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Seminar: Preventing Workplace Violence and Bullying and Associated Litigation

Taught by attorney Michael Wong Register
| SmithAmundsen LLC

Violence in the workplace and bullying should be a focus of HR departments as they are
often in the news. Businesses need to provide a safe work environment, support their employees and handle their risk while keeping costs reasonable. Not only the victims are affected by stress and anxiety due to workplace intimidation, bullying and harassment; those events can affect an entire department, facility or organization. Why? Because of the potential for lowered productivity, absenteeism and serious health risks. Making it through the legal minefields to avoid liability related to workplace violence in all forms is especially difficult.

Attendees to this interactive seminar will learn to identify and discuss critical legal issues early in the process. Attendees will receive sample policies and practice mechanisms to PROACTIVELY diminish the risks and liabilities associated with workplace violence.

Topics to be discussed:
• Legal Developments: Case law updates (local, regional and national)
• Legislative Changes: (IL Workplace Violence Protection Act; Anti-Bullying Developments; concealed carry and domestic violence legislation impacting the workplace
• Employer Policy Updates: Harassment; Intimidation/Bullying; Workplace Violence; Workplace Weapons; Workplace Search; Employee Monitoring/Surveillance; Drug Testing; Employee Harmony; Improving Hiring Processes; Background Checks; Applicant Questionnaire; Criminal Histories (convictions vs. arrests)
• Best Practices; Employee Investigation and Related Confrontations

Start: May 31, 2017 8:30 am
End: May 31, 2017 12:30 pm
Venue: College of DuPage
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425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL, United States, 60137
Cost: 179/209/249

Federal Employment Policy Series: Part 4

Part 4: The EEOC’s Strategic Plan: A Look Ahead Register
Presented by attorneys Paul Patten and Jason Selvey, Jackson Lewis P.C.

How might Trump change the EEOC? And, the updated Strategic Enforcement Plan was issued in Oct. 2016 – What has changed in their priorities and the commitment of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission?

Part 1: Federal Employment Policy and the Trump Administration: The Impact on Employers – Introduction And Federal Wage and Hour Compliance – An Update on What Employers Should Expect from the Trump Administration
Part 2: The Future of the ACA and the DOL Fiduciary Rule
Part 3: Immigration Policy: An update on policy in the Trump Administration
Part 5: The Impact of the Elections on Recent NLRB Decisions

Start: May 31, 2017 10:00 am
End: May 31, 2017 11:00 am
Venue: online
Cost: 79/249

Federal Employment Policy Series: Part 5

Part 5: The Impact of the Elections on Recent NLRB Decisions
Presented by attorney Greg Andrews, Jackson Lewis P.C. Register

How might Trump change the NLRB? Possible scenarios and what a quickly seated business-oriented NLRB might mean for employers? And, how will recent decisions be affected? Important issues for both union and non-union employers will be discussed.

Part 1: Federal Employment Policy and the Trump Administration: The Impact on Employers – Introduction And Federal Wage and Hour Compliance – An Update on What Employers Should Expect from the Trump Administration
Part 2: The Future of the ACA and the DOL Fiduciary Rule
Part 3: Immigration Policy: An update on policy in the Trump Administration
Part 4: The EEOC’s Strategic Plan: A Look Ahead

Start: May 31, 2017 1:30 pm
End: May 31, 2017 2:30 pm
Venue: online
Cost: 79/249

Critical Infrastructure Summit – Collinsville, IL

Join us for this very important conference which will highlight and showcase the Registerimportance of the Metro East & St. Louis region to the U.S. infrastructure and health of our nation’s economy. This includes energy, telecommunications, utilities, freight, and more.


This conference has been determined to be qualified to offer 3.75 PDHs for Engineers. If you have questions about other types of continuing education credits, please inquire.

Click here to download flyer and agenda – InfraSummit_rev

2017 Agenda (Subject to Change)

June 6 – Day One
12:00pm            Tour of Prairie State Generating Campus

Coal remains a crucial component of our nation’s energy portfolio. This campus alone has a $22 billion economic impact while providing 2.5 million families with energy every day. Attendees will tour the power plant and coal mine and learn about why this energy source remains important for economic success.

For location details and to RSVP please contact Katie Stonewater,

3:00      St. Louis Freight Assets Tour

We are incredibly honored by the Terminal Railroad of St. Louis as they host a freight assets tour of the St. Louis region. This tour will crisscross the Mississippi River while showcasing rail, water, and freight assets that power the local economy while providing sponsors and key stakeholders time to network with each other.

