9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Anatomy of Employment Litigation
This interactive session will provide attendees with an understanding of the anatomy of employment-related legal claims, including charges of discrimination and lawsuits, and the ever-so-popular attorney demand letters. Attendees will also learn about common misconceptions, mistakes, risks, and other issues arising out of each of the distinct processes.
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Exploring the “Reasonable” in Reasonable Accommodation
Federal, state, and certain local laws prohibit employers from discriminating against individuals with disabilities. They also generally require employers to reasonably accommodate the known disabilities of employees unless doing so would cause an undue hardship on the employer.
In theory, providing a reasonable accommodation is as simple as changing how an employee performs the job without changing the essential functions of the job itself. That sounds easy, but in real life, we often struggle with how this might work, especially when it comes to the interplay of reasonable accommodation, worker’s compensation benefits, and unpaid and paid leave policies and/or laws.
In this session, we will work through detailed scenarios to help you identify solutions and provide more effective accommodations that will inevitably cost less than defending a failure to accommodate claim.
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Technology is Changing the Way We Work- Are You Keeping Pace?
Mobile devices, time tracking apps, social media... as technology continues to rapidly evolve, so does its impact on the working environment. Are you keeping pace?
During this session, instructors will discuss the pitfalls and promises of various technological advances, including compensability issues raised by mobile devices and employees’ access to technology outside of the workplace, jurisdictional mandates for technology reimbursements, privacy issues, and the use of social media as a screening and investigative tool.
1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (15 minute break will be taken during simulation)
Put Yourself in the Hot Seat: Workplace Investigation Simulation
During this session, attendees will take a deep dive into the internal investigation process and assume the role of a human resources professional investigating a difficult race discrimination complaint.
Attendees will learn how to select and question witnesses, review relevant documentation, identify which policies may be implicated, and practical steps and tips on how to appropriately document the investigation to defend any subsequent legal process.