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EEOC Reforms and Updates
EEOC Reforms and Updates
Employment discrimination litigation is an evolving beast. Join SmithAmundsen attorney Noah A. Frank in a fast past, 90 minute webinar on strategy for EEOC and state agency charges. Topics include: • Evaluating the claim, • Position statements as potential evidence, • Best practices for investigation, • And document and computer evidence retention. This presentation is not to be missed!
Employee Handbook Webinar
Employee Handbook Webinar
Like most employers, you probably have an employee handbook, but when did you last review and update its contents?

Are you sure your handbook complies with current laws? Will your handbook stand up to increased scrutiny by the DOL, EEOC, OSHA, or NLRB? Will your handbook get you into trouble in your next employee lawsuit? Employment laws and regulations are ever-changing which means every few years (or more frequently!), you need to dust off that handbook and give it a proper evaluation. The Illinois Chamber is pleased to invite you to this timely presentation on updating your employee handbooks. Join us and attorney Noah Frank of SmithAmundsen as he guides you through effectively using an employee handbook and identify top employee handbook mistakes that could cost you. Whether you have one employee or one thousand, this presentation is not to be missed! Topics include: –The purpose of an employee handbook; -Wage/Hour compliance; -Safety standards; -New EEO reporting and complaint procedure language; -Surviving DOL, OSHA, NLRB and EEOC scrutiny; -What should be included in an employee handbook (and excluded); -Privacy, workplace searches and drug testing policies; -Preserving the at-will employment relationship; -Ineffective handbook language to avoid; -What to do when there is a union workforce; and -Other common employee handbook mistakes.

FCEs-Functional Capacity Evaluations
FCEs-Functional Capacity Evaluations
Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs) have historically been a strong tool for providers to determine work ability and consistency of effort in an employee.

A quality FCE should include an extensive physical examination, a review of the past medical history, basic psychological testing, performance testing in multiple areas, job specific testing, and a detailed validity testing protocol. A FCE should be standardized but be able to be adjusted to accommodate different injuries and job demands in order to answer the referral question. The examiner should have a medical expertise in order to form an expert opinion about the employee. There are multiple FCE programs in the marketplace to choose from, and many can fall short of the required criteria. The presentation will discuss the important aspects of a quality FCE and what to look for in a FCE when choosing a test and a provider.

Aging Workforce
Aging Workforce
Later retirements, retention of valued job skills, and reluctance to hire and train new workers has led to an aging workforce.

Are your policies and practices in line with the new reality? Do you understand the strategies and risks associated with hiring, retention, and firing of “older” workers? Join us for a lively 90-minute webinar presented by management employment attorney Noah A. Frank of SmithAmundsen on Issues of an Aging Workforce.

One Day Rest in Seven
One Day Rest in Seven
Illinois has state specific laws governing rests, breaks, and how many days per week an employee in Illinois may work.

Illinois employers need to be cognizant of both Illinois and Federal wage and hour laws. This webinar will address legal issues regarding compensable work time relating to meals and breaks under Illinois and Federal laws, requirements under the Illinois One Day Rest in Seven Act, other compensable time issues, record keeping issues and best practices. Taught by Sara Zorich of SmithAmundsen.

LGBT Issues in Today's Workplace
LGBT Issues in Today's Workplace
This session will explore effective ways for employers to address LGBT and gender identity issues that can arise in the workplace.

Our discussion will include the EEOC’s advocacy of LGBT employee rights, diverging court opinions on LGBT and gender identity issues, and strategies for employers to address practical workplace challenges including sexual orientation and gender harassment, dress codes, bathroom/dressing room use, and discrimination claims. Taught By Attorney Colleen DeRosa of Ogletree Deakins.

Accommodating Pregnancy in the Workplace is the Law
Accommodating Pregnancy in the Workplace is the Law
It is a near certainty that employers big and small will be faced with navigating issues surrounding pregnant employees.

