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Join us for a triple crown of important topics at our Spring Employment Relations Seminar –
A Day at the Races – where we will share insider tips and conditioning secrets to keep your workforce performing at the head of the pack.

Our triple crown of topics includes:

The Kentucky Derby
Against the Odds: Ensuring Your Employee Handbook Is Keeping Stride Mike Underwood, Porter Wright Jamie LaPlante, Porter Wright

Your employee handbook should be a valuable tool for communication, improved employee relations and legal risk reduction. However, without a thorough review every once in a while, a handbook can work against you. Changes in employment law and the rapidly increasing impact of technology at work makes this an opportune time to audit your handbook. We will take you through the paces for a solid handbook audit. Along the way we will cover best approaches for policies on equal employment and preventing harassment, accommodation under the ADA, use of technology and avoiding contract liability. We will also help you steer clear of problems under the National Labor Relations Act and will offer tips about common problems we see when reviewing handbooks.

The Preakness
Taking the Reins: Preventing Data Leaks Through Workforce Management Brian Hall, Porter Wright

Unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common in today’s technology age, and as too many companies can attest, they can have dire and painful consequences to a company’s bottom line. Studies show that a company’s own employees, whether intentionally or not, create one of the biggest risks of data leakage and loss. To prevent such destructive consequences, employers need to get an early lead to ensure they are taking all precautions they can. We will offer best practices for employers to address these potential issues early, including how to properly train employees to protect sensitive data. In addition, we will address the prevalence of mobile devices being used by employees to access their employer’s networks and the serious implications it creates for employers.

The Belmont Stakes
Conditioning a Thoroughbred Workforce: Effectively Implementing Policy Changes and Improving Employee Engagement

Mark Sullivan, APEX Business Consulting Jim Manuel, Porter Wright

Understanding a horse’s personality, strengths and weaknesses and making important adjustments that help it race at its best is an important responsibility for a trainer. Similarly, as a human resource professional, you must not only ensure you create effective policies and practices within your workforce, you must also understand how to train, communicate, educate and condition supervisors as well as all employees in order to create a positive work environment with a fully engaged workforce. In this session, a former in-house counsel and a leading workforce performance coach will take you beyond the updates to your HR policy documents and guide you through the elements for implementing effective changes in workforce behavior to ensure compliance with new developments in the law and also help you improve your workforce engagement in the process.

Be sure to register today!

There is no charge for this seminar; however, seating is limited. Please RSVP by Monday, June 1. If you have any questions, please contact Erin Hawk.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration and breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Program

The Hilton Columbus at Easton Town Center 3900 Chagrin Blvd. Columbus, OH 43219

This program has been approved for 3.25 (HR – General) recertification credit hours toward GPHR, HRBP, HRMP, PHR and SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the activity. It means that this activity has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit. This program has been submitted to the Ohio Supreme Court for 3.25 hours of (general) CLE credit.

 


 

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Breakfast Briefing: Defining Your Company’s Immigration Policy

Like never before, in order to compete in today’s global marketplace, companies need to ensure they have the best talent with the skillset that will help distinguish them from their competition. Many companies find that the best talent may not be around the corner and companies must look more globally to acquire the workforce their businesses demand.

In this breakfast briefing, Rob Cohen, Chair of Porter Wright’s Immigration Practice, will address the range of potential issues for employers who hire foreign nationals and issues to consider when developing a corporate immigration policy to help manage the immigration caseload, costs, and the expectations of the foreign national employees, their families and the managers responsible for their work.

Key takeaways will include:

  • Effective policies to build the institutional knowledge necessary to balance the demands for access to international talent and still maintain an effective compliance program.
  • Develop training models to ensure your company is complying with immigration laws across your workforce.
  • Address the needs of foreign national employees’ and their families with policies consistent with other Human Resource policies and practices.
  • Maintaining the flexibility to adapt and take advantage of developments in immigration law that may impact the concerns of the foreign national employees.
  • How to best manage job changes and comply with outdated immigration laws.

