Approved for 7.0 General HRCI and SHRM Certification Credits

Approved for 1.25 Strategic HRCI and SHRM Certification Credits

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Agenda Details

Breakout session presenters are made up of our sponsors who are subject matter experts in their filed of employment law.  Sessions descriptions and details coming soon!

 

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  • Friday, January 26, 2018
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    Full Conference Registration Agenda
    Friday, January 26, 2018
    07:00 - 07:45 AM  Continental Breakfast & Registration
    07:45 - 08:00 AM  Opening Conference Announcements
    08:00 - 09:00 AM  Opening Keynote Presentation
    09:00 - 10:00 AM  General Session
    10:00 - 10:30 AM  Morning Break - Visiting Exhibitors 
    10:30 - 11:45 AM  Breakout Sessions*
    11:45 - 12:30 PM  Networking Lunch - Visiting Exhibitors
    12:30 - 01:45 PM  Breakout Sessions*
    01:45 - 02:00 PM  Break - Visiting Exhibitors
    02:00 - 03:15 PM  Breakout Sessions*
    03:15 - 03:30 PM  Snack Break - Visiting Exhibitors
    03:30 - 04:45 PM  Closing Keynote Presentation
    04:45 - 05:00 PM  Closing Remarks

    *Check website for more details!


    7:00 AM  -  7:45 AM
    Continental Breakfast & Registration
    7:45 AM  -  8:00 AM
    Opening Conference Announcements
    8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Opening Keynote Presentation

    C-Suite Sex Harassment: Beyond the Law 

    “Outing” C-suite sex harassment and sexual assault cases that are sometimes decades old has reached a fevered pitch over the last year.  Some executives are being tried in the social media court of public opinion and are being fired or are resigning over allegations and disputes that have often been settled with confidentiality agreements and are many years old.
     
    Neil Alexander with Littler Mendelson and Amy Lieberman with Insight Employee Litigation will discuss strategically how this trend impacts HR beyond the law.  Company culture, reputation management, transparency, fairness, and over-reaction all blended together in this difficult decision making process.
     
    Learning Objectives
    - Legal recommendations for managing and preventing harassment in an organization
    - Review of the legal framework for such situations
    - Information and practical guidance that is compliant with state and federal laws

        Neil Alexander...Amy Lieberman
    Presented by:
    Neil Alexander, Littler Mendelson
    Amy Lieberman, Insight Employment Mediation

    This sessions is approved for 1.0 general HRCI and SHRM credits
    This sessions is pending 1.0 strategic HRCI and SHRM credits

    9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
    General Keynote Session

    Rating the Agencies -- And Strategies to Deal with Them

    David Selden and Jeff Toppel will present the results of the survey sent to all attendees that solicited feedback on employers' experiences with the federal and state agencies that most directly impact SHRM members. SHRM members are skilled in giving performance evaluations to employees, and now is the time to give a performance evaluation to government agencies. The session will also present strategies for dealing with agencies that at times seem to equate aggressiveness with effectiveness and for addressing difficult situations for SHRM members resulting from the agency's agenda or the personality of the government personnel. We will also address changes at the various federal agencies and how that may impact their investigation strategies.

     David Selden    Jeffery Toppel 

    Presented by:
    David A. Selden, Senior Member, Cavanagh Law Firm
    Jeffrey W. Toppel, Principal, Jackson Lewis

    This sessions is approved for 1.0 general HRCI and SHRM credits
    This sessions is pending 1.0 strategic HRCI and SHRM credits

    10:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Morning Break Visiting with Exhibitors
    10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Arizona Paid Sick Time Update – Are you Compliant?

    This session will address the most frequent questions and concerns we are fielding from employers, large and small, as well as the latest changes to the rules impacted by the Industrial Commission’s most recent regulations. While there are many other issues, requirements, options, and possible consequences that are best discussed on an individualized basis, this session will also discuss some general trends, best practices, and pros/cons with respect to using combined or separate PTO/PST banks. 

    Lindsay Schafer

    Presented by: Lindsay M. Schafer, Littler Mendelson

    This sessions is approved for 1.25 general HRCI and SHRM credits

    Speakers:
    10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Effective Communications in Performance Management - Practical advice from a legal perspective

    Presentation includes a discussion and dialogue of real examples of how employers can use thoughtful documentation of performance and behavioral issues to manage employees. The impact of this is critical in both assisting employers in day to day operations as well as using this same documentation to either avoid exposure to workplace related claims or enhance employers ability to defend these claims should they arise. 

     Jeffrey Bernick.

    Presented by: Jeffrey Bernick, Jackson Lewis

    This sessions is approved for 1.25 general HRCI and SHRM credits

    Speakers:
    10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Managing the Unmanageable: Difficult, Toxic & Gotta Go Employees.

