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2015 Chicago Fall Half-Day Program

Past Details

October 28, 2015
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
University Club Of Chicago
76 East Monroe Street
Millennium Room, 6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603
Registration Fee: Complimentary

General Session

Yours, Mine and Ours:  New and Continuing Joint Employer Challenges from the NLRB and Others
In today’s workplace, employers increasingly turn to staffing firms, professional employer organizations, and independent contractors for flexibility and manpower needs.  Courts and regulators, in turn, are developing new standards making it easier to establish joint employer status between the talent supplier and the host company.  The panel will discuss these developments and provide strategies for structuring these arrangements to maintain flexibility and minimize liability.


Breakout Sessions (Choose Two)

An Advanced Course in Disability Leave Management: How to Keep Leave of Absence Issues from Disabling Your Company
The interplay between the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and state leave laws is becoming more difficult to navigate than ever before.  During this session, we will discuss advanced issues in leave management - complete with recent case law updates - and will provide proactive compliance strategies and best practices.  Discussion topics include:

  • How to address issues of workplace safety in conjunction with ADA and FMLA concerns
  • Proactively dealing with common intermittent leave headaches
  • Recent guidance from both the Supreme Court and the EEOC regarding pregnant workers


How Do the Recent US Supreme Court Decisions Impact My Benefit Plans? 
Learn what you need to do to address the changes promulgated by the Supreme Court. Discussions topics include:

  • The ACA is here to stay — are you ready?
  • Fiduciary Duties — are you watching your plans as closely as you should?
  • Same Sex Marriage — are your plans keeping up with the quickly changing legal landscape?
  • Retiree Medical — is your union agreement locking you in to provide lifetime benefits?


NLRB Update: PCA is Everywhere Now
Learn what you need to do to address the NLRB’s quest to expand the definition of protected concerted activity to include innocent phrases in employee handbooks of nearly every employer and how it dovetails with the Quickie Election Rule.  Discussion topics include:

  • NLRB’s PCA Agenda for all employers
  • Update on the impact of the Quickie Election Rule


Pay Discrimination: The New Rules and How You Can Protect Your Company
During the past few years, President Obama made eliminating the “pay gap” the Administration’s top civil rights enforcement priority.  EEOC and OFCCP have greatly increased their focus on pay discrimination, using powerful new tools to uncover pay disparities and demand from employers huge monetary settlements.  Join us to learn about the new and effective methods the enforcement agencies are using and the strategy for successful defense against them.


Time for Your Company’s Wage & Hour Checkup
Learn what your company should be doing to prepare for the Department of Labor’s potential changes to the regulations governing the “white-collar” exemptions, as well as changes your company may need to make to comply with the new Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance. Discussion topics include:

  • Practical tips for making defensible decisions about exempt status, including steps your company should take now in preparation for the proposed changes to the exemptions for executive, administrative, and professional employees
  • Who is an “employer” under the Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance and what employers must do in order to comply