Workplace 2015 Downstate

May 13, 2015

Statewide Labor, Employment & HR Conference

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 human resource decisions and comply with regulatory requirements. Mindful of this need, we have developed a full-day agenda covering a range of topics. So you can hear about what interests you most, you will have a choice of breakout sessions to choose from. This annual conference is well attended and highly regarded – join us this year.

Agenda

7:45 – 8:15 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15 – 8:30 a.m. Introduction and Welcoming Remarks

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Employment Law Update – What You Need to Know
- Overview of significant court decisions and regulatory developments
- Hot topics for 2015 and beyond

9:45 – 10 a.m. Break

10 – 11:15 a.m.
Preparing for the DOL’s New Exemption Regulations – Compliance and Reclassification Strategies
- Analysis of likely changes to white collar exemption rules
- Tips for reviewing employee classifications
- Strategies to limit misclassification exposure

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Breakout Session 1 (Choose one)

Best Practices for Managing Employee Terminations
- Understanding the at-will and just cause standards
- Legal requirements for terminating employees
- Navigating unemployment insurance procedures

FMLA & ADA: Beyond the Basics
- Interplay of the FMLA and ADA on light duty programs and job transfers
- Obtaining information about employee disabilities and serious health conditions
- Differences in employee reinstatement rights under the FMLA and ADA

Union Shop or Not – The Rules are Changing (and Not in Your Favor!)
- Discussion of the NLRB’s “ambush election” rules
- Expansion of employees’ right to use e-mail systems for union activities
- Future NLRB initiatives

12:45 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Breakout Session 2 (Choose one)

Best Practices for Managing Employee Terminations
- Understanding the at-will and just cause standards
- Legal requirements for terminating employees
- Navigating unemployment insurance procedures

Employee Handbooks – Choose Your Words Wisely
- How to develop policies to withstand governmental scrutiny
- What to include (and not include) in your employee handbook
- Must-have policies to help protect your company from legal risk

Living with the Affordable Care Act – Traps for the Unwary and Preparing for the Employer Mandate Reporting Rules
- How to identify and avoid common problems under the ACA
- What employers should be doing to get ready for the employer mandate reporting requirements

2:45 – 3 p.m. Break

3 – 4:15 p.m. The Bond Players Present

You will be prompted to select your two Breakout Sessions during the registration process.

Registration Fees
Bond Clients, NHRA and SHRM Members: $175 per person
Other Invitees: $200 per person
10% discount for each additional registration

HRCI Recertification Credit
This program has been submitted to the HR Certification Institute.

This event is intended for the invited guests of Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, who reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant.