Labor and Employment Law Academy Rochester 2016

September 21, 2016

By: Bethany A. Centrone, James Holahan, Katherine S. McClung, and Patrick V. Melfi

Invaluable Information For

  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Business Owners
  • Those Performing the Human Resource Function, including Executive Directors, Business, Office and Operations Managers

Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, 350 Linden Oaks, Third Floor, Rochester, NY 14625

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

Session One: September 22

Practical Tips on Successfully Handling Unemployment Claims
Presented by Bethany A. Centrone, Esq. and James Holahan, Esq.

An employer’s dealings with difficult employees do not always end when the employee is terminated. Regardless of how sound the reasoning for termination, employees commonly seek unemployment benefits and employers often find themselves sitting across the table from the former employee at an unemployment hearing. This presentation will provide practical tips on what employers can do pre-termination to better position them to prevail when a former employee seeks unemployment benefits, as well as an overview of the unemployment process, from the questionnaire to the appeal. It will also provide strategies employers can use to protest unemployment benefit claims, including what administrative law judges look for during a hearing.

Why Your Employee Handbook is in Need of Work and How to Go About Fixing It
Presented by Bethany A. Centrone, Esq. and James Holahan, Esq.

Employee handbooks are a great resource for both employers and employees - but they must be drafted correctly and updated regularly. This session will discuss what employee handbooks should and should not contain, recent legal developments (including several from the NLRB) that likely necessitate you update your handbook, issues related to maintaining your handbook in electronic form, as well as a detailed discussion of key handbook sections including those addressing discrimination, harassment and retaliation, the FMLA, technology use and monitoring, and drugs and alcohol.

Session Two: October 6

How to Limit Wage and Hour Liability
Presented by James Holahan, Esq. and Katherine S. McClung, Esq.

Fair Labor Standards Act violations have increased 438% since 2000, resulting in billions of dollars of employer liability for penalties and owed wages. This entire session will be devoted to this ever-present and growing threat and how employers can avoid wage and hour liability by implementing sound wage and hour practices. This session will discuss concerns employers routinely struggle with and provide practical guidance on properly classifying positions, overtime, preliminary, postliminary and remote work, travel time, breaks and meal periods, deductions from wages, and commissions, bonuses and incentive compensation, as well as timekeeping practices and record keeping obligations.
This session will consist of one topic, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Session Three: November 10, 2016

OSHA Has Been Busy Lately -- Are You Prepared?
Presented by Patrick V. Melfi, Esq.

In the past several years, OSHA has issued rules and guidance documents of which many employers are unaware, from changing the requirements of when injuries must be reported immediately, to workplace violence, and to restroom access for transgender employees. In addition, a little-known provision in last year’s budget act allows OSHA to radically increase the penalty amounts it may assess when issuing citations. This presentation will review these changes from the past several years, and provide employers practical tips on how to proceed during an OSHA inspection.

Are You on Top of the Many Changes Brought on by Obama’s NLRB?
Presented by James C. Holahan, Esq.

Over the last several years, the National Labor Relations Board has greatly expanded its reach into the private sector workplace…and not just for unionized employers. As the changing of the guard at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue fast approaches, this session will focus on some of the most significant decisions and rules issued by the union-friendly Obama Board -- including protected activity on social media, quickie election rules, use of company email for union solicitation, and a much broader joint employer standard -- as well as offer tips and strategies for maintaining compliance into the future. 

Registration Fees

Bond Clients: $25 per session; 10% discount for all sessions
Other Invitees: $30 per session; 10% discount for all sessions

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

Refunds will only be made for cancellations received no fewer than 5 business days before event.


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. Each program is valid for 3.0 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.