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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

IMPORTANT NOTE TO LEAP 2020 ATTENDEES:

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the difficulty in traveling, and concerns for our attendees’ and speakers’ safety, we have made the painful but necessary decision to cancel LEAP 2020.

Even though we will not be hosting the event this year, all registrants can still access the PowerPoints and other materials provided by the speakers and The HR Specialist (CLICK HERE). Plus, while we had promised all attendees six free months of the HR SPECIALIST: EMPLOYMENT LAW newsletter and our HR SPECIALIST: PREMIUM PLUS online HR information service, you will now receive a full year of each.

We look forward to seeing you at next year’s conference … March 24-26, 2021 back at ARIA in Las Vegas! Note: We will apply 100% of your tuition from LEAP 2020 to the 2021 event. No action is required on your part.

If you have any questions, please contact Jo Anne Crowder of our Customer Service team at jcrowder@capinfogroup.com or (800) 543-2055.

 

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LEAP 2020 Conference Agenda (printable PDF)

LEAP Speaker Bios and Contact Information

8:30 - 11:30 am
THE I-9/E-VERIFY SUMMIT

Employers are facing a skyrocketing increase in I-9 and worksite audits, plus confusion over the new “smart” I-9 Form and the constant flux of E-Verify and immigration regulations. This workshop will help you avoid violations, fines and even criminal prosecution. Speaker: John Fay, president of Law Logix. To learn more about the I-9 Summit click here. (Separate Registration required … speaker: John Fay)

8:30 - 11:30 am
THE PAYROLL COMPLIANCE WORKSHOP 2020

The payroll landscape is changing again – and smart moves in the coming months will help you avoid big trouble (and big fines). Find out what you must do—and NOT do—in 2020 to stay in compliance. Speaker: Alice Gilman, editor of Payroll Legal Alert. To learn more about the Payroll Compliance Workshop click here. (Separate Registration required … speaker: Alice Gilman)

12:45 - 1:25 pm
HR Data Issues in Advance of Wage & Hour Litigation (sponsored session)

(Session sponsored by The Claro Group) This presentation provides insights from consultants who have worked on hundreds of wage-and-hour cases across numerous industries.  The presentation includes an experienced discussion of recordkeeping, pitfalls to avoid, and best practices surrounding litigation discovery requests.

1:30 - 2:15 pm
Top 10 Employer Mistakes That Drive Lawyers Crazy When We Have to Defend Them (sponsored session)

(Session sponsored by Sherman & Howard law firm)  John Doran, a perennial favorite speaker at LEAP, explains the top mistakes by employers and managers that result in a visit to the courthouse. With his unique blend of wit and wisdom, John will also give practical advice to avoid these costly pitfalls.

3:00 - 5:00 pm
PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Choose between these in-depth workshops presented by accomplished, nationally recognized speakers:

ADVANCED INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS

When you’re conducting a workplace investigation, it’s not just the employee who’s under scrutiny. Every facet of the investigative process requires careful presentation AND scrupulous documentation.  You’ll benefit from our experts’ experience to find out what to do – and what NEVER to do. (Speaker: C.B. Burns)

MENTAL HEALTH, ADDICTION, AND HR

Health questions are always touchy – but mental health and substance abuse questions are even more sensitive.  You’ve got to walk a fine line between the employee’s well-being and their co-workers’ safety – while complying with a vast array of rules on privacy … leave … notification … and accommodation.  Discover how to protect ALL your employees as well as the C-suite. (Speaker: Suzanne Martin)

EMPLOYEE HANDBOOKS WORKSHOP

Your employee handbook can be a useful roadmap – or a ticking time bomb disgruntled workers (and savvy attorneys) can use against you in court. Discover the mistakes found in 90% of handbooks … the implications of recent NLRB rulings … and more. (Speaker: Carrie Hoffman)

Thursday, March 26, 2020
6:30 - 7:15 am
RISE AND SHINE: YOGA AND WELLNESS TALK (ON THE ARIA POOL DECK)

Jump-start your day with a fun 30-minute yoga session, followed by a discussion about health and wellness at your company … and in your personal life. Feel better and start your day with some “Net-working Out.” (personal trainer: Kristin DiDomenico of KristinFitness)

