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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.  Session descriptions and details coming soon and are being added weekly!

 

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  • Thursday, March 5, 2020
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    Full Conference Registration Agenda
    Thursday, March 5, 2020
    07:00 - 08:00 AM  Continental Breakfast & Registration
    08:00 - 08:15 AM  Opening Conference Announcements
    08:15 - 09:15 AM  Opening Keynote Presentation
    09:15 - 09:45 AM  Morning Break - Visiting Exhibitors 
    09:45 - 10:45 AM  Breakout Sessions*
    10:45 - 11:00 AM  Break
    11:00 - 12:00 PM  Breakout Sessions*
    12:00 - 01:00 PM  Networking Lunch
    01:00 - 02:00 PM  Breakout Sessions*
    02:00 - 02:15 PM  Break
    02:15 - 03:15 PM  Breakout Sessions*
    03:15 - 03:45 PM  Break - Visiting Exhibitors
    03:45 - 04:45 PM  Closing Keynote Presentation
    04:45 - 05:00 PM  Closing Remarks

    *Check website for more details!


    8:15 AM  -  9:15 AM
    Opening Keynote Presentation

    It’s 2020:  Do You Know Where Your Implicit Biases Are and the Impact They Are Having On Your Organization’s Bottom Line?

    Most of us believe that we are ethical and unbiased. But the truth is that implicit bias dominates our everyday life. The implications of this reality for attracting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce continue to concern progressive business leaders everywhere.

    Highlights of this one-hour, interactive, multi-media keynote presentation will be dedicated to raising participant awareness around the concept of implicit bias in everyday thinking, why its impact is so powerful, provide practical examples of how it manifests itself, and provide attendees with some preliminary strategies to vigilantly practice conscious awareness behaviors to mitigate their impact on workplace interactions, systems and practices.

    A key objective of this session will be to link bias management to optimizing opportunities for mindful and rational business decisions affecting everything from who we hire and promote to how we allocate work and manage performance.

        Neil Alexander...CindyAnn Thomas
    Presented by:
    Neil Alexander, Esq., Littler 
    Cindy-Ann Thomas, Esq.,
    Littler 

    Room: Black Canyon Ballroom
    This session is pending for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP
    This session is pending for 1.0 general HRCI credit 

    9:45 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Social Media and Emojis in the Workplace

    Technology is not the only thing that continues to evolve at an increasing rate; the variety of information being generated and means of communication are keeping pace. Social media and emoji are changing the way we communicate in the workplace. This session will discuss the risk and legal implications emoji and employee use of social media-including related recruiting issues and employee conduct on social media. We will also provide practical solutions for managing these challenges and discuss relevant case law, scenarios, and potential policies.

     Peters_Kristy_2_052213_webAndrea Lovell Pic   

    Presented by: 
    Kristy Peters, Littler
    Andrea Lovell, Littler

    Room: Black Canyon Ballroom

    This session is pending for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP
    This session is pending for 1.0 general HRCI credit



    Speaker Bio(s):
    9:45 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Benefits Compliance in 2020 and Beyond

    The ACA is in the midst of a partisan legal battle and Ford will provide a preview of what to expect as the ACA veers closer to being heard by the Supreme Court again. He will also discuss hot topics in employee benefits that every plan sponsor should know to have a compliant plan in 2020. Topics to be discussed will include:

    - 2020 legislative and regulatory updates and preview of what’s on the horizon in an election year
    - Status of the ACA in light of the recent decision of the 5th Circuit COA
    - 2020 ACA Taxes and Fees update
    - Wellness programs in 2020
    - Pharmacy legislative changes
    - Important 2020 benefit plan design changes

    Ford Darger Pic

    Presented by:
    Ford Darger, USI

    Room: Boulder

    This session is pending for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP
    This session is pending for 1.0 general HRCI credit 

    Speaker Bio:
    9:45 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Fair Labor Standards Act Update: What Employers Need to Know for 2020 and Beyond

    This session will provide information about the new salary threshold for exempt employees, the consequences of the new threshold, and the practical implications for employers.  Melanie will also discuss the main distinctions between the executive, administrative and professional exemptions from the Fair Labor Standards Act, and provide tips and best practices for ensuring the proper classification of your employees.  Lastly, the presenter will discuss the appropriate use of independent contractors vs. employees.

