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Seminar: HR Essentials- A to Z

RegisterEmployment and labor law attorneys from Wessels Sherman present this all new HR Essentials from A to Z seminar to help your company minimize risk of litigation. Attendees will earn the 2017 HR Illinois Compliance Certificate during this full day seminar!

Topics include:

• Recruiting and Hiring and Employer Liability

• DOL Regulations and other Wage and Hour Issues

• FMLA and other Leave Issues including Illinois’ New Paid Sick Leave Regulations

• Social Media and other privacy issues in the workplace

• Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation issues

• Discipline and Termination • Handling EEOC and other Employment Law Charges

• And more!

Start: January 23, 2018 9:00 am
End: January 23, 2018 4:00 pm
Venue: Hampton Inn- Effingham
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1305 N. Keller Dr., Effingham, IL, United States, 62401

Seminar: Preventing and Handling Workplace Harassment and Discrimination

Taught by attorney Jeff Risch at SmithAmundsen.Register

Workplace harassment continues to haunt employers of all sizes, shapes and industries.  As we have seen in recent news stories, no employer (or individual) is immune from such risks.  However, all employers can significantly reduce these potential legal challenges with an informed and well trained supervisory staff.  In fact, the law and common sense requires supervisors and managers to receive proper training in the areas of identifying, preventing and re mediating workplace harassment and discrimination. This half-day live presentation will help train management of all levels and better prepare employers to more proactively manage and resolve problems involving alleged, perceived and/or real harassment, discrimination, bullying, violence and unequal treatment in the workplace. 

Topics for discussion will include:
If the “victim” does not complain, do I still have to investigate?
Confidential investigations: what can or should I say to the victim, the harasser and to other employees or witnesses?
Should I prepare a written investigative report, what should be included & will it help or hurt?
What type of corrective action is available or appropriate?
What can I do to deal with inappropriate conduct before it becomes unlawful?

Start: January 25, 2018 8:30 am
End: January 25, 2018 12:30 pm
Venue: College of DuPage
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425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL, United States, 60137

Seminar: Defining and Defending Against Sexual Harassment and Discrimination

Taught By Christi Swick of Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard P.C.Register

This half-day interactive seminar will review state and federal labor laws affecting discrimination on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, and disability. 

Start: January 31, 2018 8:30 am
End: January 31, 2018 12:30 pm
Venue: Holiday Inn Express - Edwardsville
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1000 Plummer Drive, Edwardsville, IL, United States, 62024

Webinar: Breaking Bad: Documenting Poor Performance, Absenteeism and Misconduct

Join Jon D. Hoag with SmithAmundsen for this 90 minute Webinar. Register

Participants will Learn:

• Important components of evaluating performance and issuing employee discipline;

• Tips on creating and implementing evaluation systems;

• The legal issues associated with performance management and employee discipline;

• The rationale and benefits of properly evaluating performance and disciplining misconduct

• How to maintain documentation to support employment decisions and reduce legal exposure.

Start: February 6, 2018 10:30 am
End: February 6, 2018 12:00 pm
Venue: online
Cost: 135-165

Webinar: You’re Fired! Terminating Employees with Confidence

Taught By Attorney Sean F. Darke of Wessels Sherman. Register

This webinar is going to start by reviewing recent legal decisions and scenarios, so the participants can understand how courts look at certain situations.

Webinars Topics to be Discussed

  • The 5 Keys to Have in Place Before Terminating an Employee;
  • How To Deal With The “Problem” Employee;
  • The Three Basic Reasons For Discipline That Reduces Possible Litigation;
  • How To Avoid A “Preemptive Strike” By An Employee About To Be Disciplined;
  • How To Best Avoid Retaliation Claims; and
  • Dos and Don’ts Regarding Termination.

