CBIA: CBIA/Jackson Lewis Employment Law Conference

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Trumbull Marriott Merritt Parkway
180 Hawley Lane
Trumbull, CT 06611-5379

7:30 – 8:30 am: Check-in & Networking Breakfast
8:30 am: Opening Remarks
Mark Soycher, Counsel, CBIA
Tanya A. Bovée, Office Managing Principal, Hartford Office Jackson Lewis P.C.
8:40 am: Hiring Headaches: Changes to Candidate Screening & Negotiations
Recent initiatives by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and expanded ban-the-box laws across the country, including in Connecticut, have made it more difficult for companies to evaluate a job candidate by their criminal record or credit history. In addition, increased access to payscale data has led to lawsuits about pay equity. Learn how to navigate the new hiring landscape and find the right candidate for the job.
Presenter: TBD
9:30 am: Break
9:45 am: What You Need to Know About the Americans with Disabilities Act
Requests for workplace accommodation for disabled employees can be daunting—even for seasoned HR and legal professionals. Learn new strategies for approaching the interactive process and accommodation requests, what are appropriate and inappropriate questions, how to analyze undue hardships, dealing with direct threats, and more.
Presenter: TBD
10:35 am: Hot Topics in Employment Law
In this session we’ll review the significant legal developments that have occurred over the past year and what’s likely to come. Our presenters will answer your questions and address:
Critical and commonly overlooked compliance steps
Strategies for taking advantage of the shifting legislative climate
HR's role in advising management to minimize legal exposure
Presenters: Eric W. Gjede, Assistant Counsel, CBIA
James F. Shea, Principal and Office Litigation Manager, Hartford Office, Jackson Lewis P.C.
11:30 am: Lunch
12:30 pm: Your Guide to the New NLRB
The NLRB has continued to examine worker groups that qualify for union representation. It is also investigating unfair labor practices in nonunion workplaces, such as restrictive handbook policies, employee misconduct standards, investigation confidentiality, and whether a business should be considered a single entity or multiple entities for purposes of federal labor law. This session will reveal whether an investigation by the NLRB may or may not be in your future and what you can do about it.
Presenter: TBD
1:20 pm: Evolution or Revolution? New Attitudes & Norms in the Workplace
Marijuana use is becoming more acceptable across the country. Dive into this complicated issue as we discuss how to respond to the use of marijuana either as a protected activity or a lifestyle choice. Is the increasing use of medicinal marijuana clouding your drug prevention efforts? Can you still test for it? How do you minimize harmful consequences while avoiding claims of discrimination or invasion of privacy?
Personnel changes on the U.S. Supreme Court are a big deal. But similar changes in the lower courts are often overlooked. The Trump administration is appointing a large number of new federal judges whose philosophies will have a significant impact on corporate human resource practices. Examine how you can adapt your HR strategies for success.
A growing economy may finally trigger the demographic shift we've been watching for: boomers out; millennials and generation Z in. Communications platforms, worker motivations, and expectations are changing, for better or worse. Learn to take advantage of the strengths of this melting-pot of generations and ensure your company thrives, even if you feel like you’ve landed on a foreign planet.
Presenter: TBD
2:15 pm: Closing Remarks
Mark Soycher, CBIA
Tanya A. Bovée, Office Managing Principal, Hartford Office Jackson Lewis P.C.
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