(Open to event sponsors and by invitation)

5:00pm            Opening Reception

Join attendees of the event the night before the conference at the Gateway Center in Collinsville, IL. Take the opportunity to mix and mingle with other engaged stakeholders who are also attending the conference.

1 Gateway Dr, Collinsville, IL 62234

Day 2 – Gateway Center, 1 Gateway Drive, Collinsville, IL
8:00 – 8:30      Registration and Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45      Welcoming Remarks

Todd Maisch, President & CEO, Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Edward Mortimer, Transportation & Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

8:45 – 9:15      Panel Discussion:Overview of St. Louis Region Freight and its Importance to the North American Freight Network

Moderator: Mary C. Lamie, Director, St. Louis Regional Freightway
Asim S. Raza, Chief Legal Officer, Director of Real Estate and
Terminal Railroad Association
Brad Reinhardt, President, Giltner St. Louis
Rick Barbee, Vice President of Marketing,
SCF Marine-St. Louis

The St. Louis region is crucial to the American economy. While the world of freight is constantly changing, from shifting trade routes to e-commerce, this panel discusses how the St. Louis region is addressing challenges and opportunities and some of the challenge and opportunities of the region and then transition these comments to a national level and the role the region’s freight network plays at a national level.

9:15 – 9:45      International Keynote: Energy and Infrastructure Opportunities in the U.K.

Sam Hollis, Vice Consul on Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, Department for International Trade | British Consulate-General Chicago

The UK remains a strong partner with the U.S. and exchange of talent and opportunities continues to grow. Sam Hollis with the UK Department of International Trade will present on how St. Louis area companies can engage in foreign markets and what type of investment prospects exist abroad.  A 2016 review by Wells Fargo shared that 63% of surveyed businesses expect to increase long-term international business development planning, further highlighting how ripe the global economy is with opportunity for local businesses.  Not to mention, the local economic development growth that goes with expanded business opportunities.

9:45 – 10:30    Morning Keynote: Public-Private Partnerships and their Role in Critical Infrastructure

Sam Beydoun, Bureau Chief, Innovative Project Delivery, Illinois Department of Transportation

After his election, President Donald Trump announced that his administration would pursue a major infrastructure plan with public-private partnerships (P3s) as a key component of any program. Sam Beydoun recently came to IDOT after working on P3s in Virginia and will share his insight on this important financing & project delivery tool.

10:30 – 10:45  Networking Break

10:45 – 11:15  Water Infrastructure & Future Preparedness

                        Presented by Illinois American Water

Water infrastructure is one of the most important assets people don’t think about as it is usually out of sight and out of mind. However, upgrading and improving our clean water, waste water, and storm water systems is important as many of them are beyond their useful life. Hear about what is being done to ensure the St. Louis region is prepared for the future of water.

11:15 – 12:00  Panel Discussion: Energy Infrastructure’s Impact on Supporting Business and Society, and Efforts to Ensure its Sustained Contributions
Presented by Ameren

Moderator, Eric Kozak, Senior Director of Gas Operations, Ameren
Bruno Stopka, Ameren Innovations, Ameren Illinois
Rick Welton, Senior Director of Distribution, Planning, Operations & Reliability, Ameren Illinois
Deborah Fulk, Senior Planner, DHS-FEMA Region V

Energy is critical to maintaining our way of life and supporting a successful business.  The role of energy infrastructure is to get energy from where it is produced to where it is needed – it is that critical link that makes our society work.  People – businesses – need to understand how energy infrastructure increases their productivity, economic growth, and competitiveness – and how they can engage in that development.  With that, the role of government and utilities to help local communities plan for outages; how to respond to those incidents; and the investments that can be made to mitigate outages and their impact on society.

12:00 – 12:15  Networking Break

12:15 – 1:15    Fireside Chat: The Impact of Federal Policies on Critical Infrastructure
Presented by Illinois Soybean Association

Scott Sigman, Illinois Soybean Association

Ed Mortimer, Transportation & Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Heath Knakmuhs, Senior Director of Policy, Institute of 21st Century Energy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

With the change in administration in Washington, DC, federal agencies and the U.S. Congress are in a new and different position.  A lack of appointments in federal agencies leaves key positions unfilled while the Republican controlled congress moves forward on important policy shifts, the future is murky. This fireside chat with experts on federal policy will discuss what we can expect over the next several years and how that impacts our critical infrastructure.

1:15 – 2:00      Panel Discussion: Collaboration & Focused Efforts: How do We Work Together?

When something happens it very rarely impacts just one unit of government. Collaboration & cooperation between different units and levels of government, from local mayors to federal agencies is critical to preparing, reacting, and responding to disasters. This discussion will showcase what is being done at various levels of government to prepare for events that threaten our infrastructure as well as what they are doing to work together.

