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Eau Claire Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations Law Conference – Spring 2016


Holiday Inn South
4751 Owen Ayres Court
Eau Claire, WI

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.

Never a Dull Moment in the Employee Benefits World!
Attorney Mary Ellen Schill

Update on ACA, impact of Supreme Court same sex marriage decision on benefit plans, and whatever else is keeping us up at night.

Break: 9:20 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

One Rightsize Fits All:  What You Need to Know About Game-Changing Rule Changes to Overtime, Independent-Contractor Relationships, and Contingent Workforce Relationships
Attorney Bryan Symes

In this session, Bryan will walk attendees through the Department of Labor’s long-anticipated, proposed rule changes governing overtime and the so-called “white collar” exemptions [including proposed changes to the salary level test, possible changes to the “duties” tests, current “white collar” exemptions, and Wisconsin-specific wrinkles], the Department of Labor’s increased agency scrutiny of independent-contractor relationships and employee misclassification, and the National Labor Relations Board’s controversial “joint employment” standard and how this standard impacts the franchise model and the contingent workforce.

Break: 10:40 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

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

  • Walking the Pre-Hire Tightrope:  Tips and Traps!
    Attorney Sara Ackermann

Employment laws and regulations are constantly changing. Mistakes made during the hiring process can cause big legal trouble for unwary employers. Medical inquiries, criminal background checks, arrest and conviction records, social media snooping, drug testing, and noncompete agreements are all areas where human resources professionals must proceed with caution. Sara’s presentation will give you the “balance” you need so YOU can avoid the “fall” into the courtroom.

  • “Banging on the Drum All Day”:  Dealing With Leaves of Absence and Unavailability for Work
    Attorney Dean Dietrich

Companies have experienced a growing portion of their workforce asking for time off or claiming the need for time off in order to address illness or family matters. Employers struggle with the requirement to comply with the Federal and State Family Medical Leave Act as well as the accommodation requirements under the Americans With Disabilities Act and Wisconsin Fair Employment Act. This program will address employer obligations under these various laws and identify strategies to be used to prevent employees from taking advantage of extra time off. Remember the song, “I Don’t Want to Work – I Want to Bang on the Drum All Day”?

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!

HRCI credit – 3 hours HR (General).

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