    Melanie Pate  
         

    Presented by: 
    Melanie Pate, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

    Room: Arizona

    This session is approved for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP
    This session is pending for 1.0 general HRCI credit

    Speaker Bio:
    9:45 AM  -  10:45 AM
    I-9 and E-Verify Compliance and Strategies

    ICE conducted nearly 12,000 I-9 audits in the last two years and intend to continue this
    unprecedented level of audits. Fines and penalties for I-9 violations continue to increase
    annually, now up to $2,292 per Form I-9 for missing information on the Form I-9 or other
    paperwork error. DOJ now conducts discrimination audits based on E-Verify patterns, with
    financial consequences for employers. The cost of noncompliance is continuing to increase and it
    is more important than ever that companies ensure they are fully completing the Form I-9.
    In this session, you will learn:
    (1) Recommendations for fully completing the Form I-9;
    (2) The most frequent errors made in completing the Form I-9 and E-Verify process and how
    to avoid them;
    (3) How to complete an internal I-9 and E-Verify audit to help prevent future liability and
    protect the company;
    (4) How to respond to ICE investigations;
    (5) How to respond to IER investigations based on discrimination and E-Verify actions; and
    (6) What to avoid when using E-Verify to reduce the likelihood of an IER investigation;
    (7) How to avoid discrimination claims under the Immigration Reform and Control Act anti-
    discrimination provisions; and
    (8) Proper retention and storage of I-9 and E-Verify documentation.

    Heidi Nunn-Gilman Pic 
    Presented by:
    Heidi Nunn-Gilmann, Gammage & Burnham

    Room: Sonoran Ballroom
    This session is pending for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP
    This session is pending for 1.0 general HRCI credit

    Speaker Bio:
    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Benefits Compliance in 2020 and Beyond (Repeat)

    The ACA is in the midst of a partisan legal battle and Ford will provide a preview of what to expect as the ACA veers closer to being heard by the Supreme Court again. He will also discuss hot topics in employee benefits that every plan sponsor should know to have a compliant plan in 2020. Topics to be discussed will include:

    - 2020 legislative and regulatory updates and preview of what’s on the horizon in an election year
    - Status of the ACA in light of the recent decision of the 5th Circuit COA
    - 2020 ACA Taxes and Fees update
    - Wellness programs in 2020
    - Pharmacy legislative changes
    - Important 2020 benefit plan design changes

     

    Ford Darger Pic

    Presented by:
    Ford Darger, USI

    Room: Boulder

    This session is pending for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP
    This session is pending for 1.0 general HRCI credit

    Speaker Bio:
    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Fair Labor Standards Act Update: What Employers Need to Know for 2020 and Beyond (Repeat)

    This session will provide information about the new salary threshold for exempt employees, the consequences of the new threshold, and the practical implications for employers.  Melanie will also discuss the main distinctions between the executive, administrative and professional exemptions from the Fair Labor Standards Act, and provide tips and best practices for ensuring the proper classification of your employees.  Lastly, the presenter will discuss the appropriate use of independent contractors vs. employees.

    Melanie Pate  
         

    Presented by: 
    Melanie Pate, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

    Room: Arizona

    This session is approved for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP
    This session is pending for 1.0 general HRCI credit


    Speaker Bio:
    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    I-9 and E-Verify Compliance and Strategies (Repeat)

    ICE conducted nearly 12,000 I-9 audits in the last two years and intend to continue this
    unprecedented level of audits. Fines and penalties for I-9 violations continue to increase
    annually, now up to $2,292 per Form I-9 for missing information on the Form I-9 or other
    paperwork error. DOJ now conducts discrimination audits based on E-Verify patterns, with
    financial consequences for employers. The cost of noncompliance is continuing to increase and it
    is more important than ever that companies ensure they are fully completing the Form I-9.
    In this session, you will learn:
    (1) Recommendations for fully completing the Form I-9;
    (2) The most frequent errors made in completing the Form I-9 and E-Verify process and how
    to avoid them;
    (3) How to complete an internal I-9 and E-Verify audit to help prevent future liability and
    protect the company;
    (4) How to respond to ICE investigations;
    (5) How to respond to IER investigations based on discrimination and E-Verify actions; and
    (6) What to avoid when using E-Verify to reduce the likelihood of an IER investigation;
    (7) How to avoid discrimination claims under the Immigration Reform and Control Act anti-
    discrimination provisions; and
    (8) Proper retention and storage of I-9 and E-Verify documentation.

