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Thompson Coburn LLP Annual Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Law Seminar

Thompson Coburn’s annual seminar provides programming on a wide variety of HR issues to keep you current on the latest in HR best practices and legislation. Our full-day seminar offers Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits tracks, and both CLE and HRCI credits.

HR Spring Training: Fielding the Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Issues That Impact Your Business

Date: March 4, 2014

Location: Marriott West Conference Center
660 Maryville Centre Drive
St. Louis, MO 63141

Complimentary registration includes continental breakfast, lunch and cocktail hour

Registration: 7:30 A.M.
Seminar begins: 8:00 A.M.
Cocktail hour immediately following the last session

Not yet registered? Visit our Registration Page.

Time Grand Ballroom Maryville Ballroom
8:00 a.m. – 8:05 a.m. Joint Session in Grand Ballroom
Welcome and Play Ball!
8:05 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. Joint Session in Grand Ballroom
The Shots Heard ‘Round the World: Religious Freedom, Contraception and the ACA, and the Demise of DOMA
Rick Pautler and Cliff Godiner
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Scouting Report: Employment Trends and Issues
Krissa Lubben, Kelly Simon and Nelson Williams
Benefit Issues for Employees in the Hot Box
Lori Jones and Mike Lane
9:50 a.m.– 10:50 a.m. Performance Enhancements: Guns and Drugs in the Workplace
Laura Jordan and Cody Reinberg
Health Care Reform: What’s On Deck
Cathy Conrad and Ruth Streit
10:55 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Playing by the Book: Best Practices for Workplace Investigations
Hope Abramov, Susan Lorenc and Paul Klein
Don’t Blow the Save: Fiduciary Issues and Updates for
401(k) Plans

Mark Weisberg and Linda Lemel Hoseman
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Joint Session in Grand Ballroom/Lunch
Who’s On First? A Brief Survey of Cybersecurity in Washington
Jim Burger, Thompson Coburn Lobbying & Policy

Cybersecurity – It Ain’t Over ‘til It’s Over
Dr. Eric Burger, Director of the Georgetown Center for Secure Communications
1:35 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. Preventing the Walk-Off: Strategies for Handling Unemployment Appeals
Charles Poplstein and Tabitha Davisson
Pinch Hitters: Contract Workers – Beware of the Labor and Employee Benefit Pitfalls
Trish Winchell and Laura Jordan
2:40 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. 7th Inning Stretch: An Interactive Discussion About Workplace Issues
Arthur Sternberg, Joyce Pratt and Melinda Potmesil
They Call ‘Em Like They See ‘Em: What’s New with the Umpires at the NLRB
Mike Duffee and Tim Sarsfield
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Joint Session in Grand Ballroom
Cocktail Hour and Reception

HR Spring Training Summaries

The Shots Heard ‘Round the World: Religious Freedom, Contraception and the ACA, and the Demise of DOMA

You may have heard about the Little Sisters of the Poor, but do you understand what they have to do with the ACA? Do you know that the Supreme Court is about to decide an important case involving Hobby Lobby and the ACA, but don’t understand the key issues before the Court? You read all the news about the Supreme Court striking down a portion of DOMA, but do you know what the fallout of that decision has been? These topics will be explored during our first general session.

Scouting Report: Employment Trends and Issues

Learn about the hot issues in wage and hour law, including a report on the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on donning and doffing under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the use of interns, and the pitfalls of allowing employees to bring their own devices to work. This session will also review the status of comprehensive immigration reform, I-9 compliance and hiring of foreign workers, and recent developments on the timeliness of charges under the Missouri Human Rights Act.

Benefit Issues for Employees in the Hot Box

Employees and their families often turn to HR departments when they are facing a family crisis. This presentation will address employee benefit issues that may arise when employees and their families grapple with debt, divorce, incapacity and death.

Performance Enhancements: Guns and Drugs in the Workplace

The decriminalization of the use of medical marijuana and the legalization of concealed weapons pose challenges for employers who maintain drug-free and weapon-free workplaces. This session will discuss these laws, how they relate to your workforce, and how employers can revise company policies to minimize their impact on your workplace.

Health Care Reform: What’s On Deck

In this update on Health Care Reform, we’ll discuss the requirements that became effective in 2014, compliance issues on deck for later years, and additional guidance recently issued or expected in 2014.

Playing by the Book: Best Practices for Workplace Investigations

This session will explore employer obligations and provide advice for conducting internal workplace investigations. We will discuss strategies for handling employee crimes, maintaining the attorney-client privilege, and managing each phase of an investigation.

Don’t Blow the Save: Fiduciary Issues and Updates for 401(k) Plans

This presentation will cover the basic fiduciary concepts that plan fiduciaries (and those who work with such fiduciaries) should know, as well as explain the key areas of potential liability that plan sponsors need to avoid. It will also cover recent updates in the 401(k) law, including Roth conversions.

Who’s On First? A Brief Survey of Cybersecurity in Washington

The government dialog often sounds like the old Abbott and Costello routine: Who’s responsible (hearings); What is being done (legislation and Executive Orders); and, is “I Don’t Know” the common response?

Cybersecurity – It Ain’t Over ‘til It’s Over

This presentation will touch upon the risks, countermeasures, legal, and regulatory aspects of cybersecurity. We will cover how the responsibility for cybersecurity goes well beyond the IT department and in particular, the importance of HR for the defense of the enterprise.

Preventing the Walk-Off: Strategies for Handling Unemployment Appeals

Get up to speed on the best practices and strategies for challenging unemployment claims and appealing unemployment decisions levied against an employer. This presentation will also address the legal implications of the Federal Unemployment Insurance Integrity Act, which requires employers to timely and adequately respond to requests for information from state unemployment agencies.

Pinch Hitters: Contract Workers – Beware of the Labor & Employee Benefit Pitfalls

This presentation will address the risks of a workforce that includes contract workers and detail best practices for managing those risks. We’ll cover (among other things) the Affordable Care Act and the new risks the law raises for businesses with contract workers, labor law issues affecting contract workers, and important steps for companies with contract workers and 401(k) plans.

7th Inning Stretch: An Interactive Discussion About Common Workplace Issues

Back by popular demand! Watch videos depicting challenging, real-life workplace scenarios, explore potential HR responses, and learn from the potential consequences. Topics will include enforcing restrictive covenants and protecting proprietary information; dealing with challenging employee issues, including terminating employees when worker’s compensation, FMLA, or ADA accommodations are involved; and recognizing legal liabilities for supervisors’ problem behavior, including bullying, favoritism, and being too nice.

They Call ‘Em Like They See ‘Em: What’s New with the Umpires at the NLRB

This program will focus on significant NLRB case decisions and emerging guidance from the past year, including employees’ Section 7 rights in non-union settings. We’ll also discuss the NLRB’s continued efforts to advance the cause of organized labor on several different fronts.