Labor and Employment Law Academy 2023

October 3, 2023; November 14, 2023

By: John M. Bagyi, Robert F. Manfredo, Michael D. Billok, and Paul J. Buehler III

Academy Overview

In today’s workplace, it is imperative to understand the far-reaching effects of employment laws and regulations that impact each and every business. Failure to do so may result in significant administrative fines or costly legal judgments. 

The Academy program is your one-stop solution. This program will provide participants with a comprehensive review of employment laws – from screening and hiring, to wage and hour issues, to performance management and terminations. 

Presented by recognized leaders in employment law and human resources, the Academy will focus on practical workplace applications that will prepare you to deal with the real-life issues you face every day.

Invaluable Information for:

  • Human resource professionals
  • Business owners
  • Those performing the human resource function, including executive directors, business, office and operations managers

Session One • October 3, 2023
Session Two • November 14, 2023

Albany Marriott • 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12205

Program Agenda
8 - 8:30 a.m.           Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 11:30 a.m.    Program

3.0 General HRCI Credits and 3.0 SHRM PDCs per session

Registration Fees Per Person:
Bond clients: $60/session; $100 in advance for both sessions
Non-clients: $75/session; $130 in advance for both sessions

Refunds will only be made for cancellations received no fewer than 5 business days before event. This seminar series is intended for the invited guests of Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC. Bond reserves the right to deny admission to any registrant.

To register as a Bond client, click here.
For non-clients, click here

Session One: October 3, 2023

Managing Performance, Addressing Misconduct and Terminating the Employment Relationship
Presented by: John M. Bagyi, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Leaders need to be able to manage under-performing employees, while motivating strong performers and maintaining positive employee relations. Unfortunately, managing performance is not something that comes naturally to many leaders. While discussing performance evaluations, performance improvement plans, warnings, and the importance of documentation, we will review mistakes employers commonly make and how to avoid similar mistakes. We will also examine how employee discipline and discharge are scrutinized by investigators, jurors, and other third parties, and how to bulletproof your processes to limit potential legal exposure.

Severance: You Already Know the Who – Here’s the What, When, Why and How
Presented by: Robert F. Manfredo, Esq.

When used appropriately, severance agreements can be a valuable tool for an organization to mitigate risk associated with an employee termination or reduction in force. However, these agreements are often drafted in ways that leave an organization vulnerable or miss critical legal issues. We will address key provisions to include in severance agreements, and what issues HR professionals should be thinking about before presenting the agreement to an employee. We will also cover the impact of the NLRB’s recent decision on the use of confidentiality and non-disparagement clauses in severance agreements. 

Session Two • November 14, 2023

FMLA, PFL, PSL, ADA, TMI – Making Sense of Alphabet Soup Leave Laws
Presented by: Michael D. Billok, Esq.

Family and Medical Leave. New York Paid Family Leave. New York Paid Sick Leave. Time off for accommodations. It’s enough to make your head spin. We will review how employees can qualify for each type of leave, what each type of leave entails and most importantly, how these leaves relate to each other and overlap (or not)—so the next time an employee asks for time off to care for their father’s brother’s nephew’s cousin’s former roommate, you’ll be ready. 

Hiring in 2023 – It Hasn’t Gotten Any Easier
Presented by: Paul J. Buehler, III, Esq.

In recent years, employers have focused on ensuring non-discrimination in hiring: avoiding certain interview questions and trying not to learn too much about applicants. That is excellent…but, unfortunately, there is still more to be done. Do applicants need to consent to a background check? Should I publish a salary range? What goes in a job description? Should new hires complete a probationary period? Can I require a medical examination? Can I test applicants for drugs? If you have considered any of these questions or want to learn some hiring pitfalls to avoid, this session is for you.


This event is intended for the invited guests of Bond, Schoeneck & King. Bond reserves the right to deny admission to any registrant.