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Thompson Coburn's Annual Labor, Employment, and Benefits Law Seminar

April 6, 2017

Navigating human resources issues in the workplace can often feel like being launched into space at hyperspeed without a co-pilot. To gain insights on the full galaxy of employment and benefits laws, touch down and connect with mission control at “TC HR: The Final Frontier,” our annual labor, employment, and employee benefits seminar in St. Louis. This full day of lively and in-depth sessions is led by Thompson Coburn’s nationally recognized HR practitioners and complimentary to clients and friends. CLE for Missouri and Illinois and HRCI credit is available for attendees. Our joint sessions and three tracks of programming will provide the latest commentary and analysis of labor and employment and employee benefits laws, as well as the national outlook on legislative and executive actions affecting employers. Set your phasers to “learn” and boldly go where no HR manager has gone before.

Complimentary registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, and cocktail hour.

Marriott West Conference Center
660 Maryville Centre Drive
St. Louis, MO 63141

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
Program from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.


TIME

GRAND BALLROOM

MARYVILLE BALLROOM

WESTWOOD

8:00-8:15

Joint Session

Welcome

Chuck Poplstein / Cliff Godiner / Lori Jones

8:15-8:50

Joint Session: The White House and the Supreme Court: The Next Generation

Laura Jordan / Rick Pautler

9:00-10:00

Baby Boomers are from Mars, Millennials are from Venus: HR Issues in a Multiple Generational Workforce

Susan Lorenc / Tabitha Davisson

Don’t Panic: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Employee Benefits Under the Trump Administration

Lori Jones

Parallel Universe: A California Law Update

Art Silbergeld / John Viola

10:10-11:10

Shields Up! Best Practices for Employee Handbooks

Krissa Lubben / Paul Klein

Live Long and Prosper: Hot Topics in Health and Welfare Plans

Trish WinchellRick Pautler

Warp Speed Ahead: Navigating Business Immigration in 2017

Kelly Simon / Melinda Potmesil

11:20-12:20

Joint Session

Take Me to Your Leader – A Legislative Update

Chris Murray, Thompson Coburn Lobbying & Policy

12:30-1:15

Lunch

1:30-2:30

We Come in Peace: Exploring Accommodations in the Workplace

Cliff Godiner / Cody Reinberg

Plan Compliance Prime Directive - EPCRS

Cathy Conrad / Mike Lane

All Systems Are Go: ADA Website Compliance

Art Sternberg

2:40 – 3:40

Beam Me Up: Strategies for Successful Onboarding and Offboarding of Employees

Chuck Poplstein / R. Nelson Williams

The NLRB: A New Hope?

Tim Sarsfield / Hope Abramov / Mike Duffee


3:45-4:45

Cocktail Hour and Reception



The NLRB: A New Hope?

Tim Sarsfield | Hope Abramov | Mike Duffee

The panelists will discuss recent right to work legislation and potential amendments to the National Labor Relations Act, and how those changes might affect both union and non-union employers. The panelists will also cover how President Trump has an opportunity to quickly send the NLRB on a pro-employer course, but how that course can only be stretched so far. Finally, recent NLRB decisions of interest to both union and non-union employers will be discussed.

Parallel Universe: A California Law Update

Art Silbergeld | John Viola

California employment law continues to diverge from federal law, creating confusion for multi-state companies. Failures of technical compliance inevitably lead to litigation that validates non-compliance or tests the boundaries of recent California Labor Code legislation. The panelists will provide guidance to handling the morass of new and upcoming changes to help companies avoid conflicting and confusing legal challenges.

Don’t Panic: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Employee Benefits Under the Trump Administration

Lori Jones

This session will discuss actions taken to date by the President and Congress with respect to employee benefits issues and the possible future impact of the Trump Administration on the design and administration of employee benefit plans. Where is Ford Prefect when you need him?

Baby Boomers are from Mars, Millennials are from Venus: HR Issues in a Multiple Generational Workforce

Susan Lorenc | Tabitha Davisson

With employees ranging from baby boomers to millennials, employers face a variety of employment-related issues. This presentation will explore fitness for duty examinations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, mandatory retirement ages, working from home, social media, performance reviews, and communication on performance.

Warp Speed Ahead: Navigating Business Immigration in 2017

Kelly Simon | Melinda Potmesil

This panel will highlight and analyze the changes, proposed revisions, myths, and realities of employment-based business immigration in 2017, including the impact of President Trump’s executive orders, rule-making procedures, and congressional action.

All Systems Are Go: ADA Website Compliance

Art Sternberg

The past year’s explosive growth in ADA litigation on website accessibility for visually impaired users has caught most companies unaware and forced expensive settlements. Don’t be one of them. Website accessibility for visually impaired employees and e-commerce users is required by the employment and public accommodations titles of the ADA. This presentation covers what standards apply and the steps companies must take to meet them. We also examine the ADA’s requirements for making other visual and auditory materials accessible to visually and hearing impaired employees.

Live Long and Prosper: Hot Topics in Health and Welfare Plans

Trish WinchellRick Pautler

This session explores the “strange new world” of health and other welfare benefits. Its one-hour mission is to provide attendees with an overview of new and important welfare and benefit items of interest for employers in 2017 and beyond.

We Come in Peace: Exploring Accommodations in the Workplace

Cliff Godiner | Cody Reinberg

The panelists will discuss various workplace accommodation issues stemming from the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII, including questions concerning the requirement of providing reasonable accommodations to religious views.

Shields Up! Best Practices for Employee Handbooks

Krissa Lubben | Paul Klein

In this session, the panelists will discuss key policies that employers should include in their employee handbooks to offer the most protection against potential claims by employees. The panelists will identify certain policies that may often be overlooked, and will discuss strategies for monitoring and updating policies on a regular basis, with a special emphasis on changes in the law that may require additions or revisions to handbooks.

Plan Compliance Prime Directive – EPCRS

Cathy Conrad | Mike Lane

When plan compliance headaches arise, the IRS Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System is your prime directive. This program will focus on the top 10 compliance issues for retirement plans and how to fix them.

Beam Me Up: Strategies for Successful Onboarding and Offboarding of Employees

Chuck Poplstein | R. Nelson Williams

This program will discuss suggested strategies for utilizing the onboarding process to minimize potential employment related claims, and will discuss creative approaches to handling employee dismissals under challenging circumstances. This will include a discussion of approaches where the decision-maker has been accused of discriminatory conduct.

Joint Session: The Supreme Court: The Next Generation

Laura Jordan | Rick Pautler

This session will provide an overview of the significant Supreme Court cases from the 2016 term. The panel will also provide a prospective look at the cases the Supreme Court will hear in 2017 and how those cases may be impacted by the timing of the next appointment.

Take Me to Your Leader – A Legislative Update

Chris Murray

This session features Chris Murray, of Thompson Coburn Lobbying & Policy. Chris will discuss the recent elections and what impact they may have on labor and employment issues, and the latest insider news on the new Administration and the 115th Congress.