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Annual Employment, Benefits, & Labor Relations Law Conference – 2014


Westwood Conference Center
1800 Westwood Center Blvd
Wausau, WI 54401

Presenters: Mary Ellen Schill, Sara J. Ackermann


Registration: 7:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions: 8:00 a.m.

8:05 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.

Affordable Care Act New Reporting Requirements and Update
Attorney Mary Ellen Schill
If it s Fall that means it s time for an Affordable Care Act update. We re one step closer to the pay or play mandate being effective. And, the IRS has issued draft forms and instructions for the Section 6055 and 6056 reporting requirements for applicable large employers, insurers, and self-funded health plan sponsors. Attorney Mary Ellen Schill will get you up to date with the ACA and the new reporting requirements.

Break: 9:20 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Morning Workshops, Round 1 (Choose One)
9:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

  • NLRB on the Loose: Do Your Personnel Policies Pass Muster Under Recent Board Decisions?
    Attorney Dean Dietrich
    The National Labor Relations Board has a full complement of Board members and is engaging in a great deal of scrutiny over employer personnel policies and codes of conduct. A number of decisions by the Board have held that various types of employer policies designed to address employee conduct violate the protected speech rights of employees under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. This presentation will review the Section 7 Rights of employees and identify the various personnel policies that may be subject to further scrutiny by the NLRB.
  • Social Media as a Tool in the Hiring Process
    Attorney Kevin Terry
    What is the first thing recruiters do when they receive an application? For many, it is to Google the applicant s name to get additional information about the person. Using tools like Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, and even Twitter is becoming commonplace in the search for employees. With these new tools, however, comes risks and rewards. The presenter will address the Do s and Don ts of using social media in the hiring process.

Break: 10:40 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Morning Workshops, Round 2 (Choose One)
10:50 a.m. – Noon

  • Now I Have a Migraine! How to Manage the Sick, Injured, and Disabled Workforce
    Attorney Sara Ackermann
    This session will cover the evolving world of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This seminar will address the statutory requirements of each law; examine some of the common management difficulties that are encountered, and suggest practical ways to address these concerns. Attorney Ackermann will address all of your questions including the following: When is each law triggered? What if more than one law applies? How can medical information be obtained? When can attendance issues be addressed? And, the million dollar question, when can employment be terminated?
  • Union Rights for Non-union Employees
    Attorney Bryan Symes
    Labor laws are not just for unionized employers! In this hour-long, interactive session, attendees will learn about numerous, recent developments at the National Labor Relations Board level that impact non-union workplaces. These developments include the so-called ambush or quickie election rules, micro-unit organizing rights, workplace confidentiality protections [policies and unwritten directives], solicitation and distribution practices, employee access rights, employee use of company e-mail systems, Weingarten rights [whether an employee is entitled to representation at a disciplinary meeting], representation rights at OSHA inspections, so-called inherently concerted activity, and more. The NLRB is flexing its muscles find out what you need to know to be prepared.

Lunch and Networking
Noon – 1:00 p.m.

During lunch, our panel of attorneys will invite you to ask questions. Feel free to bring your “hypothetical” questions and try to stump the experts!

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