Audio CD + Course Book

Human Resource Law Boot Camp

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

May, 2018

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Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • IL CLE - 6.00
From Event: Human Resource Law Boot Camp, held May 2018.

Program Description

The rapid pace of change in the employment law arena requires constant vigilance on the part of HR professionals. It's all too easy to miss a seemingly minor detail and have your employer face a financially debilitating lawsuit as a result. Don't let your company's employment policies and procedures fall into legal obsolescence and fail to provide safeguards. Let this comprehensive guide provide you with up-to-date information on the FLSA and more. Take away indispensable legal information you can use to reinforce your company's HR practices - order today!

Course Content

  1. FLSA Essentials: Practically Applying the Most Recent Legal Perspectives
  2. Using Handbooks to Protect Against Legal Liabilities: With Example Policies
  3. Hiring and Firing: Legal Do's and Don'ts for Crucial HR Functions
  4. Social Media Policies: Balancing Employer Needs and Employee Rights
  5. Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace: Marijuana and Other Considerations
  6. Employee Relations: Legal Solutions for Sensitive Workplace Issues

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 IL - Credit Approval Expiration 05/08/2020

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. FLSA Essentials: Practically Applying the Most Recent Legal Perspectives
    9:00 - 9:45, Rene' L. Duckworth
    1. Primary Duties Test: Recognizing the Top Pitfalls
    2. Salary Test Legal Essentials
    3. Independent Contractor Issues
    4. Off-The Clock Work and Unauthorized Overtime
    5. Addressing Employer Errors: Essential Safe Harbor Policies to Have
  2. Using Handbooks to Protect Against Legal Liabilities: With Example Policies
    9:45 - 10:45, Donna Rogers
    1. Handbook Scope: How Much is Too Much?
    2. What Topics You Must Include: With Example Language
    3. Key Disclaimers You Can't Forget
    4. Avoiding Implied Contractual Relationships
    5. Essential Updates: NLRB and Other Concerns
    6. Updating Handbooks: With Checklists
  3. Hiring and Firing: Legal Do's and Don'ts for Crucial HR Functions
    11:00 - 12:00, Ronald S. Langacker
    1. Crafting Legally Compliant Job Descriptions
    2. What Employers Can and Can't Ask About Criminal Backgrounds, Credit Histories, etc.
    3. How Enforceable are Non-Compete, Non-Solicit and Confidentiality Agreements?
    4. Verifying Immigration Status - E-Verify and Other Considerations
    5. Legally Defensible Termination Documentation
    6. Terminating Employees on Leave
    7. Separation Agreements and Releases: With Examples
  4. Social Media Policies: Balancing Employer Needs and Employee Rights
    1:00 - 2:00, Rick Stewart
    1. Social Media and NLRA Violations for Non-Union Employers
    2. To What Extent May Employers Limit Social Media Use?
    3. Using Private Social Media Accounts for Business Purposes
    4. Using Social Media in Hiring Decisions
    5. Best Practices for Creating and Updating Social Media Policies
  5. Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace: Marijuana and Other Considerations
    2:00 - 3:00, Rene' L. Duckworth
    1. Accommodating Medical Marijuana Users: Do Employers Have To?
    2. Drug Testing Considerations for Current and Prospective Employees
    3. Firing and Disciplining Medical Marijuana Users: Current Legal Perspectives
    4. Creating Drug and Alcohol Policies That Leave No Room for Interpretation
  6. Employee Relations: Legal Solutions for Sensitive Workplace Issues
    3:15 - 4:30, Ronald S. Langacker
    1. Granting Employee Leave: FMLA, ADA and Other Considerations
    2. Return-to-Work Policies After Leave
    3. Disciplinary Actions
    4. Investigating Misconduct
    5. Answering Discrimination and Harassment Complaints
    6. Workplace Safety and Security Issues: Firearms, Disgruntled Employees, Domestic Violence, etc.
    7. Creating Performance Improvement Plans
    8. Employee Evaluations: Best Practices

RENE' L. DUCKWORTH is an attorney with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., and has represented national and local employers from a variety of industries in multiple aspects of employment law. Ms. Duckworth’s primary focus is litigating discrimination, retaliation, and harassment cases in state and federal courts, as well as defending claims before, and investigations by, state and federal administrative agencies such as the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, the EEOC, DOL, and OSHA. She also partners with her clients to train management on compliance and current legal issues; drafts employment policies, handbooks, and contracts; and provides counseling on a wide range of employment-related matters such as terminations, leaves of absence and FMLA compliance, unemployment compensation, garnishments, background checks, and more. Ms. Duckworth earned her B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Truman State University and her J.D. degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law. She is admitted to the Missouri Bar; U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri; U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, and U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit.

RONALD S. LANGACKER is managing partner of Langacker Law, Ltd., a firm which concentrates on employment and labor law, and other areas of civil litigation in state and federal courts. He is a member of the Illinois State, Federal, Wisconsin, Chicago and Champaign County bar associations. Mr. Langacker is admitted to practice in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. He earned his B.S. degree, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and his J.D. degree from Valparaiso University School of Law.

DONNA ROGERS is an instructor of management at University of Illinois Springfield and owner of Rogers HR Consulting. She graduated with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and holds a Master of Education degree in human resources development. Ms. Rogers earned her Bachelor of Science degree in public relations from Illinois State University. Her firm previously won the Small Business of the Year award. Ms. Rogers earned the HR Professional of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award from CIC-SHRM. She regularly delivers numerous presentations among professional groups to include state and national conferences. Ms. Rogers previously taught at Robert Morris College and has guest lectured at Benedictine University. She humbly serves her peers in the HR field as a member of the SHRM Student Chapter co-advisor and is a former North Central Region MAC representative and is a past director ILSHRM.

RICK STEWART is the founding principal of Hesse Martone, P.C.'s Springfield, Illinois office. He has more than 15 years of experience in handling a variety of labor and employment matters. Mr. Stewart has routinely advised clients in collective bargaining, contract administration, employee discipline and labor-management relations. He has handled all types of law enforcement issues and has handled dozens of police contract negotiations and arbitrations. Mr. Stewart is legal counsel to the Illinois Sheriffs' Association. He is licensed to practice in Illinois, Missouri, and New York and is a member of the American Bar Association. Mr. Stewart earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at Albany; his J.D. degree from Albany Law School of Union University; and his certificate in labor studies from Cornell University Industrial Labor Relations School.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

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

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