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36th Employment Law Seminar

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Spooky Nook Sports

75 Champ Boulevard

Manheim, PA 17545

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Seminar Schedule:

Registration & Breakfast - 7:30 AM - 8:15 AM

Session 1: 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

1A: Mock Investiation in the #MeToo Era - Presented by: Jill Welch, Mike Crocenzi, David Walker, Barley Snyder and Kristi Weierbach, PhD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Stambaugh Ness

The #MeToo movement has brought heightened focus on sexual harassment in the workplace. Critical to any defense of a sexual or other unlawful harassment claim is the employer’s workplace investigation. This session will focus on investigations of sexual and other harassment in the workplace, including a panel discussion illustration of a mock sexual harassment investigation.

Session 1B: Drug Testing in the Workplace—What You Need to Know to Stay Compliant - Presented by:Jennifer Craighead Carey, Barley Snyder and Amanda McCauley, Sr. Practice Manager/Safety Specialist, Wellspan Occupational Health

The law in this area is continuously evolving. In this session, Jennifer will address legal trends regarding workplace drug testing, focusing on such subjects as Medical Marijuana, opioids, and legal pitfalls with drug testing programs. Amanda will address the pragmatic issues related to workplace drug testing programs from the perspective of a testing provider, addressing critical issues employers should be aware of when sending employees for workplace drug testing.

Session 1C: Preventative I-9 Audits — Better to be safe than sorry - Presented by:Silas Ruiz Steele

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is planning a nationwide increase of Form I-9 audits. ICE recently changed the way it calculates civil penalties to increase the fines imposed for I-9 violations. In FY 2017, employers were ordered to pay $97.6 million in judicial forfeitures, fines and restitution, and $7.8 million in civil fines. Given this focus on worksite inspections, preventative self-audits of I-9 forms is an employer’s best precautionary step. This session will walk you through how to conduct a preventative I-9 audit and the red flags to look for.

Session 2: 10:00 AM -11:15 AM

2A: All Things Wage and Hour – An Update on Developments at the U.S. Department of Labor and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry - Presented by: Jill Welch

After a 9-year hiatus without issuing Opinion Letters, the federal DOL made 2018 a watershed year, reissuing or issuing 27 Wage and Hour Opinion Letters on topics ranging from positons that may qualify as overtime exempt, compensation for wellness activities, bonuses, salary deductions, volunteers, travel time, and more. Not to be outdone, Governor Wolf has proposed Pennsylvania’s version of overtime regulations that increase the minimum salary threshold and update aspects of the duties tests for exempt employees. This session will walk you through the more wide-reaching of these Opinion Letters, discuss Pennsylvania’s proposed overtime regulations, and share significant wage and hour cases decided by the courts.

2B: All Things Electronic - Presented by: Michael Crocenzi & Jerry J. Russo, Esq.

Cell phones, computers, and social media dominate our social lives and also significantly affect how we communicate in the business arena. The lines between what is personal and what is business can become blurred. Employees may believe they have a right to access and use an employer’s electronic tools and software. Employment lawyer, Mike Crocenzi, and Jerry J. Russo, a criminal defense attorney will examine the civil and criminal laws and discuss what an employee can do and can’t do with an employer’s computer system (especially emails), the extent of an employer’s right to search an employee’s use of its electronic systems, the criminal aspects of recording a conversation with a cell phone and accessing a company’s or person’s computer system or emails, how to implement a bring your own electronics device policy, preserving and destroying electronic information, what to do about texting and sexting, electronic harassment, and so much more! You don’t want to miss this cutting edge topic!

2C: Workers’ Compensation Litigation: Understanding the Injured Worker’s “Day(s) in Court” - Presented by: Joshua L. Schwartz & Bill Gregory, Esq.

Most workers’ compensation claims proceed smoothly: The claim is noncontroversial, the injured worker gets treatment, and there is a return to full duty and discharge from care before too long. When there are disagreements, however, the matter ends up in court. This session will take a series of common workers’ compensation scenarios and play out strategies followed by the perspectives of a Claimant’s attorney, who represents employers, at each stage in the litigation.


Lunch at Spooky Nook - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Session 3 - 12:30PM - 1:45 PM

3A: How to Control Absenteeism under the FMLA/ADA/WC - Presented by: Jennifer Craighead Carey

In this advanced level session, Jennifer will update you on the most recent legal developments related to controlling employee absenteeism under the FMLA, ADA and workers’ compensation. In the second half of the program Jennifer will review complex attendance issues and how to manage them while remaining legally compliant. The session will conclude with questions and answers from the audience.

3B: Employee Handbook Must Haves - Presented by: David Freedman

Savvy employers understand that an employee handbook is the first line of defense when employees sue. Given this importance and the myriad employment law changes over the past few years, it’s probably time to give your handbook a tune up. During this session, we will discuss ways to improve your employee handbook and a number of “can’t miss” topics to address, like social media usage, use of company IT resources, labor law traps, and updating your FMLA/ADA policies. Learn how well-drafted employee handbooks help employers manage litigation risks and how the lack of certain policies can increase your organization’s exposure.

3C: Top 10 HR Myths - Presented by: David Walker & Joshua Schwartz

Fake news persists, even in HR. “I can’t fire someone on maternity leave.” “I can’t approve a leave of absence until this form is filled out.” “You can’t get unemployment benefits if you quit.” This session will bust these and other myths, covering a potpourri of common employment law scenarios that may be more complicated than they initially appear. Join us for a thoughtful and lively conversation sure to help you find the truth in everyday HR administration.

Session 4: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

4A: NLRB Update - Presented by: Sarah Yerger

The National Labor Relations Board was busy in 2018. This session will review the new NLRB Board members, and significant developments at the Board and in the courts -- including class action waivers, “quickie elections,” micro bargaining units, the joint employer rule, employee use of e-mail, cell phones in the workplace, and issues that impact union and non-union employers alike.

4B: Employee Handbook Must Haves Presented by: David Freedman * Repeat Session* See 3B for session details .

4C: Reducing Benefit Plan Litigation Risks Presented by: Mark Smith & David Ledermann

Employers offering retirement and welfare benefits such as health, life and disability insurance coverage for employees and their dependents assume risks that often go unrecognized until problems arise. This presentation will address some of the litigation perils lurking in many benefit plan offerings and how plan sponsors can minimize their exposure to potential lawsuits and unexpected liabilities. The importance of appropriate plan document provisions and plan administrative procedures, and maintaining consistency among and between them, will be highlighted in various benefit plan contexts with examples drawn from recently decided cases.

This program was submitted for approval for 5 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program has been submitted to the HR Certification Institute for review.

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