2:00 – 2:45      Closing Keynote: Department of Defense Logistics and Reliance on Regional Infrastructure for Success

Lt Col Scott Bryant, Commander, 375th Civil Engineer Squadron

2:45 – 3:00      Closing Remarks





Thank you to our sponsors:



And thank you to our marketing partners

Start: June 6, 2017 12:30 pm
End: June 7, 2017 3:15 pm
Venue: Gateway Center
1 Gateway Drive, Collinsville, IL, United States, 62234
Cost: 100/150/200

Webinar: The Bermuda Triangle of ADA, FMLA, and WC Leave

Taught by attorney Noah Frank Register
| SmithAmundsen LLC

Untangling the web of employee leave laws is one of the most difficult
responsibilities an employer faces – particularly the FMLA, ADA, and Workers’
Compensation Bermuda Triangle. Employers must not only understand the multitude of mandated leave laws, but it is critical to appreciate the subtle interplay between such laws. This webinar, presented by Noah A. Frank of SmithAmundsen, is designed to help employers of all shapes and sizes recognize key issues in administering medical-related leave laws, including valuable insight into how an employer’s voluntary leave policies and benefits impact mandatory leave laws.

With the onslaught of new legislation, increasing administrative regulation, and significant
case law developments in the area of employee leave, this fast-paced 90 minute live webinar should not be missed!

Start: June 13, 2017 10:30 am
End: June 13, 2017 12:00 pm
Venue: online
Cost: 110/129/159

Seminar: Mock Workers’ Compensation Trial

Taught by attorneys from Inman & Fitzgibbons Ltd. Register

Please join us as we conduct a mock trial for an Illinois worker’s compensation case.
We will demonstrate how to present a defense with strategic consideration of the burden
of proof and evidentiary rules, and use of lay and expert witnesses. We will conduct cross
examination as well close proofs at the end of the hearing. We’ll see you in court!

Start: June 13, 2017 11:00 am
End: June 13, 2017 1:00 pm
Venue: Offices of Connor & Gallagher
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750 Warrenville Rd., Suite 400, Lisle, IL, United States, 60532
Cost: 50/75

Webinar: Pre-Employment – A Best Practices Legal Update

Taught by attorney Michael Wong Register
| SmithAmundsen LLC

Screening applicants and hiring new employees can cause headaches and keep you up at night. Are you handling your obligations correctly under the current laws? What are the courts saying when faced with claims? Ban the box, discriminatory interview questions, credit and background checks, hiring issues and pre-employment drug tests are just a few of the issues that you should carefully consider. Michael D. Wong, a partner with the law firm SmithAmundsen LLC will provide a legal update for employers including recent case law, statutes and regulations that impact hiring processes and considerations.

Start: June 13, 2017 1:30 pm
End: June 13, 2017 3:00 pm
Venue: online
Cost: 110/129/159

Workers’ Compensation Committee Meeting

No description has been entered for this event.

Start: June 13, 2017 2:00 pm
End: June 13, 2017 4:00 pm
Venue: TBA
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United States

Webinar: Properly Executing Non-Compete Agreements in IL

Taught by attorney Jeffrey Glass Register
| SmithAmundsen LLC

Restrictive covenants, also known as “non-competes,” are important tools. If used properly, they can protect your company’s customer relationships and confidential information. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about these contracts. In this seminar, you will get valuable guidance on important issues such as: how to draft a restrictive covenant for maximum protection; how to handle the hiring process if a prospective hire is subject to a non-compete; how to “roll out” non-competes to your existing workforce; non-compete issues when a company acquires another company; how to handle the departure of an employee who is subject to a non-compete; litigation of non-competes including emergency injunctions; and legal doctrines that could protect you in the event you do not have a non-compete in place. You will also have the opportunity to submit your questions on anything related to non-competes. The presenter, Jeff Glass of SmithAmundsen LLC., authored the Illinois Chamber’s Employment Law Handbook on this subject and frequently practices in this area.

Start: June 14, 2017 10:30 am
End: June 14, 2017 12:00 pm
Venue: online
Cost: 110/129/159

A Symposium on Asia-Pacific Economic Integration and the Role of the United States and Japan

Save the Date Flyer Asia-Pacific Economic integration

This symposium is free of charge, however due to limited seating, registration is required. No walk-ins will be allowed.
Please Note: Symposium will be in English with simultaneous translation in Japanese

Start: June 15, 2017
End: June 15, 2017
Venue: The Chicago Club
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81 East Van Buren Street, Chicago, IL, United States
Cost: Free
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