HR Update and Hot Topics (9/17/08)

August 15, 2008

Co-Sponsored By:
St. Lawrence Valley Human Resource Management Association

HRCI Recertification Credit:
Approval is pending for recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).

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

8:15 am - 10:00 am
Successfully Managing Leaves of Absence

  • Leaves of absence as a reasonable accommodation
  • Minimizing the impact of protracted leaves of absence
  • Recognizing FMLA issues and review of new FMLA Regulations


10:00 am - 10:15 am

10:15 am - 11:30 am
The Evolving Theory of Harassment: Are You Doing Everything You Can to Defend Against Harassment Claims?

  • Using policies and training to prevent harassment
  • Understanding the full range of harassment claims that can be brought against an employer
  • Workplace bullying


11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Update on 2008 Major Workplace Developments

  • New Legislation
  • New Court decisions


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

COLIN M. LEONARD is a graduate of Middlebury College (B.A., with honors, 1993) and the University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D., with honors, 2001), where he was a Member of the Connecticut Moot Court Board and served as Lead Articles Editor for the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal. Mr. Leonard clerked for the Hon. Flemming L. Norcott, Jr., Associate Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court.

Mr. Leonard concentrates his practice in Labor and Employment Law on behalf of private and public sector employers. He has counseled clients with respect to employment agreements, covenants not to compete, wage and hour law, collective bargaining issues and compliance with state and federal anti-discrimination laws.

Mr. Leonard is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut.

LARRY P. MALFITANO is a graduate of Cornell Universitys 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 has represented private and public sector 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, proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and federal and state equal employment opportunity agencies 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® 2008*.

Mr. Malfitano is a frequent speaker to employer and attorney groups and has published on a variety of labor and employment law topics. He is admitted to practice in New York, and before the Federal District Courts for the Northern and Western Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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