2020 Employment Law Update - Iowa/Illinois and Federal

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Bettendorf, IA
February 6 8:00am - 4:15pm


2020 Employment Law Update - Iowa/Illinois and Federal
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    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. 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.

    HRCI/SHRM credits applied for.

    Note: Make sure to register first and then add the event to your calendar.

  • Agenda


    Schedule Sessions
    7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Registration / Continental Breakfast
    8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks
    8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Session 1: Implications for a Drug-Free Workplace and Legalization of Medicinal and Recreational Cannabis and Related Products
    9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Break
    9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Session 2: ADA: Top Tips for Compliance
    10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Session 3: Harassment & Discrimination Update: Power Hour on the recent changes impacting employers
    12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
    12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Session 4: Wage & Hour: What are the Top 10 Mistakes Employers Make?
    1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Break
    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Session 5: Navigating the Water in the Bermuda Triangle - Confronting the Interplay between the ADA, FMLA and Your Company’s Leave Policies
    3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Break
    3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Closing Session Panel Discussion: Inquiring Minds Want to Know - Ask the Attorney!
  • Sessions


    Session 1

    8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
    Presented by Keisha Douglas, Califf & Harper, P.C.
    Implications for a Drug-Free Workplace and Legalization of Medicinal and Recreational Cannabis and Related Products

    In this session, we will discuss the impact of cannabis legalization on drug-free workplace policies. The presentation will cover:

    • The different types of cannabis legalization (medical vs. recreational use)
    • Protections granted to employers under legalization statutes
    • Workplace policy considerations specific to cannabis use
    • Practical tips for employers

    Session 2

    9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    Presented by Matt Pappas, Pappas O’Connor, P.C.
    ADA: Top Tips for Compliance

    Description TBD

    Session 3

    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Presented by Allison Wright, Pappas O’Connor, P.C.
    Harassment & Discrimination Update: Power Hour on the recent changes impacting employers

    • Update on Amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act and how the new law impacts training requirements, tracking and reporting of complaints, and internal policies.
    • How the amendments broaden the definitions of "workplace" and protected classes.
    • Update on key discrimination and harassment cases.
    • Review the ways employers should respond to the Workplace Transparency Act and Equal Pay Act.

    Session 4

    12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
    Presented by Dennis Favaro, Favaro & Gorman, LTD
    Wage & Hour: What are the Top 10 Mistakes Employers Make?

    1. The presentation will provide an update of current laws and changes in wage and pay requirements for employers in 2020;
    2. The presentation will provide a historical overview and present application of wage and pay laws; and
    3. The presentation will provide helpful tips in avoiding claims and potential liabilities for wage and pay actions.

    Session 5

    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Navigating the Water in the Bermuda Triangle - Confronting the Interplay between the ADA, FMLA and Your Company’s Leave Policies

    The session will hit on the perpetually challenging issues including: Expungement of attendance points, Coordination of paid leave and FMLA, Effect of new state law developments regarding paid leave, Mental health impairments, Overtime, Fitness for duty and independent medical examinations, Light duty, Working from home, ADA leave of absence requirements after the expiration of FMLA leave, and Honest belief/fraud cases.

    Closing Session Panel Discussion

    3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Speakers Dennis Favaro, Favaro & Gorman, LTD and Keisha Douglas, Califf & Harper, P.C.
    Inquiring Minds Want to Know - Ask the Attorney!

    Finish the conference by asking any unanswered employment law questions you have. Submit your questions in advance or at the event and the attorneys will discuss and share their expertise.

  • Speakers


    Keisha Douglas

    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 three (3) 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.


    Matt Pappas

    Matt Pappas is a principal of Pappas O’Connor P.C. He is a recognized professional who is awarded the highest rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell for legal ability and ethics.​ He has a focus in management labor, employment matters and litigation. His clientele includes private and public sector clients including local and national corporations, colleges and school districts, hospitals, medical corporations and banks. He has experience in litigating complex employment disputes including class action in federal and state courts among many other things.


    Allison Wright

    Allison K. Wright is a principal of Pappas O’Connor, P.C. Ms. Wright’s practice focuses on management labor and employment law and civil litigation with an emphasis on education law. Since joining the firm, Ms. Wright has managed various labor and employment issues, including defending clients from the administrative level through trial, defending clients in arbitrations, drafting and negotiating collective bargaining agreements and leading clients through union efforts and elections. Additionally, her practice focuses heavily on employment law, whereby she advises clients from the initial stages of trainings and drafting handbooks all the way through resolution of litigation. She has litigated employment disputes in federal and state courts, as well as successfully represented public and private employers in grievances and at arbitration. Ms. Wright has an extensive litigation practice and regularly defends employers at both the state and federal level.


    Dennis Favaro

    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.

  • Register



    Member Price: $150
    Nonmember Price: $180

    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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  • Facility


    Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center
    2021 State Street
    Bettendorf, IA 52722

  • Accommodations and Special Requests

    Accommodations and Special Requests

    Please contact us at 800.488.4845 or registrations@mranet.org in advance for any accommodations, special requests, or dietary needs. Nursing mothers, please ask the MRA representative at the front desk or the program instructor to show you our private area. Food and beverages provided at conferences, programs, and Roundtables will vary. If you have any special dietary needs (gluten-free, vegetarian, allergies, etc.), please contact the MRA location in advance, so we can provide an appropriate meal.


IA, Bettendorf - Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention
2021 State Street
Bettendorf IA, 52722