A Comprehensive Primer on Labor and Employment Law
As employment-related litigation rates continue to rise, employers must look for ways to proactively protect themselves in a legal manner. Human resource compliance can be one of the most costly and time-consuming aspects for a business; can you streamline the process and prevent unnecessary risk? This program will get you up to speed so you can return to work confident in your abilities. Know the fundamentals of human resources: from hiring to firing and everything in-between. Register today!
- Get the latest employment law updates you can't afford to miss.
- Understand the importance of thorough and accurate paperwork when hiring new employees.
- Know what a handbook should and should not contain by exploring the advantages and pitfalls of various policies.
- Appropriately apply wage and hour exemption requirements in gray areas such as outside salespeople and highly-paid computer professionals.
- Ensure compliance with federal and state WARN Act requirements when performing layoffs.
- Understand unemployment compensation guidelines and how to manage costs.
- Remain up to date on the latest developments regarding employee behavior and controversial social media policies.
- Learn the key steps to investigating employee misconduct thoroughly and legally.
- Identify techniques for controlling back pay during a National Labor Relations Board investigation.
- Employment Law Update
9:00 - 9:30, Charles M. Dalziel
- Employee Handbooks and Policies in the 21st Century
9:30 - 10:15, Renate M. Walker
- Guidelines for Whether Your Organization Should or Should Not Have a Handbook
- Ensuring Handbook Style Fits with Corporate Culture
- Revising the Old vs. Starting Anew
- Topics That Should be Included
- Boilerplate Language
- Successful Hiring and Recruitment Steps
10:30 - 11:15, Timothy J. Holdsworth
- Drafting Accurate Job Descriptions
- Job Applications: Getting the Data You Need
- Proper Way to Conduct Background Checks
- Screening References Through a Filter of Reality
- The Job Offer or Rejection Letter
- Checklist for a Legal Hire
- Orientation and Training
- Immigration Compliance Documents (I-9 and E-Verify)
- IRS and Federal Compliance Documents (SS-4, W-4, Form 940)
- Wage and Benefit Issues
11:15 - 12:00, Timothy J. Holdsworth
- State-Specific Wage and Hour Laws
- What Qualifies as Overtime?
- Differences to be Aware of: Salaried Exempt vs. Salaried Non-Exempt
- Options for Employees Reporting Time Worked
- Handling Deductions from Wages
- Leave Policies
- Part-Time Employees and Temps: Wage and Benefit Obligations
- Unpaid Internship and Training Programs
- Benefits: Health Insurance, Flex Spending and Retirement Plans
- Modifications to the Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA)
- Change to Flexible Spending Accounts
- Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Pitfalls to be Wary of
- Other Employment Laws You Need to Know
1:00 - 1:40, Thomas J. Mew
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)
- Older Workers' Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA)
- Age Discrimination and Employment Act (ADEA)
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Sexual Harassment
- Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)
- Uniformed Services Employment Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
- Controlling Unemployment Compensation Costs
1:40 - 2:10, Lauren F. Gordon
- General Rules on Who is Entitled to Unemployment Compensation
- Key Information to Present Regarding the Initial Claim
- When is it Important to Fight an Unemployment Compensation Claim
- What you Need to Know About the Hearing Process
- Traditional Ways to Manage Unemployment Compensation Costs
- Workplace Behavior and Privacy - Current Developments
2:10 - 2:50, Thomas J. Mew
- Employee Surveillance
- Searches of Desks, Smartphones, Lockers, Vehicles, Equipment, etc.
- Monitoring Employee Communications: Calls, Email and Internet Use
- Dress Code/Personal Appearance
- Drug and Alcohol Testing
- Psychological and Personality Tests
- Workplace Violence: Harassment and Bullying
- Off-Duty Behavior and Activities
- Discipline and Discharge - Necessary Documentation
3:05 - 3:45, Louis R. Cohan
- Putting a Discipline Policy in Place Proactively
- What to do When There is no Policy Addressing an Offense
- Evaluating Employee Performance While Mitigating Liability
- What Goes in the Discipline/Discharge Letter?
- At What Point Should Discharge be Considered?
- Minimizing Liability When Discharging an Employee
- Common Mistakes to Avoid During Discharge
- Waivers and Releases - Their Use After Termination
- The National Labor Relations Board - Obligations and Compliance
3:45 - 4:30, Lauren F. Gordon
- Current Challenges in NLRB Policies
- Petition Process
- Complaint and Hearing
- Controlling Back Pay
- Avoiding a Bargaining Order After Winning an Election
- Rules on Secondary Boycotts
- Working Around the Problems in Project Only Agreements
- Handling Concerted Activity in Non-Union Environments