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Eau Claire Ruder Ware Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations Conference – 2015


Holiday Inn South
4751 Owen Ayres Ct
Eau Claire, WI

Presenters: Mary Ellen Schill, Sara J. Ackermann


Conference Schedule:

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

The pay or play mandate under the ACA is here for applicable large employers. And, the IRS has issued draft forms and instructions for the Section 6055 and 6056 reporting requirements for ALEs, 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.

9:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. 

Morning Workshops, Round 1 (Choose One)

NLRB on the Loose:  Do Your Personnel Policies Pass Muster Under Recent Board Decisions?

Attorneys Dean Dietrich and Steve Bohrer

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.

10:50 a.m. – Noon 

Morning Workshops, Round 2 (Choose One)

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.

Noon – 1:00 p.m.  

Lunch and Networking – bring your hypothetical questions and try to stump the experts!

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