Your Speaker:

Rob Cohen has extensive experience in all aspects of business and family immigration procedures. Rob is past Chair of the Board of Trustees for the American Immigration Council, has served as the Ohio Chapter Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Chair of the Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee, and is currently Vice Chair of the USCIS Benefits Liaison Committee. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America®. in the areas of Immigration Law every year since 1995, and was most recently named The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 Columbus, Ohio Immigration Law Lawyer of the Year and is recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers®. In addition to his legal experience, he is also an instructor for the Legal Assistant program at Capital University.

There is no charge for this seminar; however, seating is limited. Please RSVP by Tuesday, May 12. If you have questions, please contact Erin Hawk.

Schedule

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

8:00am – 8:30am
Registration and breakfast

8:30am – 10:00am
Program and Q&A

10:00am
Closing remarks

Location

Porter Wright
41 South High St. 29th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Parking

Porter Wright will validate parking in the Huntington Center Parking Garage.

 


 

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BUSINESS HALF-DAY SEMINAR

THIS COMPLIMENTARY SEMINAR FOR BUSINESS OWNERS AND MANAGERS IS HRCI AND CLE APPROVED

Join us May 21, 2015

Tricks of the Trade: How the Pros Deal with an FMLA Abuser
Attendees will hear key strategies for managing the primary situations in which FMLA abuse by employees occurs, learn how to counteract that abuse within the confines of the law, and how to avoid pitfalls when doing so. Of particular focus will be how to use the provisions of the FMLA to the employer’s advantage to legally and permissibly root out abuse and fraud by employees.

Danger Zone: Avoiding the 10 Most Common Mistakes Under the FLSA
Employer compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act continues to be one of the most litigated areas in employment law. This session will address the 10 most common mistakes made under the FLSA and key takeaways to keep your workplace out of the danger zone.

What’s in Your Toolbox?
Defining a Blueprint for Your HR Decision-Making Process to Reduce Risk: As a busy HR Professional, you need to make sure you have the right tools in your toolbox and a solid blueprint for success. One wrong move can put your business at risk. In this session, we will train your HR reflexes to help you navigate the decision making process effectively. We will help you manage each important step, focusing on workplace investigations and other fact-gathering efforts, best practices for making fair and defendable decisions, and the importance of documentation along with the way.

Please RSVP by May 18th to Andrea Wise at awise@ohiochamber.com or 614.228.4201

When:
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Registration: 8:15am – 9:00am
Seminar: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Where:
The Dayton Marriott
1414 South Patterson Blvd.
Dayton, OH 45409

Presenters:
Dave Croall and Rachel Burke

 


 

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Need to refresh your workplace?

Join Porter Wright’s Labor and Employment Group on Wednesday, May 13 as we share Fresh Ideas for Employers

Topics Include:

Freshly Picked: A Review of Recent Employment Law Updates Tracey L. Turnbull, Porter Wright

As you look to make sure your policies and practices reflect recent developments, you will not want to miss this session. We will review recent significant judicial and administrative decisions addressing a variety of employment law issues. This review will highlight the best practices and instincts that will ensure you are complying with new laws and developments.

Straight Off the Vine: An Update for Employers from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Mark Clendenin, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and Fred J. Pompeani, Porter Wright

In this session, we are bringing you the freshest developments out of the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). We will be joined by Mark Clendenin, Regional Business Development Manager-Northeast at the BWC, who will share with us important insights and changes that will impact your workforce.

Planting the Seeds and Reaping the Rewards: Addressing Employee Complaints Early Helps Reduce Risk Margaret M. “Peggy” Koesel, Margaret M. Koesel & Co. Conflict Resolution

Employers who address internal employee complaints through early intervention and proactive mediation help reduce their potential liability. In this session, we will discuss early intervention best practices that provide a healthy environment for your workforce to thrive.

