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Certificate in Employee Relations Law Seminar

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Westin Washington D.C. City Center

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The Certificate in Employee Relations Law Seminar provides the most comprehensive, practical, up-to-date employment law training available.

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The Certificate in Employee Relations Law Seminar is the original, proven seminar that has been presented hundreds of times since 1979. This is a practical, professionally prepared and presented program covering all facets of employment law.

  • Nearly every past attendee said their participation in the program was worth the time and investment.
  • More than 99% of past participants say this program improved their professional performance on-the-job.
  • 95% of past participants say the Certificate in Employee Relations Law Seminar is better than other programs of its type.
  • On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest possible ranking, the average evaluation of the faculty has been 4.7.

The seminar is divided into three "blocks" of instruction, with the blocks presented on consecutive days over a 4½ day period. Each block has an experienced, highly rated attorney as the principal teaching resource. The extensive materials for each block of instruction are used as a resource during the seminar.

Earn recertification credit for aPHR, PHR, SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP.

This seminar has been approved for California and Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education credit. Contact IAML to determine if your state has approved this seminar for MCLE credit.

Block I: Labor Law in the Union and Non-Union Workplace (Monday & Tuesday)

Overview of Laws Governing the Employer-Union Relationship

  • Analysis of the provisions of the Labor Management Relations Act and other applicable laws.
  • Practical guide to understanding and successfully dealing with the National Labor Relations Board.

Achieving and Maintaining a Union-Free Workplace

  • Why employees unionize-recurring problems in the non-union workplace.
  • Preventive measures to avoid union organizing efforts.

Changes in the Law and How they Affect You — The Election Process – including the new “Quickie Election” Rule

  • Examination of election procedures-statutory provisions and NLRB processes.
  • How to conduct a legal and effective campaign against unionization.

Collective Bargaining

  • What should management want in a collective bargaining agreement?
  • How to get what you want out of the collective bargaining process.
  • Extent of responsibility to bargain in good faith.
  • The correlation between collective bargaining agreements and employee handbooks.

Strikes and Picketing Activity

  • Legal limits on strikes, picketing, and employer responses.
  • Legal remedies and best strategies for dealing with actual or threatened strikes, picketing, and boycotts.

Operating Under a Collective Bargaining Agreement

  • Living with a collective bargaining agreement.
  • Making effective use of the grievance procedure.
  • Preparing for and winning arbitration cases.

Successorship and the Law

  • Buying a business whose employees are unionized.
  • Understanding your rights and liabilities in mergers and acquisitions.

Ending the Union Relationship

  • The decertification process.
  • Other non-election means through which to legally end the relationship.

Block II: Employment Discrimination Law (Wednesday & Thursday)

A survey course that examines legal theories under Title VII and other Civil Rights Acts, including discrimination and harassment based upon race, sex, religion, national origin, age, and disability.

  • Analyzes race, color and national origin discrimination claims under Title VII and the Post-Civil War Civil Rights Acts.
  • Examines the various theories of sex discrimination, including such issues as pregnancy discrimination, employee benefits design and equal pay.
  • Discusses sexual and other types of harassment, investigations and policies employers need to mitigate their risk of liability.
  • Reviews trends in protecting the rights of persons based on sexual orientation.
  • Updates religious discrimination issues, including employer obligations to accommodate employees' religious practices.

Strategies and Practical Advice for Dealing with Issues Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act

  • A thorough examination of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the effective handling of the disabled employee, including a discussion of the changed standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act.
  • An analysis of current decisions interpreting an employer's rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • An examination of the Family and Medical Leave Act, its regulations, and recent cases dealing with leave issues.

An Update on Developments in the Law Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act

  • An examination of developing legal issues, including disparate impact claims and defenses.
  • A review of issues associated with employee benefits designs, especially severance benefits.

Resolving Discrimination Claims Without Litigation

  • Resolving complaints internally and encouraging employees to use your procedures.
  • Avoiding litigation through binding arbitration.
  • A discussion of recent court decisions concerning the enforceability of agreements to arbitrate employment claims and class claims.

