Category Archives: Quarterly Labor & Employment Series

Register Now! Holiday Headaches: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Common Issues in the Workplace

For many employers, the holiday season brings about holiday woes – reduced staffing levels, wage and hour issues, and accommodating religious beliefs – all of which can make compliance a more complicated process.

Join Brian Wacker on Thursday, November 7 at 12:00 PM CT for the latest installment of our Labor and Employment Quarterly Series as he helps employers balance the needs of the business with the rights of the employees by creating an inclusive policy.

Specific topics include:

  • How to incorporate religious accommodation law into your policy;
  • Identifying the federal and state paid leave laws;
  • How to manage Holiday Pay; and
  • How to avoid potential liability following an accident or sexual harassment claims at an office party

Who should attend? HR professionals, managers, and business owners

We hope you can via webinar!

Register Now! Best Management of Your Workforce in the Midst of the Opioid Epidemic: Drug Testing, FMLA Abuse and ADA Obligations

Your employees are more likely to die from an opioid overdose than a car crash. It’s a recently published statistic, and a startling one to come to terms with. According to the National Safety Council, your chances of dying in a car crash are 1 in 103, while your chances of dying from an opioid overdose are 1 in 96. These numbers only account for opioid use and do not include the use of other drugs.

It is simply unrealistic to believe your workforce is exempt from the current crisis. While a certain level of empathy may be appropriate, employers that are too lenient and forgiving learn quickly (and often painfully) that no good deed goes unpunished.

Join Rebecca Dobbs Bush and Deborah Krukowski on Wednesday, April 17 at 12:00 PM CT for the latest installment of our Labor & Employment Quarterly Series. They will discuss the ways opioids can impact employers, as well as proactive ways employers can approach the opioid crisis in the workforce. Specific topics covered include:

  • How to tailor your policies to address the epidemic
  • How to spot and manage suspected drug use in the workplace
  • How to manage the recruiting process for best efforts in maintaining a drug free workplace

Who should attend? HR professionals, managers, and business owners

We hope you can join via webinar!

Register Now! When Terminations Go Wrong

With the rise of workplace violence, the termination process has become more complex. Having the skills and knowledge to prevent or minimize problems during a termination benefits all areas of an organization.

Join Heather Bailey of SmithAmundsen and special guest, Debbie Pickus of Team Fireball Inc., on Thursday, February 7 at 12:00 PM CT for the latest installment of our Labor & Employment Quarterly Series. Heather and Debbie will discuss ways to properly conduct a threat assessment to reduce the risk of workplace violence and employment lawsuits. Specific topics covered include:

  • Tips and tricks for effectively terminating the problem employee while avoiding litigation (or, at least, diminishing risks)
  • How to properly prepare documentation from start to finish when it’s time to terminate
  • Personal Safety Awareness: how to heighten your mental, physical and environmental awareness to reduce risk tolerance
  • How to recognize a threat before it becomes an issue
  • Hands-on learning of basic personal safety skills

Who should attend? HR professionals, business owners, and anyone who regularly handles employment termination meetings with employees.

Register Now! Protecting Intellectual Property Through Employment Contracts and HR Best Practices

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Protecting-IP_-11_1All businesses own some sort of intellectual property (IP), whether it’s trade secrets or proprietary business information – IP touches nearly every aspect of business. Employment contracts can be a deciding factor in determining IP ownership and avoiding or resolving IP disputes. HR professionals have a significant role to play in promoting the understanding of IP.

Join Jeffrey Glass and Jennifer Lacroix on Thursday, November 1 at 12:00 PM CT for the latest installment of our Labor & Employment Quarterly Series. They will discuss how the wording of IP provisions in employment contracts can make all the difference and why HR professionals should address IP with employees during both onboarding and exit interviews.

Who should attend? In House Counsel, C-Suite Executives, Risk Managers, HR Executives, Operations Professionals

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Save the Date! SmithAmundsen Complimentary Webinar – June 13th – Hiring 201: A Deeper Dive into Employee Interviewing and On-boarding

Join Jon Hoag and Mike Wong on Wednesday, June 13 at 12:00 PM CT for the latest installment of our Labor & Employment Quarterly Series. Jon and Mike will teach employers how to effectively hire the right person and minimize threats of litigation.

Specific topics covered include:

  • Avoid job posting and employment application pitfalls
  • Effective and legal interviewing techniques
  • Legal landmines associated with pre-employment screening/background checks
  • The job offer and related legal documentation
  • On-boarding to increase employee retention and reduce exposure to employment lawsuits

Who should attend? HR professionals, managers, and business owners. We hope you can join us!

 

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Save the Date! SmithAmundsen Complimentary Webinar – February 21st – Directives From the Board Room: Will Your HR Team Fail or Save the Day?

Join Eric Fogel and Beverly Alfon on Wednesday, February 21 at 12:00 PM CT for the latest installment of our Labor & Employment Quarterly Series. The board of directors helps develop the strategic vision and management of a business. These corporate governance directives are necessary, but can lead to unintended consequences for HR. Eric and Beverly will discuss real life situations where directives from the board room landed squarely on the shoulders of HR and how those HR teams were the hero or the failure of those situations.

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Save the Date! SmithAmundsen Complimentary Webinar – August 23rd – FMLA & ADA: Understanding a Complicated Legal Relationship

Employers of all shapes and sizes face the challenge of managing employee medical issues. Suzanne Newcomb provides insight to help employers manage risk and avoid liability by learning to better manage medical issues that arise. This program focuses on the FMLA and the ADA, and offers attendees specific insight on:

  • Identifying triggers requiring action under the FMLA and the ADA
  • Effectively managing employee medical leave
  • Avoiding common pitfalls
  • And more!

Register for the webinar here!