Labor and Employment Law Academy Albany 2017

September 11, 2017

By: John M. Bagyi, Michael D. Billok, and Robert F. Manfredo

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

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.

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

Albany Marriott, 89 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12205

Session One: September 12, 2017

Auditing HR Practices and Procedures to Limit Legal Exposure
Presented by John M. Bagyi, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Given the competing demands human resource professionals are subject to on a daily basis, it is easy to neglect to review internal processes and systems to ensure employment practices are legally compliant. However, periodically auditing practices and procedures is essential to identify potential liability and incorporate best practices. In this presentation, John will discuss how to conduct an HR audit and what to look for with regard to hiring, wage and hour, EEO and labor relations practices.

Unique and Challenging ADA Accommodation Issues
Presented by Robert F. Manfredo, Esq.

When it comes to providing accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, most employers are familiar with what to do when an employee requests a simple or routine accommodation. Compliance becomes more challenging when an employee asks for a less common accommodation, or if the issue is related to substance abuse. This presentation will address these less common accommodation requests and challenging issues that arise under the ADA, including fragrance sensitivity and irritant-free environments, parking spaces and commuting assistance, drug and alcohol concerns, including medical marijuana, repeated requests for leave, and disciplining employees who misuse leave.

Session Two: October 10, 2017

Managing Performance, Addressing Misconduct and Terminating the Employment Relationship – The Right Way to Do It
Presented by John M. Bagyi, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP

This entire session of the Academy program will be devoted to performance management and progressive discipline from the introductory period through termination of employment. Through a discussion of best practices and common pitfalls, John will explore the difference between managing and evaluating performance, how to prepare and deliver effective performance evaluations, and the appropriate use of performance improvement plans. Recognizing that efforts to address performance and conduct concerns will not always be successful, John will also address how to make and implement the decision to terminate, while limiting legal exposure.
This session will consist of one topic, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Session Three: November 28, 2017

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy: What Employers Need to Know
Presented by Michael D. Billok, Esq., CIPP-US

The unfortunate side effect of endless news stories about website and data breaches is that it tends to become background noise and invite complacency, when employers should be ever more aware of their obligations of protecting employees’ data—as well as protecting their company or organization’s data from negligent or rogue employees. This presentation will outline employers’ responsibilities when it comes to cybersecurity and data privacy, and what employers can do to minimize the chance of, and be ready for, data breaches.

Ask This, Not That: Best Practices for Screening and Hiring Job Applicants
Presented by Megan M. Collelo, Esq.

Finding the right candidate to fill a position can be an onerous task; ensuring compliance with anti-discrimination laws during the hiring process can be just as burdensome. The failure to observe best practices when conducting interviews, requesting or utilizing background checks, and searching social media can subject employers to legal liability even if the applicant is never hired. This presentation will provide employers with the information necessary to prevent such violations, along with guidance to ensure selection of the best potential employee.

Registration Fees Per Person
Bond Clients: $50; $130 in advance for all three sessions

Non-Clients: $60; $160 in advance for all three 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.


3.0 General HRCI Credits
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Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for 3.0 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit