May 11, 2016Seminar

28th Annual Labor & Employment Relations Law Seminar

Michael Best is pleased to host the 28th Annual Labor & Employment Relations Law Seminar. We invite you to join us for this leading event, which is typically attended by more than 400 of your peers, including human resources professionals, business executives and legal counsel. Michael Best will provide you with legal updates on a variety of labor and employment related topics to help lead and protect your organization in 2016. 

The day will begin with keynote speaker Barry Asin of Staffing Industry Analysts, who will discuss contingent workforce management and share highlights of research gleaned from long experience working with both suppliers and buyers of contingent work. Barry will be followed by our Annual Labor and Employment Law Update, during which Practice Group Chair Amy Schmidt Jones will bring attendees up to speed on important labor and employment developments from the past year. 

The seminar will then break out into a series of four sessions, each with three workshop options, conducted throughout the remainder of the day. These 12 workshops will cover today’s hottest topics and key labor and employment issues for professionals across industries and organizations.

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

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

Lessons from the Frontier: Managing Your Contingent and Gig Workforce in a New Age
Barry Asin - President, Staffing Industry Analysts


Organizations and their workers are increasingly recognizing that traditional forms of employment are insufficient to cope with a new economic reality that is increasingly volatile and undergoing massive change. For many companies, the critical talent pool now extends far beyond their full-time workforce to a range of temporary workers, contractors, consultants and even to online “gig” workers. With these new arrangements comes unprecedented flexibility in getting work done wherever and whenever needed as befits an information-driven economy. However, there is also significant risk for organizations tapping into these new ways of working when they collide with a legal and regulatory framework developed in an earlier and more predictable age. 

Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) has been covering trends and developments in the world of contingent work for more than 25 years. In this insight-packed presentation, SIA President Barry Asin will share highlights of the company’s research gleaned from long experience working with both suppliers and buyers of contingent work.

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

Change is constant, as the last year in labor and employment law has proven to be true. From proposed FLSA overtime regulations, to new EEO-1 pay reporting requirements and changing concepts of the employer/employee relationship, human resources professionals and legal counsel face a dizzying array of evolving obligations in managing the workforce in 2016. Practice Group Chair Amy Schmidt Jones will provide an overview of the last year in labor and employment law and will highlight those changes of greatest importance to the employment relationship as we know it now, and as we may come to know it in the future.

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

  • Workshop A: Best Practices in Protecting Trade Secrets: What the CIO, CTO and HR Can Achieve if they Work Together
  • Workshop B: Nothing Good, A Lot of Bad and Mostly Ugly: What’s Left of Negotiations under the NLRB
  • Workshop C: C-Suite "Sweet" Advice: Limiting Employment Liability

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Session II

  • Workshop D: Defusing Ticking Time Bombs: Top Employee Benefits Challenges and Solutions
  • Workshop E: The CSI (Corporate Safety Investigations) Unit: New OSHA and Worker’s Comp Laws will Require a Rapid Response Team
  • Workshop F: The EEOC in 2016: If You’re Not at the Table, You’re Probably on the Menu

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch

1:15 - 2:15 p.m. - Session III

  • Workshop G: Employee Medical Leave: ADA, FMLA and Employee Leave Policy Decision Point
  • Workshop H: Are you ready for an OFCCP Scheduling Letter? Building a Structure and Culture of Compliance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors
  • Workshop I: Key Strategies for Reducing the Risk of Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Session IV

  • Workshop J: Navigating the Legal Landscape of Contingent Work
  • Workshop K: Stay above ground! How to Avoid, Minimize and Correct Common Immigration Pitfalls
  • Workshop L: The New Proposed Overtime Regulations: What’s Included, What’s Not, and What to Do to Get Ready

Seminar Fee: $175 per individual 

CLE Information: We will apply for CLE credit in Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas, Utah and Virginia (if applicable). The program is valid for Professional Development Credits for the SHRM-CPSMSM or SHRM-SCPSMSM, and PHR/SPHR credit will be available.

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