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Certificate in Employee Relations LawSM Seminar

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Washington, D.C. | November 28, 2014 - December 1, 2014

The Certificate in Employee Relations LawSM Seminar provides the most comprehensive, practical, up-to-date employment law training available. This is a 4½ day seminar geared to the real-world needs of human resource professionals, attorneys, and managers. The seminar provides "best practices" insights and information on the full range of employee relations law issues.

This seminar has been presented hundreds of times to tens of thousands of professionals since 1979, undergoing continuous improvements, updating and refinement.

The seminar is presented by prominent employment law attorneys who are also excellent presenters. They focus is on the practical implications of the law and what steps participants can take on the job to cope with the complex requirements of the various laws and regulations.

Since 1979, the Certificate in Employee Relations LawSM Seminar has been widely regarded as the professional's choice for employment law training.

The Certificate in Employee Relations LawSM Seminar is designed to provide participants with a broad base of practical knowledge in all facets of employment law.

The seminar provides participants with:

  1. A comprehensive understanding of all of today's significant employment laws and regulations, and the ability to know what to do about them in their own workplace.
  2. The skills to recognize and deal with problem situations. Subjects include coping with federal and state regulatory agencies and their requirements, compliance reviews and agency injunctions, negotiating and settling complaints, and minimizing exposure to litigation by learning what steps and policies to implement in the workplace.
  3. Complete information regarding current and expected future regulations, enabling your organization to anticipate and plan for the future.
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.

Practical Guidance for Managing Non-Unionized Employees

  • How to minimize legal risk through good hiring practices
  • Identification of the most important employment policies
  • How to use performance evaluations effectively
  • The keys to avoiding an employment-related lawsuit
  • How to conduct effective internal investigations
  • Managing leaves of absence effectively
  • 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

  • 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.
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."
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
An examination of the Fair Labor Standards Act and regulations affecting the categorization of employees as exempt from minimum wage and/or overtime premium pay and calculating overtime premium pay under various pay arrangements.

Wrongful Discharge Litigation
An examination of the various theories of recovery arising from employee discipline and discharge. An examination of litigation prevention techniques including practical suggestions regarding employment policies, internal review procedures, and discipline/termination decision making and implementation.

  • 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

Block I - Labor Law in the Union and Non-Union Workplace
Gavin S. Appleby, Esq., Partner at Littler Mendelson, PC
November 17-18, 2014
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Block II - Employment Discrimination Law
Wayne W. Williams, Esq., Founder at the Law Offices of Wayne Williams
November 19-20, 2014
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Block III - Special Issues in Employee Relations
Wayne W. Williams, Esq., Founder at the Law Offices of Wayne W. Williams
November 21, 2014
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Washington, D.C.
November 17-21, 2014

Hyatt Regency Crystal City
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 413-1234

Relax in the heart of it all at Hyatt Regency Crystal City, this hotel is perfectly positioned for easy access to Virginia and the entire DC-metro area. Enjoy a complimentary shuttle to the airport and easy access to Metro transportation. Within the Hyatt Regency Crystal City you'll discover the services and amenities only Hyatt can provide - award winning dining and inviting spacious guestrooms with luxury amenities like Hyatt Grand Bed, complimentary Wi-Fi and iHome stereos with iPod docking stations. Take advantage of the 24 hour StayFit fitness center and nearby walking/jogging trails.

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HR Certification Institute (HRCI)
This program has been approved for 29.75 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR and SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP)
Earn 29.75 Continuing Education Credits towards CEBS recertification through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) by attending this 4½ day seminar.

American Staffing Association (ASA)
This 4½ day seminar is eligible for CSP, TSC and CSC recertification credit.

Human Capital Institute (HCI)
This program is eligible for HCS, SWP and MHCS recertification credit.

The fee for the full 4½ day Certificate in Employee Relations LawSM Seminar is $2,275.00.

The fee includes extensive, specially prepared seminar materials, coffee breaks, and a reception the first day. (Breakfast/lunch/dinner are on your own.) Registration fees for those wishing to enroll in only portions of the seminar are:

  • Block I: $1,000.00 (2 days)
  • Block II: $1,000.00 (2 days)
  • Block III: $500.00 (½ day)

Once an organization has registered a representative for any of the full, 4½ day 2014 Certificate in Employee Relations LawSM Seminar, subsequent registrants from the same organization who attend a 2014 Certificate in Employee Relations LawSM Seminar are entitled to a discount. A $200.00 discount will be given for each subsequent 4½ day registrant. A $50.00 discount will be given for each subsequent partial program registrant.

To receive the discount, participants need not attend the same location or date. Discounts must be requested at the time of registration and are not combinable with other discount offers.

Very attractive discounts are available to organizations which send 5 or more participants to IAML seminars in any 12 month period. Participants do not necessarily need to attend the seminar at the same location or time.

Registrants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. IAML has made arrangements for participants to receive a special group rate at the hotels where the seminars will be held. To ensure that you will receive a room at the special group rate, please make your hotel reservations at least four weeks in advance of the seminar and mention that you are participating in an Institute for Applied Management & Law seminar. Please note: If you experience any difficulty in making your hotel reservation, even within the four weeks prior to the seminar you wish to attend, please call IAML. Through IAML's contacts, there is a good possibility that we can help you secure a reservation at the seminar hotel.