May 10, 2018Seminar

30th Anniversary Labor & Employment Relations Law Seminar

Join hundreds of legal counsel, business executives, and human resources professionals from across the region for a day of networking and education on hot topics in labor and employment law.

The seminar will kick off with keynote speaker, Deb Smolensky, Employee Engagement Leader and Wellness Director at NFP, who will discuss key trends in well-being and strategies for attracting and retaining top talent. Deb will be followed by the Annual Labor & Employment Law Update. Presented by Michael Best Partner Scott Beightol, this presentation will cover the past year’s key legal developments and cases.

We are excited that for the first time, attendees will be able to choose their breakout sessions from three tracks, allowing you to customize the day so it is best suited for you!

  1. Workforce Development - Appropriate for HR Leadership
  2. C-Suite/General Counsel - Appropriate for General Counsel & Business Executives
  3. Workplace Policies & Practices - Appropriate for all HR professionals

Tracks and topics are noted below.

7:30 - 8:00 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Welcome and Keynote Speaker

Addressing the Human Side of Business:  Key Well-Being Trends and Strategies for Attracting & Retaining Top Talent
Workplace well-being is a 43 billion dollar industry and continues to grow at an unprecedented pace. Yet, as research shows, these solutions aren't working. Employee engagement continues to be at an all-time low. Deb Smolensky, a global employee engagement leader, will highlight key trends in workplace well-being, uncover roadblocks and challenges with these programs, and discuss ways to strategically and effectively incorporate these solutions into any employee engagement strategy.

9:00 - 9:45 a.m. - Annual Labor and Employment Law Update

The Annual Labor & Employment Law Update will be presented by Michael Best Partner Scott Beightol. This presentation will cover the past year’s key legal developments and cases.

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Session I

Workforce Development Track
Your Best Future in Workforce Development
In this presentation, attorney Amy Bruchs, and Best Workplace Solutions' Andie Gebert, will provide insights on how to become the best employer you can be in our current employment market. They will discuss employment market trends with generational considerations, how to incorporate Human Capital Strategy to your HR practices, and how to leverage a LCMS platform to streamline talent development and optimize employee performance in your organization.

C-Suite/General Counsel Track
C-“Sweet” Roundtable: Best Practices for Limiting Liability*
With regulatory change, evolving employment litigation trends, and altered agency priorities, employers continue to face uncertainty in 2018. Attorneys Kerryann Haase Minton and Brian Paul will host a dynamic discussion covering what executives in the C-Suite need to know to limit significant liability exposure. This high-level session will provide the opportunity to discuss best practices for protecting your business with our attorneys and your peers.

* This session is restricted to C-Suite leaders and General Counsel.

Workplace Policies & Practices Track
Effectively Investigating & Responding to Internal Complaints of Harassment and Discrimination
The key steps that employers take once they receive an employee complaint can be critical to evaluating and avoiding liability. In this interactive session, attorneys Jennifer Ciralsky, Sarah Flotte, and Katherine Goyert will provide proactive steps for responding to complaints to assess and help avoid the risk of substantial exposure.

Workplace Policies & Practices Track
NLRB Update: What’s New is Old
Oh how the pendulum swings with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)! This session will cover the dramatic changes the NLRB has made through the Obama and Trump administrations. Attorneys Rob Mulcahy, Benjamin Johnson, and Kevin Terry will address recent staffing changes within the NLRB, the significant policy reversals taking place, and the effects of recent rulings overturning Obama-era policies. We will answer employers’ most pressing question – “Where do we go from here?”

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Session II 

Workforce Development Track
Employment Law and Safety:  Managing Employee Injury and Illness Cases
Safety, human resource and worker’s compensation professionals are on the front line of the most challenging area of employment law – managing injuries, illnesses and disabilities across the continuously changing legal landscape carved out by numerous laws. In this fast paced session, attorneys Denise Greathouse and Charles Palmer will provide an update on considerations under OSHA, ADA, worker’s compensation and related employment laws, and ask the audience to solve several challenging scenarios, applying what they have learned.