7:45 - 9:00 am
REGISTRATION, CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AND “YOU BE THE JUDGE” CONTEST
9:00 - 9:10 am
PROGRAM WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS – JOSEPH BEACHBOARD, LEAP MODERATOR
9:10 - 10:00 am
EMPLOYMENT LAW 2020: THE LATEST AND GREATEST DEVELOPMENTS IMPACTING EMPLOYERS

We kick off LEAP 2020 with our annual look at the most significant employment law news and trends of the past year. What are the most important U.S. Supreme Court cases for employers? How will the courts deal with marijuana-related issues?  Are your noncompete/non-solicitation agreements in full legal compliance?  What are the latest issues involving employers and the LGBTQ community? How do new laws on AI and technology impact your work?  We’ll tackle all this for you – and more. (Moderator: Joe Beachboard; panelists: Fred Plevin, Steve Suflas, Jeff Portnoy)

10:00 - 10:45 am
WASHINGTON WATCH

Congress remains gridlocked, but agency and enforcement news continues to occur at a breakneck pace.  Discover how new overtime rules … new EEOC directives … NLRB influence over non-union workplaces … and immigration challenges are change your workplace – forever. Plus, in this presidential election year, we’ll also take a special look at political activity and free speech issues in the workplace. (Panelists: Johnathan Kaplan, Charles High, Carrie Hoffman)

10:45 - 11:00 am
ROOM CHANGE AND REFRESHMENT BREAK
11:00 - 11:45 am
EMPLOYEE LEAVE AND ACCOMMODATION: SOLVING HR’S TOUGHEST PROBLEM

Time and again, HR pros cite leave management as their #1 toughest problem – and these challenges often go hand-in-hand with employee accommodation.  Our expert panel will take an in-depth look at FMLA, ADA, religion, pregnancy and other leave and accommodation topics, helping you follow the rules AND please your employees. (Panelists: C.B. Burns, Paul Prather)

11:45 am - 12:15 pm
WELLNESS PROGRAMS AND THE LAW: MAKING SURE WELL IS SWELL

The American workplace is seeing an explosion of wellness programs — but even these well-meaning moves can turn a healthy initiative into a sickening lawsuit.  Our panel, including a top employment attorney and a leading HR expert, will show you how to exercise good judgment in designing your program. (Speakers: Dan Kaplan, Krista Sterken)

12:15 - 1:45 pm
LUNCH & SPECIAL PRESENTATION: THE HONORABLE CHARLES A. GONZALEZ: “THE ELECTION AND THE WORKPLACE”

With his background as a 7-term member of Congress and as a judge, combined with his current position with a top employment law firm, Congressman Gonzalez is uniquely qualified to not only provide insight into the 2020 election, but how it will impact the HR profession.

1:45 - 2:30 pm
BREAKOUT SESSION #1

CHOOSE FROM:

  • IMMIGRATION AND HR: I-9 FORMS, AUDITS AND MORE

With ICE raids at an all-time high, Immigration remains a political football – one you can’t afford to fumble.  Discover the best ways to manage I-9 forms, E-Verify changes and more.  We’ll also show you how to react if you’re facing an audit – and how to follow best practices to avoid one altogether! (Speaker: John Fay)

  • HR LOST IN THE WEEDS: MARIJUANA IN THE WORKPLACE

The complex maze of federal and state laws on marijuana usage – along with an increasingly relaxed public attitude – has left employers and HR in a haze on how to manage testing … off-duty usage …safety concerns … and legal and regulatory compliance.  We’ll help clear the air. (Speaker: Dan Kaplan)

  • AMERICA: RETALIATION NATION?

