Audio CD + Course Book

Mini Law School for HR Professionals

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

June, 2018

Product ID#:

79146CDRA

Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing education credit
is not available on this program.


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From Event: Mini Law School for HR Professionals, held June 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. Workplace Behavior and Privacy - Current Developments
  2. Discipline and Discharge - Necessary Documentation
  3. Other Employment Laws You Need to Know
  4. Employee Handbooks and Policies in the 21st Century
  5. The National Labor Relations Board - Obligations and Compliance
  6. Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Employment Context
  7. Successful Hiring and Recruitment Steps
  8. Wage and Benefit Issues
  9. Controlling Unemployment Compensation Costs

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing education credit is not available at this time.
For additional questions regarding continuing education credits please contact us at 866-240-1890 or credit@nbi-sems.com.

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Workplace Behavior and Privacy - Current Developments
    9:00 - 9:45, Written and presented by Douglas W. Desmarais in Gaithersburg and Hagerstown.
    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
  2. Discipline and Discharge - Necessary Documentation
    9:45 - 10:30, Written and presented by Douglas W. Desmarais in Gaithersburg and Hagerstown.
    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
  3. Other Employment Laws You Need to Know
    10:45 - 11:45, Written and presented by Mitchell Batt in Gaithersburg and Andrea Murphy in Hagerstown.
    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)
  4. Employee Handbooks and Policies in the 21st Century
    12:45 - 1:15, Written and presented by Craig F. Ballew in Gaithersburg and Hagerstown.
    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
  5. The National Labor Relations Board - Obligations and Compliance
    1:15 - 2:00, Written and presented by Craig F. Ballew in Gaithersburg and Hagerstown.
    1. Current Challenges in NLRB Policies
    2. Petition Process
    3. Complaint and Hearing
    4. Controlling Back Pay
    5. Avoiding a Bargaining Order After Winning an Election
    6. Rules on Secondary Boycotts
    7. Working Around the Problems in Project Only Agreements
    8. Handling Concerted Activity in Non-Union Environments
  6. Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Employment Context
    2:00 - 2:30, Written and presented by Alexander P. Berg in Gaithersburg and Hagerstown.
  7. Successful Hiring and Recruitment Steps
    2:45 - 3:15, Written and presented by Andrea Murphy in Gaithersburg and Hagerstown.
    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)
  8. Wage and Benefit Issues
    3:15 - 4:00, Written and presented by Zachary Erwin in Gaithersburg and Hagerstown.
    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
  9. Controlling Unemployment Compensation Costs
    4:00 - 4:30, Written and presented by Zachary Erwin in Gaithersburg and Hagerstown.
    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

CRAIG F. BALLEW is a principal of the law firm of Ferguson, Schetelich & Ballew, P.A., in Baltimore. He has worked with management in all areas of labor and employment law since 1985. Mr. Ballew has extensive experience speaking and writing for numerous professional groups, including the MICPEL program, on labor and employment topics. He is a former field examiner for the National Labor Relations Board. Mr. Ballew is the co-chair of the Labor and Employment Committee of the Maryland State Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association (member, Labor Section and Committee on Laws), and the Bar Association of Baltimore City. Mr. Ballew earned his B.A. degree from the University of Maryland and his J.D. degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. (Gaithersburg and Hagerstown locations)

MITCHELL BATT is a sole practitioner in Rockville at the Law Office of Mitchell Batt, where he practices in the areas of age discrimination, covenants not to compete, employee rights, employment at will, employment breach of contract, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and hour law and sexual harassment. Mr. Batt is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court (Eastern District of Virginia and Districts of Maryland and the District of Columbia), Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. He is a member of the Maryland State and American Bar Associations (Montgomery County) and the National Employment Lawyers Association. Mr. Batt earned his B.S. degree from Pennsylvania State, his M.L.I.R. degree from Michigan State University and his J.D. degree from George Washington University. (Gaithersburg location)

ALEXANDER P. BERG is an attorney with the law firm of Kollman & Saucier, P.A. Mr. Berg focuses his management-side practice on issues arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights of 1964, FLSA, FMLA, ADA, ADEA, as well as state and local human rights and wage and hour statutes. He is admitted to practice law in Maryland, District of Columbia, U.S. District Court of Maryland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Berg earned his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and his Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law Center. (Gaithersburg and Hagerstown locations)

DOUGLAS W. DESMARAIS is a partner with Smith & Downey, P.A., in Baltimore, where his practice deals with all aspects of employment relationships. He has a particular emphasis in his practice on educating employers about the many labor and employment laws that govern the workplace, and then helping those employers comply with these laws, thus avoiding costly and time consuming litigation. Additionally, Mr. Desmarais has extensive experience in representing clients before the EEOC, DOL, OFCCP, NLRB, and numerous other federal, state and local agencies and courts. He is also a frequent lecturer on employment-related topics, and he is the editor and coauthor of the first edition of the American Bar Association’s Model Jury Instructions for Employment Litigation. Mr. Desmarais earned his B.A. degree from Brigham Young University; his J.D. degree from the University of Maryland School of Law; and his LL.M. degree, in labor law, from Georgetown University School of Law. He is admitted to the bars of Maryland and the District of Columbia. (Gaithersburg and Hagerstown locations)

ZACHARY ERWIN is a partner with the law firm of Anderson, Coe & King, LLP. Mr. Erwin concentrates his civil litigation practice primarily in the areas of workers' compensation and labor and employment defense. He has extensive experience in Maryland and the District of Columbia representing employers and insurers in workers' compensation cases. Mr. Erwin’s practice also includes defending employers against individual and collective actions raising employment discrimination, employee benefits, and wage and hour claims under Title VII, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. He has vast experience representing employers and insurers in both state and federal court and before state and federal administrative agencies, including: the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, numerous Maryland and D.C. Fair Employment Practices agencies, the Department of Labor, and MOSH/OSHA. Mr. Erwin has been named a Rising Star in workers’ compensation for 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Super Lawyers Magazine. He earned his B.A. degree from Denison University and his J.D. degree from Duquesne University School of Law. Mr. Erwin is admitted to practice law in the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia; and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association, and the Bar Association of the District of Columbia. (Gaithersburg and Hagerstown locations)

ANDREA MURPHY is an attorney at Kollman & Saucier, P.A. in Timonium. Her practice focuses on various areas of business and employment law matters, including responding to charges of employment discrimination, wage and hour law compliance, reviewing employee handbook policies, and litigation. She received her B.A. degree from the University of Maryland and her J.D. degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She is admitted to the Maryland State Bar Association, Inc., and the U.S. District Court, Maryland. (Gaithersburg and Hagerstown locations)

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