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29th Annual Baird Holm LLP Labor Law Forum

On 05/11/17
Categories: Upcoming Events

The 29th Annual Baird Holm Labor Law Forum is the largest labor and employment seminar in the region, typically hosting more than 900 attendees. It draws human resources professionals, business owners and executives, and in-house legal counsel.

Forum Registration 

The registration fee for non-clients is $249 per person on or prior to April 25, 2017. After April 25, 2017, the registration fee is $299 per person. Registration includes a full day of educational sessions, one 2017 Labor Forum session book, and continental breakfast. Lunch is NOT included with registration - a limited number of cash-and-carry lunches will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. No refunds will be issued after April 25, 2017.

Current Baird Holm LLP clients may attend the Forum at no charge. To ensure you are not charged, please enter the coupon code found on the registration portion of your Forum invitation when registering online.


Agenda

7:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. | Early Bird Sessions

Data Breaches: Insider Threat — Managing Your Workforce to Prevent a Data Breach   
Vickie B. Ahlers and James E. O'Connor

Cyber security threats are at an all-time high, yet the single largest threat to your organization in today's electronic world stems from your workforce.  From intentional snooping or theft of customer or proprietary company data, to the innocent employee who mistakenly allows malware to compromise your system, your workforce plays a key role in protecting company and customer electronic data.  Vickie and Jim will explore the internal threats to businesses' electronic data and describe the steps employers must take with their workforce to lessen those threats.

Unfair Competition:  Confidentiality, Trade Secrets & Noncompete Agreements 
Christopher R. Hedican

Many businesses enjoy important competitive advantages due to their customer relationships, confidential information, and trade secrets.  Protecting those assets has never been more important.  Chris will cover the contractual mechanisms available to protect businesses' assets from malicious employees, whether and when to forego noncompetion agreements, enforcement options, recent Iowa and Nebraska case law, and new trends.


8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. | Breakfast & Registration


8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. | Welcome and Introductions
Richard E. Putnam and George E. Martin III


8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | Main Session 1

Key Employment Law Developments & Trends
Scott S. Moore

With a new Administration in office and a majority Republican Congress, changes are coming to the workplace.   Scott will explore key changes from the past year, the changing focus of federal and state regulatory agencies, recent executive orders, administrative rulemaking, and trends which are having the greatest impact on the workplace.  Finally, Scott will address the steps employers should consider taking to protect themselves from upcoming changes.


9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. | Break


9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Breakout Sessions I

Employee Benefits: Legal Update 
Gary N. Clatterbuck and Jeremy T. Christensen

There is a great deal of uncertainty about the fate of current and proposed laws governing employee benefits.  Gary and Jeremy will provide you with the latest updates and forecasts, and provide you with their "best guesses" about what the future holds.

Workplace Violence: Domestic Violence Issues 
Leigh Campbell Joyce, with Heidi Guttau-Fox supporting

Approximately one in three women and one in four men in the United States have experienced domestic violence.  Leigh will examine the practical and legal implications of responding to employees affected by domestic violence, including medical leave, disability, and discrimination issues, tort liability concerns, and protective measures.

NLRB: How the New Administration May Change Recent Problematic Decisions  
Mark McQueen

Most employers remain under-informed about the dramatic changes to the law that the Board has imposed on both union and union-free workplaces over the last several years.  Mark will explain how those dramatic changes impact all employers and why some of the Board's most provocative precedent may change again under the current administration. 

ADA: Recent Developments in ADA Accommodation — From Extended Leave to Labrador Retrievers  
Scott P. Moore

The number of employees demanding workplace accommodations continues to rise.  While many accommodation requests are simple, employers continue to struggle with complex accommodation requests, including, for example, those from employees with emotional and mental disabilities. Scott will explore and explain the most recent cases and EEOC pronouncements regarding workplace accommodations.

