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Chicago Employment Law Symposium

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July 11, 2017
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM CST
Hamburger University
2715 Jorie Boulevard
Oak Brook, IL 60523



Recent developments in employment law will have a profound and lasting impact on the workplace. Join us as we welcome corporate decision makers, in-house counsel, business owners, human resources professionals, and others to attend, learn, and discuss issues challenging today’s employers.

What You’ll Learn
Plenary Session
Brief Survey of Developments on all Fronts of Labor and Employment Law following Six Months of a Republican Congress, White House and Supreme Court 
Much has been written about what might happen under the new administration, this session will focus on the impact of the current appointments and the agendas for NLRB, EEOC and USDOL as well as the anticipated decisions from SCOTUS and Appellate Courts impacting arbitration agreements, Title VII protection of sexual orientation and  rulings on Executive Orders.

Breakout Sessions
Preventing Personal Liability for the Benefit Plan You’re Running
Employee Benefit plans require ongoing fiduciary attention, and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) establishes the plan sponsor's duty to administer and manage plans prudently and in the interest of the plan's participants and beneficiaries.  In this session, we’ll discuss the practical implications of a plan sponsor’s fiduciary duty, the delegation and selection process for fiduciaries and their delegates, and the benefits of ERISA Section 404(c).

The Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act
The Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act is unique amongst wage payment laws because of its extremely lengthy 10-year statute of limitations.  This protracted statute of limitations permits a plaintiff’s attorney to bring claims based on wage payment issues that an employer thought it redressed long ago. It also can entice an attorney to bring claims based on minor violations which, if subject to a more typical two or three year statute of limitations, would not appear worth litigating. Accordingly, employers need to be fully aware of what is required to comply with the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act and its regulations governing vacation time, wage deductions, commissions, and bonuses.

Paid Sick Leave Under the Chicago and Cook County Ordinances
The City of Chicago and Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinances become effective on July 1, mandating paid sick leave for most employees. This session will discuss the requirements of these Ordinances and the extensive regulations promulgated by the City and the County, the differences between the City’s regulations and the County’s regulations, the impact on employers who are located in municipalities that have “opted out” of the Cook County Ordinance, and the impact of the Ordinances on current paid time off and vacation policies.

Whistleblower Cases are On the Rise: What you Need to Know to Prevent and Defend Against These Claims
Learn how to identify and prevent possible (or at least minimize) whistleblower/retaliation claims. This interactive session will guide you through some scenarios to help you in dealing with potential whistleblower/retaliation claims.  Bring your acting skills if you want to be an active participant or sit back and play Monday morning quarterback.

How to Plan and Execute Effective Workplace Investigations  
This session will discuss the development of an investigative plan, including selection of an investigator, identification of key issues, witnesses and documents, the preservation of electronically stored information, and other evidence. The presenters will discuss strategies to effectively implement the investigative plan, including techniques for interviewing the complainant and respondent and other witnesses, analyzing evidence, reaching objective, evidence-based conclusions, and preparing and maintaining a reliable record of the investigation.

Contact Us for More Information

Please contact Ramlah Bari at or 703-483-8377.