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General Human Resources Webinar Recordings

Handbook Policies: Starting fresh for 2018
After a tumultuous 2017 in the field of employment law with several legal updates taking effect (or not), employers should make sure their company handbooks include the necessary policies and ensure those policies conform to the state of the law in Illinois heading into 2018.

Sexual Harassment - An Employer's Guide
With so much at stake, it is imperative that companies understand what constitutes sexual harassment, the scope of their potential liability, and ways they can prevent and defend against sexual harassment claims.

HR Investigations: How to Properly Investigate and Document Employees' Complaints
This webinar will start off by discussing the dos and don’ts of how to properly investigate an employee complaint. The webinar will also provide guidance on how to deal with the “problem employee.”

Pregnancy Discrimination & Accommodation: Learning the Lay of the Land
Topics to be Discussed: The laws addressing pregnancy discrimination; The Supreme Court’s decision in Young v. UPS and what it means for employers; The laws addressing pregnancy accommodation; and Suggested best practices and practical advice.

Issues of an 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?

HR 101: Summarizing Fundamental Labor & Employment Laws and Compliance Tips for IL Employers
This webinar will address the main questions raised by this intersection and will provide tips to help employers navigate social media issues with confidence.

Pre-Employment: A Best Practices Legal Update for Illinois Employers
Michael D. Wong, a partner with the law firm Smith Amundsen LLC will provide a legal update for employers including recent case law, statutes and regulations that impact hiring processes and considerations.

Employment Strategies and Compliance Under the 2017 EEOC Strategic Enforcement Plan
In this lively 75 minute webinar, join attorney Noah A. Frank of SmithAmundsen to learn about what issues are hot before the agencies, how compliance can keep your company safe, evaluating potential claims, and successfully navigating claims.
Hiring, Firing, and Documentation
This webinar will provide the dos and don’ts for employers hiring an employee, as well as the proper way to document throughout the employment relationship and at termination.
PTO Best Practices
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 as well as strategic insight concerning local (Chicago and Cook County) and IL Sick Leave Mandates.

Top Ten 401K Compliance Mistakes Made By Employers
In this 90-minute webinar, Kelly Haab-Tallitsch of SmithAmundsen LLC will discuss the top ten 401(k) plan compliance mistakes employers make and provide valuable guidance on identifying and avoiding these mistakes and the correction procedures to follow if a compliance issue does arise.
Payroll Deductions: What Every Business Should Know & Understand When it Comes to Payroll Deductions
This webinar will provide businesses the specific tools necessary to assure that they are properly deducting from their employees’ wages.

With specific samples being provided for numerous deduction situations, participants will have the confidence to recognize the proper situation and use the proper written document when deducting wages.

Conducting Internal Investigations
The presentation 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.
Federal Employment Policy: An Update for All Illinois Employers
This webinar series in five parts will center on the Trump presidency’s First 100 days and beyond.

What impact will the new presidency and forthcoming federal employment policy changes have on Illinois employers? What changes are in the works and how will it affect YOUR company?

Legal 101: What Claims IL Employers Can Face When Using Background Checks and How to Avoid Them
The law limits what information an employer can request on an application, as well as specific procedures that must be used when conducting background checks, using those background checks to make adverse employment decisions and in storing the background checks after the fact.
Navigating the ADA through Planning, Policies, and Communication
This webinar will provide a review of company policies that will assist in dealing with an employee with a disability and tips on developing and implementing a plan to assure the company is handling situations properly.
Are your Employment Related Forms Up-to-Date?
The forms to be discussed include: Interview checklist, record keeping requirements, employee data records, job descriptions and their content, performance evaluations, reference and background check forms, discipline and termination, leave of absence and accommodation mandates, and other forms necessary for doing business in today’s world.
Best Practices in Documentation & Communication for Litigation Avoidance
This presentation will discuss best practices regarding documentation and communication to minimize your litigation risk, ensure an efficient work flow, properly manage electronic records in light of the discovery process, and preservation of the attorney-client privilege.
Problem Solving for Supervisors and Managers: The process of Finding and Achieving Solutions
During this course, you’ll learn how to drill down and identify what the real problem is.

You will learn to solve the root cause of the problem instead of just eliminating a symptom. This course is appropriate for HR Professionals, managers, supervisors, business owners, and anybody who wants to learn how to effectively solve problems.

How a Whistleblower or Retaliation Compliant Can Handcuff Employers
Webinar Topics to be Discussed: • Components of a Retaliation Claim • Retaliation Based on Discrimination Complaint • Whistleblower Retaliation • Preventing Retaliation Claims • Defending Against Retaliation Claims
The New Year is here! Do you know about all of the new HR updates?
2016 was a busy year for employment law with a myriad of new Illinois and Federal laws and regulations that all human resources professionals need to be aware of in 2017.
Navigating USERRA: A look at Employer's Obligations
The webinar will examine 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.
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
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
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
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.

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
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
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
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
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.