Category Archives: Quarterly Labor & Employment Series

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!

 

Register for the webinar here!

 

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.

Register for the webinar here!

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!

Save the Date! SmithAmundsen Complimentary Webinar on August 3rd — Employee Compensation and Benefits: Common Mistakes and Missed Opportunities

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
  • Common 401(k) mistakes
  • Traps to avoid in a merger or acquisition
  • And more!

Register for the webinar here!

Save the Date! February 16th Webinar – The New Administration: Impact on the Workplace Examined

How do your company’s policies and procedures comply with the views of our new administration? Please join us as we discuss how you can best prepare for any likely impacts on your business.

Join us for the next installment of our quarterly labor and employment series on Thursday, February 16 at 12:00PM CT to learn about what workplace changes you can expect under the new administration.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Affordable Care Act
  • Minimum Wage
  • National Labor Relations Board developments
  • Department of Labor changes
  • Executive Orders
  • Supreme Court and other judicial vacancies

This program is available via webinar. You can register here.