April 10, 2014 Presentation – Safeguarding Employers in 2014

On Thursday, April 10, 2014, attorneys from Briggs and Morgan, P.A. will present “Safeguarding Employers in 2014 – Changes in Employment, Benefits, and Labor Law.” The seminar will occur from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Windows on Minnesota in the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis.  Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.  CLE and HRCI credits will be applied for.  There is no charge to attend.

The agenda for the presentation will be as follows:

7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. to 8:10 a.m. – Welcome

8:10 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. – Legislative Overview:  Changes in Minnesota employment statutes that took effect in 2013 and proposed legislation for 2014.  Presenters:  Britt Gilbertson and Danielle Fitzsimmons.

8:45 a.m. to 9:25 a.m. – The NLRB is Back at Full Strength – and Employers Should be Concerned:  Newly proposed union election rules, greater scrutiny of discipline for employee social media use, restrictions on employee use of company e-mail, and employee handbook policies are just a few of the many obstacles constructed by the NLRB in 2014.  We will discuss these issues and more to offer practical tips on how to avoid problems with the NLRB.  Presenters:  Michael Moberg and Michael Wilhelm.

9:25 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. – Introducing the Elephant in the Room: How eDiscovery Impacts You:  Hear the basics of eDiscovery and how it impacts human resources in litigation.  Also, learn good risk management steps that can be followed to avoid problems—and sanctions—when a claim is made, as well as steps to be taken when notice of a claim is received.  Presenter:  John Degnan.

9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Break

10:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. – Employee Benefits Update:  The world of employee benefits continues to change and employers must continue to change with it, or risk significant penalties for noncompliance.  Learn some of the most significant changes and what you need to do avoid penalties or adverse tax consequences.  Presenter:  Steve Brunn.

10:20 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – The ADAAA Aftermath:  The ADA Amendments Act and its related EEOC regulations accomplished their intended purpose of expanding disability discrimination claims.  We will review case law trends developed in the wake of those amendments and suggest how to avoid becoming another EEOC statistic.  Presenters:  Michael Miller and Sally Scoggin.

11:00 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. – Crisis Management 101: What to do When the 60 Minutes Reporters Come Calling:  Every business will eventually face an organizational crisis. Whether it is the discovery of an inappropriate relationship between a member of the executive team and a coworker, a workplace tragedy, or a media frenzy over a corporate misstep, you need to have a plan in place to deal with it. This presentation will give you a crisis management playbook, so that you are not caught flat-footed and make a bad situation worse.  Presenters:  Ann Huntrods, Greg Stenmoe, and Brian McClung, McClung Communications & Public Relations, LLC.

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch

Please RSVP:  If you are interested in attending, please contact Dena Edmiston at (612) 977-8581 or dedmiston@briggs.com.

About Greg Stenmoe

Greg is the Chair of Briggs and Morgan's Litigation Department and a member of the firm's Employment, Benefits, and Labor section. Greg has tried numerous cases in state and federal courts. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and in Minnesota Super Lawyers, and he has been named one of the top 40 employment lawyers in Minnesota. He has also been named to Chambers USA’s list of “America’s Leading Business Lawyers.” For Greg's full bio, click here.

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