Most employers have a general understanding that discrimination on the basis of pregnancy or childbirth constitutes unlawful discrimination; however, the interplay between applicable federal and state laws and accommodation issues frequently cause confusion. Often, employers misinterpret or misapply the laws to real life circumstances. Common mistakes usually involve an impermissible policy relating to the treatment of pregnant employees, intolerance for leave, the mishandling of requests for accommodation or breastfeeding in the workplace, or improper communications by supervisors or management. Employers must fully understand the scope of the applicable laws in order to avoid the major pitfalls that recurrently result in pregnancy-related litigation. This is particularly true in light of the recent United States Supreme Court decision in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., the recent amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act and the adoption of rules interpreting the pregnancy discrimination and accommodation amendments to the IHRA.

Ethics- Noncompliance Can Cost Your Business
Ethics- Noncompliance Can Cost Your Business
Every day, decisions are made in your workplace that can advance your company, coalesce your employees, and generally help to create a positive environment for success and progress.

For these actions to work, every leader must understand the necessity of making ethical decisions and creating an environment that is strongly motivated by doing things “the right way”. Employees in your workplace will then follow the example of their superiors and develop a team that is poised for success. This webinar will focus on ethical dilemmas that will come up during everyone’s professional experiences. By using hypothetical situations for general ethical dilemmas, the objective will be for everyone to: -Understand the value of following ethical guidelines; -Exercise individual judgment and reasoning in addressing ethical dilemmas, relying upon accepted ethical approaches and ethical judgements; and -Recognize and understand how ethics dictate the handling of numerous types of workplace scenarios.

Religion, Politics, and Other Taboo Issues in the Workplace
Religion, Politics, and Other Taboo Issues in the Workplace
Employment laws continue to evolve – and saying just the right thing becomes increasingly more difficult.

A joke may offend someone or might be a form of sexual harassment. Join attorney Noah A. Frank of SmithAmundsen for a lively 60 minute webinar on taboo topics including sex, religion, disability, politics, and more.

We Owe What? An introduction to Withdrawal Liability
We Owe What? An introduction to Withdrawal Liability
It’s all over the news: multi-employer pension funds that are underfunded by the billions.

We know what that type of under funding can mean for the employees whose pensions are tied up in these funds. But there are also serious consequences for the employers that pay contributions into such funds. How would employers react if they found out that multi-employer pension funds could assess liability against them in certain situations and that such liability is solely based on the employers’ participation in an underfunded, multi-employer pension fund? Shock? Anger? Disbelief? Let us introduce you to the sucker punch known as withdrawal liability. Employers that participate in multi-employer pension’s funds need to understand what withdrawal liability is, when a pension fund can assess it, and how it’s collected. This webinar will provide a comprehensive overview of the withdrawal liability concept, specifically explaining the two different types of withdrawal liability, how a company triggers withdrawal liability, how a fund calculates withdrawal liability, the narrow withdrawal liability exceptions, and the various methods pension funds can use to collect withdrawal liability. If your company participates in a multi-employer pension fund, you need to attend this webinar! Topics include: • The hidden liability lurking in your Collective Bargaining Agreement; • An overview of withdrawal liability and its devastating affect on businesses; • The triggering events that lead to withdrawal liability; • An explanation of the narrow exemptions to withdrawal liability; • Employers’ limited withdrawal liability rights; and • Collection methods the pension funds use to ensure withdrawal liability collection.

2016 Trends in Human Capital Management
2016 Trends in Human Capital Management
Brad Urhausen, Employee Benefits Practice Leader for MIS will be sharing with attendees insights into the trends in Human Capital Management that you should expect to see during the 2016 calendar year.

Key topics include: Compliance: Not simply a priority- a must; HR administration- transform your data through technology; HR technology- improve employee engagement and compliance through effective technology; benefits- customization is the new normal; and culture and performance- designing a culture that fuels high engagement.

Pregnancy Discrimination: What Illinois Employers MUST Know
Pregnancy Discrimination: What Illinois Employers MUST Know
Effective January 1st, 2015, the Illinois legislature amended the Illinois Human Rights Act to add to the list of employment discrimination, an employer's failure to provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee based on conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth.

