Spring Human Resources Conference

Spring Human Resources Conference

Hershey Country Club
1000 East Derry Road | Hershey, PA 17033
Thursday, March 21, 2019 | 8:30 am to 3 pm
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8 a.m. RegistrationContinental Breakfast, Exhibits Open
8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Employment Law Update

- Alex Halper, Director of Government Affairs, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry

  • A legislative update on anticipated changes to federal and state labor and employment law issues.
8:45 a.m.

Strategies to Prevent Retaliation and Other Abusive Employee Conduct

- Marc Scheiner, Special Counsel, Duane Morris LLP

  • Workplace retaliation, bullying and incivility are making daily headlines and causing huge lawsuits, low morale, and poor productivity in some workplaces. We will discuss:
    • Retaliation – polices companies must have in place to protect supervisors and employees from this type of harassment
    • Strategies to minimize a claim of retaliation – you’ve followed all the correct protocols in disciplining and terminating, yet still are worried you may be hit with a retaliation claim: further steps HR should take
    • Bullying, incivility and the toxic employee – suggested common sense and legal steps you should follow to immediately stop this type of behavior; how to discipline; and what HR must do to work with management to prevent this type of business culture
    • A brief look at the high cost for companies when a culture of incivility and bullying is allowed to exist – more than the possibility of lawsuits, this can lead to losing your stars, poor productivity and more.
10 a.m.

Refreshment BreakExhibits Open

10:15 a.m.

Workplace Conflict Resolution

- Keith Kendall, Esq., Associate Attorney, Scaringi & Scaringi, P.C.

  • A supervisor contacts you with a problem such as workplace bullying between two employees that directly report to this supervisor. We will look at how to solve this internally so this does not lead to a future harassment claim:
    • Who should be involved in the discussion
    • The “ground rules” that should be outlined to be sure everyone stays on the topic and works out a solution
    • The tools HR can give the supervisor to help with resolving the conflict
    • Once all parties agree to the solution, how HR evaluates what happened, checks back that the resolved solution continues to work, and examines how to improve the workplace culture to prevent this type of behavior occurring again
11 a.m.

Anxiety, Obesity and Other Tough Issues: Ensuring Compliance with an Expanded ADA

 – Jeffrey I. Pasek, Member, Cozen O’Connor

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been around for many years, along with its significant amendments in the 2008 ADA Amendments Act, which expanded the ADA’s protections. Yet, many organizations, of all sizes, continue to struggle with ADA compliance in this expanded ADA universe.
  • We will review some areas in which the ADA has been expanded and then consider this in the context of some medical conditions that provide tough issues for organizations as they seek to comply with the law.
Noon   Lunch – Exhibits Open
1 p.m.

Top Mistakes Companies Make in Complying with the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

- Schaun Henry, Partner, McNees Wallace & Nurick  

- Micah Saul, Associate, McNees Wallace & Nurick  

  • The Family Medical Leave Act continues to cause confusion for many companies. Understanding the law, who is covered, how long you must provide leave, how to manage your leaves of absence – all of these areas are mandated by law and must be handled appropriately.  We will discuss the biggest mistakes companies make in complying with the FMLA and provide solutions from both a legal and a common sense perspective, including: 
    • Mistakes companies make when the FMLA overlaps with the ADA
    • Lack of proper recordkeeping including incomplete medical certifications; and not filling in the correct FMLA forms
    • Failing to have a proper FMLA policy
    • Not calculating the FMLA increments of leave correctly, including the FMLA years (when they overlap)
    • Not following the formal procedure for requesting leave
    • Silent or untrained supervisors who fail to alert HR that an employee is taking leave, or is on leave—a very tough problem for larger companies and those with several locations
    • Strategies to follow when an employee decides not to return to work when their FMLA leave is complete. Also strategies that HR should use to communicate with employees while on leave
    • One big mistake is companies counting light duty as FMLA leave
    • How to continue to calculate benefits for employees on leave
2 p.m. Refreshment Break – Exhibits Open
2:15 p.m.

Top Mistakes Companies Make in Complying with the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) (cont’d)

- Schaun Henry, Partner, McNees Wallace & Nurick  

- Micah Saul, Associate, McNees Wallace & Nurick  

3 p.m.



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