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Thompson Coburn HR 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 (pending).

Date: April 7, 2016

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

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Seminar Agenda

Time Track 1 Track 2 Track 3
8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Joint Session in Grand Ballroom

Welcome


Cliff Godiner / Chuck Poplstein / Lori Jones
8:15 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Avoiding Potential Potholes of Employee Misclassification

Krissa Lubben / Susan Lorenc / Paul Klein
Protecting Trade Secrets and Customer Relationships along the Information Highway

Arthur Sternberg / Chuck Poplstein
Trap Streets: A Changing Roadmap Presents Pitfalls for Welfare Plans

Cathy Conrad / Mike Lane
10:10 a.m.- 11:10 a.m. Turn Right Here: How to Navigate a Government Inspection

Hope Abramov / Kelly Simon
Route 66, River Roads and Scenic Byways: What You Need to Know About Illinois Employment Law

Arthur Sternberg / Susan Lorenc
GPS for TPAs: Engaging and Monitoring TPAs

Lori Jones / Linda Hoseman
11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Dangerous Intersection Ahead: Navigating Employee Leave and Disability Accommodation Laws

Laura Jordan / Tim Sarsfield
Traffic Ahead: California Law Update

John Viola / Gabriel Shechter
Plan Fiduciaries: Avoiding the Road to the Courthouse

Rick Pautler / Trish Winchell
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch
1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. Warning - Blind Curves: How You Can Prevent Data Theft

Daniel Roffman, FTI Consulting / Chuck Poplstein
Danger Zone: NLRB Cracks Down on Non-Union Employers

Mike Duffee / Cliff Godiner
Breaking Ground: Transgender Issues in the Workplace

Tabitha Davisson / Nelson Williams
2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
3:50 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Cocktail Hour and Reception


Session Descriptions



Undiscovered Country: A Review of Last Year’s Key Developments in Human Resource Law
Participants will get an in-depth review of important decisions and laws that have impacted the employment field over the past year.


Avoiding Potential Potholes of Employee Misclassification
This session will provide an update on the Department of Labor’s Proposed Overtime Regulations, including the possibility of changes to the duties test, in addition to the anticipated increase in the salary basis test for exempt employees.  We will discuss what your organization should be doing while waiting for the final regulations to be issued.   In addition, you will learn about the increased focus and scrutiny by governmental agencies on independent contractor and joint employment issues, as well as how to best protect your organizations from misclassification issues.


Turn Right Here: How to Navigate a Government Inspection
Do you know what to do if a government official from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) pays you a visit? This program will provide practical advice to help minimize your risk as a result of these unexpected visits. We will discuss how to prepare for and handle OSHA investigations and I-9 audits, as well as USCIS site visits related to H-1B and/or L-1 employees.


Dangerous Intersection Ahead:  Navigating Employee Leave and Disability Accommodation Laws
The Department of Labor, EEOC, and state agencies have progressively expanded employee leave and accommodation rights through regulation and litigation. This session will address recent developments in ADA and FMLA litigation and legislation and emerging issues facing employers in the evolving workplace.


Warning - Blind Curves: How You Can Prevent Data Theft
Misappropriation of trade secrets is a growing issue for every company. Mobile devices, in particular, create real problems for HR and IT professionals alike. In this session, special guest Daniel Roffman, Managing Director of FTI Consulting’s Technology Segment, will discuss best practices for mitigating theft of important company data by departing employees.


Protecting Trade Secrets and Customer Relationships along the Information Highway
This session explores steps to enhance your ability to secure court protection against competition in today’s information age and latest developments in non-competition cases. The session will discuss the ability to restrict social media contacts, the latest in use of forum selection clauses, limitations placed by governmental agencies on confidentiality agreements, and recent developments regarding the enforcement of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.


Route 66, River Roads and Scenic Byways: What You Need to Know About Illinois Employment Law
This session navigates new twists in the road for Illinois employers, including new laws, regulations, and court decisions on equal pay, pregnancy accommodation, unemployment compensation, veteran preferences, and the Illinois Whistleblower Act. We also map out other recent Illinois changes, including background checks and “ban the box.”


Traffic Ahead: California Law Update
This session will focus on new legislation, court decisions and issues faced by California employers.


Danger Zone: NLRB Cracks Down on Non-Union Employers
The National Labor Relations Board used to be an agency that union-free employers could ignore. No more. In this session, we will discuss the NLRB’s obsession with overturning seemingly standard employer policies on topics such as behavior in the workplace and confidentiality, as well as its refusal to accept court precedent regarding the validity of individual arbitration agreements. In addition, we will review the Board’s current attempts to expand the “joint employer” concept to enforce responsibility for alleged labor law violations onto franchisors and parent organizations.


Trap Streets: A Changing Roadmap Presents Pitfalls for Welfare Plans
This session will cover a number of top issues and common problems for health and welfare plan administrators. 


GPS for TPAs: Engaging and Monitoring TPAs
In this session we will provide a road map to hiring and overseeing third party plan administrators. We will discuss IRS and DOL guidance on selecting and monitoring TPAs, essential provisions of TPA agreements, using the RFP process to vet TPA bidders on key issues, and bypassing roadblocks in TPA relationships.


Plan Fiduciaries: Avoiding the Road to the Courthouse
This session covers recent high-profile cases that have been filed against benefit plan fiduciaries and the practical steps plan fiduciaries can take to protect against them.


Breaking Ground: Transgender Issues in the Workplace
Navigating today’s employment discrimination territory is a winding road. This session will focus on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) position that transgender individuals are protected from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because transgender discrimination is discrimination based on “sex.” We will also focus on the recent March 2016 EEOC lawsuit challenging sexual orientation discrimination as gender bias prohibited by Title VII. Applicable state law will also be addressed. We’ll help you identify transgender and LGBT issues in the workplace, as well as discuss best practices for creating policies consistent with EEOC and OSHA guidance, and preventing workplace harassment.


Everyone on the Bus: An Interactive Session Covering Hot Topics in HR Law
Federal and local elections will change the HR landscape. Social issues and technology will also create twists and turns for you to navigate. Our interactive session will allow you to test your knowledge on a variety of issues and ask questions of our HR attorneys on topics that directly affect your business.