There is no charge for this seminar; however, seating is limited. Please RSVP by Thursday, May 7. If you have questions, please contact Erin Hawk.

 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

7:45 – 8:30 a.m.
Registration and breakfast

8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Program

Location
LockKeepers Restaurant
8001 Rockside Road Valley View, OH 44125

 


 

business teamTips for Preparing Your 2015 Affirmative Action Plans

Implementing the New Veterans and Disability Requirements, Incorporating Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in your AAPs, Tips for Best Practices

Identity in your AAPs, Tips for Best Practices

 

Date:
Tuesday, February 10

Time:
2:30 – 4:00 ET

Topics to be covered:

  • Preparing AAPs for compliance with new expanded regulations regarding affirmative action for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities
  • A review of regulatory changes from 2014, including the obligation to incorporate sexual orientation and gender identity in AAPs
  • Best practices for developing and revising AAPs

In a 90-minute webinar on February 10, Mike Underwood and Jamie LaPlante will discuss the most important changes and best tips contractors should consider as they prepare AAPs in 2015. Among the topics will be the AAP obligations for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Many contractors will be incorporating these in their AAPs for the first time in 2015. Mike and Jamie will discuss the new regulations and tips for how best to come into compliance, including the necessary revisions to written AAPs; new required analysis, reporting, and documentation; and other new obligations.

Mike and Jamie will also discuss best practices for Executive Order 11246 AAPs covering minorities and females. The webinar will offer effective, practical, and defensible steps for 2015 AAPs. They will share best practices for writing meaningful plans of action and narrative portions of AAPs and for the new requirement to incorporate sexual orientation and gender identity in AAPs.

The webinar will also cover numerous new regulatory developments, including: the OFCCP’s new scheduling letter format, the new form to replace the VETS-100A, minimum wage requirements, a new veterans benchmark figure, and various proposed regulations covering employee rights to discuss wages and working conditions, disclosure of labor violations in the procurement process, and compensation data submission.


 

Navigating the Workforce Jungle

There is no charge for this seminar; however, seating is limited. Please RSVP by Tuesday, Oct. 28. If you have questions, please contact Erin Hawk.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Registration and breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Program

The Hilton Columbus at Easton Town Center
3900 Chagrin Dr.
Columbus, OH 43219

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Navigating the Workforce Jungle: Spotting the Issues Without Seeing Spots
Do you know what is lurking around the corner? We’ll take you on a safari as we traverse the perilous terrain of today’s workforce jungle, helping you spot the issues you didn’t even know were lurking in your workplace.Our journey will include:
Trekking Through the Reasonable Accommodation Interactive Process
John M. Stephen and Lisa G. Whittaker
Hidden dangers lurk behind nearly every corner as human resources professionals navigate their way through the interactive process. Each time you traverse this precarious path, you will likely end up at a different destination as no two situations are alike. This presentation will help you spot the important issues when engaging in the interactive process with respect to disability and religious accommodations, and will give you a bird’s eye view of a few real life examples to help illustrate key takeaways for employers.

Avoiding the Thicket: “Wage Theft” Flurry Creates Increasing Threats for Employers
Fred G. Pressley
“Wage theft” is a new name for a familiar threat that is forcing employers to be extra diligent in ensuring they are in compliance with wage and hour laws. The media has “rebranded” this issue and plaintiffs’ attorneys have caught on. This session will help you avoid expensive missteps by demonstrating where these “wage theft” issues are lurking, and help you stay on a clear path.