Immigration: I-9 Compliance & Enforcement Update
Amy Erlbacher-Anderson

The new I-9 Form is here … along with 15 pages of instructions and a whole new Handbook!  Amy will provide a brief introduction to the Form I-9 process, including timing and general requirements, and then focus on the new Form, including changes from the 2013 version, new guidance, recent developments, and unresolved issues.


10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. | Break


10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Breakout Sessions II

Employee Benefits: Question & Answer Session  
Gary N. Clatterbuck and Jeremy T. Christensen

Gary and Jeremy will field all of your questions about employee benefits laws!

Legal Ethics: Training For In-House Counsel  
Jonathan R. Breuning (Note: Ends at 11:45am)

Jon will survey case law, bar opinions, and other legal ethics developments from the past year that are important for corporate in-house counsel.  Approval for Nebraska and Iowa ethics CLE credit will be requested.

OSHA: Managing Investigations & Citations  
R.J. (Randy) Stevenson

OSHA penalties have increased over 80 percent since August 2016.  Over 75,000 federal and state OSHA inspections will take place this year, and from them employers will pay over $250 million in penalties.  Randy will explain how to prepare for and manage an OSHA inspection, and how to respond to post-inspection citations and civil money penalties.

Harassment: New EEOC Harassment Guidance & Bully-Proofing Your Workplace  
Christopher R. Hedican

The EEOC has proposed new harassment enforcement guidelines.  Although not final (and still subject to change), agencies and courts likely look to them as they determine whether an employer maintained an effective harassment prevention program.  Chis will discuss what these guidelines mean for employers and how complying with them could help employers prevent and successfully defend claims of workplace bullying.

FMLA: Scenarios & Strategies Panel  
Sara A. McCue, with Mark McQueenScott S. Moore, and Kelli P. Lieurance

The FMLA continues to pose challenges for employers.  Led by Sara, this panel will discuss and resolve real-world fact patterns containing both run-of-the-mill and complex FMLA issues. 


11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Lunch break

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. | Lunch & Learn (Q&A)
Allison D. Balus, Moderator

Join us for as long as you wish while our attorneys take questions from Forum attendees.  Grab-and-go lunches will be available for purchase from the CenturyLink Center at 11:30 a.m., and the session will begin approximately 15 minutes later.


12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Break


1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. | Main Session 2  

Employment Case Law Update
Kelli P. Lieurance

Courts continue to issue important decisions impacting employers on both the federal and state level.  Kelli will cover these significant court decisions, and provide the audience with tangible takeaways so we learn from others' mistakes/successes.


1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Break


2:00 p.m - 2:45 p.m. | Breakout Sessions III

Litigation: Mock Jury Trial – Inspired by Actual Events (Part 1)  
Heidi Guttau-Fox, Allison D. Balus, and D. Nick Caporale

How do juries decide employment cases?  In the first half of this two-part session, Judge D. Nick Caporale will instruct jurors before they hear compelling arguments from Allie and Heidi about a realistic disability discrimination lawsuit.   Watch two of our top litigators practice their craft!


Workers' Compensation: Legal Update  
Christopher D. Sandy, with George E. Martin III supporting

Over the last year the courts have issued a number of important decisions concerning the Nebraska and Iowa Workers' Compensation Acts.   Chris will discuss the key lessons for employers to help them proactively manage the risk associated with workplace injuries.


NLRB: How the New Administration May Change Recent Problematic Decisions  
Mark McQueen

Most employers remain under-informed about the dramatic changes to the law that the Board has imposed on both union and union-free workplaces over the last several years.  Mark will explain how those dramatic changes impact all employers and why some of the Board's most provocative precedent may change again under the current administration.


ADA: Recent Developments in ADA Accommodation — From Extended Leave to Labrador Retrievers
Scott P. Moore

The number of employees demanding workplace accommodations continues to rise.  While many accommodation requests are simple, employers continue to struggle with complex accommodation requests, including, for example, those from employees with emotional and mental disabilities.  Scott will explore and explain the most recent cases and EEOC pronouncements regarding workplace accommodations.


