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TCSHRM - Sponsored: MRA Employment Law Update
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When: March 16, 2018
Where: MRA Conference Center
9805 45th Avenue N
Plymouth, Minnesota  55442
United States

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Sponsored: MRA Employment Law Update


Almost every decision made as an HR professional is fraught with legal landmines that can bring frustration, fear, and lawsuits. Join our legal experts as they untangle misconceptions and eliminate confusion. At MRA's annual Employment Law Update you will walk away with an understanding of the latest employment-related legal developments and how to deal with them effectively.

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8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Opening Session: How to Employ the Best Applicant

Debra Weiss, Meagher & Geer PLLP

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a better understanding of whether to inquire about salary history during the interview process. Understand the current law on salary inquiries in Minnesota and other states and discuss the EEOC’s guidance on the topic.
  • Understand the legal implications and risks associated with conducting criminal background checks. Identify the types of positions that require, or allow, criminal background check. Review the latest updates on the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the potential risks associated with conducting background searches outside the FCRA procedure.
  • Work through real world examples to prepare to handle the inadvertent disclosure of personal information by applicants or recruiters during the hiring process, either directly or by recruiters.

9:45 to 10:45 a.m

Session 1: 2018’s Top Compliance Issues

Kurt Erickson and Andrew Voss, Littler Mendelson P.C.

With uncertainty surrounding a number of federal regulatory changes and the proliferation of state and local laws, keeping up to speed and in compliance is a growing challenge for employers. In this session, we will discuss some of the most vexing issues and practical considerations for how to address them, including:

  • Pay Equity laws, including salary history bans.
  • The increasing number of state and local paid sick leave laws.
  • "Ban the box" laws and background check practices.
  • Joint employer standards.
  • The state of wage and hour overtime rules.

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Session 2: From Water Coolers to Snapchat: Preventing Sexual Harassment and Bullying in a Modern Workplace

Pat Martin, Andy Tanick and Stephanie Willing, Ogletree Deakins

Employers face a challenging world in which they must maintain a workplace free from sex-based harassment and bullying, particularly given that employers can be held responsible for harassing behavior by employees at all levels and by non-employees, such as customers. This session will address how to minimize the risk of harassment and bullying by establishing sound policies and consistently enforcing them with all employees, including executives. The presenters will also discuss how to respond if an employee claims that harassment has occurred or if the employer becomes aware of harassment, even if no complaint is made. Finally, the presenters will cover the public relations implications of harassment allegations and the associated response by companies and their boards, as well as the necessity of having a plan when crises arise. Key takeaways:

  1. How to minimize the risk of harassment and bullying by establishing sound policies.
  2. Understand how to consistently enforce policies with all employees, including executives.
  3. How to respond if an employee claims harassment occurred.

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Session 3: Off Duty Conduct and its Impact on the Workplace

Neal Buethe and Michael Miller, Briggs and Morgan, P.A.

2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

Session 4: Leave Laws Making You Sick? Getting a Handle on Intermittent FMLA Leave

Krista Hatcher and Teresa Thompson, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Few tasks cause an HR professional more headaches than managing intermittent leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). During this session, you will learn how to meet your business’s legal obligations while preventing leave abuse and minimizing work disruption. Practical takeaways will include:

  • How to lawfully and effectively request and use second and third opinions recertifications.
  • Best practices for responding to an employee who appears to be using FMLA leave for absences not related to the certified condition.
  • Understanding the circumstances under which employees on intermittent leave may be transferred to an alternative position.

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Closing Session: Is Your Employee Handbook Protecting You or Exposing You?

Mark Pihart, Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

With the ever increasing list of federal, state and local employment laws and ordinances, employers are left to navigate this potential minefield in order to stay afloat. More than ever, it is important for employers to make sure the workforce, including managers and decision-makers, understand the rules of the workplace. Often times this is best accomplished by having an Employee Handbook with a set of consistent and easy to understand rules and policies. Included in this presentation is a discussion of the following:

  1. Creating effective policies and procedures and ensuring consistent application and enforcement throughout the workforce;
  2. Sick and safe leave ordinances and the interplay with existing protected leave;
  3. The pros and cons of social media policies;
  4. Drug testing policies and the interplay with recent state marijuana laws; and
  5. Implementing a robust unlawful harassment policy with appropriate reporting mechanisms and corresponding training.


Earlybird Member Price: $170
Earlybird Member Discount Deadline: Friday, February 23, 2018

After February 23, 2018 Member Price: $195
Nonmember Price: $250

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