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Know Human Resource Best Practices to Ensure Employer Compliance and Mitigate Potential Liabilities
The success or failure of a business is directly linked to the employees, and it's crucial that human resource personnel legally manage labor and employment policies, documents and employee procedures to ensure compliance with federal and state laws. The regulatory landscape of employment law is constantly evolving; this program will swiftly get you up to date on handbook must-haves, wage and hour requirements, employee leave policies, and hot-button issues related to social media usage and employee monitoring. Don't rely on outdated information; utilize the latest best practices that not only protect employers from costly litigation and penalties but also effectively manage employees - register today!
Know what a handbook should and shouldn't contain by exploring the advantages and pitfalls of various policies.
Avoid inadvertent FLSA violations by properly classifying exempt and non-exempt employees.
Confidently navigate the intersections of FMLA, the ADA and state workers' compensation laws.
Be able to appropriately accommodate a disabled employee and know what sort of laws protect against discrimination.
Review hot-button issues related to social media and employee monitoring - know if and when you are violating employee privacy rights.
Properly execute performance reviews and know how to utilize them during a wrongful termination case.
Identify best practices for drafting and negotiating settlement agreements during employment disputes.
FMLA, ADA and Workers' Compensation: Managing Leave of Absence Issues 9:00 - 9:50, Christie L. Swick
Family and Medical Leave Laws
FMLA and Other Laws You Need to Know
Covered Employers and Eligible Employees
Special Considerations for Intermittent Leave
Qualifying Reasons for Leave
Notice of Obligations
Reinstatement and Other Employee Rights
The ADAAA and Other Laws You Need to Know
How to Interpret "Disability"
Shifting the Burden to the Employer
Appropriately Handling Accommodation Requests
Workers' Compensation Programs
Workers' Compensation Claim Forms
Temporary vs. Permanent Total Disability Benefits
Establishing Return to Work Programs
Navigating the Intersections of FMLA, ADA and Workers' Compensation
Dealing With the Troubled/Troubling Employee 10:05 - 10:55,
Christi L. Swick
Evaluating Employee Performance
Employee Discipline Plan and Proper Documentation
Legal vs. Illegal Reasons for Termination
Retaliation Claims and Employee Discipline
Negotiating Severance Packages and Separation Pay
Compliance Exit Interviews: Documents and Disclaimers
Drafting Must-Have Policies for Today's Handbooks 10:55 - 11:45,
Rex P. Fennessey
Why Employee Handbooks and Policies are Important
Complying with the NLRB's Newest Requirements
When and How Often to Update Handbooks
Examples and Drafting Tips for Safeguarding Against Liability
Employee Disciplinary Procedures
Social Media and Computer Use
Drug Use and Drug Testing
Employee Confidentiality and Privacy
Sexual Harassment and Workplace Bullying
Appropriately Formatting, Organizing and Distributing Handbooks
Avoiding Wage and Hour Violations 12:45 - 1:35, Brian O'Neal
Wage and Hour Updates: Understanding Critical Essentials
State Wage and Hour Statutes
The Fair Labor Standards Act
Properly Identifying Exempt vs. Non-Exempt Employees
Calculating Overtime, Unpaid Overtime and Pre-Work Time
Reducing "Off-the-Clock" Exposures
Independent Contractor Classifications
Department of Labor (DOL) Enforcement Initiatives
Case Law Update
Monitoring Employees: Privacy Issues and Employer Risks 1:35 - 2:25,
Using Social Media in the Hiring Process
Searching Desks, Smartphones, Lockers, Vehicles, Equipment, etc.
Monitoring Employee Communications: Calls, E-mail and Internet Use
Dress Code/Personal Appearance - What Can You Regulate?
Drug and Alcohol Testing
Workplace Violence - Preventing and Protecting
Off-Duty Behavior and Activities
Ethical Issues in Employment Law 2:40 - 3:40,
David O. Kreuter
Key Rules of Professional Conduct
Identifying and Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
Utilizing Alternative Dispute Resolution Tactics in Employment Matters 3:40 - 4:30,
Patrick M. Sanders