Almost every decision made as an HR professional is fraught with legal landmines that can bring frustration, fear, and lawsuits. Join our legal experts as they untangle misconceptions and eliminate confusion. At MRA’s annual Employment Law Update you will walk away with an understanding of the latest employment-related legal developments and how to deal with them effectively.
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Schedule Sessions 7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Registration / Continental Breakfast 8:00 a.m. – 8:10 a.m. Opening Remarks 8:10 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Opening Session: 2019 Employment Law Year in Review: What employers need to know about legal developments and trends 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Session 1A: The Dirty Dozen – Twelve of the most common (and avoidable) wage and hour mistakes 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Session 1B: Tricky ADA Compliance Issues: Accommodating Mental Health Issues, Leaves of Absences and Managing Performance and Disciplining Employees with Disabilities 10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Session 2A: Eye on Pay Equity 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Session 2B: Legal Challenges for Dress and Appearance in the Workplace 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Session 3A: Ending Employment Relationships and the Aftermath 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Session 3B: Title TBD 2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Session 4A: Clearing the Weeds: Making Sense of Marijuana Legalization Laws 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Session 4B: Interplay between FMLA/Leaves/WC and ADA. Navigating Through Leave Abuse 3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Break 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Closing Session Panel Discussion: Inquiring Minds Want to Know? Ask the Attorney!
8:10 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Presented by Bud Bobber, Ogletree Deakins
2019 Employment Law Year in Review: What employers need to know about legal developments and trends
Employment law never stands still. No HR professional alone can consistently find, digest and react to all the changes in employment law. This session will summarize the important developments in employment law in prior year, suggest opportunities for employers and call out trends indicated by these developments.
- The most important court rulings impacting employment law
- The key developments at the key agencies (EEOC, DOL and NLRB)
- Patchwork of state law changes across the country
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Presented by Keith Kopplin, Ogletree Deakins
The Dirty Dozen – Twelve of the most common (and avoidable) wage and hour mistakes
Wage and hour litigation continues to be prevalent in both state and federal courts. In this session, we will provide an overview of the risks associated with wage and hour practices, before reviewing twelve of the most common issues that get employers sued. Finally, we will provide an audit checklist to help attendees catch and correct issues before claims are filed.
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Presented by Oyvind Wistrom & Laurie Peterson, Lindner Marsack
Tricky ADA Compliance Issues: Accommodating Mental Health Issues, Leaves of Absences and Managing Performance and Disciplining Employees with Disabilities
This practical presentation will focus on several types of accommodation requests that continue to present challenges to employers and will provide hands-on advice and best practices to ensure that employers remain compliant with the ADA, WFEA, and the FMLA.
- Best practices in navigating the complexities of accommodating mental health conditions.
- Under what circumstances can a leave of absence constitute a reasonable accommodation under the ADA and the WFEA?
- Practical advice in determining how far an employer has to bend in providing flexible scheduling and medical leaves for employees.
- Moving forward with discipline and performance concerns when presented with evidence of a medical condition or a disability.
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presented by Sarah Platt, Ogletree Deakins
Eye on Pay Equity
Equal pay continues to be a key topic for employers – and in the media. In this session we will consider the increasing number of state pay equity laws and discuss recommendations for conducting a proactive privileged pay analysis. We will also address state laws prohibiting salary history inquiries and imposing other requirements on employers around pay transparency in the hiring process.
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presented by Joel Aziere, Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet, LLC
Legal Challenges for Dress and Appearance in the Workplace
Tattoos, piercings, and wild colored hair all present challenges for employers. But additional issues like gender non-conformity and cultural attire are presenting new challenges for employers seeking to establish their organization’s culture and policies, while ensuring compliance with state and federal laws. Organizations must balance employee’s rights to expressive freedom against the organization’s right to determine its legitimate business needs. During this presentation we will address:
- Legal issues surrounding dress and appearance in the workplace.
- Tips for preventing unconscious bias and stereotyping in dress codes.
- Tactics to ensure employees are evaluated by their actual performance and not stereotypes.
- Creation of a dress code free from discrimination.
- And, much more!
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Presented by Christine Liu & Meg Kurlinski, Godfrey & Kahn
Ending Employment Relationships and the Aftermath
The termination of an individual’s employment is never pleasant. Even when the decision is appropriate and necessary, it can be disruptive and difficult. This presentation will cover:
- Key considerations when evaluating the risks associated with a proposed termination.