Retaliation against complaining or whistle-blowing employees continued to be the #1 complaint received by the EEOC.  Learn how to avoid even the appearance of retaliation when dealing with your team – and the steps to take if you’re accused of retaliating against an employee. (Speaker: Jennifer Trulock)

2:30 - 2:45 pm
ROOM CHANGE/BREAK
2:45 - 3:30 pm
BREAKOUT SESSION #2

CHOOSE FROM:

  • EMPLOYEE LEAVE INTERACTIVE ROUNDTABLES

Jump onto a 15-minute “speed session” on any of 4 different leave topics – then change to a second, and then a third, for an instant across-the board update on FMLA, intermittent leave, return-to-work and more.  Get answers to your questions and share experiences with your colleagues. (Table hosts: Carrie Hoffman, C.B. Burns, John Doran, Kathy Perkins)

  • APPLICANT SCREENING IN A TIGHT JOB MARKET

It’s a seller’s market for talent these days – but don’t sell out.  It’s your job to find the best candidates for open positions WITHOUT compromising on safety or skills – and while keeping in total legal compliance.  Discover screening success secrets in areas such as background checks, drug screening, skills testing, and more. (Speaker: Jill Garcia)

  • PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYERS: UNIQUE ISSUES AND RISKS FOR 2020

Public sector employers operate far differently than their private sector colleagues – and so do the employment laws governing them.  Discover how to manage unique issues like free speech, minimum wage, and more.  We’ll also review recent developments in public sector employment law litigation. (Speaker: Rich Paul)

3:30 - 3:45 pm
ROOM CHANGE
3:45 - 4:30 pm
YOUR DOCUMENTS ON TRIAL

From offer letters to termination notices – and everything in between – each employment document is a potential lawsuit waiting to happen. This session will examine the best practices, new trends, and common errors that almost always come into play when dealing with HR documents. (Panelists: John Doran, Richard Brann, Amanda Jones)

4:30 - 5:00 pm
THE MOST BIZARRE EMPLOYMENT LAW CASES OF 2019

Lawsuits are serious business – but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few laughs to be had.  This traditional LEAP closing session will provide plenty of them!  Our review of the year’s weirdest HR legal cases will get you laughing – and thinking – because each hilarious case carries a practical tip for employers as well. (Speaker: Joseph Clees)

5:00 - 5:15 pm
CLOSING & FIRST PRIZE DRAWING
5:15 - 6:15 pm
HOSTED RECEPTION

Join the speakers and your colleagues from around the country for a beverage and networking as you enjoy ARIA’s legendary hospitality.  This also provides an excellent opportunity to discuss the day’s topics – or your betting strategies in the casino.

Friday, March 27, 2020
6:30 - 7:15 am
GROUP WALK & STRETCH

Meet at the ARIA Fitness Center and start Day 2 with a group walk and light stretching session led by our expert personal trainer, Kristin DiDomenico.

8:00 - 8:55 am
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AND INTERACTIVE HR ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

Learn from the pros – AND your peers!  Choose from 10 tables— each on a different topic that you can discuss with our legal expert. After 20 minutes you can switch to a second table, and then a third. Topics will include:

  • Wage & Hour/Pay Equity (Carrie Hoffman)
  • Handbooks & Policies (John Doran)
  • Problem Employees/Harassment (Wade Phillips)
  • Recordkeeping/ Documents (Rich Paul)
  • I-9/Immigration (John Fay)
  • FMLA/Leave (Charles High)
  • HR Investigations (Kathy Perkins)
  • OFCCP/Federal Contractors (Dan Kaplan)
  • Wellness (Kristin DiDomenico)
  • California Employment Law (Fred Plevin)
9:00 - 9:45 am
BEYOND HARASSMENT TO ACTUAL CULTURE CHANGE

Society’s response to this pillar-shaking issue has changed – a key reason why the courts are less and less tolerant of bullying and harassment.  Our expert panel will discuss how the #MeToo movement and new best-selling books like “Catch and Kill” and “She Said” have inspired “Weinstein clauses” in corporate documents … innovations in training … case law … and pending state and federal legislation on this fast-changing issue. (Panelists: Deborah Adams, Robert Sheeder, Ward Phillips)

9:45 - 10:30 am
GIG PROBLEMS ARE BIG PROBLEMS: HR AND THE CHANGING NATURE OF WORKPLACES — AND WORK

The gig economy. Remote workers.  Telecommuting.  As workplaces – and work itself – undergo massive change, HR must not only adapt, but lead.  We’ll review the aftershocks of California’s landmark AB5 law on contractors … state and federal employee classification legislation … and finally help you determine just who is an employee – and how to manage them. (Panelists: Jennifer Trulock, Richard Paul, Tony Martin)

