31st Annual Employment Law Update

July 16, 2015

The reality of employment law is that it can be multifaceted, complex and difficult to understand. Being a reality TV star when it comes to the laws that govern the workplace requires employers to be on top of ever-changing state and federal employment laws. For 31 years, the Kaufman & Canoles Employment Law Team has been educating employers and making complicated issues simple to help employers deal with the realities of employment law. Keeping with tradition, this year’s seminar will feature speakers from relevant employment agencies and highlight current hot topics. In addition, the very popular Answer Booth will be open as part of our guarantee to answer any and all employment law questions attendees may have. Earn 6 credit hours toward PHR and SPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and 4 PDCs toward SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Don't forget to ask for your prior attendee discount!


8:30 - 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:35 Opening Session
Attendees will meet for opening remarks and an overview of the day’s schedule. In addition, problem employee Antoine Merriweather is back and as usual is bothering his employer, this time with his use of social media both on and off the job.

Attendees may select two morning sessions and two afternoon sessions (materials on all workshops will be provided to each attendee).

9:45 - 10:45 and 11:00 - 12:00 Attendees may select two of the workshops listed below:

Employment Law 101
This workshop will provide essential information on basic employment laws applicable to employers. Presented as an expanded Q&A session, attendees will learn legal and practical ways for employers to avoid potential liability.
John M. Bredehoft
John Di Dio, Former Norfolk Area Director, EEOC

Hot Topics in Employee Benefits
Obamacare, changes to COBRA, and treatment of same-gender spouses have all contributed to an extreme makeover of the way in which employers provide benefits. This session will provide the latest developments in these and other employee benefits areas. All benefits questions will be welcomed and answered.
Robert Q. Johnson
John M. Peterson

Interviewing & Hiring
Practical do’s and don'ts will be stressed with a focus on avoiding discrimination claims in the hiring process and reducing the risk of violence in the workplace. This session will also stress important documentation and communication strategies to be used during the interviewing process.
Laura Geringer Gross

ADA in a Changing Environment
This session will address current and future requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This presentation should demystify the legal jargon with a focus on practical compliance issues.
Daron Calhoun, Richmond Director, EEOC
Randy C. Sparks, Jr.

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch
Attendees will enjoy lunch followed by an entertaining “reality” skit: Antoine Merriweather may have pushed his employer too far this time. He will meet with his boss to discuss what disciplinary action might be coming down the pike. Then, David R. Simonsen, Jr., an attorney who specializes in suing employers, will provide a candid view of what a savvy employee’s lawyer looks for in deciding whether to sue a company.

1:40 - 2:40 and 2:55 - 3:55 Attendees may select two of the workshops listed below:

Wage-Hour Compliance
The goal of this session is to reduce the fear and expense of a DOL wage-hour audit. Proper pay practices will be emphasized to avoid liability for pay practices and all payment of wage legal concerns will be discussed.
Patricia A. Slate, Former Regional Enforcement Coordinator, DOL Wage-Hour Division
Burt H. Whitt

Workplace Harassment Today
This session will emphasize recent developments in harassment law with a particular focus on social media in the workplace. Presenters will also give tips on detecting, addressing and preventing concerns before they mature into litigation.
Laura Geringer Gross 
Daron Calhoun, Richmond Director, EEOC

Employee Handbooks
This how-to workshop on drafting and updating handbooks and policies will emphasize which policies are required and which are strongly recommended.
Robert J. Barry

Real Outrageous Employment Law Cases
They may be funny or they may be horrific, but they are all real! Some of the most outrageous employment cases in recent years will be discussed along with practical tips on how to avoid being tomorrow’s headline.
John M. Bredehoft
Randy C. Sparks, Jr.

4:00 - 4:30 Closing Session
Attendees will meet for a wrap-up on the day’s activities and together we’ll weigh whether or not Antoine Merriweather has overstepped his bounds and received appropriate discipline or whether he has a valid claim against his employer. Richmond EEOC Director, Daron Calhoun, will provide some final tips for attendees to avoid potential discrimination liability.

This program has been pre-approved for 6 credit hours toward PHR and SPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information, visit www.hrci.org.


July 16, 2015
Hampton Roads Convention Center
1610 Coliseum Dr, Hampton, VA

Cost for the program is $365 for the first registrant for each company and $345 for each additional registrant. The deadline to register for the seminar is one week prior to the respective seminar date. A refund will be given for cancellations received one week prior to the seminar.

In addition to the traditional binder, we offer all seminar materials on a USB flash drive. Please select the option you prefer when registering and you will receive materials in the requested format at check-in. We will also have materials available for download the day of the event for tablet users.

All attendees will receive their confirmation materials, invoice, and directions 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. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea King at adking@kaufcan.com or (757) 624.3232.