- Best practices when implementing a termination decision.
- The role of social media when employees separate employment.
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Presented by Rob Sholl & Shannon Toole, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Presented by Jonathan Levine, Littler Mendelson
Clearing the Weeds: Making Sense of Marijuana Legalization Laws
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Presented by Denise Greathouse, Michael Best & Friedrich
Interplay between FMLA/Leaves/WC and ADA. Navigating Through Leave Abuse
Human Resource, Safety and worker’s compensation professionals are on the front line of the most challenging area of employment law – managing injuries, illnesses and disabilities across the continuously changing legal landscape carved out by numerous laws. In this fast paced session, attorney Denise Greathouse will provide an update on considerations under FMLA, ADA, OSHA, worker’s compensation and related employment laws, and ask the audience to solve several challenging scenarios, applying what they have learned.
Closing Session Panel Discussion
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Presented by Bud Bobber, Rob Sholl & Meg Kurlinski
Inquiring Minds Want to Know? Ask the Attorney!
Bernard J. ("Bud") Bobber is a shareholder in the Milwaukee office of Ogletree Deakins. For over 30 years Mr. Bobber has advised and defended employers on their most challenging and high-stakes employment law issues. He represents employers before federal and state courts and administrative agencies throughout the country in all areas of employment law, with particular focus on wage and hour, trade secrets/noncompete, employee benefits and employment discrimination matters. Mr. Bobber has extensive experience in the defense of class action cases. He also routinely represents clients in labor arbitrations and in unfair labor practice charge proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. Mr. Bobber received his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois. Mr. Bobber has been listed in The Best Lawyers In America® for over 13 consecutive years. He was also selected for inclusion in the 2005-2018 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® lists. He was elected by colleagues in 2018 to be inducted as a Fellow in The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Best Lawyers named Mr. Bobber the 2015 Management-Employment Lawyer of the Year, the 2017 Management-Employment Lawyer of the Year, and the 2018 Management-Labor Law Lawyer of the Year.
Keith E. Kopplin’s practice focuses on employment litigation and employment law matters. Keith assists clients in resolving wage and hour class and collective actions, defending employment discrimination claims, responding to government audits, and improving workplace policies and procedures. He also provides day-to-day counseling to employers regarding a wide range of human resource matters including discipline and discharge decisions, the Wisconsin and federal Family and Medical Leave Acts, wage and hour practices, and workplace accommodations. Keith strives to find creative and cost-effective solutions to some of the most vexing workplace issues, including Family and Medical Leave Act abuse, incidents of off-the-clock work, and reasonable accommodation requests. He has given presentations on numerous topics, including the use of social media by employees, Wisconsin’s concealed carry law, employee handbooks, workplace violence, employee privacy, the hiring process, the Wisconsin and federal Family and Medical Leave Acts, discipline and discharge, and unemployment insurance. Keith also presents customized training programs for employers.
Oyvind Wistrom is a shareholder and President of the Board of Directors with the Milwaukee law firm of Lindner & Marsack, S.C. Mr. Wistrom’s practice is focused primarily on the litigation of employment claims, equal employment matters, and the development and oversight of personnel policies and procedures. Mr. Wistrom also devotes a significant portion of his practice to assisting and counseling companies in various employment matters, including discharge and discipline issues, non-compete and other employment contract matters, wage and hour disputes, worker’s compensation and family and medical leave issues, as well as individual rights and responsibilities in the workplace. He is a frequent speaker on various employment related matters and has written numerous articles on employment law topics.
Laurie A. Petersen is a shareholder and member of Lindner & Marsack, S.C.'s Board of Directors. Her labor and employment law experience covers a broad spectrum of matters for diverse business organizations in a range of industries. Her partnership with a variety of organizations involving a range of issues has prepared her to understand and support her client's business by counseling a strategy that fits the client's goals and philosophy.
Sarah Platt partners with employers of all sizes to find proactive and practical ways to address issues that could otherwise limit the success of employees and companies. Sarah counsels clients every day through challenging leave and accommodation issues under the ADA, FMLA and state laws. Sarah also often serves as an outside investigator and participates on clients’ crisis management teams to respond to harassment and other internal complaints, including those arising at the highest level of an organization. She frequently provides training to clients, from front-line workers to executive leadership, relating to harassment, accommodations and leave management, FMLA compliance, pay equity and other legal requirements and best practices.
