Tech Valley Labor & Employment Law Academy: Handling Unemployment Claims / Employee or Not an Employee? (9/22/10)

May 14, 2010

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

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

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
When and How to Contest an Unemployment Claim
John M. Bagyi, Esq., SPHR

Every employer experiences employee turnover and employee turnover can be costly when unemployment benefits are awarded. While the cost may not be felt right away, an experience rating increase will lead to greater expense. This presentation will provide an overview of the unemployment process and what does and does not disqualify an employee from receiving benefits, as well as practical advice on how to handle claims -- from completing forms to handling the hearing.

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
Employee or Not an Employee? That is the Question.
Sanjeeve K. DeSoyza, Esq.

Federal and state authorities have launched aggressive new efforts aimed at cracking down on employee misclassification. Are you at risk? This presentation will address common employer missteps, including misclassifying employees as exempt, as independent contractors, or as interns or volunteers; current legislative trends and enforcement efforts; applicable legal standards for employee classification as well as the consequences of misclassification. With practical advice on how to avoid misclassification, attendees will leave this program better equipped to successfully navigate these complex, turbulent waters.