Litigating Discrimination Claims

  • A review of the case handling process under EEOC regulations.
  • How to win your case at the administrative level.
  • An examination of effective litigation strategies.
  • Avoidance of retaliation claims.
  • Settlement strategies, including pre-charge settlements as well as settlements in conjunction with agencies.

An Examination of Affirmative Action

  • A detailed discussion of voluntary affirmative action trends.
  • An examination of the requirements of Executive Order 11246 for government contractors.
  • How to prepare affirmative action plans.
  • Dealing with the OFCCP effectively.
  • Update on judicial opinions regarding affirmative action and "reverse discrimination."

Block III Special Issues in Employee Relations Law (Friday)

This block will address specific employment law/labor law issues of interest to participants not covered in Blocks I and II plus up-to-the-minute laws, regulations and court decisions. Topics may include:

Wage and Hour Issues

Wrongful Discharge Litigation

Assessments of effective litigation strategies in response to these developments.

  • A discussion of post-employment inquiries and the use of separation agreements as a litigation avoidance tool.

Employment-Related Tort Litigation

  • Defamation claims arising from communications to employees, other employers, customers and others.
  • Intentional infliction of emotional distress.
  • Intentional interference with contract or prospective business advantage.
  • Fraudulent or negligent misrepresentation.
  • Negligent hiring, supervision entrustment and supervision.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Pros and cons.
  • Utilization of arbitration agreements.
  • Features of an effective ADR System.

Substance Abuse in the Workplace

  • Legal restrictions and considerations in developing and implementing effective policies and programs.

Workplace Privacy Claims

  • Workplace searches and related issues.
  • Employee monitoring and pending legislation.
  • Emerging types of claims.

Protecting Confidential Information

  • What is protectable.
  • How to protect it.

FAQ's

Are there discounted room rates at the seminar hotel? Yes. These rooms are available on a first-come, first served basis. The discounted rate will always expire 45 days prior to the program start date, or when sold out, whichever comes first. If you attempt to make a hotel reservation and the group rate is no longer available, please call IAML, we may be able to assist you with arrangements.

When will I receive confirmation of program registration? Confirmations are sent via e-mail, usually within 48 hours of receipt of your registration.

What are the seminar hours? 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Friday.

What is the dress code? Business attire is not necessary. We recommend that you dress casually and comfortably and anticipate varied temperatures in the meeting rooms.

Will I receive a Certificate of Completion? Yes, if you complete the full 4 1/2-day seminar you will receive a certificate approximately four weeks after the seminar ends.

Can I earn Continuing Education Credit? Yes, this seminar has been approved for 29.75 credit hours by the HR Certification Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management. You can submit your seminar attendance to a variety of other organizations such as IFEBP and WorldatWork.

Is homework assigned or are tests given during the seminar? No.

Are there group events or entertainment? No, but IAML does host a reception after the first day of the program. This provides you with an opportunity to chat with your colleagues, instructor(s) and IAML representatives. Your evening hours and travel days are your own to enjoy in the many exciting locations at which programs are held.

Does the registration fee include travel, food or lodging? Your registration fee includes a specially prepared manual; coffee and soft drink breaks; and a reception the first evening. You are responsible for your own travel, lodging, meals and incidental expenses.

What is the cancellation policy? Participants will receive a full refund of their registration fee if they contact IAML and Evenbrite.com at least two weeks prior to the seminar start date.

Can I transfer to a different seminar location or date after I've registered for a program? Yes, providing you contact IAML and Eventbrite at least two weeks in advance of the seminar start date. Transfers requested less than two weeks will be assessed a $150.00 fee.

Can one of my associates substitute for me if I am unable to attend? Yes, please call IAML with the substitution information as soon as possible.

Can we have this seminar delivered at our location? Yes. IAML offers customized on-site training seminars. For more information, please review our website (www.iaml.com) or call us at 949-760-1700.

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