Joel S. Aziere is President of the law firm Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet, LLC. Joel primarily defends employers in litigation involving all aspects of labor and employment cases, ranging from grievance arbitration to NLRB proceedings and actions before state and federal agencies. Joel defends employers in a variety of cases filed in state and federal court, including disputes involving discrimination and harassment, wage and hour issues, employment contracts, enforceability of non-compete clauses, whistleblower protections and wrongful termination.
Christine Liu McLaughlin is a shareholder and chair of the Labor & Employment Law Practice Group in the Milwaukee office. Christine also is the immediate-past chair of the firm's Women's Leadership Forum and chair of the Diversity Committee. Christine provides counsel on a wide variety of employment and labor issues ranging from interpretation and application of federal and state employment laws to specialized employee transition matters in complex business transactions. Christine has conducted workshops and seminars on various employment law topics in Wisconsin as well as nationally. She was instrumental in the creation and implementation of Legal Resource Training, Godfrey & Kahn's interactive training service initiated as a proactive tool to help clients avoid employment litigation. Christine was previously in-house counsel and Director of Employee Relations for the world's leading staffing service. Prior to her in-house experience, Christine was in private practice in Iowa where she focused on litigation with an emphasis on labor and employment.
Meg Kurlinski is a shareholder in Godfrey & Kahn’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. Meg assists clients with a variety of labor and employment matters, including the management of day-to-day employment matters, drafting and enforcing restrictive covenant agreements, administering family and medical leave laws, advising on federal and state discrimination claims, conducting unlawful harassment investigations, and drafting affirmative action plans. Meg also counsels clients regarding the employment and labor matters that are related to business sales, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate restructuring, including employment and labor due diligence, employee selection and retention, employment agreements, and reduction-in-force issues. In addition, Meg regularly conducts workshops and seminars on employment law topics for clients and other employment law professionals.
Robert K. Sholl is a shareholder in Reinhart’s Labor and Employment and Litigation practices. He advises and defends employers in the full range of labor and employment law matters. Best Lawyers in America named Mr. Sholl the 2017 Milwaukee Litigation – Labor and Employment "Lawyer of the Year." Mr. Sholl represents management exclusively. His employment practice encompasses employment discrimination, workplace harassment, noncompete agreements, whistleblower and breach of employment contract lawsuits before state and federal agencies and courts. He defends employers in unemployment and worker’s compensation hearings, wage/hour disputes and employee health and safety disputes. His traditional labor practice includes collective bargaining, unfair labor practice hearings before the National Labor Relations Board, and labor arbitrations.
Shannon M. Toole is an attorney in Reinhart’s Labor and Employment Practice. Shannon assists employers in variety of counseling and litigation matters. Prior to joining Reinhart, Shannon was a Summer Associate at Reinhart in 2018, and worked as a law clerk for the Labor and Employment Practice in 2019. During law school, she served as a legal intern for Legal Assistance to Internationalized Persons Project (LAIP) and for the Hon. William M. Conley at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. Shannon was also the Senior Forward Editor for the Wisconsin Law Review and a member of the Wisconsin Moot Court Board.
Jon Levine has a national practice focusing on representing employers in all areas of labor-management relations, including litigation before the National Labor Relations Board and in state and federal courts. Jon’s notable successes include Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce v. Doyle, in which the court struck down a provision of the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act prohibiting employers from conducting mandatory meetings with employees to discuss issues related to union organizing. He also handled Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce v. Milwaukee County, in which the court struck down the Milwaukee Labor Peace Ordinance, a law that limited the rights of employers to oppose efforts of unions to organize their employees. Additionally, Jon counsels clients on best business and employee relations practices, complex business transactions and the related issues arising from mergers, acquisitions, and workforce reductions, and other types of business restructuring. Jon's clients include companies in several industries.
Denise Greathouse is an attorney in the Michael Best and Friedrich’s Labor and Employment Relations Practice Group. Ms. Greathouse represents management exclusively in a full range of labor and employment matters. Her practice encompasses all aspects of employment law, including labor arbitration, employment tort and breach of contract lawsuits, police and fire commission matters, employee separation/ termination matters, unemployment compensation matters, and Social Security Disability matters. She also has experience investigating and consulting clients on matters involving discrimination, workers’ compensation and employee safety and health matters (including mine safety). A former prosecutor who still regularly appears before State and Federal Administrative Agencies and Courts, Ms. Greathouse is experienced handling litigation regarding employment-related claims and OSHA matters.
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