Audio CD + Course Book

Mini Law School for HR Professionals

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

April, 2018

Product ID#:

78792CDRA

Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • NM CLE - 6.00
From Event: Mini Law School for HR Professionals, held April 2018.

Program Description

As employment-related litigation rates continue to rise, employers must look for ways to proactively protect themselves in a legal manner. Human resource compliance can be one of the most costly and time-consuming aspects for a business; can you streamline the process and prevent unnecessary risk? This guide will get you up to speed so you can return to work confident in your abilities. Know the fundamentals of human resources: from hiring to firing and everything in-between. Order today!

Course Content

  1. Employment Law Update
  2. Successful Hiring and Recruitment Steps
  3. Employee Handbooks and Policies in the 21st Century
  4. Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Employment Context
  5. Wage and Benefit Issues
  6. Other Employment Laws You Need to Know
  7. Discipline and Discharge - Necessary Documentation
  8. Controlling Unemployment Compensation Costs
  9. Workplace Behavior and Privacy - Current Developments

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 NM - Credit Approval Expiration 04/04/2020


* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Employment Law Update
    9:00 - 9:45, Barbara G. Stephenson
  2. Successful Hiring and Recruitment Steps
    9:45 - 10:30, Quentin F. Smith
    1. Drafting Accurate Job Descriptions
    2. Job Applications: Getting the Data You Need
    3. Proper Way to Conduct Background Checks
    4. Screening References Through a Filter of Reality
    5. The Job Offer or Rejection Letter
    6. Checklist for a Legal Hire
    7. Orientation and Training
    8. Immigration Compliance Documents (I-9 and E-Verify)
    9. IRS and Federal Compliance Documents (SS-4, W-4, Form 940)
  3. Employee Handbooks and Policies in the 21st Century
    10:45 - 11:15, Quentin F. Smith
    1. Guidelines for Whether Your Organization Should or Should Not Have a Handbook
    2. Ensuring Handbook Style Fits with Corporate Culture
    3. Revising the Old vs. Starting Anew
    4. Topics That Should be Included
    5. Boilerplate Language
  4. Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Employment Context
    11:15 - 12:00, Laurie A. Vogel
  5. Wage and Benefit Issues
    1:00 - 1:45, Steven E. Jones
    1. State-Specific Wage and Hour Laws
    2. What Qualifies as Overtime?
    3. Differences to be Aware of: Salaried Exempt vs. Salaried Non-Exempt
    4. Options for Employees Reporting Time Worked
    5. Handling Deductions from Wages
    6. Leave Policies
    7. Part-Time Employees and Temps: Wage and Benefit Obligations
    8. Unpaid Internship and Training Programs
    9. Benefits: Health Insurance, Flex Spending and Retirement Plans
      1. Modifications to the Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA)
      2. Change to Flexible Spending Accounts
      3. Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Pitfalls to be Wary of
  6. Other Employment Laws You Need to Know
    1:45 - 2:30, Raul A. Carrillo Jr.
    1. Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
    2. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    3. Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)
    4. Older Workers' Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA)
    5. Age Discrimination and Employment Act (ADEA)
    6. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Sexual Harassment
    7. Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)
    8. Uniformed Services Employment Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
  7. Discipline and Discharge - Necessary Documentation
    2:45 - 3:15, Raul A. Carrillo Jr. and Steven E. Jones
    1. Putting a Discipline Policy in Place Proactively
    2. What to do When There is no Policy Addressing an Offense
    3. Evaluating Employee Performance While Mitigating Liability
    4. What Goes in the Discipline/Discharge Letter?
    5. At What Point Should Discharge be Considered?
    6. Minimizing Liability When Discharging an Employee
    7. Common Mistakes to Avoid During Discharge
    8. Waivers and Releases - Their Use After Termination
  8. Controlling Unemployment Compensation Costs
    3:15 - 4:00, Lorna M. Wiggins
    1. General Rules on Who is Entitled to Unemployment Compensation
    2. Key Information to Present Regarding the Initial Claim
    3. When is it Important to Fight an Unemployment Compensation Claim
    4. What you Need to Know About the Hearing Process
    5. Traditional Ways to Manage Unemployment Compensation Costs
  9. Workplace Behavior and Privacy - Current Developments
    4:00 - 4:30, Barbara G. Stephenson
    1. Employee Surveillance
    2. Searches of Desks, Smartphones, Lockers, Vehicles, Equipment, etc.
    3. Monitoring Employee Communications: Calls, Email and Internet Use
    4. Dress Code/Personal Appearance
    5. Drug and Alcohol Testing
    6. Psychological and Personality Tests
    7. Workplace Violence: Harassment and Bullying
    8. Off-Duty Behavior and Activities

RAUL A. CARRILLO JR. is the founder/president of the Carrillo Law Firm, P.C., in Las Cruces, New Mexico. His practice areas include insurance defense, civil rights, business litigation, employment litigation, corporate litigation, and election law. Mr. Carrillo earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of New Mexico and his J.D. degree from Harvard University. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Carrillo is an adjunct professor of business law and ethics at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is a member of the State Bar of New Mexico, along with many other professional and community associations.