The new amendment has yet to be clearly explained by either human rights agencies or the courts. Thus, it still serves to create a legal quagmire for Illinois employers. Employees currently must balance the rights of employees under the current IHRA, ADA,FMLA, PDA, and the IWCA. The amendment's "reasonable accommodations" requirement provides broader issues and responsibilities on employers that current laws do not provide to other protected groups. The impact of these changes, if not properly followed, could be devastating to employers. The new law allows the employee, probationary employee, and job applicants to pick accommodation and employer must accommodate unless the request creates an "undue hardship." The new law's definition of "pregnancy" is expansive. Could it include infertility? Could it include certain activities related to ovulation? No other state have an extensive statute as contained in this amendment. Illinois Employers of ALL SIZES and industries need to understand and properly protect against liability that can arise under this new amendment! It will continue to reshape how all employers function in Illinois. This webinar will provide essential information that ALL Employers in Illinois need to be in compliance with this amendment.

2016 Tax Changes Update
2016 Tax Changes Update
The Protecting Americans from the Tax Hikes Act of 2015 and the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 were recently enacted to fund government operations and provide significant tax changes.

This webinar will review the most salient provisions and highlight opportunities for 2016 forward. All taxpayers (individuals, partnerships, corporations or otherwise) will learn at least one planning opportunity that was not available prior to the enactment of these acts.

Crisis Management in Today's World
Crisis Management in Today's World
Today's workplace is growing accustomed to fast-paced information and opinion sharing.

Does your organization have a comprehensive plan to rapidly respond to a crisis situation? When crisis strikes, the situation is broadcast to the public at large almost instantaneously. Reacting and developing a management plan at the time of the crisis is not an option. Recent crisis scenarios reported in the media show that the slow or ineffective responses to crisis can bring substantial harm to an organization, including exposure to liability and reputation damage. This webinar is intended to review necessary components of developing, updating, and implementing an effective crisis management plan for your organization.

Developing a Compensation Program: How to Establish Effective Pay Ranges and Avoid Legal Landmines
Developing a Compensation Program: How to Establish Effective Pay Ranges and Avoid Legal Landmines
This 90 minute webinar discusses what you need to know to establish effective salary ranges and avoid legal landmines in the administration of pay.

In this practical 90 minute webinar attorneys Kelly Haab-Tallitsch and Sara Zorich from SmithAmundsen LLC will discuss how to set up and use pay ranges for hourly and salaried employees, how and when to use market data, and how other compensation tools, such as bonuses and benefit plans, should be considered when developing salary ranges. They will discuss how federal, state, and local overtime and minimum wage laws affect your pay program, including the impact of the DOL's new proposed wage and hour rules. Maintaining compliance when paying employees located in multiple states will also be discussed.

Illinois' New Mandatory Retirement Savings Program- What Employers Need to Know
Illinois' New Mandatory Retirement Savings Program- What Employers Need to Know
The Illinois Secure Choice Saving Act will soon require most Illinois employers to automatically enroll employees in a retirement savings program set up by the state of Illinois or pay fine, unless you offer another qualifying retirement program.

This 60 minute webinar will discuss the requirements of the new law, specifics of the state-run program, timing of implementation, and what employers must do to comply.

Recent Change to Non-Compete Agreements: Update for 2016
Recent Change to Non-Compete Agreements: Update for 2016
This webinar provides an in-depth review of all components of restrictive covenants (including non-compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure clauses) with an emphasis on providing practical tips for employers.