    Heidi Nunn-Gilman Pic       

    Presented by:
    Heidi Nunn-Gilman, Gammage & Burnham

    Room: Sonoran Ballroom

    This session is pending for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP
    This session is pending for 1.0 general HRCI credit

    Speaker Bio:
    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Social Media and Emojis in the Workplace (Repeated)

    Technology is not the only thing that continues to evolve at an increasing rate; the variety of information being generated and means of communication are keeping pace. Social media and emoji are changing the way we communicate in the workplace. This session will discuss the risk and legal implications emoji and employee use of social media-including related recruiting issues and employee conduct on social media. We will also provide practical solutions for managing these challenges and discuss relevant case law, scenarios, and potential policies.

     Peters_Kristy_2_052213_webAndrea Lovell Pic   

    Presented by: 
    Kristy Peters, Littler
    Andrea Lovell, Littler

    Room: Black Canyon Ballroom

    This session is approved for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP
    This session is pending for 1.0 general HRCI credit



    Speaker Bio(s):
    1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM
    #MeToo Movement Update: Cutting Edge Techniques for Sexual Harassment Training and Awareness Effort

    The #MeToo movement of 2017 has required employers to closely examine their sexual harassment policies and training programs.  It is not enough to simply require employees to review an online training module and check a box when they are done.  Employers must be more proactive and vigilant about their training and awareness efforts in order to effectively combat and prevent harassment in the workplace.  This presentation will discuss several cutting edge techniques that employers are using to engage their employees and involve them in their overall sexual harassment prevention strategies.

    Melanie Pate  
         

    Presented by: 
    Melanie Pate, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

    Room: Boulder

    This session is approved for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP
    This session is pending for 1.0 general HRCI credit

    Speaker Bio:
    1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM
    Difficult Counseling, Terminations, and ADA and FMLA

    The Family and Medical Leave Act provides for job-protected leave and guarantee of return to
    work. The ADA requires reasonable accommodations and prohibits discrimination or adverse
    action against a qualified employee with a disability due to the disability. How does the
    employer walk the tightrope of counseling, disciplining, or discharging a person on or returning
    from FMLA or an employee with a disability without getting an EEOC charge? How does a
    company discipline or terminate employees who cannot perform required tasks, who are on leave
    or seeking accommodations that do not work for the company.
    In this session, you will learn:
    (1) Common FMLA and ADA pitfalls;
    (2) Performance issues and evaluation;
    (3) Reasonable accommodation analysis;
    (4) Disciplining employees with an injury or disability;
    (5) Terminating employees on leave;
    (6) Best practices and policies;
    (7) Legally defensible documentation.

    Julie Pace Pic David Selden Pic 
    Presented by: Julie Pace & David Selden
    Gammage & Burnham

    Room: Sonoran Ballroom

    This session is pending for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP
    This session is pending for 1.0 general HRCI credit

    Speaker Bio(s):
    1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM
    NLRB Updates for 2020

    During the past several months, the NLRB has issued a number of significant decisions reversing challenging rules established by the prior, union-friendly NLRB. This session will summarize the latest developments and will make predictions on new developments we anticipate in the months ahead. Topics will include: confidentiality during workplace investigations, including the interplay between the NLRB and EEOC; residual issues with drafting arbitration agreements after Epic Systems; employee access to employer email (and other communication systems); union access to company property; new guidance on drafting workplace policies; NLRA protections for employee profane conduct; and the state of the NLRB’s joint-employer test. We also will cover the new union election rules and explain why companies should not become complacent about union organizing.

    Justin Caresia PIc

    Presented by: Justin Caresia, Ogletree Deakins

    Room: Arizona

    This session is pending for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP
    This session is pending for 1.0 general HRCI credit

    Speaker Bio:
    1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM
    Off-Duty but on the Hook: Regulating Employee Conduct Outside of the Workplace

    An employee’s off-duty activities may negatively affect job performance or the company’s image, and employers are often forced to grapple with the issue of whether and to what extent they can or should regulate such behavior. This presentation will give employers a framework for how to respond when faced with concerns about employee alcohol and drug use (including medical marijuana), alleged unlawful behavior, moonlighting, fraternization, and other conduct that occurs outside of the workplace.

