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35th Annual Employment Law Update – Hampton

July 25, 2019

Social media has triggered some interesting legal questions about its effect on the workplace. From posts to photos, to comments that can be interpreted as vulgar, obscene, threatening, intimidating or even harassing – social media can make the employment law arena quite confusing. The 35th Annual Employment Law Update will highlight social media in the workplace and other employment law risks while providing practical suggestions on risk avoidance. Attendees can also earn up to 6 credit hours toward PHR and SPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and 5 PDCs toward the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. One lucky attendee will win an Apple® iPad Wi-Fi 32GB. #winning

Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00

Opening Session – Going Live
9:00 – 9:30
Attendees will connect for opening remarks and an overview of the day’s schedule. Then problem employee Antoine Merriweather is back in a scenario that demonstrates how oversharing information can affect employees and employers.

Morning Sessions
9:45 – 10:45 | 11:00 – 12:00 

Employment Law 101 – What’s Trending Today?
Bob Barry and Dan Basnight
This workshop will provide essential baseline information on the most frequently-encountered employment laws. Attendees will learn legal and practical ways for employers to avoid potential liability and are encouraged to bring their most challenging questions.

Wage-Hour/Exemptions – Pinned Down
Neil Talegaonkar and Burt Whitt
The goal of this session is to reduce the fear and expense of a DOL wage-hour audit. Proper pay practices will be emphasized to avoid liability for pay practices and all payment of wage legal concerns will be discussed.

HR as a Change Agent – IMHO (In My Honest Opinion)
Mauricio Velasquez
This workshop will present tips, tools and techniques to help HR professionals implement necessary change when management prefers the status quo. Identifying advocates and obstacles as well as building coalitions will be discussed.

Symbolism in the Workplace – What Not to Share
John Bredehoft and Thomas Colclough
Emojis, screensavers, Facebook… Almost anything can have symbolic meaning and in this day and age there is a heightened awareness for what is appropriate in the workplace when it comes to symbols. This session will highlight how to deal with potentially problematic symbols in the workplace.

12:15 – 1:30

Attendees will have an opportunity to take photos of their lunch plates and post to social media before problem employee Antoine Merriweather is called to HR’s office to discuss his oversharing of information. Then Lisa Bertini, an attorney who specializes in suing employers, will provide a candid view of what a savvy employee’s lawyer looks for when deciding whether to sue a company.

Afternoon Sessions
1:40 – 2:40 | 2:55 – 3:55 

Cyber-Bullying – SMH (Shaking My Head)
Laura Gross and Mauricio Velasquez
Cyber-bullying isn’t only a problem experienced by children on social media. Employees can experience it too and when it is conducted by a co-worker or supervisor it becomes a workplace problem. This session will address what is considered cyber-bullying and how to prevent it in the workplace.

Regulating Social Media in the Workplace – Going Viral 
John Bredehoft and Dan Basnight
Use of social media by both employers and employees presents real challenges for companies, especially when employees are allowed to bring their own devices to work. This workshop will focus on the opportunities and risks created by the use of social media and tips on controlling related legal risks.

Discipline & Discharge – Bye Felicia
Lisa Bertini and Burt Whitt
Discipline and discharge decisions are workplace events that often end up in claims. This session features all aspects of discipline as well as the termination process. Both employer and employee advocate perspectives will be presented and attendees’ specific questions are encouraged.

ADA Compliance – #FollowtheRules
Tom Colclough and Bob Barry
This session will address current and future requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This presentation should demystify the legal jargon with a focus on practical compliance tips.  

Closing Session – Signing Off
4:00 – 4:30

Nicole Harrell will provide advice to Human Resources professionals to enhance their cybersecurity efforts. Then EEOC Acting Deputy District Director Tom Colclough will comment on what to expect over the next year from his agency. This session will conclude with a drawing for the lucky winner of the iPad!

Special Guests

Robert G. Armstrong
Assistant Director, Virginia Department of Labor and Industry

Lisa A. Bertini
Plaintiff’s Lawyer, Bertini Law, P.C.

Thomas M. Colclough
Acting Deputy District Director, Charlotte, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

John S. Di Dio
Former Norfolk Area Director, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Robert L. Johnson
President, Safety Management Inc.

Lola R. Perkins
Senior Deputy City Attorney, City of Hampton

Norberto Rosa-Ramos
Norfolk Director, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Mauricio Velasquez
President, CEO, Diversity Training Group

William O. Walton
Unemployment Insurance Director, Virginia Employment Commission


July 25, 2019

Hampton Roads Convention Center
1610 Coliseum Drive 
Hampton, Virginia 23666

Cost for the program is $375 for the first registrant for each company and $355 for each additional registrant. The deadline to register for the seminar is one week prior to the respective seminar date. A refund will be given for cancellations received one week prior to the seminar.

In addition to the traditional binder, we offer all seminar materials on a USB flash drive. Please select the option you prefer when registering and you will receive materials in the requested format at check-in. We will also have materials available for download the day of the event for tablet users.

All attendees will receive their confirmation materials, invoice, payment link, and directions via email after registration. Please note we accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover cards only.

If you have any questions, please contact Caitlyn Anderson at cdanderson@kaufcan.com or (757) 624.3232.

To pay by credit card, call (757) 624.3232 or download the Credit Card Authorization Form and return to Caitlyn Anderson via email at cdanderson@kaufcan.com, fax to (888) 360.9092 or mail to Kaufman & Canoles, Attn: Caitlyn Anderson at P.O. Box 3037, Norfolk, VA 23514. A receipt will be emailed within 2 business days. 

Registration is closed. Please contact us at (757) 624-3232 for more information.