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Annual Employment & Benefits Law Conference 2022


Hilton Garden Inn
151401 Cty Rd NN, Wausau, Wisconsin

Presenters: Sara J. Ackermann, Mary Ellen Schill, Chad R. Levanetz, Nicole L. Stangl, Tyler M. Richardson


Ruder Ware’s Annual Employment & Benefits Law Conference will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn (map and directions) on Thursday, November 10, 2022.

7:30 a.m.       Registration

8:00 a.m.      Welcome & Introductions

8:15 – 9:00 a.m.

Take It or Leave It:  Wisconsin’s Bone Marrow and Organ Donor Leave Law; Leave Donation Programs Done Right
Presenter:  Attorney Mary Ellen Schill

        • Which employers are required to provide donor leave
        • Defining donor leave
        • Employee notice requirements to take advantage of donor leave
        • Process for complaints regarding the donor leave law violations and how they are handled
        • Donating paid leave in times of crisis, like the war in Ukraine.  Make sure your leave donation program complies with IRS rules

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

The 10 Deadly Sins and How Employers Can Avoid (or Repent from) Them
Presenter:  Attorney Aaron Halstead

Aaron will speak from the “employee” litigation perspective. Attendees will gain valuable insight on how to minimize many risks of employment litigation.

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. Break

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Wage Hour Class Action Litigation Is Here:  Are you Compliant?
Presenters:  Attorneys Chad Levanetz and Nicole Stangl

Nicole and Chad, who regularly defend wage and hour cases, will review the common mistakes employers make that lead to class action wage and hour litigation.  They will also highlight certain strategies for defending company practices should a lawsuit be filed against the organization.

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.

Social Media Trends and Workplace Fallout
Presenter: Tyler Richardson

Tyler will provide a summary of some trending social media themes and employment stories going viral on Reddit, TikTok, and other platforms.  This will be followed by a discussion of what to do when an employee, or former employee, “goes rogue” on social media and the impact on the employer-employee relationship.

11:15 a.m. – Noon

Family Medical Leave:  What to Do and What Not to Do
Presenter:  Attorney Sara Ackermann

Family medical leave can be frustrating for employers, and with remote workers even more difficult to manage.  Sara will review some tips and traps in this complex area of employment law.  She will also address the tricky overlap between ADA and FMLA that often gets employers into trouble.

Noon – 1:00

Lunch, Stump the Experts


$85 CWSHRM, SPAHRA members (electronic pdf materials provided)
$110 Everyone else (electronic pdf materials provided)

Sponsored by:
Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C.

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