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Annual Employment & Benefits Law Conference: November 7, 2019


Westwood Conference Center
1800 Westwood Center Blvd
Wausau, WI 54401

Presenters: Sara J. Ackermann, Mary Ellen Schill


Welcome and Introductions  8:05 a.m.

FMLA vs. ADA, Accommodation, Leave, and More Leave
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Attorney Sara Ackermann

Sara will provide tips and traps in maneuvering between FMLA-mandated leave and accommodation under the ADA.  She will cover recent developments in these areas including intermittent leave under ADA and accommodation challenges, including but not limited to: service animals, fragrance-free workplaces, extended leave, and requests to work from home.

Break  9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Emerging Trends in State Legislation  
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Attorneys Bob Reinertson and Brian Flood

In this panel presentation Bob and Brian will discuss the emerging trends in state law, including legalization of marijuana, ban the box statutes, wage theft law disclosures, paid sick leave, and salary history bans.

Short Break  10:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m

Are You Taxing Your Fringes?
10:40 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Attorney Mary Ellen Schill

Mary Ellen will discuss the Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 on the tax treatment of employer-provided fringe benefits, recent IRS rulings on employer-provided meals, and what fringes must be included on the W-2. Say goodbye to that free lunch!

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s the DOL Final Overtime Rule!
11:45 a.m. – Noon
Attorney Sara Ackermann 

Sara will provide highlights of the long-awaited rule. Bring your questions!

Lunch and Networking  Noon – 1:00 p.m.

During lunch…. Feel free to bring your “hypothetical” questions and try to stump the experts!


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