Workplace 2008 Downstate (June 2008)

March 25, 2008

The legal and practical issues that employers face have become increasingly complex. Employers need to know the steps they can take to avoid, or at least minimize, the liability associated with their employment decisions. Mindful of this need, we have developed an agenda covering a range of topics designed to assist employers with their risk management efforts.

PHR and SPHR Credit
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8:15 - 8:45
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 - 9:00
Introduction and Welcoming Remarks

9:00 - 9:30
Update on Major Workplace Developments

9:30 - 10:45
Successfully Managing Leaves of Absence

  • Leaves of absence as a reasonable accommodation
  • Minimizing the impact of protracted leaves of absence
  • Recognizing FMLA issues and review of proposed FMLA regulations


10:45 - 11:00

11:00 - 12:00
Breakout Session A (Choose one)

Conducting a Human Resources Audit

  • How to conduct a human resources audit without creating harmful documentation
  • Review of workplace laws unique to New York State
  • Review of handbooks and policies


All Good Things Must Come To An End: Knowing How and When to Terminate Employee Benefits

  • Terminations, leaves of absence, strikes, and layoffs
  • Negotiating separation agreements
  • FMLA and USERRA issues
  • Required labor law notices
  • Related employee benefits issues


12:00 - 12:15

12:15 - 1:15
Breakout Session B (Choose one)

Recent Developments in the Electronic Workplace

  • Privacy rights and employees' use of computers
  • How to respond to an employee's inappropriate use of computer systems
  • Employer's obligations concerning the retention of electronic data


The Evolving Theory of Harassment: Are You Doing Everything You Can To Defend Against Harassment Claims?

  • Using policies and training to prevent harassment
  • Understanding the full range of harassment claims that can be brought against an employer
  • Workplace bullying


1:15 - 2:15
Luncheon Program: Legal Jeopardy

  • Quiz game addressing a variety of human resources issues