The Voracious Appetite of the New NLRB: Protecting Your Company from the Newest Employee Predator – Unionized or Not
Michael J. Underwood and Sara H. Jodka
The NLRB has truly become an omnivore – preying on companies regardless of whether they are unionized or not. For non-unionized employers, who have long enjoyed relative freedom from the watchful eyes of the NLRB, this increased scrutiny has become a trap for the unwary. As the role of the NLRB has increased, and continues to increase, companies are now finding themselves trying to determine what constitutes concerted protected activity under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act, and what policy of theirs will be the next to be deemed illegal by the NLRB. This presentation will address the newest attacks employers are facing from the NLRB, and offer strategies to help ensure you don’t become caught in the NLRB’s crosshairs.

Be sure to register today!

 


 

 

Come one, come all!

There is no charge for this seminar; however, seating is limited. Please RSVP by Monday, Oct. 20. If you have questions, please contact Erin Hawk.

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 

7:45 – 8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast 

8:30 – 11:00 a.m. Program

LockKeepers Restaurant 8001 Rockside Road Valley View, OH 44125

 

Come One, Come All!

Feel like a lion tamer or a trapeze artist trying to avoid a risky move or a dangerous misstep? 

Join Porter Wright’s Labor and Employment Group in Cleveland on Thursday, October 23 as we present . . .

The Greatest Seminar On Earth!* The Circus Is Coming . . . To A Workplace Near You

Walking the Tightrope: Balancing Your HR Decision-Making Process to Reduce Risk Tracey L. Turnbull

In your role, every day is a balancing act. You face significant challenges where one misstep can put your business at risk. In this session, we will review recent significant judicial and administrative decisions addressing a variety of employment law issues. This review will highlight the best practices and instincts that will keep you in balance and aloft. 

Become the Accommodation Ringleader: Managing Workers’ Compensation and ADA Issues Effectively Fred J. Pompeani and Leigh Anne Benedic 

Feeling like ADA and Workers’ Compensation issues are a juggling act? In this session, we will help you keep from dropping the ball by discussing key Workers’ Compensation and ADA concerns that any employer might face, and walk you through some of our best practices so you can keep accommodation issues from becoming a circus.

The Healthcare Reform Sideshow Takes Center Stage Ann M. Caresani

Keeping up with the latest developments in healthcare reform is not a task for the faint of heart. In this session, we will discuss some of the most recent guidance, strategies and issues that employers are dealing with as they strive to get their workforce and their healthcare plans into shape prior to compliance deadlines.

You won’t want to miss this one!

*In our humble opinion

 

 


 

Join us on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 for our HR Spring Cleaning event and say “au revoir!” to old practices and “bon jour” to new ones!

There is no charge for this seminar; however, seating is limited. Please register now.

 If you have any questions, please contact Erin Hawk at ehawk@porterwright.com.

 Wednesday, May 7, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. — Registration
8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. — Program

 The Hilton Columbus at Easton Town Center

3900 Chagrin Dr, Columbus, OH 43219

Topics include:

Voilà! The Skinny on the Expanding ADA … or Rather, the Not-So-Skinny
Presented by Sara Jodka

 Do your ADA policies and practices comply with the new case law? Do they take into account the new disabilities recognized by the American Psychiatric Association under the new DSM-V? This session will help you understand how recent developments of what constitutes a disability, including guidance on height and weight as disabilities, make this a rapidly-expanding gray area for employers.

 Workplace Investigations Savoir Faire:
Developing Your Know How and Reducing Your Risk
Presented by Dave Croall and Charlie Warner

In this session, we will address best practices in investigations on all fronts, including how and when to investigate internal employee complaints, how to respond appropriately and effectively to external investigations by state or federal EEO and other agencies, and how to reduce your risk of retaliation claims in doing so.

The Crème de la Crème in Workplace Drug-Testing
Presented by Jamie LaPlante

 What are the key elements of a successful drug testing policy? This session will help you protect your company from the challenges of both illegal and prescription drug use in the workplace.

 No More FMLA Intermittent Leave Faux Pas
Presented by Rachel Burke and Lisa Whittaker

Dealing with FMLA intermittent leave issues can be a headache for HR professionals. In this session, we will discuss the challenges and best practices to help you effectively manage some of your most problematic leave issues.

