Chapter offers new, five-part online human resources boot camp

ABC of Wisconsin is offering a five-part online boot camp series on human resources fundamentals through Zoom for our members this fall. The sessions, presented by ABC of Wisconsin member firms, will run weekly from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 8. This series is ideal for anyone who is responsible for HR issues, especially in small- to medium-sized companies.

Attendees can register for any of the sessions for $25 each or all five for $100.

Best Practices for Beginning and Ending the Employment Relationship

Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. Speaker: Mark Johnson, Attorney – Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart

The employment relationship is heavily regulated. Numerous laws apply, from the beginning of the hiring process to post-termination. This session will explain the major legal issues that apply at different stages and provide practical tips on how to avoid problems. The topics covered will include: job descriptions, applications, background checks, interviewing, offers of employment, accommodating disabilities, leaves of absence, alternatives to termination, the seven questions, termination, post-termination considerations, discrimination, retaliation and harassment. After attending this seminar, you will have a better understanding of how to make effective decisions when beginning and ending the employment relationship while minimizing legal risks.

Laying the Foundation – Understanding the Interplay of the ADA, FMLA and Worker’s Compensation

Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 9 a.m. Speaker: Bob Sanders, Attorney – Husch-Blackwell, LLP

This session will provide the nuts and bolts of each law, a comprehensive overview of several key intersections of the laws (medical documentation, temporary modified duty, leave, benefits, fitness to return, and reinstatement), and best practices for handling common scenarios under the FMLA, ADA, and worker’s compensation laws. You will leave this session with a better understanding of your company’s own requirements under these laws and how to best handle the next employee leave or accommodation issue you face.

Wage & Hour Laws and Issues in the Construction Industry

Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 9 a.m. Speaker: Doug Witte, Attorney – Boardman & Clark, LLP

Wage and Hour cases continue to be one of the faster growing areas of employment claims. Compounding that issue is construction industry employers face special problems with wage and hour laws. Determining what constitutes “hours worked” for purposes of wage and hour laws is difficult. This includes issues such as travel, training, bonuses. and waiting time. This session will explore the details of “hours worked,” review issues surrounding “exempt” employees, and highlight some of the recent important cases and rulings affecting this area.

Creating a Culture of Respect – Best Practices to Prevent Employment Discrimination and Harassment

Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 9 a.m. Speaker: Josh Levy, Attorney – Husch-Blackwell, LLP

Merit shop principles are rooted in assuring individuals the greatest opportunity to succeed in their work and to be rewarded on that basis. A business’s opportunity for success is multiplied when it fosters an environment that maximizes every teammate’s chance to succeed. That is also the law. This session will review the local, state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination and harassment based on an individual’s immutable characteristics, provide best practices to avoid prohibited conduct in the workplace, and go further to articulate the organizational benefits that are realized when management promotes a culture of inclusion and genuine respect.

Review, Wrap Up and Your Questions

Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 9 a.m. Speakers: Attorneys Mark Johnson, Bob Sanders, Doug Witte and Josh Levy

A panel of our HR Boot Camp presenters will recap the lessons learned during the series and take your questions live.

Learn more and register through this link. 

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