What are your obligations under the current laws and more importantly what are the courts saying when faced with claims? The Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s pre-employment Best Practices – A Legal Update webinar presented by Michael D. Wong, a partner with the law firm SmithAmundsen, LLC., will provide employers a legal update on recent case law, statutes and regulations that impact their hiring processes and considerations.
They know that there are laws prohibiting discrimination against employees for various reasons. Yet, employees continue to file discrimination charges by the tens of thousands. Last year, the EEOC received 89,385 charges of workplace discrimination. While there is no guaranteed method to prevent an employee from filing an employment discrimination charge, employers can greatly reduce their risk and be in the best possible position to defend against potential charges by understanding the basic components of employment discrimination addressed in this webinar. Webinar Topics to be Discussed: • Overview of the laws that prohibit employment discrimination. • The theories/claims of employment discrimination. • Employment actions that lead to employment discrimination charges. • The administrative process that handles employment discrimination charges. • Consequences of liability for employment discrimination. • Employer tips for preventing/defending against employment discrimination
What are the pitfalls to be avoided and steps that need to be taken when establishing a drug testing program and drug testing? And what do you need to know about Medical Marijuana and the decriminalization of marijuana with regard to your drug testing program? Michael Wong, an attorney with SmithAmundsen LLC, will answer these questions and explain the basics of drug testing, the importance of having a comprehensive policy, the legal impacts of the ADA, FMLA, HIPAA and Illinois laws on drug testing policies, and the importance of training supervisors. Participants will learn how to identify weaknesses in their own drug testing policy and how to work to strengthen drug testing programs to create safer workplaces.
The language barriers can create difficulties with day-to-day operations and also create unique legal risk. Numerous employment laws include obligations for employers to provide sufficient notice (often written notice) to employees. Many of these laws have incorporated specific requirements for employers to translate such notices into the employee’s native language. Even when the law does not have an express requirement to provide a translation, the employer might find itself on the losing end of legal action if unable to prove it provided the requisite notice in a language the employee could understand. This webinar is intended to identify the legal requirements associated with translating employment documents for non-English speaking employees. In addition, this webinar will cover the practical steps and options involved in obtaining professional translation services.
This timely webinar will discuss what is and isn’t misconduct so participants can understand the standard they are faced with. Participants will also learn the four rules that will help make defensible, winning terminations that will hold up at unemployment hearings. Finally, the webinar will discuss unemployment hearings from start to finish so participants can properly protest an unwarranted claim. Taught by David Prosnitz of Personal Planners.
This webinar will demystify the green card process by breaking down the employer’s role at each step, from the initial interview to the acquisition of citizenship by the employee. Employers will also learn which of the five employment-based preference categories will be appropriate in individual scenarios and how to navigate the Labor Certification recruitment procedures. Finally, this webinar will provide employer’s the insight they need to make sound, long-term talent acquisition and retention decisions. Webinar Topics to be Discussed: -The employment path to citizenship -The employer’s role in sponsoring an employee for their green card -The five preference categories and how they can be used by employers -Tips for navigating the PERM Labor Certification process -The interplay between the employee’s country of citizenship and the preference categories -Understanding the Department of State Visa Bulletin
This webinar will help you navigate the maze of complex rules relating to I-9s, E-Verify, and employer sanctions and will provide valuable strategies for ensuring compliance with the immigration law’s employment verification system. Key topics to be addressed include: • Essential I-9 rules, including proper completion and retention of Form I-9s; • Determining who needs work authorization reverification and when; • Self-audits and correcting deficient I-9s; • E-Verify rules and procedures; • Practical Do’s and Don’ts for complying with I-9 and E-Verify procedures without risking a charge of immigration-related discrimination; • Electronic I-9 software and potential pitfalls Taught by attorneys Cindy Shearn & Kevin Aiston of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy.
Katherine Mendez of Seyfarth Shaw will identify and highlight the do’s and don’ts of internal investigations including understanding the need to conduct investigations, preparing for the investigation, conducting employee interviews, and closing out investigations. She will also discuss how to spot issues and what to do if you see them. Taught by attorney Katherine Mendez of Seyfarth Shaw
Illinois has followed other states in enacting the Ban the Box law. The law limits what information that an employer can request on an application, as well as when conducting background checks. As such, it’s even more important to make sure that you are complying with both federal and state law in how you screen and hire employees. Michael D. Wong of SmithAmundsen LLC will present this important webinar. The presentation will include important information and strategies for structuring an application and hiring processes to minimize potential legal liability and risks. Topics will include: • Illinois’ Ban the Box law and other recent developments in state and federal law that employers should be aware of; • Recent developments in employer liability for job applicant background and screening check; • Using criminal history in employment decisions; • Types of information that employers are forbidden from using; and • Should you use the internet and social media when hiring.
We will also discuss how to spot issues and what to do if you see them, we will address the importance of documenting performance management and discipline issues and highlight some of the trends that employment lawyers will be watching this year.
The webinar will also provide guidance on how to deal with "problem" employees. In addition, this webinar will discuss how businesses should handle a preemptive strike by an employee. The webinar will provide vital information for businesses to avoid retaliation claims.
This webinar provides an analysis of the recent retaliation claims and why the risk of litigation is so high. Participants will also be provided with essential steps to protect the business from retaliation claims, but also how a business can continue to operate without fear that it's retaliating against a disgruntled employee. Topics include: - Analysis of the numerous federal and state of Illinois retaliation laws and the best defenses; how to implement new policies, in order to avoid the risks associated with retaliation claims; what the company's supervisors should be focusing on when dealing with a disgruntled employee to avoid retaliation claims; how to decrease the company's risks when disciplining and terminating employees.
Each time an employer hires an individual, there is a cost, in time and money, to train and retrain. Having to do so multiple times needlessly strains already fragile manpower and budgets. This webinar helps employers get it right the first time by teaching companies how to effectively hire the right person and minimize the threat of litigation. The following areas are discussed: The Pre-Interview: Preparation is the key; The Advertisement - Set Expectations; The Interview: Consistency; and The Offer: Prestart. The 90 minute webinar gives HR professionals, managers, and business owners the tools to decrease turnover and obtain a qualified candidate without opening the company to added exposure. If you want to decrease the cost of the hire and onboarding related litigation, this is the webinar for you!
Illinois' new Ban the Box law limits what information employers can request on their applications, as well as when conducting background checks. As such, it's even more important to make sure that you are complying with federal state law in how you screen and hire employees.