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