Category Archives: complimentary webinar

Save the Date! Complimentary Webcast April 29: NEW Illinois Law Prohibiting Use of Criminal Convictions: An Employer’s Guide

Effective March 23, 2021, new Illinois law generally prohibits the use of criminal convictions in employment decisions and creates additional new hurdles for employers who decide to rely on any conviction for employment purposes-unless otherwise authorized by law. Join Jeff Risch and Allison Sues on Thursday, April 29 @ noon CT for a timely discussion surrounding the new law. During this webcast attendees will learn:

  • How to navigate new hiring mandates
  • What to include in the mandated written notices to a denied applicant or terminated employee because of a conviction record
  • How to reconcile the new IL law with existing local, state and federal mandates (i.e. FFCRA, Ban the Box, etc…)
  • How to analyze whether a specific conviction history has a substantial relationship to a certain job position or poses a unreasonable risk to property or safety
  • What does “unless otherwise authorized by law” really mean for employers

Save the Date! Complimentary Webcast February 4: Stimulus 2.0 – Employer Boot Camp – What You Need to Know Now

Join our labor and employment attorneys Rebecca Dobbs Bush and Kelly Haab-Tallitsch and corporate and banking attorney Andrew Podgorny on Thursday, February 4 from noon to 1:30 PM CT, as they discuss the key provisions of Stimulus 2.0: The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 that your company needs to know now, including:

  • Expansion of Employee Retention Tax Credit – important new information
  • FFCRA voluntary extension and various provisions impacting employee benefit plan administration
  • Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program and Second Draw PPP loans – high level summary

A Q&A will follow. We hope you can join us!

Save the Date! Complimentary Webcast August 19: Race, Religion, and Politics in the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know

In today’s society, discussions about politics, race, and religion will inevitably enter the workplace. How can employers maintain order and respect in the workplace in the face of free speech?

Join Beverly Alfon and Heather Bailey on Wednesday, August 19 at Noon CT as they discuss what employers should be aware of when responding or reacting to these topics in the workplace, how to identify conduct that is severe enough to trigger lawful discipline, and what legal parameters are at play.

Save the Date! Complimentary Webcast July 30th: Back to School: What Employers Need to Know Related to COVID-19 and Childcare for the Upcoming School Year

As school districts announce their plans to start the school year on modified schedules with continued digital learning, employers need to anticipate the accommodations parents will request and consider leave policies.

Join Allison Sues and John Hayes on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 10AM CT as they discuss leave eligibility under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), employee accommodations, and more. Key highlights include:

  • An overview of the different approaches to school openings by states, local governments, and school districts to try to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the fall
  • Review of employee eligibility for FFCRA paid FMLA leave
  • Practical tips for employers accommodating employees who have school aged children
  • Updates on any new or potential legislation

Register Now! Complimentary Webcast: Bankruptcy and Alternatives for Business Owners: Timely Action to Take Now in Dealing with Your Bank and Landlord

These are challenging times and many business owners are wondering whether they will have the cash flow to sustain their businesses.

Join Eric Fogel, Mike Cortina, and Bill Hackney for a 90-minute webcast on Wednesday, June 17th from noon – 1:30 PM CT, designed to answer questions for business owners who are contemplating the “what if“ scenarios of bankruptcy, restructuring, assignments for the benefit of creditors, and how to deal with looming bank debt and landlord issues.

Attendees will learn:

  1. If you are experiencing financial distress, what you need to do right now.
  2. My landlord is pressing me for back rent, what do I do now?
  3. My bank is pressing me for repayment, new personal guarantees, forbearance agreements, what do I do now?
  4. What are alternatives to bankruptcy, such as assignment for the benefit of creditors?
  5. The fundamentals of the bankruptcy process and whether it is right for your business.

 Our panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A.

Register Now! Complimentary Webcast: A Short Tutorial on the PPP Forgiveness Application

This brief 30-minute webcast covers highlights of the recently released application for forgiveness.

Join attorney Rebecca Dobbs Bush on Wednesday, May 27 at 1 PM CT for a complimentary webcast as she reviews the instructions for PPP loan forgiveness with attendees and points out items of special interest for all employers.

ON-DEMAND WEBCAST: COVID-19 in Skilled Care and Assisted Living: What You Must Do Now to Manage Risk and Impact

You CAN manage risk in senior living facilities during these trying times but understanding and following procedures is more critical now than ever to protect vulnerable residents and employees. In this recorded webcast, SmithAmundsen attorneys Betsy Ballek, Suzannah Overholt and Jennifer Stuart discuss how to most effectively ensure that the safety and health in your facility is not compromised. Topics include:

  • Overview of the state of long term care communities in the setting of COVID-19
  • Regulatory Impact and Potential Litigation
  • Immunity Laws and other Provider Protections
  • Employee Concerns and Testing

Register Now! Complimentary Webcast: BACK IN BUSINESS: Returning Workers to the Workplace – May 29, 2020

“Business as usual” will be anything but for the foreseeable future. Business owners need to evaluate the issues and risks as they prepare to return workers to the workplace.
 
Join attorneys Jeff Risch and Suzannah Overholt on May 29th at 11:00 AM CT as they discuss how employers can get back to business as effectively as possible, including:

  • The latest guidance from local, state, and federal government on phasing in workers
  • Screening employees, including temperature checks at the door, and related privacy concerns
  • Protecting employees, including identifying appropriate PPE
  • Public transportation and commuting issues
  • Managing childcare issues
  • Avoiding discrimination claims and related pitfalls
  • Diminishing the threat of workers compensation claims
  • Supporting subcontractors/independent contractors without making them employees
  • Managing public relations
  • And more!

We hope you can join us for this timely webcast!

Register Now! Complimentary Webcast: Not Approved For A PPP Loan? What Now?

Your company was not approved for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan but the bills are still due. There may still be some opportunities available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help keep your company on its feet.

Join labor and employment attorney Kelly Haab-Tallitsch and corporate and banking attorney Andrew Podgorny on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 1PM CT as they discuss:

  • Employee Retention Tax Credit
  • Payroll Tax Deferral
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans
  • Tax Credits for Paid Sick Leave and Expanded FMLA​

We hope you can join us for this timely webcast!