STEVEN E. JONES is a civil litigation associate attorney for Carrillo Law Firm, P.C., where he concentrates his practice in insurance defense, civil rights and business litigation, employment, and corporate litigation. Mr. Jones has experience dealing with U.S. federal agencies on behalf of clients in a variety of contexts, including administrative proceedings, investigations, and litigation involving agencies such as the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Postal Service (USPS), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). He is admitted to practice in New Mexico, District of Columbia and Maryland; and is a member of the State Bar of New Mexico; District of Columbia Bar; Maryland State Bar Association; and American Bar Association (2008-present). Mr. Jones earned his A.B. degree, cum laude, from Harvard University and his J.D. degree from Stanford University.

QUENTIN F. SMITH is an attorney in the law firm of Sheehan & Sheehan, P.A., where he focuses his practice in employment and labor law and general civil litigation. He has successfully defended small and large employers against many types of claims, including discrimination, harassment and wrongful discharge. Mr. Smith is certified by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in employment and labor law. He is a member of the State Bar of New Mexico, the Albuquerque and American bar associations and the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association. Mr. Smith is admitted to practice before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court of New Mexico, and the state courts of New Mexico. He earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Texas Christian University; and his J.D. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of New Mexico School of Law in Albuquerque.

BARBARA G. STEPHENSON is a shareholder with Sheehan & Sheehan, P.A. Her practice focuses on defending employers in employment litigation and administrative charges before such agencies as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Mexico Human Rights Bureau, and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Ms. Stephenson also consults with personnel managers on preventative personnel practices and procedures. She is a member of the Albuquerque and American (Section on Labor and Employment Law) bar associations, and the State Bar of New Mexico, and is a New Mexico Board-recognized specialist in labor and employment law. Ms. Stephenson earned her J.D. degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law. She has been listed in Best Lawyers in America in labor and employment since 2001, and since 2003 as a leading employment defense attorney in Chambers USA Leading Business Lawyers. Ms. Stephenson makes frequent employment law presentations to employers and professional associations.

LAURIE A. VOGEL is a sole practitioner in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she practices in employment and civil rights law from an employer or management perspective. The State Bar of New Mexico has recognized Ms. Vogel as a specialist in employment and labor law. She has taught legal issues in employment for the Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute and for the U.S. Department of Energy's Central Training Academy. Ms. Vogel earned her B.A. degree from the University of Montana and her J.D. degree from the University of Idaho. She is a member of the State Bar of New Mexico (member, Employment Law Section), the American Bar Association (member, Law Practice Management Section), and the Society for Human Resources Management.

LORNA M. WIGGINS is a shareholder in the Albuquerque law firm of Wiggins, Williams & Wiggins, P.C. She has practiced primarily in the areas of labor and employment law. Ms. Wiggins started practicing law in New Mexico after completing a judicial clerkship. Much of her practice includes advising management on various personnel issues including, hiring, discipline, termination and layoff issues; negotiating employment contracts; non-compete agreements; patent waiver agreements; and assisting management in developing and implementing personnel policies. Ms. Wiggins regularly assists management in certification and decertification elections, negotiating union contracts, arbitrations, and unfair labor practice charges. She regularly defends employers before the New Mexico Human Right Commission, EEOC, OFCCP, NLRB, and state and federal courts. Ms. Wiggins routinely provides training to employers in recognizing and eliminating discrimination and harassment in the workplace, and is a frequent lecturer on labor and employment law. She attended Southern Methodist University; earned her B.S. degree, cum laude, from the University of North Dakota; and her J.D. degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law. Ms. Wiggins is a member of the Albuquerque and American bar associations, and the State Bar of New Mexico.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

NM CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
04/04/2020
This program has been approved by the New Mexico Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board. This program may qualify for up to 6.0 hour of self-study credit, including 0.0 hours of self-study ethics credit. No more than 4.0 hours of self-study CLE credit may be earned during a reporting period.


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