    Jeffrey Toppel Alexander Dattilo Pic 

    Presented by: Jeffrey Toppel & Alex Dattilo
    Jackson Lewis P.C.

    Room: Black Canyon Ballroom

    This session is pending for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP
    This session is pending for 1.0 general HRCI credit

    Speaker Bio(s):
    2:15 PM  -  3:15 PM
    #MeToo Movement Update: ... (Repeat)

    The #MeToo movement of 2017 has required employers to closely examine their sexual harassment policies and training programs.  It is not enough to simply require employees to review an online training module and check a box when they are done.  Employers must be more proactive and vigilant about their training and awareness efforts in order to effectively combat and prevent harassment in the workplace.  This presentation will discuss several cutting edge techniques that employers are using to engage their employees and involve them in their overall sexual harassment prevention strategies.

    Melanie Pate  
         

    Presented by: 
    Melanie Pate, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

    Room: Boulder

    This session is approved for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP
    This session is pending for 1.0 general HRCI credit

    Speaker Bio:
    2:15 PM  -  3:15 PM
    Difficult Counseling, Terminations, and ADA and FMLA (Repeat)

    The Family and Medical Leave Act provides for job-protected leave and guarantee of return to
    work. The ADA requires reasonable accommodations and prohibits discrimination or adverse
    action against a qualified employee with a disability due to the disability. How does the
    employer walk the tightrope of counseling, disciplining, or discharging a person on or returning
    from FMLA or an employee with a disability without getting an EEOC charge? How does a
    company discipline or terminate employees who cannot perform required tasks, who are on leave
    or seeking accommodations that do not work for the company.
    In this session, you will learn:
    (1) Common FMLA and ADA pitfalls;
    (2) Performance issues and evaluation;
    (3) Reasonable accommodation analysis;
    (4) Disciplining employees with an injury or disability;
    (5) Terminating employees on leave;
    (6) Best practices and policies;
    (7) Legally defensible documentation.

    Julie Pace Pic David Selden Pic

    Presented by: Julie Pace & David Selden
    Gammage & Burnham

    Room: Sonoran Ballroom

    This session is pending for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP
    This session is pending for 1.0 general HRCI credit

    Speaker Bio(s):
    2:15 PM  -  3:15 PM
    NLRB Updates for 2020 (Repeat)

    During the past several months, the NLRB has issued a number of significant decisions reversing challenging rules established by the prior, union-friendly NLRB. This session will summarize the latest developments and will make predictions on new developments we anticipate in the months ahead. Topics will include: confidentiality during workplace investigations, including the interplay between the NLRB and EEOC; residual issues with drafting arbitration agreements after Epic Systems; employee access to employer email (and other communication systems); union access to company property; new guidance on drafting workplace policies; NLRA protections for employee profane conduct; and the state of the NLRB’s joint-employer test. We also will cover the new union election rules and explain why companies should not become complacent about union organizing.

    Justin Caresia PIc

    Presented by: Justin Caresia, Ogletree Deakins

    Room: Arizona

    This session is pending for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP
    This session is pending for 1.0 general HRCI credit

    Speaker Bio:
    2:15 PM  -  3:15 PM
    Off-Duty but on the Hook: Regulating Employee Conduct Outside of the Workplace (Repeat)

    An employee’s off-duty activities may negatively affect job performance or the company’s image, and employers are often forced to grapple with the issue of whether and to what extent they can or should regulate such behavior. This presentation will give employers a framework for how to respond when faced with concerns about employee alcohol and drug use (including medical marijuana), alleged unlawful behavior, moonlighting, fraternization, and other conduct that occurs outside of the workplace.

    Jeffrey Toppel  Alexander Dattilo Pic 

    Presented by: Jeffrey Toppel & Alexander Dattilo, Jackson Lewis P.C.

    Room: Black Canyon Ballroom

    This session is pending for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP
    This session is pending for 1.0 general HRCI credit

    Speaker Bio(s):
    3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM
    Closing Keynote Presentation

    2020 Employment Law Update and Wacky Employment Cases of 2019

    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 2020 and beyond. By anticipating the direction of the current regulatory and legislative agenda, you can take proactive steps to weather this enforcement storm.


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

    This sessions is pending 1.25 general HRCI and SHRM credits

    Speaker Bio:
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