The Certificate in Employee Relations Law 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 Law Seminar has been widely regarded as the professional's choice for employment law training.
The Certificate in Employee Relations Law Seminar is designed to provide participants with a broad base of practical knowledge in all facets of employment law.
The Seminar Provides Participants with:
- 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.
- 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.
- Complete information regarding current and expected future regulations, enabling your organization to anticipate and plan for the future.
Tens of thousands of past participants have told the organiser that participating in the seminar:
- Enables participants to take concrete and specific actions to substantially reduce their organization’s downside risk to expensive, time-consuming and risky litigation.
- Improves on-the-job performance and skills...immediately.
- Provides virtually all the information needed to function effectively in the employment law aspect of a job.
- Increases confidence in dealing with complex employee relations law issues.
- Helps participants to deal more pro-actively with employee relations law issues.
- Increases the participant’s value to their organization.
- Provides participants with an excellent environment to meet colleagues and share ideas.
In short, this seminar provides the perfect vehicle for both experienced and less experienced HR professionals and attorneys to get the information and the insight they need to achieve the highest level of professional performance.
Block I - Labor Law in the Union & Non-Union Workplace - (Monday and Tuesday)
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.
- 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.
Block II - Employment Discrimination Law - (Wednesday and Thursday)
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.
Block III - Special Issues in Employee Relations Law - (Friday)
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
“I thought the Certificate in Employee Relations Law Seminar was great.”
Human Resources Generalist
“The program was very good substantively. Both speakers did an excellent job of presenting their respective material.”
Thomas Scarr, Esq.
Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC
Huntington, West Virginia
“Enjoyed the instructor, and he seemed to make learning employment law more interesting. I very much enjoyed learning of the real-life cases concerning employment law as well.”
Human Resources Business Partner
Summit Midstream Partners, LP
“I loved that it was a refresh of the laws and we discussed real life examples that had already happened...plus, classmates shared their current situations that we talked through. Instructors were very interesting which made the class much more enjoyable than I was expecting.”
Stephanie Valdez, PHR, SHRM-CP
Sr. People Manager
Long Beach, California
“I really enjoyed the small group and the instructors/content. It made the learning fun and engaging. I enjoyed that we were able to interact and talk through real world situations.”
Human Resources Director
Mr Samuel M. Matchett,
King & Spalding's Atlanta Labor & Employment Practice Group
Samuel Matchett is a Partner with King & Spalding's Atlanta Labor & Employment Practice Group. He concentrates his practice on employment relationship matters, with an emphasis in employment law litigation in both state and federal courts, governmental agencies, and arbitration tribunals. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Matchett provides general client advice on the avoidance of employee-related problems and prepares and presents seminars concerning all aspects of the employment relationship. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and several appellate courts. Additional, Mr. Matchett was recently selected by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in his practice area, named to Georgia Trend magazine's "Legal Elite" - a list of Georgia attorneys chosen by their peers as the leading lawyers in their practice areas, and is designated in the most recent edition of The Best Lawyers in America for employment law. Mr. Matchett received his J.D. from the University of Georgia.
Mr Bryan Stillwagon,
Labor & Employment Group of Sherman & Howard, LLC
Bryan Stillwagon is an Associate in the Labor & Employment Group of Sherman & Howard, LLC in Atlanta. His experience covers a broad spectrum of issues affecting the employer-employee relationship. In addition to defending employers against numerous claims brought by plaintiffs and the EEOC under Title VII, the ADEA, and the ADA; Mr. Stillwagon has spent significant time advising and defending clients in exempt status and independent contractor matters under the FLSA on both an individual and collective action basis. He was listed in Georgia Trend’s 2013 Legal Elite and has co-authored numerous articles including “Customer’s Harassment of Waitstaff Serves up Lawsuit for Restaurant”, Georgia Restaurant Association Knowledge Center and “How Much Leave is Enough? Reasonable Accommodation, Undue Hardship, and the Intersection of the FMLA and the ADA,” Employee Relations Law Journal. He is admitted to practice in Georgia and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association, and the Georgia Restaurant Association. Mr. Stillwagon earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law and his B.A. in International Affairs with a minor in Spanish, summa cum laude, from the University of Georgia.
Mr John F. Wymer, III,
Sherman & Howard LLC
John F. Wymer, III is a Member with the law firm Sherman & Howard, LLC in their Atlanta office, specializing in labor and employment law on behalf of management clients. Mr. Wymer, an IAML instructor for more than 25 years, is among the nation's most sought after speakers for his extraordinary teaching skills, witty and engaging delivery style. He received his B.A. from the University of Alabama and J.D. from the University of Virginia. Mr. Wymer is a member of the American Bar Association and a member of the Committee on Development of the Law under the NLRA. He is admitted to practice in Alabama and Georgia, before the U.S. Supreme Court, and before the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Eleventh Circuit Courts. Mr. Wymer has published numerous articles including “How Much Leave is Enough? Reasonable Accommodation, Undue Hardship, and the Intersection of the FMLA and the ADA,” Employee Relations Law Journal and is a Contributing Editor for The Developing Labor Law. He has received numerous honors and awards including: named as a Fellow in The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers; listed in Georgia Trend’s 2014 Legal Elite; listed in Best Lawyers in America, Labor & Employment Law since 1995; and he has been named as one of “The Nation’s 100 Most Powerful Employment Lawyers, “Human Resource Executive Magazine, 2009-2014.
Organizations (both profit and non-profit) of all sizes and in virtually every industry have profitably invested in this seminar. The titles and/or responsibilities of those who typically participate in this program include:
- Human Resource Professional
- Employee Relations Manager
- Labor Relations Specialist
- Line Manager
- Training Personnel
- Vice President
- Equal Employment Manager
- Policies & Systems Manager
- “New-Hires” in Management
- Employee Counselor
- Management Consultant
- Industrial Relations Manager
- Administration Manager
- “Fast-Track” Executive
- Affirmative Action Manager
- Compensation & Benefits Manager
- Compliance Manager
- Onboarding Consultant
Human resource professionals find that this program provides the ideal way to get “updated” on all significant employment law topics, while producing increased confidence in dealing with complex employment law issues. Less experienced participants find that the seminar provides the practical and comprehensive information they need to function effectively in human resource management.
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