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2017 Triad Employment Law Update

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October 26, 2017 – The Conference Center at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC), Colfax, NC

Protect your organization now! Attorneys from Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP and CAI’s HR Experts will provide you with key information about current and proposed changes in state and federal employment law.

CAI’s comprehensive one-day program delivers practical, understandable guidance to help you make smart decisions to overcome the latest HR challenges facing North Carolina companies. Learn to navigate upcoming legislative and regulatory changes, stay compliant, and be prepared for the future.

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Top 7 Reasons You Should Attend

  • Discover how the latest developments in state and federal employment laws and regulations affect you and your company
  • Acquire the knowledge necessary to ensure your company is in compliance with recent legal changes
  • Identify what your company should be doing now to prepare for upcoming changes from the new administration
  • Learn about the new EEO-1 annual reporting requirements and the EEOC’s latest steps and newest regulatory agenda
  • Ensure that FMLA leave at your organization is being used properly while uncovering ways to prevent FMLA abuse
  • Get the answers to questions specific to your organization from knowledgeable employment law attorneys and HR compliance experts during our panel discussion
  • Network with leading employment law attorneys and other North Carolina HR executives, managers and professionals


Executives, corporate counsel, HR professionals, managers, supervisors and those responsible for keeping up with the latest developments in state and federal employment law.


8:00am – 8:45am - Registration, Breakfast and Networking

8:45am – 9:00am - Welcome and Introductions

9:00am – 10:00am - General Session

Recent Developments in Employment Law

With a new administration in the White House, employers are anxiously waiting to see the direction employment law will take. To understand where we are going, we must first know where we have been.Join us for this informative session to examine the complicated map of employment law – the past year, where we are now, and where we can expect to go in the future.

North Carolina Law and Legislative Update

This enlightening session will provide an informative 2017 NC employment and labor law update. In this session, you will also learn what is happening and what to expect from the legislature and state agencies in 2017 and 2018.

10:00am – 10:15am Break

10:15am – 11:15am Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Addressing Workplace Pay Equity

Employees, employers and the government continue to grapple with pay equity issues and the “gender gap.” This session will explore ways to analyze pay equity issues in your workplace, and the risks and benefits to taking this step. We will also examine the best methods to address any pay equity concerns without raising red flags or exposing your company to legal liability.

Perfecting Your Documentation

Despite the electronic age, documentation continues to be one of the most important aspects of employment law. Properly maintained personnel records can be an asset to the company and limit exposure, long after an employee has departed. This interactive session will focus on personnel files that can withstand the scrutiny of the government and a court of law, as well as internal e-mails, documenting performance, and best practices to ensure the greatest protection.

11:15am – 12:15pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions

The EEOC and EEO-1 Reports

This session is full of information about the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the new EEO-1 reporting requirements. We will explore the EEOC’s latest steps and newest regulatory agenda to help you put your workforce on the right track. We will also examine in detail the new EEO-1 annual reporting requirements, including practical advice on the new pay data analysis and common pitfalls of EEO-1 reporting.

NLRB Update

All employers, whether unionized or not, need to stay current on the activities of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Union elections, protected concerted activity and other Board initiatives continue to be like a Tilt-a-Whirl ride for employers of all sizes. Join us for this engaging session about where the NLRB is today, and where we might expect it to be tomorrow as new policies are brought forward.

12:15pm – 1:15pm Lunch

1:15pm – 2:15pm General Session

Panel Discussion – Ask an Expert

Please join our open forum and pose your important employment law related questions to our panel of experts.

2:15pm – 3:15pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Cost Containment & Mitigating Risk in Litigation

The cost of employment litigation continues to escalate at the same time as plaintiffs are finding novel claims to assert against employers; agencies are imposing new employer obligations; and courts are finding violations on issues where previously they did not. This session will focus on litigation avoidance and on strategies aimed at minimizing employers’ risk in employment suits. We will look at various options for cost avoidance before and during an employment lawsuit.

Scheduling and Leave Issues under the FMLA

On the surface handling leave issues under the Family and Medical Leave Act looks like it should be relatively easy. However, properly scheduling and dealing with FMLA leave issues takes knowledge and practice to keep all of the balls in the air at the right time. In this session, we’ll discuss how the DOL guidance affects employers and employees. We’ll also review other important scheduling and leave issues to keep you from dropping the ball.

3:15pm – 3:30pm Break

3:30pm – 4:30pm General Session

Top Five Compliance Issues

How can you ever prevail when it comes to the ever-changing game of employment laws? One wrong move can lead to devastating results. This session will cover today’s five top compliance issues: OSHA’s new guidance on drug testing, protections for LGBTQ employees, the new joint-employer standard, independent contractor misclassification risks, and complying with the Fair Credit Reporting Act and other background screening limitations.

4:30pm - 4:45pm - Closing Remarks


The Conference Center at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC)
7908 Leabourne Road
Colfax, NC, 27235

*Please note: Temperatures in conference rooms tend to run cool. We suggest you bring a light jacket or sweater.

5 HR HRCI Credits




CLE Credits: 6

CPE Credits: 7