Almost every decision made as an HR professional is fraught with legal landmines that can bring frustration, fear, and lawsuits. Join our legal experts as they untangle misconceptions and eliminate confusion. Expert attorneys will cover #MeToo, hiring best practices, immigration alerts, workplace violence, along with Iowa, Illinois, and Federal law changes affecting business, and more.
At MRA’s annual Employment Law Update you will walk away with an understanding of the latest employment-related legal developments and how to deal with them effectively.
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|Thursday, February 7, 2019
|7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
|8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
||Opening Remarks and Introductions
|8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
||Session 1: Immigration Alerts – What Every Employer Should Know
|9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
||Session 2: Addressing and Preventing Workplace Violence: Factors to Consider
|10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
||Session 3: How to Navigate FMLA, ADA, and WC
| 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
|12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
||Session 4: Hiring Best Practices – Practical Advice and Liability Avoidance
|2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
||Session 5: #MeToo - Navigating the New Era of Workplace
|3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
||Session 6: Legal Implications for a Drug Free Workplace
8:15 – 9:15: Session 1
Immigration Alerts – What Every Employer Should Know
Karla C. Steele, Califf & Harper, P.C.
This session will discuss current policies affecting U.S. immigration and the challenges they present to employers including: employment-based adjustment interviews, increased scrutiny and issuance of requests for evidence by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, timing, and immigration planning considerations.
9:30 – 10:30: Session 2
Address and Preventing Workplace Violence: Factors to Consider
Dennis Favaro, Favaro & Gorman
In this session, participants will gain a general understanding of the following:
- Steps an employer should take in addressing and preventing workplace violence.
- Management strategies to consider in dealing with workplace violence.
- Rights of employees who are victims of workplace violence.
- Legal claims and theories for relief.
- Overview of applicable law.
10:45 – 11:45: Session 3
How to Navigate FMLA, ADA, and WC
Christine Bestor Townsend, Ogletree Deakins P.C.
Some of the most vexing issues facing in-house counsel and human resources professional today involve the interplay of the various laws providing leave to employees. Between the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), workers’ compensation, military leave, and state and local leave laws, employers are left navigating a complex web of laws. This session will review employers’ legal obligations and provide practical advice to assist human resources professionals and in-house counsel with maintaining legal compliance. In this session, we will discuss:
- How to engage in the interactive process under the ADA
- Compliance with the complex requirements of the law
- Understanding the interplay between leave laws
12:45 – 1:45: Session 4
Hiring Best Practices – Practical Advice and Liability Avoidance
Doris Brosnan, von Briesen & Roper
Doris Brosnan will explore the latest challenges and legal pitfalls when it comes to recruiting, emphasizing practical advice and liability avoidance. Doris will cover using social media to your benefit, managing inquiries into salary history, the latest risks in criminal background checks, and navigating "TMI" (too much information) situations. Attendees will receive these key takeaways:
- Best practices for safe and effective social media screening
- Risk management for criminal background checks
- Handling delicate questions such as salary history and TMI situations
2:00 – 3:00: Session 5
#MeToo - Navigating the New Era of Workplace Harassment
Jonathan Levine, Littler Mendelson P.C.
You see the hashtags everywhere - #MeToo, #TimesUp. Concerns about sexual harassment in the workplace have grown more acute following the recent wave of public scandals, and you don't need to be in Hollywood or Washington, D.C. to feel the ripple effect. In this thought leadership session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices to keep your company out of the news, manage legal risk, and foster the right corporate culture. Topics will include:
- National legal trends
- Updating workplace policies, practices, and internal complaint procedures
- What training should managers, decision-makers, and other employees receive
- How to investigate and control the impact a complaint may have on the workplace and your business
- Best practices surrounding investigations and settlements
3:15 – 4:15: Session 6
Legal Implications for a Drug Free Workplace
Carmen Green and Keisha Douglas, Califf & Harper, P.C.
In this session, we will discuss the impact of marijuana legalization on drug-free workplace policies. The presentation will cover:
- The different types of marijuana legalization (medical vs. recreational use)
- Protections granted to employers under legalization statutes
- Workplace policy considerations specific to marijuana use
- Practical tips for employers
Karla C. Steele is a shareholder with the law firm of Califf & Harper, P.C. in Moline, Illinois. Ms. Steele has been with the firm for over sixteen (16) years. Ms. Steele was admitted to the Illinois bar in 2002 and the Iowa bar in 2003. She received her undergraduate education (B.A. cum laude with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa) from San Diego State University in 1997 and her Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the University of Iowa in 2002. She is a member of various bar associations and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Ms. Steele is engaged in the general practice of law, including but not limited to employment law, immigration law, business law, and real estate law. Ms. Steele’s clients range from individuals and families to small and medium-sized businesses.
