Labor and Employment Law Academy 2012

November 28, 2012

By: John M. Bagyi, Michael D. Billok, and Sanjeeve K. DeSoyza

Invaluable Information For:
- Human Resource Professionals
- Business Owners
- Those Performing the Human Resource Function, including Executive Directors, Business, Office and Operations Managers, and Others

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.

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

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

September 27, 2012
Don't Get Caught Napping! Strategies for Remaining Union-Free In A Rapidly Evolving Labor Relations Environment
Presented by Sanjeeve K. DeSoyza, Esq. 

Backed by a pro-labor administration and newly-enacted "speedy election" rules, private sector unions are looking to reverse decades of declining membership rates. Now more than ever, employers must be pro-active, recognizing organizing campaigns early and delivering an effective counter-message that resonates with employees. This program will cover the unionization process, critical management training, avoidable pitfalls, and other best practices to lawfully keep unions at bay.

Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation: Practical Steps to Avoid Liability
Presented by John M. Bagyi, Esq., SPHR

Discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims are an ever present threat to employers, but the nature of this threat has evolved significantly in recent years. This session will address these recent trends as well as recent developments in discrimination, harassment and retaliation, in addition to practical guidance on how to limit your exposure to such claims by developing appropriate policies, implementing an effective training program, and responding appropriately to internal complaints.

October 25, 2012
Effectively Handling Concerns Associated with Sick, Injured and Disabled Employees

Presented by John M. Bagyi, Esq., SPHR
By popular demand, this entire session of the Academy program will be devoted to legal issues associated with sick, injured and disabled employees. Through a discussion of real world scenarios, participants will learn how to weave their way through the complex web of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. The session will tackle the sometimes conflicting obligations these laws impose on employers as well as some of the more challenging issues employers must be prepared to tackle, including employees who obstruct the interactive process, requests for medical documentation, lengthy leaves of absence, drug and alcohol related concerns, and disciplining employees protected by the ADA/NYHRL/FMLA.

November 29, 2012
An Ounce of Prevention: Best Practices for Screening and Hiring Job Applicants

Presented by Michael D. Billok, Esq.
When was the last time that an applicant told you during an interview that she had stolen thousands of dollars from her most recent employer? Or that an applicant told you that his resume was filled with fabrications? If you knew these facts, they likely would influence your hiring decision, yet the odds are slim that an applicant would volunteer them during a job interview. This presentation will offer practical guidance on what steps employers can take to ensure they make hiring decisions that screen out employees with troublesome records, while complying with laws regarding discrimination, background checks, and the use of social media.

COBRA: Basics and Beyond
Presented by Amelia M. Klein, Esq.
Do you feel a bit uneasy when you deal with COBRA questions? In this session we will discuss what notices are due and when are they due; notice content requirements; how to you handle non-payment; length of coverage and extensions; the interaction between young adult coverage and cessation of dependent status; and as many of your questions as we can fit in!