate members. The cost to attend the workshop is $165, and includes lunch and handouts. Due to limited seating, this workshop is open to registered attendees only and not guests.


The workshop will be held in the first floor conference room of the Texas Municipal Center located at 1821 Rutherford Lane, Austin 78754.


Cancellation requests received prior to June 9 will be assessed a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be permitted after June 9. Substitutions are always permitted. Cancellation or substitution requests should be submitted to 


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