Tech Valley Labor & Employment Law Academy: Workplace Investigations / Labor Relations (11/19/09)

June 3, 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.
A Roadmap for Conducting Legal And Effective Workplace Investigations: Steering Clear of the Pitfalls
Sarah Delaney Vero, Esq.

In today's workplace, investigations into workplace harassment, theft and other forms of employee misconduct are commonplace. This presentation will discuss how to effectively and legally conduct workplace investigations by addressing difficult issues including, where to start an investigation, who should be interviewed, how to handle a difficult witness or one who refuses to participate, and the rights of employees during investigatory interviews. This presentation will address these and other difficult issues and will give you the tools you need to conduct workplace investigations.

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
Labor Relations -- What You Need to Know, Before It's Too Late
John M. Bagyi, Esq., SPHR

Difficult economic times often result in uncertainty in the workplace - uncertainty that can be seized upon by labor organizations searching for new members. This session will address how to create and maintain a union-free culture, the early warning signs of organizing activity, appropriate and inappropriate responses to such activity, the campaign and election process, and how collective bargaining works.