Although cannabis remains illegal under federal law, the legalization of cannabis on the state-level has left employers feeling uncertain of how to tailor their workplace policies and procedures to fit the changing landscape.
Join Heather Bailey and Michael Wong on Thursday, February 20 at 12:00 PM CT for the latest installment of our Labor & Employment Quarterly Series. They will do a deep dive into the cannabis laws and what employers should do to diminish their legal risks to protect their workforce. Specific topics include:
What makes a good drug policy?
Defining reasonable suspicion in the workplace
Drug testing best practices
Does your locale prohibit pre-employment drug testing for cannabis?
How to handle safety-sensitive positions and testing for cannabis
Who should attend? HR professionals, managers, and business owners
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
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
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
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
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:
tailor your policies to address the epidemic
How to spot
and manage suspected drug use in the workplace
manage the recruiting process for best efforts in maintaining a drug free
Who should attend? HR professionals, managers, and business owners
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.
All 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
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!
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.
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
Employee pay and benefits plans can be one of the most significant expenses for an employer. Avoiding costly compliance mistakes and leveraging plans to effectively reward key employees is critical in today’s environment. Join Kelly Haab-Tallitsch and William Scogland on Thursday, August 3 at 12:00 PM CT for the latest installment of our Labor & Employment Quarterly Series as they discuss common mistakes and missed opportunities in designing and administering compensation and benefit programs. Specific topics include:
Additional qualified plan opportunities for highly compensated employees
Using equity or phantom equity to retain key personnel