27th Annual Employment Law Update

July 14, 2011

Recent legal developments have created the 'perfect storm' of employment law risk for employers. Recognizing that companies have tough decisions to make, Kaufman & Canoles has designed an all new program to help employers 'weather' this growing employment law storm. Featuring the latest on the impact of health care reform, a number of timely topics will be presented. Attendees will also gain valuable experience witnessing a mock trial and deciding the fate of a litigious employee. Written materials with essential information on all topics will be provided to each attendee.

This program has been approved for 6 credit hours toward PHR and SPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).


8:30 - 9:00 - Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:35 - Opening Statements
An overview of the day’s line-up and the opening statements of our mock trial. One of our all-time favorite characters, a problem employee who is an employer’s worst nightmare, will participate as the plaintiff. Attendees will observe and determine the final verdict at the end of the day.

9:50 - 10:50 and 11:05 - 12:05 Attendees may select two of the workshops listed below:

'The Calm Before the Storm'
Impact of Health Care Reform on the Workplace

John M. Bredehoft 
Shad C. Fagerland 
Highly-publicized employer mandates will be phased in over the next several years, but the newspapers may have missed some provisions critical to human resources professionals. This presentation will discuss key aspects of the Health Reform Act, with particular attention to actions that employers must take in the near term to comply with the new regime.

'Meteorology 101'
Employment Law Overview
Robert J. Barry
Anna Richardson Smith
Michael B. Steele 
This session will provide an overview of basic employment laws and insight into recent changes to state and federal employment laws, along with guidance as to how those laws are enforced. Practical advice on avoiding liability will be highlighted.

'The Eye of the Storm'
Investigating Employee Misconduct
John S. Di Dio, Former Norfolk Area Director, EEOC
David J. Sullivan
Our speakers will provide attendees with practical guidance on steps employers should take when investigating all forms of employee misconduct, including workplace harassment. A variety of tools available to employers, from criminal background checks to use of the internet, will be discussed.

'Every Cloud has a Silver Lining'
Personnel Files and Record Retention
Laura Geringer Gross
Mark E. Warmbier 
This workshop will include practical guidance on the requirements concerning who can access personnel files, requirements for retention of employment and payroll documents, HIPAA requirements, and how to deal with subpoenas of employee records. Employee rights to access records and appropriate employer policies regarding employee records will also be discussed.

12:20 - 1:35 - Lunch - Cross Examination
Attendees will hear a judge rule on evidence in our mock trial and will have a chance to play our employment law trivia game.

1:50 - 2:50 and 3:05 - 4:05 Attendees may select two of the workshops listed below:

'When It Rains, It Pours'
K&C Discipline and Discharge Clinic
John M. Bredehoft
Daniel F. Basnight
John S. Di Dio, Former Norfolk Area Director, EEOC
Attendees will be provided practical guidance on how to properly discipline/discharge employees. All aspects of progressive discipline and the termination process will be discussed. Attendees’ specific questions are encouraged.

'Come Rain or Shine'
Dealing with Problem Absenteeism - ADA, FMLA, and Workers’ Compensation
Laura Geringer Gross
David J. Sullivan
Practical guidance to help employers handle problem absenteeism. Effective policies regarding time off for a variety of health-related reasons will be discussed, including how to deal with the 'Bermuda Triangle' of absenteeism — ADA, FMLA, and Workers’ Compensation.

'The End of the Rainbow'
Mediation, Severance, and Release Strategies
Irma Dillard, Mediator, EEOC
Burt H. Whitt 
Mediation options (including the EEOC Mediation Program) and other alternatives to costly and time-consuming litigation will be presented in this workshop. Other options designed to avoid litigation expenses, such as internal grievance procedures and severance agreements/releases, will also be discussed.

'Safe Harbor'
Effective Self Audits
Robert J. Barry 
Anna Richardson Smith 
This interactive presentation will help attendees assess risk and avoid employment claims that can blow any employer off course. The speakers will demonstrate how a comprehensive self audit of your employment law compliance will help you steer clear of troublesome employment law storms.

4:05 - 4:45 - Closing Arguments
Attendees will meet for a wrap-up of the day’s activities, hear closing arguments and reveal the verdict of our mock trial. The K&C Employment Team will be available to answer any questions.

Registration Information

Cost for the program is $325 for the first registrant for each company and $305 for each additional registrant. The deadline to register for each seminar is one week prior to the respective seminar date. A refund will be given for cancellations received one week prior to the seminar.

All attendees will receive their confirmation materials, invoice, directions and parking pass in the mail after registration. To pay by credit card, please call the number below. Please note we accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover cards only.

To register click the link below.