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Employment Law: 2018 Comprehensive Guide

Audio CD + Course Book

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February, 2018

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From Event: Employment Law: 2018 Comprehensive Guide, held February 2018.

Program Description

The success or failure of a business is directly linked to the employees, and it's crucial that human resource personnel legally manage labor and employment policies, documents and employee procedures to ensure compliance with federal and state laws. The regulatory landscape of employment law is constantly evolving; this resource will get you up to date on handbook must-haves, wage and hour requirements, employee leave policies, and hot-button issues related to social media usage and employee monitoring. Don't rely on outdated information; utilize the latest best practices that not only protect employers from costly litigation and penalties but also effectively manage employees - order today!

Course Content

  1. Drafting Must-Have Policies for Today's Handbooks
  2. Putting in Place Document Retention Programs
  3. Avoiding Wage and Hour Violations
  4. FMLA, ADA and Workers' Compensation: Managing Leave of Absence Issues
  5. Monitoring Employees: Privacy Issues and Employer Risks
  6. Dealing with the Troubled/Troubling Employee

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Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Drafting Must-Have Policies for Today's Handbooks
    9:00 - 10:00, Yvonne N. Maddalena
    1. Why Employee Handbooks and Policies are Important
    2. Complying with the NLRB's Newest Requirements
    3. When and How Often to Update Handbooks
    4. Examples and Drafting Tips for Safeguarding Against Liability
      1. Employee Disciplinary Procedures
      2. Social Media and Computer Use
      3. Drug Use and Drug Testing
      4. Employee Confidentiality and Privacy
      5. Sexual Harassment and Workplace Bullying
    5. Appropriately Formatting, Organizing and Distributing Handbooks
  2. Putting in Place Document Retention Programs
    10:15 - 11:15, Kary Bryant Wolfe
    1. Legally Required Retention Periods
    2. Records Inventory and Appraisal
    3. Determining a Manageable Retention Schedule
    4. Electronic Records Management Issues: Privacy, Security, Backups and the Challenges in Addressing New Technologies
    5. Being Prepared to Efficiently Respond to Document Requests
    6. Best Practices for Creating Records Destruction Policies and Procedures
      1. Identifying What Can and Should be Destroyed
      2. Paper vs. Electronic Records
  3. Avoiding Wage and Hour Violations
    11:15 - 12:15, Jeffrey G. Miller
    1. Wage and Hour Updates: Understanding Critical Essentials
    2. State Wage and Hour Statutes
    3. The Fair Labor Standards Act
    4. Properly Identifying Exempt vs. Non-Exempt Employees
    5. Calculating Overtime, Unpaid Overtime and Pre-Work Time
    6. Reducing "Off-the-Clock" Exposures
    7. Independent Contractor Classifications
    8. Department of Labor (DOL) Enforcement Initiatives
    9. Case Law Update
  4. FMLA, ADA and Workers' Compensation: Managing Leave of Absence Issues
    1:15 - 2:15, Jeffrey G. Miller
    1. Family and Medical Leave Laws
      1. FMLA and Other Laws You Need to Know
      2. Covered Employers and Eligible Employees
      3. Special Considerations for Intermittent Leave
      4. Qualifying Reasons for Leave
      5. Notice of Obligations
      6. Reinstatement and Other Employee Rights
    2. Disability Laws
      1. The ADAAA and Other Laws You Need to Know
      2. How to Interpret "Disability"
      3. Shifting the Burden to the Employer
      4. Appropriately Handling Accommodation Requests
    3. Workers' Compensation Programs
      1. Workers' Compensation Claim Forms
      2. Temporary vs. Permanent Total Disability Benefits
      3. Establishing Return to Work Programs
    4. Navigating the Intersections of FMLA, ADA and Workers' Compensation
  5. Monitoring Employees: Privacy Issues and Employer Risks
    2:15 - 3:15, Victoria J. Franklin-Sisson
    1. Using Social Media in the Hiring Process
    2. Searching Desks, Smartphones, Lockers, Vehicles, Equipment, etc.
    3. Monitoring Employee Communications: Calls, E-mail and Internet Use
    4. Dress Code/Personal Appearance - What Can You Regulate?
    5. Drug and Alcohol Testing
    6. Workplace Violence - Preventing and Protecting
    7. Off-Duty Behavior and Activities
  6. Dealing With the Troubled/Troubling Employee
    3:30 - 4;30, Victoria J. Franklin-Sisson
    1. Evaluating Employee Performance
    2. Employee Discipline Plan and Proper Documentation
    3. Legal vs. Illegal Reasons for Termination
    4. Retaliation Claims and Employee Discipline
    5. Negotiating Severance Packages and Separation Pay
    6. Compliance Exit Interviews: Documents and Disclaimers

VICTORIA J. FRANKLIN-SISSON is in private practice in Birmingham, Alabama. Her primary areas of practice include labor and employment law, appellate practice, and litigation. She frequently lectures on all types of law, including employment issues and social media law. Ms. Franklin-Sisson is a member of the Alabama State Bar and the Birmingham Bar Association. She is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Alabama, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Franklin-Sisson earned her A.B. degree, with honors, from Harvard University and J.D. degree from Duke University.

YVONNE N. MADDALENA is of counsel at Jackson Lewis P.C., in their Birmingham, Alabama office. Ms. Maddalena practices in the areas of litigation and litigation avoidance, particularly related to issues involving harassment, discrimination, retaliatory discharge, and non-compete and non-disclosure matters. She has practiced all aspects of litigation in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels. Ms. Maddalena graduated with her B.S. degree from Samford University and she earned her J.D. degree from the University of Alabama School of Law. She is a member of the Alabama State Bar, the American Bar Association and the Birmingham Bar Association.

JEFFREY G. MILLER serves as counsel with Carr Allison and practices in the firm's Birmingham, Alabama office. He has more than 15 years of experience practicing law, both with a private law firm and formerly as an in-house counsel. Mr. Miller is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Alabama, and is a frequent speaker and author for various labor and employment law seminars and publications. He earned his B.S. degree from Birmingham-Southern College and his J.D. degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. Mr. Miller has a great deal of experience in counseling employers on their rights and obligations when confronted with employee disputes and under myriad employment laws, and in representing employers in litigation throughout Alabama and in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He serves as part of Carr Allison’s transportation law department, and frequently represents motor carriers who are faced with truck accident claims. This representation includes initial, pre-litigation rapid response investigation with regard to accidents, efforts to preserve evidence, and assessment of risks and potential exposure. Mr. Miller also aggressively defends motor carriers, and often times their drivers, against accident claims in litigation in state and federal courts throughout Alabama.

KARY BRYANT WOLFE is an attorney at Jones Walker LLP. Ms. Wolfe is special counsel in the firm's business & commercial litigation practice group and practices from the firm's Birmingham office. She practices in the areas of employment law and general litigation; and her experience includes the representation of employers in the banking, fabrication and assembly, real estate development, mining, retail, government, and service industries. Ms. Wolfe earned her B.S. degree, cum laude, from Samford University; and her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University where she was Order of the Coif and an associate editor of the Cumberland Law Review. She is a member of the Alabama State Bar, American and Birmingham bar associations and the Society for Human Resources Management.

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