 

 


 

Join Porter Wright’s Employment Group for our Spring Employment Relations Seminar -Keeping Your Workforce Healthy, Wealthy and Wise – on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in Cleveland.

Topics include:

Keeping Pace: Learn the Latest in Employment Law presented by Tracey L. Turnbull

De-Stress: Effectively Managing Mental Stress Claims in Workers’ Compensation Cases presented by Fred J. Pompeani

Shaping Up: Getting Your Health Care Reform Plan and Your Workforce in Shape for 2015 presented by Ann M. Caresani

Making Peace: Resolving Workplace Conflict Through An Alternative Dispute Resolution Program presented by Margaret M. Koesel

This program has been submitted for 3.0 hours of continuing legal education credit with the Ohio Supreme Court and 3.0 hours of credit through HRCI.

If you have any questions, please contact Erin Hawk.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration

8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Program

Lockkeepers Restaurant
8001 Rockside Road Valley View, Ohio

 


 

Come one, come all!

There is no charge for this seminar; however, seating is limited. Please RSVP by Tuesday, Oct. 22. If you have questions, please contact

Erin Hawk.

Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Program

The Hilton Columbus

at Easton Town Center

3900 Chagrin Dr.

Columbus, OH 43219

Come One, Come All!

Feel like a lion tamer or a trapeze artist trying to avoid a risky move or a dangerous misstep?

Join Porter Wright’s Labor and Employment Group on Friday, October 25 as we present . . .

The Greatest Seminar On Earth!*

The Circus Is Coming . . . To A Workplace Near You

Feature Acts Include:

Walking the Tightrope: Balancing Your HR Decision-Making Process to Reduce Risk

Michael J. Underwood

In your role, every day is a balancing act. You face significant challenges where one misstep can put your business at risk. In this session, we will train your HR reflexes to help you navigate the decision-making process effectively. We will help you walk each important step, focusing on workplace investigations and other fact-gathering efforts, best practices for making fair and defendable decisions, and the importance of documentation along the way. Using a discharge case and a performance management issue as the models for discussion, we will highlight the HR instincts that will keep you in balance and aloft.

Become the Accommodation Ringleader: Managing Workers’ Compensation and ADA Issues Effectively

Christopher C. Russell and Leigh Anne Benedic

Feeling like ADA and Workers’ Compensation issues are a juggling act? In this session, we will help you keep from dropping the ball by discussing key Workers’ Compensation and ADA concerns that any employer might face, and walk you through some of our best practices so you can keep accommodation issues from becoming a circus.

Taming the Lion: Social Media, Bring Your Own Device Issues and Other Technology Risks in the Workplace

Brian D. Hall and Sara Hutchins Jodka

For employers, taming the technology lion is not a task for the faint of heart. Rapidly changing technology continues to accelerate and descend on your workplace. The technology lion began roaring with employee comments made on their social media accounts. But now, the easy availability of social media video apps, and the risk that those videos may go viral, has the lion on the prowl. Workplace trends towards BYOD environments only make the technology lion more dangerous. In this session, you will learn key takeaways that will help you address the technology risks in your workplace and return the beast back to its cage.

You won’t want to miss this one!

*In our humble opinion

The greatest seminar on Earth! In our opinion...

 


 

Employee Relations Seminar Halloween Edition:

Toil and Trouble…

Please join the labor and employment group of Porter Wright as we address issues that will help keep your workforce out of trouble.

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013

7:45 – 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.

Program

Lockkeepers Restaurant

8001 Rockside Road

Valley View, OH 44125

Topics Include:

Beware! New Employment Cases That Will Curl Your Hair

Ghost Stories: What Is Happening Now In Workers’ Compensation

Ghosts, Goblins & Ghouls: Data and Devices That Never Stop Giving

Boo! Are You Afraid Of The Deadlines? Health Care Law Update