Immigration: I-9 Compliance & Immigration Enforcement Update
Amy Erlbacher-Anderson

The new I-9 Form is here … along with 15 pages of instructions and a whole new Handbook!  Amy will provide a brief introduction to the Form I-9 process, including timing and general requirements, and then focus on the new Form, including changes from the 2013 version, new guidance, recent developments, and unresolved issues.


2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Break


3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. | Breakout Sessions IV

Litigation: Mock Jury Trial – Inspired by Actual Events (Part 2)  
Heidi Guttau-FoxAllison D. Balus, and D. Nick Caporale

How do juries decide employment cases?  In the second half of this two-part session, observe the jurors in real time (through closed circuit television) as they deliberate.  You will gain significant insight into how juries really decide discrimination lawsuits!


Business Immigration: Options & Strategies  
Kara E. Stockdale

Immigration is undoubtedly a hot topic right now.  As such, it is important for employers to stay on top of changes impacting their workforce.  Kara will explain what employers are doing to make the immigration system work for them and about the latest updates impacting employers.


OSHA: Managing Investigations & Citations  
R.J. (Randy) Stevenson

OSHA penalties have increased over 80 percent since August 2016.  Over 75,000 federal and state OSHA inspections will take place this year, and from them employers will pay over $250 million in penalties.  Randy will explain how to prepare for and manage an OSHA inspection, and how to respond to post-inspection citations and civil money penalties.


Harassment: New EEOC Harassment Guidance & Bully-Proofing Your Workplace  
Christopher R. Hedican

The EEOC has proposed new harassment enforcement guidelines.  Although not final (and still subject to change), agencies and courts likely look to them as they determine whether an employer maintained an effective harassment prevention program.  Chris will discuss what these guidelines mean for employers and how complying with them could help employers prevent and successfully defend claims of workplace bullying.


FMLA: Scenarios & Strategies Panel  
Sara A. McCue, with Mark McQueen, Scott S. Moore, and Kelli P. Lieurance

The FMLA continues to pose challenges for employers.  Led by Sara, this panel will discuss and resolve real-world fact patterns containing both run-of-the-mill and complex FMLA issues.


3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Break


4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. | Main Session 3

Yin and Yang: Employment Law Issues from Different Perspectives  
Scott P. Moore and David J. Kramer

Listen to two of our most … entertaining and resourceful lawyers offer their countervailing views on real-life fact scenarios. 


5:00 p.m. | Forum Concludes  
George E. Martin III


Recertification and CLE Credit

This program is approved for:

• 6 hours of CLE credit and 1 hour of Ethics credit by the Nebraska Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission
• 6 hours of CLE credit and 1 hour of Ethics credit by the Iowa Supreme Court Commission 
• 7 hours of CLE credit and 1 hour of Ethics credit by the Wyoming State Bar 
• 6 hours of HR Continuing Education Units by SHRM
• 6 hours of HRCI credits by the HR Certification Institute. The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

This program has been submitted and is pending approval for:
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits for North Dakota, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, and Minnesota.

CPE credits by the Nebraska Board of Public Accountancy.


Hotel Accommodations, Parking and Directions

Discounted hotel rooms are available at the following:

Doubletree by Hilton
1616 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE 68102
Room rate is $134 per night (1 king bed or 2 queen beds). Overnight parking is available for $10.
Reserve a room here or call 1-800-560-7753 and mention group code LLP.

Hilton Omaha
1001 Cass Street, Omaha, NE 68102 (connected to the CenturyLink Center via the skywalk)
Room rate is $149 per night (deluxe room, 1 king bed). Overnight parking is available for $14.
Reserve a room here or call 1-800-HILTONS and mention group code BHL.

Parking at the CenturyLink Center Omaha is managed by the City of Omaha, and is $8 per car for each entrance into the lot. If you leave during the event you will need to pay for parking again when you return; we apologize for this inconvenience. Click here for more information on parking or for directions to the CenturyLink Center Omaha.


 

 

 


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