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Annual Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations Law Conference – Fall 2017


Westwood Conference Center
1800 Westwood Center Blvd
Wausau, WI  54401

Presenters: Mary Ellen Schill, Robert J. Reinertson, Sara J. Ackermann


Registration:  7:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions:  8:00 a.m.

8:05 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Ageism in the Workplace
Attorneys Sara Ackermann and Kevin Terry

Kevin and Sara will lead a discussion of legal issues surrounding the aging workforce.  Topics will include discrimination, harassment, severance agreements, Medicare secondary payor, diminished capacity, and disability issues.

Break:  9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Workplace Threats and Crisis
Attorneys Mary Ellen Schill and Dean Dietrich

Dean and Mary Ellen will share:

  • An overview of Wisconsin’s new Safe at Home Program
  • Discussion of how the program impacts employee benefit plan [and HR] administration
  • Know your responsibilities with respect to benefit plans in the event of an employee death.

Short Break: 10:45 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.

10:55 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.

OSHA Update
Attorney Bob Reinertson

Bob will provide an update on OSHA’s injury reporting, anti-retaliation, and drug testing rule.  Questions addressed include:

  • Are you required to submit injury information to OSHA’s new electronic “portal”?
  • Do your drug testing and safety incentive policies comply with the rule?
  • And might the Trump Administration change the rule?

11:00 a.m. – Noon
What Triggers an Investigation?
Attorneys Kevin Terry and Sara Ackermann

Kevin and Sara will lead a panel review of hot topics in this area:

  • When is a complaint considered harassment and does it matter?
  • Do we need to investigate employee complaints about customers?
  • What about Board of Directors and other third parties? If so, how?

Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch and Networking

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