    This presentation will provide tips and strategies for effectively managing challenging, disruptive, and underperforming employees in the workplace.  We will cover best practices for evaluating and documenting performance, exiting employees when necessary, and legal pitfalls to avoid.

         Laura Pasqualone

    Presented by: 
    Mary Ellen Simonson, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie
    Laura Pasqualone, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

    This sessions is approved for 1.25 general HRCI and SHRM credits
    10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
    The Ten Changes You Should Make To Your Employee Handbook For 2018

    2017 was another rich year on the legal front, full of significant decisions, new laws and new trends.  This presentation is designed to distill those developments and offer you suggestions for specific new policies to incorporate into your company handbook at the start of the new year.

    Laurent BadouxShaleen Brewer   

    Presented by:
    Laurent Badoux
    , Buchalter
    Shaleen Brewer, Buchalter
    This sessions is approved for 1.25 general HRCI and SHRM credits

    10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Top 10 FMLA Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

    HR professionals may hear (or think!) a lot of four letter words in the course of a day but one four letter word poses some of the greatest challenges – FMLA. The Family and Medical Leave Act is governed by an allegedly clear set of regulations and there should be an answer in those regulations for every FMLA question that lands in your lap. However, if not administered properly and its governing regulations not followed extremely carefully, FMLA can be your worst nightmare and a significant liability risk. Join this informative session to refine your knowledge and avoid being the next target of DOL enforcement activity by learning about your nuanced obligations, eligibility calculation errors, triggers for usage, certification windows, smallest increment and actual days worked computations and more!

     Nonnie Shivers pic
    Presented by: Nonnie L. Shivers, Ogletree Deakins

    This sessions is approved for 1.25 general HRCI and SHRM credits

    General HR:
    10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
    When HR Duties Collide with Management Directions and Desires

    - Learn strategies to address management behaviors and requests that could be illegal, unethical, or inappropriate; 

    - Learn how to handle sticky situation in which an executive or manager engages in illegal or unethical behavior or behavior that violates company policies, practices, and procedures;

    - Learn tips on communication strategies with employees, customers, and vendors when company experiences bad publicity because an executive or manager has engaged in illegal, unethical, or inappropriate behavior;

    - Learn how to coach and mentor the Company leadership;

    - Learn how HR can create a culture that fosters respect, retention, and productivity;

    - Learn tips for discipline and counseling to assist in defense of lawsuits associated with illegal, unethical, or inappropriate behavior; and

    - Participate in the role-playing of scenarios about responding to management misbehavior.

    Julie Pace

    Presented by: Julie Pace, Cavanagh Law Firm

    This sessions is approved for 1.25 general and strategic HRCI and SHRM credits
    Speakers:
    11:45 AM  -  12:30 PM
    Networking Lunch and Visting with Sponsors
    12:30 PM  -  1:45 PM
    2018 Wage and Hour Update: Misclassification, Overtime and Compliance with the FLSA

    The new Director of the U.S. Department of Labor, Alexander Acosta, has signaled that the Department’s views on the Fair Labor Standards Act and its enforcement priorities have changed under the Trump Administration.  This presentation will discuss those changes and provide practical tips for wage and hour compliance and avoiding legal pitfalls in the coming year.

    Melanie Pate   Jennifer Lee-Cota

    Presented by: 
    Melanie Pate, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie
    Jennifer Lee-Cota, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

    This sessions is approved for 1.25 general HRCI and SHRM credits
    12:30 PM  -  1:45 PM
    Blockchain, Cyber Security, Anonymous Hackers, and Protecting Company Data

    - Learn about the new blockchain technology and its impact on HR and data security;
    - Learn how to respond to computer hackers and anonymous saboteurs;
    - Learn the latest in confidentiality, non-raiding, and non-solicitation agreements;
    - Learn best practices regarding data security;
    - Learn best practices regarding litigation holds and record retention;
    - Learn steps to monitor your company throughout social media and respond to online attacks against
    your company;
    - Learn policy, personnel, and training vulnerabilities and how to avoid them;
    - Learn how to deal with sophisticated disgruntled former employees who phish and defame while using a
    current employees identification and spoof being an employee;
    - Learn how to work with and prepare information needed to achieve successful prosecution, civilly or
    criminally, of people who engage in fraud, data theft, or cyberattacks.

    David Selden  Jennifer Sellers  Kim MacEachem  

    Presented by:
    David Selden, Cavanagh Law Firm
    Jennifer Sellers, Cavanagh Law Firm
    Kim MacEachern, Cavanagh Law Firm

    This sessions is approved for 1.25 general HRCI and SHRM credits
    This sessions is pending 1.25 strategic HRCI and SHRM credits


    Speakers:
    Comp & Benefits:
    12:30 PM  -  1:45 PM
    Dazed and Confused? Marijuana and Prescription Drug Issues at Work

    This session will discuss the impact of the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana on an employer's right to maintain a drug-free workplace and will explain whether protections exist for employees who use marijuana. In addition, we will discuss the latest on how employers should handle the delicate issue of drug testing for and creating policies regarding prescription drugs-in both safety-sensitive and non-safety-sensitive positions.

