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Human Resource Law: The Ultimate Guide

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Human Resource Law: The Ultimate Guide

Workshop Description/Agenda

Minimize Exposure to Legal Issues While Enhancing Efficiency in the Workplace

The bevy of federal and state employment laws and regulations is overwhelming, and their ever-changing nature makes compliance a struggle. There's little room for error when policies and procedures you put into place can mean the difference between a successful company and one weighed down by lawsuits. Are your company's practices foolproof? Are they consistent with the latest employment laws and regulations? Let our experienced faculty provide you with up-to-date information on human resource law in this two-day, information-packed seminar. Learn the steps you need to take to minimize legal risks - register today!

  • Keep your handbook updated to ensure compliance with changing workplace laws.
  • Learn how to strategically balance employer needs and employee rights regarding social media.
  • Integrate audit-proof wage and hour practices and keep up with the latest FLSA guidance.
  • Navigate the interplay between FMLA, ADA and workers' comp laws.
  • Discover what recent federal and state employment law updates mean for your company.
  • Anticipate employer obligations and best practices when it comes to marijuana and drug testing.
  • Find out how to conduct a solid workplace investigation that limits your company's legal liability.
  • Close the door on future lawsuits by adopting legally solid discipline, discharge and documentation practices.



  1. Handbooks Part 1: Minimizing Legal Exposure (with Sample Policy Language)
    9:00 - 9:50, Vicki J. Bejma
    1. What Should Go Into Your Handbook (with Sample Policies)
    2. Key Disclaimers; Preserving At-Will Status
    3. Staying Compliant - Updates You Need to Make
    4. Sample Checklist
  2. Handbooks Part 2: The Top Mistakes Employers Are Making Right Now
    9:50 - 10:40, Vicki J. Bejma
    1. Policies That Go Too Far and Create Liabilities
    2. Policies That Don't Go Far Enough (or Are Missing Entirely)
    3. Getting the Law Wrong
    4. Common Misstatements and Ambiguities
    5. Inflexibility and Letting Your Handbook Age
  3. Social Media Policies: Avoiding Overreach While Ensuring Proper Usage
    10:55 - 12:00, Brian J. Lamoureux
    1. NLRB Guidelines and Decisions; "Protected Concerted Activity"
    2. Limiting Employees' Use of Social Media
    3. Disciplining Employees Who Misuse Social Media
    4. Utilizing Social Media for Recruitment and Hiring
    5. Developing a Solid Social Media Policy (with Examples)
  4. Protecting Employee Privacy: Workplace Monitoring and Information Security
    1:00 - 1:30, Brian J. Lamoureux
  5. Bulletproof Hiring Practices and Agreements
    1:30 - 2:15, Alicia J. Samolis and Sheridan L. King
    1. Preparing Effective (Yet Compliant) Job Descriptions
    2. Criminal and Other History: What's Fair Game vs. What's Not
    3. Making Arbitration Agreements Stick
    4. Non-Compete, Non-Solicit and Confidentiality Agreements: Enforceability and Effectiveness
    5. E-Verify - Verifying Employment Eligibility
  6. Wage and Hour Law: The Latest FLSA Guidance and Best Practices
    2:15 - 3:15, Alicia J. Samolis and Sheridan L. King
    1. Salary Basis and Duties Test - Are Employees Exempt or Nonexempt?
    2. Avoiding Employee Misclassification as Independent Contractors
    3. The NLRB's Joint Employer Issue
    4. Clarifying Regular Rate Regulations
    5. Addressing Off-the-Clock Work
    6. Taking Advantage of the Safe Harbor
  7. Employee Leave Strategies: FMLA, ADA and More
    3:30 - 4:30, Alicia J. Samolis and Sheridan L. King
    1. Providing Notices; Approving or Denying Requests
    2. Investigating Employee Absences and Verifying Intermittent Leave
    3. Navigating the Medical Recertification Process and Addressing Abuse of Time
    4. Terminating Employees on Leave
    5. Best Practices for FMLA and Other Medical Leave Policies
    6. Detangling the FMLA From the ADA and Workers' Comp Laws
    7. ADA Reasonable Accommodations - Tips for HR


  1. Marijuana, Drug Testing, Alcohol and More: Current Legal Perspectives
    9:00 - 10:00, Christine E. Dieter
    1. Interplay of Marijuana Legalization, Federal Prohibition, ADA Issues and Employers' Rights
    2. Drug Testing - Legal Tips for HR
    3. Disciplining and Firing Employees for Drug Use
    4. Drug and Alcohol Policies - Maximizing Safety and Efficiency
  2. Avoiding Discrimination Claims
    10:15 - 11:15, Joseph R. Daigle
    1. Preventing Discrimination in Recruitment, Hiring, Promotion and Termination
    2. LGBTQ Rights and Employment Discrimination
    3. Handling Complaints: Practical Tips
    4. Strategies for Dealing with the EEOC
    5. Drafting Effective Position Statements
  3. The #MeToo Era: Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response Tactics
    11:15 - 12:15, Joseph R. Daigle
    1. Recent Developments: #MeToo, Confidentiality Issues and Tax Treatment of Settlements
    2. Tips for Sexual Harassment Training
    3. Formal and Informal Grievances: Steps You Must Take
    4. Rights of the Accused and Vetting Accusations
    5. Workplace Romances: Policies and Liabilities
  4. Bullying, Workplace Violence and More: Dealing with Problematic Behavior
    1:15 - 2:15, Christine E. Dieter
    1. Bullying Prevention and Management - Tools and Strategies
    2. Tips for Handling Domestic Violence
    3. Workplace Violence Prevention: Obligations, Signs and Legal Remedies
    4. Guns in the Workplace
    5. Addressing Mental Health Issues
    6. Practical Tips for Dealing with Problem Employees
  5. Conducting Airtight Workplace Investigations
    2:15 - 3:15, Matthew C. Reeber
    1. Handling Internal Complaints the Right Way
    2. Potential Legal Issues and Pitfalls
    3. Information-Gathering Techniques and Interviews
    4. Creating Fully Defensible Documentation and Reports
    5. Helping Protect Attorney-Client Privilege
    6. Appropriate Action and Follow Up
    7. Protecting Accusers and Accused Against Retaliation
  6. Discipline, Discharge and Documentation: Shielding Against Lawsuits
    3:30 - 4:30, Matthew C. Reeber
    1. Legally Sound Discipline Policies
    2. Determining the Appropriate Level of Discipline
    3. What to Do When There is no Policy Addressing the Offense
    4. Setting Up a Defensible Termination
    5. Creating Practical, Enforceable Separation Agreements (with Samples)

Who Should Attend

This two-day, intermediate level seminar on HR legal issues is designed to benefit:

  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Attorneys
  • Corporate Executives
  • Accountants
  • Payroll Profes

Additional Information

Training Provider: NBI, Inc.

Course Topics: HR Management Training > Certificate Programs

Training Course Summary: Human Resource Law: The Ultimate Guide