HR Update and Hot Topics (10/13/10)

September 17, 2010


Co-Sponsored By:
St. Lawrence Valley Human Resource Management Association and Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

HRCI Recertification Credit:
This program has been submitted to the HR Certification Institute.

8:00 am - 8:15 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15 am - 10:00 am
Update on Recent Workplace Legal Developments
- New Legislation
- New Court Decisions
- Federal and State Enforcement Initiatives

10:00 am - 10:15 am

10:15 am - 11:30 am
Social Media: A New Tool and Potential Minefield for Employers
- Using Social Networking to Screen Applicants and Avoid Litigation
- Legal Pitfalls to Avoid in Monitoring and Managing Employee Use of Social Media
- Social Media Policy Issues

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
When and How to Contest an Unemployment Claim
- Overview of Unemployment Insurance Claims Process
- What Does and Does Not Disqualify an Employee
- Best Practices Regarding the Handling of Claims

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Networking Lunch and Chapter President's Report

THOMAS G. ERON is a graduate of Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations (B.S., 1982) and the University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1987), where he was awarded the Order of the Coif.

Mr. Eron represents private and public sector management in labor relations, employment law, and immigration matters. His practice includes employment litigation before the EEOC, the New York Human Rights Division, and in state and federal court, collective bargaining negotiations, strikes and picketing, labor arbitrations, NLRB proceedings, labor audits, workplace investigations, employment law counseling, training, and litigation avoidance for human resource executives and general counsel. Mr. Eron advises employers on harassment, disability law and FMLA compliance, and counsels public sector clients on Civil Service Law matters. He also represents employers with respect to their participation in multi-employer benefit plans, including delinquent contribution actions and MPPAA withdrawal liability disputes.

Mr. Eron serves as the Chair of the firm's Immigration Law Practice Group, and represents management in the employment and retention of foreign national employees. His Immigration practice focuses on employment-based applications and petitions (particularly non-immigrant work visas and permanent residency), and related labor condition and certification applications for employers with foreign national employees working in the United States. Mr. Eron counsels human resource managers on employment authorization and I-9 compliance issues and Social Security no-match investigations. He represents employers facing audits and enforcement actions by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the Department of Justice. Mr. Eron is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2011 and New York Super Lawyers 2010®.

LARRY P. MALFITANO is a graduate of Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations (B.S., 1978) and the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law (J.D., 1981), where he served as Executive Editor of the Buffalo Law Review (1980-81).

Mr. Malfitano is Chair of the firm's Labor and Employment Law Practice. He has represented employers in labor and employment law matters for more than 25 years. His extensive experience includes employment litigation in Federal and State courts, collective bargaining, arbitration, labor relations counseling, supervisor training, wage and hour issues, alternate dispute resolution techniques, affirmative action plan preparation and audits, union organizing campaigns, strike and picketing preparation and response, proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and Federal and State equal employment opportunity agencies, executive compensation advice and support, and advising employers on the full range of labor and employment law issues. His practice also includes preparation and negotiation of separation packages, as well as advising and litigating contractual issues involving employment agreements and non-compete agreements. Mr. Malfitano is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2011 and New York Super Lawyers 2010®.

Mr. Malfitano is a frequent speaker to employer and attorney groups and has published on a variety of labor and employment law topics.

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