Varnum's 2018 Labor & Employment Seminar
March 22, 2018 – Grand Rapids
7:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Prince Conference Center
1800 E Beltline Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
May 22, 2018 – Detroit
12:00 - 5:15 p.m.
Westin Book Cadillac
1114 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
Continuing Education Credits
This seminar has approval for four (4) hours toward Recertification Credit by the HR Certification Institute.
Grand Rapids Agenda
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. General Session
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Break
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Breakout Session One
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Breakout Session Two
11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Break
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Breakout Session Three
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Registration and Lunch
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. General Session
1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Break
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Breakout Session One
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Breakout Session Two
4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Break
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Breakout Session Three
Sexual Harassment and Investigations: How to Protect Your Employees and Your Company Sexual misconduct awareness has seen a meteoric rise in the public consciousness, and the issue has significant implications for employers. Learn your responsibilities, the practical steps and policies needed to thwart unsafe behavior, and how to respond if such behavior does occur.
Presenters: Stephanie R. Setterington and Elizabeth Wells Skaggs
Breakout Session One
The Essentials of Workplace Investigations
Internal investigations must be properly conducted in order to effectively address the issue necessitating the investigation and to defend against any subsequent claims. This session will review best practices for conducting an internal investigation, including when and whether an investigation is needed, the dynamics of the investigatory process, and how to get the maximum benefits from an effective investigation.
Presenters: Tiffany K. Snow and Bethany S. Sweeny
Marijuana and the Workplace
Many employers are facing issues relating to employees’ recreational and/or medicinal use of marijuana, including positive drug screens and the purported need to use marijuana due to a disability. This session will cover the ever-evolving marijuana laws at the state and federal levels, including their impact on employers and their interplay with other state and federal employment discrimination laws.
Presenter: Brett A. Rendeiro
NLRB – Key 2017 Developments and What to Expect Under the Trump Administration
Understanding National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issues should remain at the top of your need-to-know list. Learn about what standards are changing under the Trump
Administration and their effect on joint-employer status, workplace rules and handbook policies among others.
Presenters: Luis E. Avila and Seth B. Arthur
Smart Recruiting: Best Practices and Perils to Avoid in Talent Acquisition
There is a wealth of information out there about today’s employment candidates. Employers can easily get into trouble if they ask for or use the wrong information. Learn the best practices and pitfalls of the hiring process, including tips for employment applications and job postings, background checks, pre-employment inquiries and interviewing.
Presenter: Stephanie R. Setterington
I-9 Compliance and Immigration Update
This session will help you navigate common questions regarding I-9 compliance and best practices, and update you on immigration law developments.
Presenters: Kimberly A. Clarke, Yvonne Kupfermann and Nina A. Thekdi
Breakout Session Two
Supreme Court Decisions: Recent Rulings and Potential Landmines in 2018
The Supreme Court is poised to rule on several labor and employment cases
in 2018, and employers should expect the decisions to have far-reaching
implications in the workplace. Learn about recent decisions involving employment arbitration and the Fair Labor Standards Act and how they could potentially impact your business.
Presenter: David E. Khorey
Workers’ Compensation: A Good Time to be an Employer
Learn the trends in workers’ compensation rulings, as well as best practices for
employers to manage workers’ compensation liability.
Presenter: Richard R. Symons
It’s Your Call: Lessons Learned From Actual Case Studies
Drawing on the experience of the entire Labor and Employment Practice Team, these Varnum panelists will use case studies to share advice and stories of lessons learned,
providing the understanding needed to avoid employee legal claims. Participants will take away ideas and action items for implementation in their individual workplaces.
Presenters: Brett A. Rendeiro, Tiffany K. Snow and Joseph J. Vogan
Solving the ADA/FMLA Conundrum
Employee medical and leave matters continue to be among the trickiest issues confronted by HR personnel. Reinforce your knowledge of key concepts, learn the latest case law trends, and analyze several real-life scenarios implicating the FMLAand ADA.
Presenters: Luis E. Avila, Yvonne Kupfermann and Elizabeth Wells Skaggs
Breakout Session Three
It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye: Employment Terminations
Knowing when and how to end the employment relationship is critical to protecting your business. Learn how to evaluate readiness to terminate, best practices for conducting termination meetings, and strategies to protect the company’s assets against employment
litigation, security breaches, and unfair competition. In addition, learn key steps to take if a terminated employee files suit.
Presenters: Seth B. Arthur, David E. Khorey and Lawrence J. Murphy
Employee Handbooks – What to Include, What to Exclude and Why
When was the last time you reviewed your employee handbook? Do you even have an employee handbook? Join us for a discussion as to why you need one, what should be included and why.
Presenters: Kevin B. Krauss and Bethany S. Sweeny
Social Media Misuse: Issues and Discipline
With social media’s permeation of our culture, employers have been forced to develop a multitude of creative ways to deal with employee use of social media both in and out of the workplace. Some practices are beneficial and others are treacherous. This session will enable you to address social media misuse issues and take disciplinary action in the appropriate ways in the ever-changing world of social media regulation.
Presenters: Luis E. Avila and Yvonne Kupfermann
EEOC/MDCR Investigations: How to Achieve the Best Results
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Michigan Department
of Civil Rights continue to aggressively pursue investigations and lawsuits against
employers. Learn about their investigation procedures and practices. Knowing your options and how to handle EEOC/MDCR tactics can help you avoid making mistakes that could have serious consequences for your business.
Presenters: Maureen E. O’Brien and Joseph J. Vogan