This webinar will cover: Overview- What kinds of customer relationships are able to be protected; geographical/ time restrictions; and information- what types are enforceable and why. Practical suggestions for preparing restrictive covenants- including specific provisions that ALL agreements should include. Steps that EVERY company needs to take during the life of the agreement to increase the likelihood that the agreement can be enforced, including how to protect your confidential information and treat it in a manner that will allow the employer to PROVE the information is entitled to protection. Practical advice for steps to take when an employee who is subject to a non-compete is about to leave the organization. This webinar will also provide an overview of recent restrictive covenant litigation, including: Preparing effective cease and desist letters; Motions for preparing temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions; Preparing the Verified Complaint, including various causes of action that be pleaded; Obtaining needed discovery; and Settlement issues.

Spanish-Speaking Supervisor Training and Development
Spanish-Speaking Supervisor Training and Development
Instruccion y Desarrollo de Supervisores de habla espanol

This webinar examines Supervisors' dos and don'ts and proper management in the workplace. It will also review proper practices with respect to employee evaluations, discipline, employee complaint investigation, diversity related issues and the many challenges brought about by today's diverse workforce. Este seminario examinara lo que se debe hacer y no hacer por parte de los supervisores en el trabajo. Ademas se revisaran las practicas propias con respecto a las evaluaciones de empleados, la disciplina, la investigacion de quejas y asuntos relacionados con la diversidad de la fuerza laboral de hoy.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Policies in 2015 and Beyond
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Policies in 2015 and Beyond
Like most employers, you probably have an employee handbook, but when did you last review and update its contents?

Are you sure your handbook complies with current laws? Will your handbook stand up to increased scrutiny by the DOL, EEOC or NLRB? Will your handbook get you into trouble in your next employee lawsuit? Employment laws and regulations are ever-changing which means every few years, you need to dust off that handbook and give it a proper evaluation. This webinar will help you to update your employee handbooks. It will guide you through effectively using an employee handbook and identify top employee handbook mistakes that could cost you. Topics include: the purpose of an employee handbook; Wage/Hour compliance; safety standards; New EEO reporting and complaint procedure language; surviving DOL, NLRB and EEOC scrutiny; What should be included in an employee handbook (and excluded); privacy, workplace searches and drug testing policies; preserving the at-will employment relationship; ineffective handbook language to avoid; what to do when there is a union workforce; and other common employee handbook mistakes.

Update on the Good, The Bad and the Ugly of Affirmative Action
Update on the Good, The Bad and the Ugly of Affirmative Action
This webinar covers the new regulations related to individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, discusses the utilization analysis, benchmarks, goals and self-identification requirements and obligations for employers.

The good part of affirmative action for employer is its goal: that all persons be treated equal. Who can argue with that? The bad part of the government's affirmative action policy is that it requires companies who do business with the federal government to annually prepare an inordinate amount of paperwork involving what can be an extremely complex analysis of the company's employment practices - recruiting efforts, applications, hiring, firing, promotions, etc. The ugly part of the Government's affirmative action practices is that it gives the OFCCP compliance officers the legal right to examine any and all of the company's employment transactions searching out anything they see that might be discrimination and then take action against the company on behalf of the affected employees for what could be millions of dollars. In essence, the OFCCP second guesses all of the company's decisions and if it agrees, asks the company officials to defend their decisions.

Illinois Employment Law Review for 2015 and 2016
Illinois Employment Law Review for 2015 and 2016
This webinar looks back on key labor and employment legal developments for 2015 and looks forward to what to expect for the rest of 2015 and the beginning of 2016.

Topics include recent wage and hour developments, National Labor Relations Board decisions and more.

Weed and Weapons in the Workplace
Weed and Weapons in the Workplace
In 2013, Illinois passed laws that ultimately legalized the concealed carry of firearms and medical marijuana.

Two years later, we have seen concealed carry implemented, but are still waiting for the first legal sale of medical marijuana in Illinois. This webinar goes through how concealed carry has impacted employers since it was implemented, policies to consider and a review of important aspects of the law that employers should be aware of. The webinar will also provide an update for employers on the Illinois medical marijuana law, when to expect the first legal sale of medical marijuana, how it is impacting the workplace and drug testing considerations that employers must be aware of.