Start: February 13, 2018 1:30 pm
End: February 13, 2018 3:00 pm
Venue: online
Cost: 135-165

Webinar: Simplifying Illinois Workers’ Compensation System for HR Professionals

RegisterJoin the Chamber and Attorney Shawn Biery of Keefe, Campbell, Biery & Associates on Feb 14 for a webinar regarding “Work Comp 101” to gain a greater understanding of the IL Workers’ Compensation system and tips to understand what occurs during a workers’ compensation claim.
Shawn will discuss key terms & terminology, issues you may encounter during claims, what to look for to comply with the IL WC Act and a variety of topics which will increase your knowledge of workers compensation and assist in claim handling, investigations, setting up handling plans in advance, and overall steps you can take to manage your claims, even before they are filed with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Start: February 14, 2018 11:00 am
End: February 14, 2018 12:30 pm
Venue: online

Seminar: HR Essentials for Small Businesses and Start-ups

Join Attorney Sean F. Darke from Wessels Sherman for this Half-day Seminar.Register


This seminar will provide a step-by-step guide for employers that are getting their businesses set up and for small businesses that want to make sure they have the proper documents and policies in place.

Start: February 15, 2018 8:30 am
End: February 15, 2018 12:30 pm
Venue: Family Recreation Center, Autumn Oaks Room
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1450 Forest Gate Rd., Oak Brook, IL, United States, 60523
Cost: $249 - $299

Webinar: What’s New in the OSHA World

SRegisterafety is a living breathing thing, it is always changing, and you can never pin down exactly what will happen next.

This webinar will give you a in depth look at what is new at OSHA to help you create a safer, healthier work environment while keeping your company out of harm’s way. Taught by Nick Walters and Tom Bielema of Safety Controls Technology. The presenters each have over 20 years of experience in OSHA and passion towards providing a safe workplace.

Start: February 20, 2018 10:30 am
End: February 20, 2018 12:00 pm
Venue: online

Seminar: Workplace Chaos, Coaching, and Team Building

Join us for a 3 hour seminar to enhance your skills and manage the day to day challenges at the workplace.Register

Part 1: Stress and pressure – we all feel it at work. We can’t always control how crazy things get at the office, but there are mechanisms you can use to help you better manage your time, the stress and the constant bombardment of information. Receive helpful hints for boosting your memory and reading skills to quickly extract the info you need; goal-setting and planning suggestions to organize your day; and exercises to avoid burnout to survive the stress that comes with your job. Everyone needs this important session.

Part 2: If you are going to bring about energy and positive returns from your employees as a team leader, you need to know how to coach. This workshop will offer tools to improve your team, promote working together, determine your role in dealing with disputes, and more. Learn the common attributes of first class teams and how to develop them; how to encourage and increase team spirit and motivation; defusing conflicts; and choosing the best management style to get results.
Each of these skills will make you a better leader and together, they will enable you to accomplish whatever team objectives you set.

Start: February 22, 2018 9:00 am
End: February 22, 2018 12:00 pm
Venue: NIU Naperville
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NIU Center Room 250, 1120 E. Diehl Road, Naperville, IL, United States, 60563
Cost: $249 - $299

Seminar: Hiring and Firing: Doing it Right

This comprehensive seminar on the hiring and firing process is taught by the authors of Illinois Chamber’s Illinois Guide to Hiring and Firing.Register

Key Topics Include:

  • What to do before you hire- Advertisement, Application, Interview process, Drug and Background testing…
  • What you do after you hire- Employee Handbooks, Employment Contracts, Job Descriptions, Performance Evaluations, Immigration/Worker Status Issues, and New Legal Developments
  • Handling Discipline and Corrective Discussions – Investigating Misconduct
  • Documentation 101 – What to Record vs. What Not To Record, Confidential Information and Privacy Concerns
  • When you Have to Terminate – Lawful vs. Unlawful Reasons (Key Case Law Developments); The Key Mechanics of Terminations, Most Common Pitfalls and Checklists
  • Procedures for Lay-offs – Safeguards when Conducting a RIF, Effective Releases, and WARN Obligations
  • After the Separation – Entitlements – Wage/Hour Issues, COBRA Issues, Access to Records and References
  • Keeping Good Records from the Beginning to the End – What to Keep vs. What to Toss


Start: February 27, 2018 8:30 am
End: February 27, 2018 12:30 pm
Venue: College of DuPage
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425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL, United States, 60137
Cost: $249 - $299
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