Tech Valley Labor & Employment Law Academy: Legal Issues Related to Sick, Injured & Disabled Employees / Performance Management (9/29/09)

June 4, 2009

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.
You'll Be Out For HOW Long? How to Appropriately Respond to an Employee's Request for a Protected Leave of Absence
Sarah Delaney Vero, Esq.

Invariably, every employer must cope with employee absences due to illness, injury, disability or military service. When a request for such a leave of absence comes to you, are you equipped to appropriately respond? Through a discussion of the evolving requirements of the ADA, the FMLA, USERRA and related state laws, participants will learn when leave is protected, a step-by-step approach for responding to a request for protected leave, and how to meet all legal obligations while avoiding common mistakes.

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
Managing Employee Performance -- From Coaching to Terminations
John M. Bagyi, Esq., SPHR

As challenges to employment decisions continue to grow, this session will provide participants with the tools needed to manage employee performance, maintain positive employee relations, and successfully defend employment decisions, regardless of the challenge. Through a review of mistakes employers commonly make, participants will gain insight into how employee discipline and discharge are scrutinized by jurors, administrative judges, and other third parties, and will learn how to avoid making similar mistakes that adversely affect employee relations and could result in legal liability.