Audio CD + Course Book

Employment Law: 2018 Comprehensive Guide

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

May, 2018

Product ID#:

78907CDRA

Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • IL CLE - 6.00
From Event: Employment Law: 2018 Comprehensive Guide, held May 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 Don't rely on outdated information; utilize the latest best practices that not only protect employers from costly litigation and penalties but also effectively manage employees -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 and Protecting Company Data: Privacy Risks and Information Security Concerns
  6. Dealing With the Troubled/Troubling Employee
  7. Utilizing Alternative Dispute Resolution Tactics in Employment Matters

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 IL - Credit Approval Expiration 05/15/2020


* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Drafting Must-Have Policies for Today's Handbooks
    9:00 - 9:45, Tyler J. Bohman
    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
    9:45 - 10:30, Michael J. Progar
    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
    10:45 - 12:00, Jonathan D. Hoag
    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
    1:00 - 1:45, Michael J. Progar
    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 and Protecting Company Data: Privacy Risks and Information Security Concerns
    1:45 - 2:30, Kwabena A. Appenteng
    1. Workplace Monitoring and Surveillance
    2. Monitoring Employees' Off-Duty Conduct (Social Media, BYOD, GPS)
    3. Protecting HR Data (Medical Data, Payroll Data)
    4. Responding to a Data Breach
    5. Biometric Privacy Concerns (ex: Fingerprint Timeclock Devices)
  6. Dealing With the Troubled/Troubling Employee
    2:45 - 3:30, Ryan L. Young
    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
  7. Utilizing Alternative Dispute Resolution Tactics in Employment Matters
    3:30 - 4:30, Patrick D. Dolan
    1. When to Utilize ADR in Lieu of Litigation
    2. Internal vs. External ADR Policies
    3. Mediation, Conciliation and Arbitration
    4. Drafting and Negotiating the Settlement Agreement

KWABENA A. APPENTENG is an attorney with Littler Mendelson, P.C., where he counsels employers on social media and workplace privacy issues and a range of day-to-day employment issues, including hiring, promotion and termination issues, and discrimination and harassment issues. Mr. Appenteng also represents employers in employment discrimination actions filed in federal and state courts. He works with government agencies and represents clients in restrictive covenant/trade secret disputes. Mr. Appenteng has been named as an Illinois Super Lawyer Rising Star every year since 2013 and was recently named as an Emerging Lawyer by Illinois Leading Lawyers. He earned his J.D. degree from John Marshall Law School.

TYLER J. BOHMAN is an associate attorney with Wessels Sherman Joerg Liszka Laverty Seneczko P.C. where he practices in the areas of labor and employment law; employment contract/non-competition agreement matters; employment discrimination and harassment claims; fair employment practices; federal, state, and administrative litigation; labor matters; labor unions; and wage and hour claims. He received his B.S. degree from Indiana University and his J.D. degree from DePaul University College of Law. He is a member of the American Bar Association and is admitted to practice in Illinois and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

PATRICK D. DOLAN is a co-founder and named partner of Siegel & Dolan Ltd., where he has practiced employment and related business law for executives and companies since he began his legal career more than two decades ago in California. He has many years of experience negotiating complex executive employment, compensation and separation agreements, and litigating a variety of related contract and tort claims in federal and state courts, as well as administrative proceedings. Mr. Dolan also has extensive experience drafting, negotiating, and litigating restrictive covenant agreements for individuals and companies. He provides counseling, advice, and litigating representation to management level employees and companies of all sizes on a broad range of issues, including discrimination and harassment, retaliation, disabilities, leaves of absence, wage and hour, reductions in force, code of conduct, policies, hiring, discipline and termination, and employment related due diligence issues of mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Dolan is a member of the American, Chicago and Illinois State bar associations; and the State Bar of California. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

JONATHAN D. HOAG is a partner in the St. Charles office of the law firm of SmithAmundsen LLC, where he is a member of the firm's labor and employment practice group. He focuses his practice on representing employers in labor and employment matters before state, federal, and administrative courts. Mr. Hoag is a member of the American, Illinois State (Labor & Employment Law Section Council), and Kane County (co-chair of the Labor & Employment Committee) bar associations. He also is a member of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce (Human Resource Advisory Committee) and the Grundy Will Human Resource Association. Mr. Hoag earned his B.S. degree from Truman State University; his M.P.A. degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia; and his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Northern Illinois University College of Law.

MICHAEL J. PROGAR is a partner with Doherty & Progar LLC, where he has more than 35 years of experience and has represented the interests of insurance companies, self-insureds and nonprofit organizations. As lead counsel, he has tried more than 50 jury trials to verdict. Mr. Progar practices in the areas of personal and commercial liability, defense of non-profit organizations, workers compensation and insurance coverage, fraud, excess liability and bad faith. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Defense Counsel and is admitted to court in Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois. Mr. Progar received his B.A. degree from the University of Norte Dame and his J.D. degree from DePaul University College of Law.

RYAN L. YOUNG is a senior attorney at Wessels Sherman Joerg Liszka Laverty Seneczko P.C., where he focuses his practice by representing employers in labor and employment matters before state, federal and administrative courts. He counsels and defends employers on matters involving harassment claims, discrimination and retaliation claims, wage and hour claims, and other labor and employment issues arising under state and federal laws. Mr. Young earned his J.D. degree from the University of Iowa College of Law, his M.B.A. degree from the University of Iowa Tippie School of Business, and his B.B.A. degree from the University of Iowa College of Business.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

IL CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
05/15/2020
This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 6.0 hours of recorded technology CLE credit.


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