2019 Department of Labor Informational & Outreach Forum

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Southern Methodist University

3150 Binkley Avenue

Dallas, TX 75205

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WORKSHOP - COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
FIRST TRACK: 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM Pick ONE course from the following seven.

Know Your Fiduciary Responsibilities - Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)

Getting It Right - Know Your Fiduciary Responsibilities – this session will increase awareness and understanding about basic fiduciary responsibilities when operating a retirement plan. Getting it right, however, can be challenging. This is especially true for small and medium sized employers who have limited time, resources, and access to professional help with benefit programs. Specifically, getting it right means understanding your plan and your responsibilities, carefully selecting and monitoring service providers, making contributions on time, and making appropriate disclosures to plan participants and filing annual reports to the government on time.

Why Apprenticeship is Right for Your Company - Employment & Training Administration Office of Apprenticeship (ETA-OA)

Registered Apprenticeship is your proven solution for recruiting, training, and retaining world-class talent. With a nationwide network of over 160,000 employers in more than 1,300 occupations, apprenticeship is developing a new generation of workers to help our nation succeed in the 21st-century economy. Apprenticeships are a tried and true workforce development strategy that has paid dividends for companies who use the program. Employers who utilize apprenticeships report higher productivity, higher retention rates, and a substantial return on investment. Business leaders across all industries tell their success stories best: that apprenticeship fulfills their needs for a pipeline of skilled workers to take their companies to the next level.

The Occupational Safety & Health Act of 1970 - Occupational Safety & Health Administration

The session will highlight rights and responsibilities of both employers and workers. Discussion will also include standards and inspections. Additionally, an update on campaigns and events will be shared with attendees.

What to Expect During a Compliance Review and Common Problem Areas Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)

OFCCP will provide an overview of the Executive Order and two statutes that OFCCP enforces for covered federal contractors. We will then go into the specifics of supply and service compliance evaluations to include what contractors need to do when they receive a scheduling letter and the different stages of a compliance evaluation, including the elements of an onsite visit, if one is part of the compliance evaluation. Lastly, we will share some of the common problem areas or issues that may be identified during compliance evaluations.

USERRA - Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS)

The purpose of this workshop is to learn the basics of USERRA law and to discuss the specific rights and considerations required by USERRA for your veteran applicants and workers. The workshop will address how applicants or workers should be treated before/during/after any type of military service obligation.

Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) - Wage and Hour Division

The Payroll Audit Independent Determination program expedites resolution of inadvertent overtime and minimum wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and provides a framework for employers to proactively resolve those violations without litigation.

Women’s Bureau (WB)

For 99 years, the Women’s Bureau has been meeting its mandate by identifying, researching and analyzing the topics working women care about most; pioneering innovative policies and programs to address them; and enhancing public education and outreach efforts to raise awareness on key issues and developments affecting women in the workforce. We work to level the playing field for all women in the labor force, recognizing that true equal opportunity would have a positive impact not only on women’s own financial stability, but also on the broader economic security of their families and on the wellbeing of our nation. Topics to be discussed include an overview of women in the labor force and family friendly policies that enable employers to recruit and retain high performing employees, American workers to achieve their fullest potential and provide catalysts for innovation and prosperity.

SECOND TRACK: 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM Pick ONE course from the following seven.

COBRA - Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)

COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) - COBRA requires group health plans to offer continuation coverage to covered employees, former employees, spouses, former spouses, and dependent children when group health coverage would otherwise be lost due to certain specific events. In this session we will explain the COBRA rules that apply to group health plans including COBRA notices, disclosure regulations and common COBRA mistakes.

The Occupational Safety & Health Act of 1970 - Occupational Safety & Health Administration

The session will highlight rights and responsibilities of both employers and workers. Discussion will also include standards and inspections. Additionally, an update on campaigns and events will be shared with attendees.

What to Expect During a Compliance Review and Common Problem Areas Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP):

OFCCP will provide an overview of the Executive Order and two statutes that OFCCP enforces for covered federal contractors. We will then go into the specifics of supply and service compliance evaluations to include what contractors need to do when they receive a scheduling letter and the different stages of a compliance evaluation, including the elements of an onsite visit, if one is part of the compliance evaluation. Lastly, we will share some of the common problem areas or issues that may be identified during compliance evaluations.

HIRE Vet Medallion Program - Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS)

The purpose of this session is to highlight the HIRE Vet Medallion Program. This program is the only federal-level veterans’ employment award that recognizes a company organization’s commitment to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) - Wage & Hour Division

The major provisions of the FLSA – Coverage, Minimum Wage, Overtime, Youth Employment and Record Keeping will be highlighted during this session. In addition, updates relating to the FLSA will be shared in the session.

Harassment/Retaliation - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC):

With news stories dominating the media daily regarding harassment and sexual harassment, please attend the presentation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regarding your rights and responsibilities in the workplace. An update regarding what’s going on at EEOC will also be provided.

The NLRB is HOT! - National Labor Relations Board (NLRB):

A brief overview of the NLRB and NLRA, with updates on the NLRB and the gig economy, #MeToo movement, rulemaking on representation cases and joint-employer, handbook cases, General Counsel initiatives, and more.


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