Tech Valley Labor & Employment Law Academy: OSHA Basics / Couch Potato? Smoker? You're Fired! (10/20/10)

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.
OSHA Basics: What Employers Need to Know Before an OSHA Inspection
Michael D. Billok, Esq.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has dramatically increased enforcement in the past two years, resulting in more workplace inspections and larger monetary penalties, both nationally and locally. This presentation will introduce employers to OSHA and the workplace safety regulations that OSHA enforces, as well as provide them with a step-by-step guide of what steps to take in the event of an OSHA inspection.

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
Couch Potato? Smoker? You're Fired!
Sarah Delaney Vero, Esq.

The promise of lower health care costs and increased employee attendance and productivity has led to a dramatic increase in employers seeking to address employees' lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise, and consumption of alcohol and tobacco products. What type of information may be collected from employees? How can an employer use the information it receives? This presentation will answer these questions and instruct employers how to avoid liability while encouraging healthy lifestyles.