2020 Employment Law Seminar

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2020 Employment Law Seminar

Events Date: August 27 and 28, 2020

Related Practice Areas: Employee Benefits, Employment and Employment Litigation

Due to the current status of the COVID-19 virus and the government’s order to limit large gatherings, Barley Snyder is holding the Employment Law Seminar as a virtual event on Thursday, August 27 and Friday, August 28. The health and safety of our clients, employees and business partners are our top priority. Click here to register!

Anyone who previously registered for the in-person event which was scheduled for August 28 will receive an event cancellation notice and a full refund.. If you would like to attend our new, virtual event, you will need to re-register. Our virtual event will be complimentary. Please see below for more details.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Event Details
Thursday, August 27 and Friday, August 28, 2020
Time: 10:45 AM - 3:15 PM

Event Overview
This event will be held virtually over a two-day period. There will be a total of 10 sessions to choose from, and you can choose up to six sessions to attend. The session descriptions are listed below. You will be prompted to select your sessions when you register. 

Virtual Zoom Event
You will need an internet connection, access to a computer, and audio capability via computer or phone in order to participate in this webinar. 

This program has been submitted to the HR Certification Institute for review. Barley Snyder is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs).

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Mowen at jmowen@barley.com or 717-553-1066.

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Webinar Series Day 1 - Thursday, August 27

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM - Welcome & Introductions

Session 1 - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
1. Leave Issues Under FMLA, FFCRA and ADA
Presented by Jennifer Craighead Carey
The COVID-19 pandemic has created new statutory and regulatory requirements for companies, creating an intricate web of potential legal liability. This session will address leave and other workplace accommodation issues under the FFCRA, FMLA, and ADA, including the interplay of the three statutes and how employers can mitigate risks. It will also offer strategies for controlling fraud and abuse. Participants will be invited to submit questions in advance of the session.  This session assumes some advanced knowledge of the FMLA and ADA and is not a basic level course.

Session 2 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
2A. UC Benefits, Layoffs and Furloughs
Presented by Jill Sebest Welch and Michael Crocenzi
Furloughs and layoff decisions are difficult enough under normal conditions.   The coronavirus pandemic has added new layers of complexity – business closure orders, phased re-opening, PPP loans, FFCRA paid leave obligations, employees who don’t want to or can’t return to work, unemployment compensation considerations, WARN Act Notice obligations. This session will discuss the myriad considerations involved in furlough and layoff decisions during this pandemic, and when FFCRA and unemployment compensation benefits may be available to employees.

2B. Handbook Policy Changes
Presented by Sarah Yerger and Kareemah Mayer
With employers considering how to continue operations in the midst of the pandemic, they may need to update Employee Handbook policies triggered by COVID-19. This session will provide practical guidance on how to address workplace illness and infectious disease concerns while ensuring that they provide a safe workplace for their employees. This session will specifically address Telecommuting policies, temporary vacation restriction policies and Infectious disease/pandemic policy.  Participants will be invited to submit questions in advance of the session.  

Session 3 - 2:15 PM to 3:15 PM
3A. Medical Marijuana

Presented by Michael Crocenzi, Joshua Schwartz, Sarah Yerger; and Eric Hauser, CEO and pharmacist, Organic Remedies
The goal of this program is to give you practical information about medical marijuana. You will learn firsthand from a medical marijuana dispensary CEO and pharmacist about the pharmacology of the drug and the state of the medical marijuana program. Through a skit format, we will show you the process from the employee’s perspective, which will include: How does someone qualify for and receive a medical marijuana card, what does a card look like, who decides the amount and type of medical marijuana a person receives, how does the medical marijuana affect a person physically and mentally, and what a medical marijuana user can and cannot do at work. How has the pandemic affected the medical marijuana program? We will also answer your questions based on state and federal law.

3B. Immigration Compliance in the COVID-19 Era
Presented by David Freedman and Silas M. Ruiz-Steele
Immigration law was already a hot button topic at beginning of 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic afoot has pushed immigration issues even more into the spotlight. This session will bring human resource professionals up-to-date regarding the latest immigration law developments, including the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program, the recent executive orders regarding temporary and permanent work visas, international travel restrictions, Form I-9 compliance during the pandemic, and issues related to workplace enforcement.

Webinar Series Day 2 - Friday, August 28

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM - Welcome & Introductions

Session 4 - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
4. Expanding the Scope of Employer Responsibilities & Employee Protections

Presented by David Freedman
Although Title VII of the Civil Rights Act has been around for over 55 years, the law surrounding employment discrimination continues to evolve. And 2020 could be one of the most revolutionary years on record. So employers must be able to recognize and address employment discrimination issues when they arise. In this session, there will be examples ripped from the headlines to test your knowledge of the expanding scope of employer responsibilities and employee protections under Title VII, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. This interactive session will hit on issues related to conducting effective internal investigations and remedying harassment in the wake of the #MeToo movement. There will also be a legal update regarding LGBTQ discrimination.                    
Session 5 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
5A. Employee Benefit Considerations Related to COVID-19

Presented by Mark Smith
The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a number of employee benefit plan considerations for employers.  In response to this unprecedented challenge, Congress and the President have enacted significant legislation to provide some meaningful assistance to employers and their employees. Subsequently, the IRS and the DOL have also responded quickly to offer much needed guidance. Please join us for an in-depth analysis of the COVID-19 related employee benefit plan legislation and examination of other key employee benefit plan considerations for employers.      

5B. OSHA and Workers' Compensation
Presented by Joshua Schwartz
Workplace safety is highly regulated. Therefore, when a safety incident occurs, employers face a number of obligations under federal and state law, and these obligations can add stress and confusion to an already difficult situation. Moreover, COVID-19 presents specific and unprecedented safety and regulatory risks under OSHA and the Workers’ Compensation Act. This session will provide best practices to ensure compliance and minimize risks when government regulators and investigators visit your workplace.

Session 6 - 2:15 PM to 3:15 PM
6A. The Ultimate Guide to Non-compete and Non-solicitation Agreements

Presented by Michael Crocenzi and Hon. Stephen Linebaugh (ret.) 
According to one survey, 35 million American workers have signed a non-compete agreement, but are they enforceable? You will learn what terms are enforceable and the correct procedures to legally protect your company. You will also learn the emerging trends in non-compete agreements, especially in light of the COVID crisis, and what states are restricting their use or banning them.  We will analyze what to do about an applicant with a non-compete and what to expect if a non-compete agreement is litigated in court.  Finally, you will learn how a non-solicitation agreement is different from a non-compete and when and how to create an enforceable non-solicitation agreement.        

6B. 2019 and 2020 Federal Update
Presented by Jill Welch, Sarah Yerger and David Freedman
The U.S. Department of Labor and Pennsylvania Labor & Industry have been busy Jill will discuss the new DOL and Pennsylvania overtime regulations, opinion letters, joint employer rules and major wage-and-hour cases impacting employers in 2020, with a particular focus on COVID-19 issues.  David will update us on the state of affairs in immigration, with a focus on COVID-19 issues. Sarah will discuss the Trump-NLRB’s numerous changes to pre-Obama era policy, important changes you need to keep your eye on and how COVID-19 has impacted NLRB decisions.        

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