    Joseph Clees

    Presented by: Joe Clees, Ogletree Deakins

    This sessions is approved for 1.25 strategic HRCI and SHRM credits

    Keynote:
    12:30 PM  -  1:45 PM
    I-9s, E-Verify, and Business Immigration in the Trump Era

    New directives include five times the increase in ICE audits and restrictions on visas to limit foreign labor.
    Protect your company and make sure your paperwork is in order. On July 17, 2017, USCIS issued a new Form I-9. ICE announced that in addition to fining and prosecuting employers, it may detain and deport
    undocumented workers using counterfeit documents who are present during worksite inspections. I-9 penalties ranging from $220 to $2,191 per I-9 simply for missing information on the I-9, it is more important than ever that companies ensure they are fully completing the Form I-9.
    On April 18, 2017, President Trump Signed the Buy American, Hire American Executive Order, which
    heightened scrutiny of visa applications and calls for H-1B reform. It may be more difficult for businesses to obtain visas for some foreign workers.
    You will learn:
    - The latest actions from DHS to restrict business immigration;
    - Status of DACA and what to expect;
    - Recommendations for completing the new I-9;
    - The most frequent errors made in completing the Form I-9 and E-Verify process and how to avoid them;
    - How to complete an internal I-9 and E-Verify audit to help prevent future liability and protect the
    company;
    - How to respond to ICE investigations; and
    - How to avoid discrimination claims under the Immigration Reform and Control Act anti-discrimination
    provisions.

    Hiedi Nunn-Gillman

    Presented by: Heidi Nunn-Gilman, Cavanagh Law Firm

     This sessions is approved for 1.25 general HRCI and SHRM credits

    Speakers:
    12:30 PM  -  1:45 PM
    Jerks at Work: Managing Off-Site Employee Misconduct

    Bad behavior is on the rise…or at least we are hearing about it (and seeing it) more and more often.  As a result, employers are increasingly faced with the question of what to do when a video of their star employee berating an Uber driver, or engaging in other troubling conduct, goes viral.  We will discuss strategies for dealing with such conduct and potential legal implications.

    Jeffrey Toppel 

    Presented by: Jeffrey Toppel, Jackson Lewis P.C.

    This session is approved for 1.25 general HRCI and SHRM credits

    Speakers:
    12:30 PM  -  1:45 PM
    What Can We Expect From The New NLRB: Is The “Snap-Back” From Expansive Obama Era Policies Here?

    Before the end of the administration’s first year in office, the National Labor Relations Board’s new three Member majority issued very significant decisions, overruling Browning-Ferris and reinstating its prior joint employer standard; overruling Specialty Healthcare concerning the appropriateness of micro-units and eliminating the “overwhelming community of interests standard” for adding employees to the scope of an appropriate bargaining unit; establishing a sweeping new standard for the maintenance of employer rules; and clarifying the duty to bargain over changes that are consistent with past practices.  We will review these and other important decisions, anticipate what is to come next from the Board, and discuss how they affect your workplace today.

    Fred Miner 

    Presented by: Fred Miner, Littler

    This sessions is approved for 1.25 general HRCI and SHRM credits

    Speakers:
    1:45 PM  -  2:00 PM
    Break - Visiting with Exhibitors
    2:00 PM  -  3:15 PM
    2018 Wage and Hour Update: Misclassification, Overtime and Compliance with the FLSA (Repeat)

    The new Director of the U.S. Department of Labor, Alexander Acosta, has signaled that the Department’s views on the Fair Labor Standards Act and its enforcement priorities have changed under the Trump Administration.  This presentation will discuss those changes and provide practical tips for wage and hour compliance and avoiding legal pitfalls in the coming year.

    Melanie Pate   Jennifer Lee-Cota

    Presented by: 
    Melanie Pate, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie
    Jennifer Lee-Cota, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

    This sessions is approved for 1.25 general HRCI and SHRM credits
    2:00 PM  -  3:15 PM
    Blockchain, Cyber Security, Anonymous Hackers, and Protecting Company Data (Repeat)

    - Learn about the new blockchain technology and its impact on HR and data security;
    - Learn how to respond to computer hackers and anonymous saboteurs;
    - Learn the latest in confidentiality, non-raiding, and non-solicitation agreements;
    - Learn best practices regarding data security;
    - Learn best practices regarding litigation holds and record retention;
    - Learn steps to monitor your company throughout social media and respond to online attacks against
    your company;
    - Learn policy, personnel, and training vulnerabilities and how to avoid them;
    - Learn how to deal with sophisticated disgruntled former employees who phish and defame while using a
    current employees identification and spoof being an employee;
    - Learn how to work with and prepare information needed to achieve successful prosecution, civilly or
    criminally, of people who engage in fraud, data theft, or cyberattacks.