Navigating USERRA: A look at Employers' Obligations under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
Navigating USERRA: A look at Employers' Obligations under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
The webinar examines the returning veterans'

reemployment rights and procedural requirements as well as employers' obligations regarding reemployment, job placement guidelines upon reemployment and statutory protections against discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and termination of employment. In addition, the webinar reviews USERRA's rules regarding employee's rights applicable to compensation, health insurance and other seniority based benefits during the employee's leave and upon reemployment.

Non-Compete, Solicitation, Confidentiality
Non-Compete, Solicitation, Confidentiality
This webinar provides participants with the understanding and knowledge of how to create and enforce non-compete agreements.

It provides a review of the most recent court cases discussing the validity of non-compete agreements and what businesses need to do to protect its confidential information and trade secrets. - Key elements necessary to enforce non-compete agreements; Review of Illinois court cases on noncompete, confidentiality, and non-solicitation agreements; A review of the Illinois trade secret Business Act; How to enforce a business's non-compete, confidentiality and non-solicitation agreement.

Social Media: Pitfalls and Legal Issues in the Workplace
Social Media: Pitfalls and Legal Issues in the Workplace
This webinar discusses the legal risks and possible pitfalls associated with the use of social media in the workplace.

Topics include using social media in recruiting, current employees (including discipline, investigations and possible union/NLRA related issues), and former employees (protecting trade secrets and public relations concerns). Lastly, the webinar covers what to consider when developing a social media policy.

US Supreme Court's Impact on Employers in 2015
US Supreme Court's Impact on Employers in 2015
From Obamacare to Same Sex marriage, the US Supreme Court has been active in 2015.

Following the decisions reached in Obergefell v. Hodges (same sex marriage), EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch (religious discrimination), King v. Burwell (Obamacare Subsidies), Young v. UPS (pregnancy accommodatoin and light duty programs) and Mach Mining v. EEOC (Conciliation processes), employers need to understand the immediate impact of these decisions and how they may affect an employer's current or future policies, plans and procedures. This 90 minute webinar highlights the key holdings reached in these decisions and discusses how these decisions impact employers. This webinar also offers practical guidance on policy and practice changes for today and in the future.

PTO Policies - Best Practices for employers
PTO Policies - Best Practices for employers
Employees often need to take unscheduled time off when a family problem or a personal issue arises.

This unplanned for absenteeism can cost your company big money! This webinar will show you how to develop a solid PTO policy that helps to reduce employee absenteeism; addressing exempt and non-exempt employees. It will also discuss your best methods of managing abuse of your policies and avoiding legal problems. The bottom line on developing, designing, implementing and informing your employees on an economical PTO program for your business; the essential elements to take into account when developing or changing your PTO policy; and how it can affect your organizational morale - positively or negatively; Discussion on the pros/cons of an efficient PTO policy that meshes all time off into one account rather than dividing it into vacation, sick, personal days, holidays, etc; What you must know about complying with federal employment laws; how to handle carryover from year to year and cash out options in Illinois; notices needed when forcing exempt employees to use PTO for forced furlough; use it or lose it policies - are they legal? and more

Employee Medical Issues - Handling them Correctly
Employee Medical Issues - Handling them Correctly
There is an "alphabet soup" of employment laws and regulations regarding employee medical issues

- One must consider and apply FMLA, ADA, IHRA, HIPAA, WC and others. As regulations become increasingly tighter and the environment is always litigious, this presentation will provide valuable insight and best practices for business owners, human resources professionals and attorneys.

Conducting Internal Investigations for Employment Matters
Conducting Internal Investigations for Employment Matters
When an employer suspects or is told that an employee has engaged in inappropriate conduct, they are often called on to conduct investigations in their workplace.

A company needs to be able to defend itself against litigation, so these investigations may have a significant impact. This webinar includes a complete discussion of the proper process of investigation; including who should be interviewed, what questions should be asked, who should conduct the investigation, how to decide what discipline, if any should be issued and the proper documentation of the entire process.

 

 

 

 

 

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