10:30 - 10:45 am
REFRESHMENT BREAK
10:45 - 11:30 am
ENGAGED OR ENRAGED? CREATING WORKPLACES THAT INSPIRE MOTIVATION — NOT LITIGATION

A highly engaged staff means peak efficiency and better retention—plus fewer lawsuits. This session focuses on the top 10 tools, policies, procedures and communication strategies to help employees feel engaged in their jobs (and less likely to engage an attorney). Our lawyers and workplace experts confront the causes of the disengagement crisis and offer tested solutions. (Panelists: David Rittof, Kathy Perkins, George Yund)

11:30 - 12:00 pm
HR LEGAL TRAINING FOR SUPERVISORS: KEEP IN COMPLIANCE (AND OUT OF COURT)

Part of your job involves making routine supervisor training interesting and instructive.  In this interactive session. training legend Dr. Dennis Davis offers creative, interactive approaches to keep the attention of managers who are receiving the same message over and over, year after year. Learn how to implement effective training techniques that will inspire your supervisors to follow you closely – and follow the law. (Speaker: Dennis Davis)

12:00 - 1:00 pm
LEARN FROM THE LAWYERS LUNCHEON

One of the legal experts from the LEAP program will be assigned to each table to answer your individual and group questions while you dine.  This presents a great opportunity to get answers on your tough employment law problems, and discover the successes – and mistakes – of your colleagues from around the country.

1:00 - 1:30 pm
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM LEAP 2020

This “lightning-round” closing event has quickly become a LEAP favorite.  Speakers from all 3 days of LEAP get 60 seconds each to describe the benefits of their pre-conference and general sessions – and to “tease” their FREE post- conference workshops.  This  session is specifically designed help you create an Action Plan to turn three days of insights from your LEAP faculty into a comprehensive HR management and legal strategy.

1:30 - 2:00 pm
SPECIAL PRESENTATION – THE ROUNDTABLE PLAYERS

Think lawyers can’t be funny?   Think again.  The Roundtable Players are famous for their humorous approach to concluding the LEAP seminar in this side-splitting review of the highlights of the program.  Past TV spoofs have included “HR Family Feud,” “The Employment Law Apprentice,” “Deal Or No Deal – An Employer’s Dilemma,” and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (Just Sue Your Boss).”  Laugh while you learn!

2:15 - 4:00 pm
POST-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Stay with us after the general sessions conclude to participate in one of the following special focused programs presented by accomplished, nationally recognized speakers:

  • BE AWARE AND PREPARE: HOW TO END BULLYING AND PREVENT WORKPLACE VIOLENCE

Dynamic speaker Dennis Davis – a perennial LEAP favorite – returns to the program with this timely presentation.  As workplace violence episodes grow more frequent and severe, it’s your job to prevent not just violence but bullying as well. Dr. Davis will discuss the atmosphere in which bullying and harassment take hold … what to do to prevent these destructive behaviors … and why your current policies might not be enough. (Speaker: DennisDavis)

  • THE TERMINATION WORKSHOP

Just one mistake during the termination process – a discipline error, documentation slip-up or the wrong words at the termination meeting – can lead to crippling litigation. In this interactive workshop, we’ll provide a clear explanation of how to follow ALL the rules, so you can fire free from fear. (Speaker: Deborah Adams)

  • CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT LAW: LITIGATION, HERE WE COME

This session will summarize the latest laws, litigation and liabilities in the state that generally leads the nation in new workplace protections.  This program will be useful for those who manage employees in the Golden State and others interested in tracking the latest trends (given that developments occurring in California tend to spread east).  Those who just want to feel better about the legal environment in their home state also will enjoy this presentation! (Speaker: Fred Plevin)

  • NEVADA EMPLOYMENT LAW ROUNDTABLE

If your organization does business in Nevada, here’s a one-of-a-kind chance to get all of your state-specific questions answered by a top-tier Nevada employment lawyer. This informal, no-holds-barred Q&A session will allow you to make sure your organization is in compliance on all state laws and regulations. (Roundtable host: Tony Martin)

Speakers and topics subject to change.

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