    David Selden  Jennifer Sellers  Kim MacEachem  

    Presented by:
    David Selden, Cavanagh Law Firm
    Jennifer Sellers, Cavanagh Law Firm
    Kim MacEachern, Cavanagh Law Firm

    This sessions is approved for 1.25 strategic HRCI and SHRM credits
    Speakers:
    Comp & Benefits:
    2:00 PM  -  3:15 PM
    Copy of I-9s, E-Verify, and Business Immigration in the Trump Era (Repeat)

    New directives include five times the increase in ICE audits and restrictions on visas to limit foreign labor.
    Protect your company and make sure your paperwork is in order. On July 17, 2017, USCIS issued a new Form I-9. ICE announced that in addition to fining and prosecuting employers, it may detain and deport
    undocumented workers using counterfeit documents who are present during worksite inspections. I-9 penalties ranging from $220 to $2,191 per I-9 simply for missing information on the I-9, it is more important than ever that companies ensure they are fully completing the Form I-9.
    On April 18, 2017, President Trump Signed the Buy American, Hire American Executive Order, which
    heightened scrutiny of visa applications and calls for H-1B reform. It may be more difficult for businesses to obtain visas for some foreign workers.
    You will learn:
    - The latest actions from DHS to restrict business immigration;
    - Status of DACA and what to expect;
    - Recommendations for completing the new I-9;
    - The most frequent errors made in completing the Form I-9 and E-Verify process and how to avoid them;
    - How to complete an internal I-9 and E-Verify audit to help prevent future liability and protect the
    company;
    - How to respond to ICE investigations; and
    - How to avoid discrimination claims under the Immigration Reform and Control Act anti-discrimination
    provisions.

    Hiedi Nunn-Gillman

    Presented by: Heidi Nunn-Gilman, Cavanagh Law Firm

    This sessions is approved for 1.25 general HRCI and SHRM credits
    Speakers:
    2:00 PM  -  3:15 PM
    Dazed and Confused? Marijuana and Prescription Drug Issues at Work (Repeat)

    This session will discuss the impact of the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana on an employer's right to maintain a drug-free workplace and will explain whether protections exist for employees who use marijuana. In addition, we will discuss the latest on how employers should handle the delicate issue of drug testing for and creating policies regarding prescription drugs-in both safety-sensitive and non-safety-sensitive positions.

    Joseph Clees

    Presented by: Joe Clees, Ogletree Deakins

    This sessions is approved for 1.25 strategic HRCI and SHRM credits

    Keynote:
    2:00 PM  -  3:15 PM
    Jerks at Work: Managing Off-Site Employee Misconduct (Repeat)

    Bad behavior is on the rise…or at least we are hearing about it (and seeing it) more and more often.  As a result, employers are increasingly faced with the question of what to do when a video of their star employee berating an Uber driver, or engaging in other troubling conduct, goes viral.  We will discuss strategies for dealing with such conduct and potential legal implications.

    Jeffrey Toppel 

    Presented by: Jeffrey Toppel, Jackson Lewis P.C.

    This session is approved for 1.25 general HRCI and SHRM credits

    Speakers:
    2:00 PM  -  3:15 PM
    What Can We Expect From The New NLRB (Repeat)

    Before the end of the administration’s first year in office, the National Labor Relations Board’s new three Member majority issued very significant decisions, overruling Browning-Ferris and reinstating its prior joint employer standard; overruling Specialty Healthcare concerning the appropriateness of micro-units and eliminating the “overwhelming community of interests standard” for adding employees to the scope of an appropriate bargaining unit; establishing a sweeping new standard for the maintenance of employer rules; and clarifying the duty to bargain over changes that are consistent with past practices.  We will review these and other important decisions, anticipate what is to come next from the Board, and discuss how they affect your workplace today.

    Fred Miner

    Presented by: Fred Miner, Littler

    This sessions is approved for 1.25 general HRCI and SHRM credits

    Speakers:
    3:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
    Snack Break
    3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM
    Closing Keynote Presentation

    Wacky Employment Cases of 2017

    Employment law remains dynamic and fast-changing, with increased volumes of federal and state regulation and enhanced scrutiny of company policies. This presentation reviews key developments in labor and employment law over the last year and new legislation and trends affecting your workplace in 2018 and beyond. By anticipating the direction of the current regulatory and legislative agenda, you can take proactive steps to weather this enforcement storm.


    Joe Clees
    Presented by: Joe Clees, Ogletree Deakins

    This sessions is pending 1.25 general HRCI and SHRM credits

    Keynote:
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