C-Suite/General Counsel Track
Scheduling Letters are in the Mail - Tips & Tactics for Preparing for a Successful OFCCP Audit
The 2018 audit season is in full swing, and a new round of Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) compliance reviews (audits) went out in March and more are to come. Many companies are either learning that they are federal contractors when they receive audit letters while others already know but have been dreading finding the notice in the mail. Presenters Farrah Rifelj, Maryelena Zaccardelli, and Terri Como will discuss how to know if your company is a federal contractor and ways legal and HR can best prepare for a potential audit. They will also cover the compliance posture of the new OFFCP.

Workplace Policies & Practices Track
Welcome to the FLSA Jungle
In this presentation, attorneys Mitchell Quick, Bethany McCurdy, and Judson Stelter will discuss the current and possible future regulatory landscape related to the Fair Labor Standards Act. They will cover the Department of Labor’s (DOL) recent request for information regarding overtime regulations, the status of Obama-era overtime regulations, a summary of the DOL opinion letters that the Trump administration reinstated, and the DOL’s recent proposal to eliminate restrictions related to tip-pooling.

12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch

1:15 - 2:15 p.m. - Session III 

Workforce Development Track
Expanding Your Workforce: Attracting, Hiring and Retaining Foreign National Talent
Struggling to find qualified workers? Looking to add more diversity to your team? Join attorneys Kelly Fortier and José Olivieri as they discuss hiring options for workers who are not United States citizens. From Puerto Rico recruitment to foreign student workers to green card processing for valued employees, Kelly and José will provide strategies for employing a diverse workforce. Immigration categories, timing constraints, cost controls, and common candidate concerns, and how to address them will also be covered.

C-Suite/General Counsel Track
Employee Benefits Cost Containment Strategies
Two of the only certainties in the employee benefits space are change and incremental cost increases (at least without undertaking rigorous cost containment exercises). Attorneys Kirk Pelikan and Charles Stevens, who practice exclusively in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation, will explore some of the main areas where costs have been steadily increasing coupled with possible strategies for cost containment in the current legal landscape. From health care cost inflation, to pension plan funding changes and executive compensation deduction losses, there are litanies of programs to revisit and determine whether cost savings meaningful to your organization’s bottom line are within reach.

Workplace Policies & Practices Track
Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Wake of the #MeToo and TIME’S UP Movements
Attorneys Lisa Petersen and Denise Greathouse will provide training on how to recognize, prevent, and respond to sexual harassment in the workplace. This interactive discussion will touch on many of the recent revelations and headlines that have surfaced as a result of the #MeToo and TIME’S UP movements.

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Session IV 

Workforce Development Track
Drafting Agreements to Protect Your Client Relationships and Business Information Without Scaring Off Talent
All employers have an interest in maintaining their customer relationships and confidential business information. Many employers protect those relationships by requiring employees to sign overbroad and unenforceable noncompetition/non-solicitation agreements. Such agreements may deter employees from working for your company or may create ill will at the beginning of the employment relationship. In this session, attorneys Luis Arroyo and Eric Rumbaugh will examine how to draft agreements that strike a balance between your business needs and your current and prospective employee’s perception of fairness, while at the same time maximizing the prospects for actual enforcement.

C-Suite/General Counsel Track
Ethical Considerations for In-House Counsel*
During this session, attorneys James Fieweger and Christopher Parker will cover what in-house counsel need to know to ensure they are following the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Discussion topics include identifying the client, ethics rules and settlements, ethical communications with current and former employees, handling metadata, and the receipt of confidential information.

* One hour of ethics credit is currently pending for this program.

Workplace Policies & Practices Track
Now You See Me, Now You Don’t: Managing Intermittent FMLA Leave
One of the more painful aspects of managing FMLA leave is dealing with intermittent FMLA leave requests. In this session, attorneys Kirk Pelikan and Charles Stevens will clarify employer tools for managing FMLA intermittent leave and challenging suspected abuse.

3:30 p.m. - Adjourn

Seminar Fee:

CLE credit in WI, CO, IL, NC, TX, UT, and VA is pending. We are happy to provide the program materials to participants applying for credit in other states. The program is valid for Professional Development Credits for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program has been submitted to the HR Certification Institute for review for PHR/SPHR credit.

Contact Ashley Ortlieb for an Illinois attorney Financial Hardship application.

For more information, please contact Events or 414.277.3459.

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Time (Central):
7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Wisconsin Center
400 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203

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