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New Laws Forum for Illinois Employers

It’s your opportunity to learn about the new federal and state laws and legal developments which will affect ALL Illinois employers in 2017 Register

All new topics for 2016 will include – New Wage and Hour Regulations for Exempt/Non-Exempt Employees (go into effect in December 2016) – New Government Enforcement Tactics – Update at the Illinois Department of Employment Security – Update and Trends at the NLRB – New OSHA regulations – New Case Law Trends – Federal and Illinois Updates 

Join us for the 3rd Annual New HR Laws Forum co-presented by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois State Council Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
The New HR Laws Forum focuses on New Laws and New Legal Developments which will affect all Illinois employers in early 2017.  This forum features Illinois attorneys speaking on Illinois laws – Vice President of Government Affairs from SHRM speaking on federal laws – as well as representatives from Region 13 NLRB, OSHA, and US Department of Labor.

The keynote speaker, Michael Ducker, President and CEO of FedEx Freight and brought in by the US Chamber of Commerce will talk about the impact the presidential election will have on Illinois employers.

Attendees will have plenty of opportunity to ask their questions at the end of the day with the panel discussion.  Sitting on the panel will be Jeff Risch, SmithAmundsen, LLC; Jeff Mays, Director of Illinois Department of Employment Security;  Peter S Ohr, Regional Director, Region 13, NLRB; Kathy Webb, OSHA; Stephanie Dorning, US Department of Labor

Featured Speakers

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Michael Ducker, President and CEO of FedEx Freight and US Chamber of Commerce member- See bio here
Peter Ohrs, Regional Director, Region 13, NLRB – See bio here
Michael Aitken, Vice President, Government Affairs, SHRM – See bio here
Jeffrey Risch, Chair, Labor and Employment Group, SmithAmundsen, LLC – See bio here
Kathy Webb, Area Director, OSHA – See bio here
Stephanie Dorning, Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist, US Department of Labor – See bio here
Jeff Mays, Director, Illinois Department of Employment Security – see bio here

Continuing Education Credits
The 3rd Annual New HR Laws Forum has been pre-approved to offer 3.5 HRCI credits

The 3rd Annual New HR Laws Forum has been pre-approved to offer 3.5 SHRM Professional Development Credits

The 3rd Annual New HR Laws Forum has been approved to offer 2.0 CLE credits

The 3rd Annual New HR Laws Forum has been approved to offer 2 CPE credits for accountants, bookkeepers, payroll managers

2016 Agenda – (Subject to Change)
8:00 am – Registration and networking – visit exhibitors
Continental breakfast
8:30 am – Welcome and Opening Remarks by Laurie Silvey, Assoc. VP of Business Services, Illinois Chamber of Commerce
9:00 am – Overview of new and updated Illinois laws
Presenter:  Jeffrey Risch, Chair of Labor and Employment Practice Group, SmithAmundsen LLC
10:00 am – break and visit exhibitors
10:30 am – Political Impact the Presidential Election will have on Illinois Employers Going Forward – In defense of Free Enterprise
Presenter: Michael Ducker, President and CEO of FedEx Freight presented by  US Chamber of Commerce

11:30 am -When Work Works Awards
12:00 pm – Lunch and visit exhibitors
12:35 pm – Illinois Job Honor Awards
1:00 pm  – Overview of New and Updated Federal Laws
Presenter:  Michael Aitken, Vice President, Government Affairs, SHRM
2:15 pm  – Panel Discussion on New Laws with Q&A – Includes panelists from Illinois Department of Employment Security, NLRB Region 13, US Department of Labor, and OSHA
Panelists: Jeff Risch, Jeff Mays, Peter Sung Ohr, Stephanie Dorning, Kathy Webb
3:45 pm – Prize Drawings, closing remarks
4:00  pm – Adjourn

Sleeping rooms are available at the Hilton Lisle for an Illinois Chamber rate of $92 plus tax per night.  Reservations must be made no later than November 10, 2016 by contacting or (217) 522-5512 ext 227

Sponsorship or exhibitor information call
Elizabeth Dailey, Director of Sponsorship Marketing  (312) 507-1691 or or Laurie Silvey, Associate Vice President, Business Services Division, President of Center for Business Management (217) 522-5512 ext 223 or

 Thank you to our sponsors

Smith Amundsen


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