40th Annual Employment Law Update – Virtual

October 24, 2024

Sometimes it seems employers are awash with new employment laws and regulations that require effective HR help to navigate. This year’s 40th ELU is designed to update employers on developments like the new proposed EEOC guidance on workplace harassment and new wage-hour regulations from the DOL. Officials from these and other relevant government agencies along with the K & C Employment Law Team will help employers avoid risk in an everchanging legal environment. We will even have a “Top Gun” employee lawyer provide insights on how he decides which employers he will sue. Attendees can also earn up to 6 credit hours toward PHR and SPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and 6 PDCs toward the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCPA.

Program Schedule 
9:00 – 9:20 Opening Session – All Aboard
Attendees will learn what to expect during the day and get a summary of their workshop choices.

MORNING SESSIONS
9:30 – 10:30 | 10:40 – 11:40

Employment Law 101 — Batten Down the Hatches
John M. Bredehoft
Randy C. Sparks
This workshop will provide essential baseline information on the most frequently encountered federal and Virginia employment laws. Attendees will learn legal and practical ways for employers to avoid potential liability and are encouraged to bring their most challenging questions.

Ethics for HR Professionals — Check Your HR Compass
Mauricio Velasquez, President & CEO, Diversity Training Group
A dynamic presenter will present a highly interactive and enlightening workshop on workplace ethics confronted by employers. Attendees will learn how they can make the workplace more ethical and effectively deal with ethical dilemmas. This session will also help HR professionals meet annual ethics requirements for recertification.

Effective Workplace Harassment Investigations — EEOC on “Watch”
Laura Geringer Gross
Elizabeth “Betsy” Rader, Charlotte District Director, EEOC
Workplace harassment claims remain a high concern for employers as well as the EEOC. This has led the EEOC to propose new guidance for employers on avoiding all forms of harassment. A current District Director from the EEOC and a member of the K&C Employment Team will provide attendees with tips on detecting, addressing and preventing concerns that could mature into litigation.

1:00 – 1:30 After Lunch Session — Tips from the Captains
National EEOC Director of Field Management Programs, Tom Colclough, and EEOC Charlotte District Director, Betsy Rader, will provide helpful tips to employers on how to effectively handle EEOC discrimination charges. 

AFTERNOON SESSIONS
1:40 – 2:40 | 2:50 – 3:50 

Discipline & Discharge — Walking the Plank
Thomas M. Colcough, Director of Field Management Programs, EEOC
Craig J. Curwood, Founding Member, Butler Curwood
Burt H. Whitt
A “Top Gun” lawyer for employees will be joined by a National Director from the EEOC to help employers avoid legal missteps in connection with discipline and discharge decisions. This session will focus on best practices to avoid EEOC claims and potential litigation. 

Layoffs/Restructuring — Anchors Away
Randy C. Sparks
Neil S. Talegaonkar
During tough economic times, organizations often implement layoffs and restructuring plans. Attendees will be provided guidance on avoiding legal risks when making tough employment decisions.

Wage-Hour Law — Paymaster Rules
Sharon Kerk Reyes
William M. Palmer
This session will discuss federal and Virginia wage-hour requirements, including the DOL’s new overtime exemption regulations. Our presenters will provide advice on complying with increasingly complex legal requirements affecting how employees must be paid.

CLOSING SESSION — Bon Voyage
4:00 – 4:30 
We will provide a recap of the day and the EEOC Director of Field Management Programs, Thomas Colclough, will be on hand to provide some insights for what HR professionals can expect from the EEOC in the upcoming year. 

SPECIAL GUESTS

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

Thomas M. Colclough
Director of Field Management Programs, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Craig J. Curwood
Founding Member
Butler Curwood

Susan Landis
Unemployment Insurance Director
Virginia Employment Commission

Charlotte “Betsy” Rader
Charlotte District Director
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Mauricio Velasquez
President & CEO, Diversity Training Group

REGISTER: Registration coming soon. In the meantime, please contact Andrea at adking@kaufcan.com or 757.624.3232 with questions.

LOCATION: The program will be held virtually on October 24, 2024.

FEE: Our $375 registration fee includes seminar materials and a certificate of completion. The fee for each additional registrant is $355. We accept VISA, MasterCard and Discover, or checks payable to Kaufman & Canoles.

DEADLINE: The deadline to register is one week prior to the seminar date. 

REGISTRATION: Click here.