Tech Valley Labor & Employment Law Academy: Employee Handbooks / ERISA (6/10/09)

October 8, 2008


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

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Everything You Need to Know About Employee Handbooks
Sanjeeve K. DeSoyza, Esq.
Employee handbooks -- do you need one? Does yours comply with applicable state and federal laws? This presentation will address those questions, as well as many others concerning employee handbooks -- a document vital to avoiding liability for employment decisions. You will also learn why all employers should have an employee handbook, how to avoid creating an employment contract when issuing an employee handbook, what topics should be addressed in handbooks, and what recent legal developments may require you to update your existing employee handbook.

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
The Building Blocks of Benefits Knowledge: ERISA Essentials
Amelia (Amy) M. Klein, Esq.
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is a cornerstone in the legal structure of employee benefits. In this session, you will learn what benefits are covered by ERISA, and the information that must be provided by the employer to employees and governmental agencies. We will also explore the rights given to employees under this protective statute.