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Annual Labor & Employment Symposium

Italian Conference Center

Festa Room
631 East Chicago Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

7:30 - 8:00 a.m.  Registration and Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  Program

Program Fee = $75.00


Health Plans and Health Care Reform: Final Preparation for 2015
Presenters: John Barlament and Sarah Fowles

Are you -- and your health plan -- ready for 2015? Join us for a discussion of the last-minute items employers need to know after health care reform. We will discuss:

  • Action steps for the "employer shared responsibility" rule (the "Pay or Play Rule")
  • How to determine which plans are subject to that rule and when, exactly, it applies to you
  • Brand-new reporting rules -- what you need to track and report

New Leave Law Challenges, and Some Reasonable Accommodations
Presenters: Mike Fischer and Lindsey Davis

Pregnancy growing into a disability.  New sick leave laws making employers ill.  Proliferating questions about employers' medical questions.  A breakdown in the interactive process between muscular leave laws and the harried employers trying to comply with them.  This session will review increasingly challenging legal restrictions  and offer reasonable accommodations (and practical tips) allowing you to do the heavy lifting your HR job requires, ensuring that you can perform the essential functions of that job rather than taking permanent leave of your senses.

Back to the Future -- New Technologies, New Employment Issues, Practical Advice
Presenters: Mike Aldana and Nick Anderson

This presentation will cover emerging issues involving technology in the workplace, including employee privacy and monitoring, sources of protection for employees and sources of potential liability for employers when it comes to the use of technology both inside and outside the workplace.

  • Monitoring Employee's Social Media Activities
    • Protections of Employees Social Media Activities
    • NLRB's view of protected "concerted activity"
  • Telecommuting Update - EEOC v. Ford Motor Company
  • Lessons from Target and Home Depot data breaches -- Training Employees to Protect Sensitive Information

Hot Topics

  • NLRB - Dave Kern
  • Employee Benefits - Bob Rothacker
  • Immigration - Grant Sovern 

Employee Whistle blowing
Presenters: Fred Gants and Pam Ploor

This topic will cover:

  • Legal developments
  • Practical steps for employers

Wage and Hour Issues Under The FLSA: You Can't Teach An Old Law New Tricks
Presenters: Sean Scullen and Chris Nickels

This topic will cover:

  • Recent litigation trends and Department of Labor activity
  • Discussion of the most common wage and hour pitfalls, and how to avoid them
  • Discussion of the white collar exemptions, and what might be in store for the future
  • Preventative measures to avoid claims and liability

Want to Impress Your Boss?  Show Them How An Investigation Is Done Right!
Presenter: Judi Williams-Killackey 

This topic will cover:

  • Ways to structure an investigation
  • Considerations regarding working with outside or inside counsel
  • The do's and don'ts of what to say and ask during an investigation
  • Implementation of decisions

What to Do When the EEOC Comes Knocking
Presenter: Bob Duffy

This topic will cover:

  • EEOC trends in litigation
  • How EEOC litigation impacts severance agreements
  • Background checks
  • Targeted enforcement areas


We will provide a form and apply for 4 hours of Wisconsin Continuing Legal Education credit.