Dennis R. Favaro is the managing partner of Favaro & Gorman, Ltd., an employment law firm. Mr. Favaro received a Bachelor of Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Master of Arts from Wheaton College and his Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law. He is admitted to the Illinois Bar and the Federal Bar for the Northern District of Illinois (including the Trial Bar), the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Favaro is a faculty member of William Rainey Harper College and is a visiting adjunct lecturer at Wheaton College, where he teaches employment law courses. He is a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and The Litigation Counsel of America. He has certifications in trial advocacy from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, is a graduate of the Trial Lawyers College, is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and has been frequently recognized as a Super Lawyer, America’s Top 100 Attorneys and Leading American Attorney in employment law.
Christine Bestor Townsend counsels her clients on a full range of labor and employment issues. She has frequently represented employers in litigation, successfully obtaining preliminary injunctions in matters related to restrictive covenants and trade secrets. She also regularly advises clients on the legal aspects of personnel decisions, employment policies, and employment agreements. She began her legal career as a litigator in the Intellectual Property department of a national firm’s Chicago office. Christine continued her career in the labor and employment group of a firm located in Des Moines, Iowa. She is a frequent speaker on employment matters and has published articles on the subject.
Doris Brosnan is a Shareholder and Leader of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Section, and focuses exclusively on assisting clients with employment issues. Doris regularly advises health care, corporate and public sector clients on dealing with disloyal or difficult employees, accommodating disabilities in the workplace, harassment, workplace violence, FMLA, and the development of effective employment policies and practices. She regularly assists clients in preparing and implementing employee transition plans, including employment due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, severance agreements, business closings and reductions-in-force, and business reorganizations. Doris has defended schools in significant Title IX matters and regularly advises high schools and universities on Title IX compliance. She also assists clients in achieving employment objectives by providing immigration services, with an emphasis on business immigration. In addition to providing counseling on litigation avoidance, Doris defends employers in all types of employment-related litigation, including agency discrimination and wage claims, arbitrations, and multi-party employment litigation before federal and state courts. Doris also helps employers litigate to protect their confidential business information from disclosure by disloyal executives and salespeople. Doris advises hospitals and health care systems on a wide range of medical staff questions, including credentialing, employment and privilege, terminations and suspensions, peer review issues, and required reporting.
Jon Levine has a national practice focusing on representing employers in all areas of labor-management relations, including litigation before the National Labor Relations Board and in state and federal courts. Jon’s notable successes include Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce v. Doyle, Case No, 10-C-0760 (E.D. Wis. 2010) in which the court struck down a provision of the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act prohibiting employers from conducting mandatory meetings with employees to discuss issues related to union organizing. He also handled Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce v. Milwaukee County, 431 F.3d 277 (7th Cir. 2005) in which the court struck down the Milwaukee Labor Peace Ordinance, a law that limited the rights of employers to oppose efforts of unions to organize their employees. Additionally, Jon counsels clients on best business and employee relations practices, complex business transactions and the related issues arising from mergers, acquisitions, and workforce reductions, and other types of business restructuring.
Keisha N. Douglas is an associate attorney with the law firm of Califf & Harper, P.C. in Moline, Illinois. Ms. Douglas has been with the firm for two (2) years. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of South Florida, and her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Iowa in 2016. Ms. Douglas was admitted to the Illinois bar in 2016 and the Iowa bar in 2017. Ms. Douglas is engaged in general civil practice and does a mix of transactional and litigation work.
Carmen C. Green is an associate with the law firm of Califf & Harper, P.C. in Moline, Illinois. Ms. Green received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Harvard University in 1999 and her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2006. She was admitted to the Illinois bar in 2006. Ms. Green is engaged in general civil practice, with an emphasis on labor and employment law.
Member Price: $135
Nonmember Price: $165
Cancellation and Refund Policy:
Attendee substitutions may be made at any time and are encouraged when the original registrant cannot attend. If you must cancel or reschedule, please notify us at least three (3) business days prior to the program to receive a full refund of the program price. Cancellations or date changes made less than 3 business days prior to the program will incur the full registration cost.
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