2017 Employment and Labor Law Update
Everything You Need to Know About Recent Developments in State and Federal Employment Law
As an employer, you understand that staying compliant with federal and state regulations is imperative for avoiding costly fines and negative publicity. However, you also know that workplace regulations are constantly evolving and enforcement agencies are always looking for ways to improve their methods. Staying compliant is often challenging when weighing in those factors. Knowledge is your best defense!
Make sure you are informed and prepared by joining us for the 2017 Employment and Labor Law Update on Tuesday, May 23 and Wednesday, May 24 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. You will receive the latest updates and information on law and regulation changes from Ogletree Deakins attorneys and CAI experts.
Full Conference Schedule
*Breakfast and networking will begin at 8:00 AM each day. The program will begin at 8:45 AM each day and conclude at 3:45 PM.
Executives, corporate counsel, HR professionals, managers, and
supervisors who need to know the latest developments in state and federal
employment law and recent court decisions and how they affect employers now and
in the future
Why You Should Attend
- To review how the latest developments
in state and federal employment laws and regulations affect your
- To gain the information necessary to
ensure your company stays compliant with recent legal changes
- To identify what your company should be
doing now to prepare for the new overtime regulations
- To understand how to navigate the
evolving minefield that is the ADA
- To acquire knowledge on why your
well-intentioned policy may put you at risk of litigation
- To obtain the answers to questions you
have specific to your employees and organization
- To network with leading employment law
attorneys and more than 400 HR executives, managers, professionals and other
company leaders from the Triangle, Triad and Eastern North Carolina
Changes in federal EEO law continue to occur.During this session we will discuss the important current EEOC
litigation cases, nationwide trends and the EEOC’s new five year strategic plan
(2017 – 2022). You will hear the best practices human resources leaders should consider adopting in response to the changing EEO environment.
It’s Going to Be Huge! The new Administrations and Employers
This 2016 election will shake
up workplace laws. At the national
level, Republicans control the White House and Congress and a new
Justice will be added to the Supreme Court. In North Carolina, voters elected a
Democratic governor while giving Republicans super-majorities in the state
House and Senate. How will these changes impact the new overtime regulations
adopted last year? What would a repeal of HB2 mean for employers? What other
changes are on the horizon that could impact your employment policies and
agreements? During this session, we will answer these questions and many more.
Affirmative Action and OFCCP Compliance in a New Administration
the administration has changed, OFCCP’s compliance evaluations continue to be
comprehensive. Federal contractors and subcontractors are required to comply
with the fairly new regulations regarding paid sick leave, pay transparency,
and sex discrimination, as well as the veterans and disability regulations.
Yet, OFCCP also continues to predominantly focus on selection and compensation
issues during its compliance evaluations. This session will examine the
fast-moving world of affirmative action compliance, discuss the effects of the
GAO Report on OFCCP, and provide best practices for contractors and
subcontractors in this nuanced area of law.
North Carolina Law Update
Each branch of the North Carolina government impacts employers within the State.And they each keep changing the rules.This session will explain the most important North Carolina law changes that will affect your business.
of an Accident: Are You Prepared for an OSHA Serious Injury or Fatality
Workplace safety investigations involving serious
injuries or fatalities can be very challenging for employers and their managers
and human resources professionals. An accident and its investigation can
affect all aspects of a business and heavily involve the company’s HR
department and its attorneys. In this presentation, we will look at a
hypothetical accident and discuss the key decisions that must be made and the
steps that must be taken at the center of a crisis. We’ll also discuss
relevant injury reporting requirements, best practices for handling the
investigation, and how to prepare your team and organization to properly
address and respond to the many issues caused by a serious injury or fatality
in the workplace.
Invisible Workforce: Managing Leave Entitlements to Get Employees Back to Work
(or on Their Way)
to run their businesses, while also not running afoul of the various laws that entitle
employees to take time off. Often it is difficult to determine when, or if, a
person on extended leave intends to return to work. This session will cover how
an employer can better manage leave entitlements to get employees back to work
after leave expires — or else properly separated within the confines of the law.
This session will also address the pros and cons of utilizing third parties for
leave administration as it relates to these issues.
From Water Coolers to
Snapchat: Preventing Sexual Harassment in a Modern Workplace
Maintaining a workplace that
is free of sex-based harassment can be challenging, especially given that
employers can be held responsible for harassing behavior by employees at all
levels and by non-employees, including customers. This session will address how
to minimize the risk of harassment by establishing sound policies and
consistently enforcing them with all employees, including executives. We will
also discuss how to respond if an employee claims that harassment has occurred
or if the employer becomes aware of harassment, even if no complaint is made.
Finally, we will discuss the public relations implications of harassment
allegations and the associated response by companies and their boards, as well
as the necessity of having a plan when crises arise.
The Ultimate Exit Interview Checklist
Whether a separation is
involuntary or voluntary, employers need to take the time to plan an exit
discussion. Checklists are crucial for remembering key elements of any task,
including: collection of equipment and other company items; passwords and keys/key
cards; transition of duties; discussion of severance pay/agreements; drafting
the termination document; timing and delivery of the final paycheck; handling
pending wages; and other key issues. Although many of these items seem like
common sense, they can get overlooked during the termination process and
Tips for Toeing the Line: The Latest
Developments in I-9 and E-Verify Compliance
continues to haunt employers that don’t have adequate processes in place. This
session will include a discussion of the new Form I-9, policies employers
should adopt to ensure compliance, and recent audit and investigation activity
by immigration authorities. Panelists will also present case studies to illustrate
challenges employers face and offer strategies to reduce exposure. Finally,
this session will discuss developing areas in employment-based immigration
enforcement and highlight steps employers should be taking to ensure they are
prepared for a variety of government visitors.
The Reduction in Force Toolkit — Managing the
force (RIFs) are a high-risk proposition because of the multiple terminations
involved, the need to act quickly, the emotional impact upon the workforce, and
the many steps involved. An orderly, checklist-driven process helps employers
avoid common mistakes and conduct the RIF efficiently and in compliance with
the law. Join this session for a discussion of a step by step RIF toolkit that
covers the key areas that employers must address in the RIF process, including
attorney-client privileged reviews and analyses, communications with employees,
separation agreements, and more.
Preparing for (and Hopefully Avoiding) a Class
Action Before It Is Filed
litigation is not inevitable. The steps you take today can keep your
organization from becoming an attractive target to the plaintiffs’ bar—and help
cement your defense before a lawsuit ever hits. Learn from an attorney who has
been in the trenches about the tips and strategies that can keep you from
becoming another class action statistic.
In Search of the Truth: Foolproof Interview
Techniques for Workplace Investigations
Getting to the truth in a
workplace investigation sometimes feels like navigating a maze, with twists and
turns around every corner. During this in-depth session, our attorneys will
guide participants through the labyrinth of conducting an investigation that is
both legally compliant and that uncovers the facts necessary to get to the
truth. The session will incorporate interactive technology and mock scenarios
to highlight the necessary tools for being a thorough and unbiased
investigator, and for testing the facts when the credibility of a witness may
be an issue.
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