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Agenda | Employment Law: Beyond the Basics Seminar | Eugene, OR | December 04, 2015
Employment Law: Beyond the Basics Seminar
  1. FLSA/Wage & Hour Crackdown 
    1. Classification issues
      1. Exempt vs. non-exempt
      2. Independent contractor vs. employee    
      3. Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) 
    2. Pitfalls in employers' use of independent contractors, contingent workforce, and staffing agency employees to avoid payroll taxes
    3. On the clock or off the clock
    4. Rise of collective/class action lawsuits
    5. E-Verify, I-9 audits, and state and federal laws
  2. Advanced FMLA and ADA Issues   
    1. FMLA and ADA updates and EEOC guidelines
      1. Expansion of what can be considered a “disability”
      2. What constitutes accommodation according to the EEOC
      3. How new ADAAA rules impact HR
      4. Effect on FMLA and other leave policies
      5. Discrimination
    2. Overlap of FMLA and ADA
  3. Sexual, Racial, and Other Harassment and Discrimination   
    1. Recent legislation and court cases
    2. Domestic partnership issues
    3. Harassment vs. discrimination
    4. Is it quid pro quo, harassment, or just obnoxious behavior?
    5. What constitutes a hostile workplace environment?
    6. Employer liability principles as they affect management of complaints
    7. Liability for claims of harassment by third parties 
  4. Oregon’s New Paid Sick Leave Law (SB 484)
    1. Oregon sick leave requirements
    2. Existing time off policies
    3. Employer strategies
    4. Preventing abuse
    5. Penalties and liability
  5. ACA/Obamacare: What Employers Need to Know
    1. What is the Affordable Care Act?
    2. How it will affect small and large businesses
    3. Timeline for provisions    
    4. Questions and answers  
  6. Privacy and Social Media in the Workplace 
    1. Balancing an employer’s right to know vs. employee’s privacy
    2. Wireless devices and employee’s and employer’s privacy violations
    3. Monitoring and creating policies regarding Internet, email, texting, and other electronic communications
    4. Use of social networking sites in the employment context: risks, best practices, and policies
    5. Off the job behavior, e.g., blogging and dating
    6. The NLRB and social media
    7. Case law studies
  7. Termination Best Practices 
    1. Legal considerations, e.g., WARN Act, OWBPA, employee agreements
    2. Structuring severance/separation packages, COBRA
    3. RIF, layoffs, early retirement, performance
    4. Terminations: strategies for avoiding claims