Bagels & Coffee with Boardman Clark: HR 360

Sep 17, 2021 –
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM


This is a complimentary virtual event. 

HR 360°
Looking Ahead While Protecting Your Backside

Over the last year-and-a-half, a steady stream of unprecedented challenges have forced employers into a reactive state. While uncertainty remains, we now have the benefit of new perspective and a growing sense of our new normal. This means it is a good time to consider what we have learned, what trends are shaping the employment landscape, and what employers should be doing to stay competitive in this new environment going forward.

In this webinar, we will discuss important elements of navigating the current employment law terrain, including issues associated with remote work, hiring and retention, and handbooks. We will also discuss steps you should be taking now to protect yourself from liability and lawsuits down the road.

While we would love to be back in-person for this year's event, we will be exercising an abundance of caution and keeping this a virtual webinar. So BYOB (Bring Your Own Bagels) and hop online to join us September 17!


Top HR Legal Trends in the New Normal

Jennifer Mirus

2020 presented unprecedented challenges and opportunities, and 2021 is continuing that theme. For many of us, navigating through the "new normal" of how we operate is presenting even greater challenges. We will address top trends employers in our area are facing as they look to thrive in our new environment, including:

  • Legal issues with ongoing remote work
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion issues
  • Impacts of the tight labor market

The Best Predictor of Future Success: Hiring in the Post-pandemic World

Steve Zach + Storm Larson

Hiring is a critical process for any employer, and—now more than ever—it is a process that is fraught with both practical and legal considerations. In this presentation we will cover:

  • Current hiring trends and statistics and how to incentivize candidates during the hiring process
  • How to discern the best qualified applicants through the hiring process
  • New background check legal issues that impact the hiring process
  • Issues related to Equity and Diversity in hiring

Avoiding Legal Pitfalls While Drafting Effective Employee Handbooks

Brian Goodman

When faced with personnel matters, employers often start by pulling out the employee handbook. Handbooks must be carefully drafted and administered to maintain employers' flexibility and ensure legal compliance. Using a series of real life scenarios, this session will help employers avoid pitfalls when reviewing and revising employee handbooks. Attendees will learn:

  • The importance of consistency between the Employee Handbook and other employment documents, policies, and practices
  • Preserving at-will status and avoiding turning the Employee Handbook into a contract
  • Key handbook policies for legal compliance and emerging polices for today's workforce

Things that Make or Break an Employment Lawsuit Defense

Doug Witte + Sarah Horner

Defending against a claim or lawsuit can be difficult, time consuming, and expensive. Proving to others that you made a proper employment decision is never easy. However, by taking certain steps before and throughout the process you can increase the chances that you will prevail. This session will focus on:

  • The importance of documentation
  • Keys to developing good policies and following those policies
  • Effective supervisor training
  • Taking discovery requests seriously, including preparing for depositions

Personal Liability in Employment Cases

Bob Gregg

Beware and be aware: a growing number of employees in employment lawsuits are suing both the organization and the individual(s) accused of wrong-doing. In these cases, individual defendants may have damages collected from their personal bank accounts and personal property. We will discuss:

  • Potential danger areas for personal liability
  • Insurance coverage issues
  • Steps owners, managers, government officials, and administrators should take to avoid personal liability

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