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 ensure your clients are not facing unnecessary risks? 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!
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.
Review alternative dispute resolution tactics that are effective and advantageous for employment-related matters.
Appropriately apply wage and hour exemption requirements in gray areas such as outside salespeople and highly-paid computer professionals.
Review the latest changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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.
Successful Hiring and Recruitment Steps 9:00 - 9:45, Brian J. Fagan
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)
Employee Handbooks and Policies in the 21st Century 9:45 - 10:30, Jennifer E. Germaine
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
Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Employment Context 10:30 - 10:45, Cynthia Scherrman Sueppel
Wage and Benefit Issues 11:00 - 11:45, Cynthia Scherrman Sueppel
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
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 11:45 - 12:30, Thomas D. Wolle
Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)
Older Workers' Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA)
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Age Discrimination and Employment Act (ADEA)
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
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 1:30 - 2:00, Thomas D. Wolle
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 2:00 - 2:45, Jennifer E. Germaine
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 3:00 - 3:45, Raymond R. Aranza
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, Raymond R. Aranza
Current Challenges in NLRB Policies
Complaint and Hearing
Controlling Back Pay
Avoiding a Bargaining Order After Winning an Election
Dealing with the New Rules on Secondary Boycotts
Working Around the Problems in Project Only Agreements
Handling Concerted Activity in Non-Union Environments