D&K's Breakfast Briefing Series
March 14, 2017

D&K proudly hosts complimentary Breakfast Briefing programs for clients and contacts across the Green Bay, Oshkosh and the Greater Fox Valley region.

These programs are designed to assist employers in minimizing the risk of employment liability on the state and federal level. Each program in the series combines an overview of the law with practical business advice covering a current topic in the labor and employment field. Our experienced attorneys discuss recent case developments and emerging legal issues and provide suggestions to employers on methods for limiting liability and conforming their conduct to state and federal statutes and regulations. These programs are held between September through May.

If you have any questions concerning the information covered in these programs, please contact, James M. Kalny, Chair of the Labor & Employment Team at 920.431.2223.


GREEN BAY

  • Drugs Are Invading the Workplace, the Problem Is Real, March 14, 2017

    The unfortunate truth is the use of illicit drugs continues to be a persistent, growing problem in Wisconsin communities. What do I, as owner, CEO or HR leader, do to protect my company?

    This widespread epidemic is in your workplace - no business type or profession is immune. Many employers think their policy is enough to protect their business - think again. Employers need to address this problem head-on, especially given the new federal regulations and state actions legalizing marijuana which has complicated the issue and rendered some of the old accepted policies and procedures obsolete. This program will address:

    • the scope of the drug problem, the many ways it can impact your organization; and identifying some of the signs associated with drug use;
    • the impact of new laws and recommended policies and procedures in their wake; and
    • the strategies employers can legally implement to effectively manage the risks associated with drug abuse in today's environment.

    Speakers will include, D&K Labor and Employment Attorneys, James Kalny and Anthony Steffek, Steven F. Baue, President and Owner of ERC, Inc. and Jim Pecard, Director of EAP Services, of ERC, Inc.

    Click here to register.

Green Bay Breakfast Briefings take place at the Comfort Suites-Rock Garden Conference Center located at 1951 Bond Street Green Bay, WI 54303. If you have questions regarding registration or would like to submit topic-specific questions to be addressed during the program, please contact Brandy Riley at 414.225.7508 or via email.


OSHKOSH

Upcoming programs will be posted soon.

Oshkosh Breakfast Briefings take place at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 1355 West 20th Avenue Oshkosh, WI 54902. If you have questions regarding registration or would like to submit topic-specific questions to be addressed during the program, please contact Brandy Riley at 414.225.7508 or via email.


PRIOR PROGRAMS

  • Legal Update: Information Employers Need to Know Heading into 2017, November 1, 2016

    Join Davis & Kuelthau's labor & employment attorneys James M. Kalny, and Hugo P. Rojas for an interactive discussion of topics that regulatory agencies are emphasizing as we move into 2017. As regulatory agencies seem intent on expanding the scope of authority, employers are well advised to familiarize themselves with, and keep an eye on, the pet projects of the regulatory agencies which will likely cause unwary employers, unwanted problems.

    Legal perspectives for CEOs, business owners and human resource professionals will include:

  • EEOC has adopted a Strategic Enforcement Plan that includes coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals under Title VII's sex discrimination provisions, as a top enforcement priority.
  • NLRB continues to target employee social media policies to creatively argue how those policies inhibit protected concerted activities.
  • Retailers in the U.S. have been sued alleging retailer websites violate the Americans with Disabilities Act discriminating against site impaired Internet users potentially affecting all businesses that use the Internet to either solicit business or communicate with employees.
  • Relatively simple modifications to the EEOC Form 1 could result in employer liability.
    • Maintaining Your Competitive Edge: How to Recruit, Retain and Reward the Best and Brightest Talent, September 20, 2016

      Davis & Kuelthau's labor & employment and corporate attorneys Bruce Deadman, Tony Steffek, and Tim Feldhausen held an interactive discussion addressing one of the biggest challenges facing businesses throughout the New North -- talent acquisition and retention. Attendees heard first-hand from fellow area employers on how they are drawing talent into the region as well as techniques they are implementing to ensure that they remain the chosen employer for their top performers.

      Legal and other strategic perspectives included:

      • "courtship" and "executive prenup" considerations;
      • current and long-term compensation issues;
      • succession planning; and
      • restrictive covenants and non-compete agreements.
    • Risky Business: Managing Risk Near and Far, May 17, 2016

      Advisors from Johnson Financial Group and Davis & Kuelthau along with area CFOs, CEOs, COOs, controllers and HR professionals addressed the latest factors creating unnecessary risks in your business throughout 2016 and beyond.

      This program featured perspectives from legal and risk management & insurance brokerage professionals concerning a host of business risks prevalent in places as diverse as the local workplace and the global marketplace. Key topics included:

    • New workforce regulations: key impacts on employers
    • Personal liability in the corporate world: owners & officers beware
    • Navigating risky contract provisions

    Speakers:

    • Andrew Schumacher, Vice President, Johnson Financial Group
    • Thomas Rohan, Attorney, Corporate, D&K
    • Sherry Coley, Attorney, Litigation, D&K
    • Bruce Deadman, Attorney, Labor & Employment, D&K
    • James Kalny, Attorney, Labor & Employment, D&K
    • 2016 Labor & Employment Outlook - Recent Impacts and Emerging Changes, Including ACA Updates, April 28, 2016

      2015 brought about many changes for employers in the labor and employment legal context, and more are on the horizon for 2016. Join the Davis & Kuelthau Labor & Employment team for an interactive discussion regarding important developments, changes anticipated in 2016 and how your business is, or will be, affected. An update on key legislative developments at the federal and state level will be provided, as well as helpful best practices for employers to consider.

      Additionally, we addressed the latest updates on the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) employer information reporting requirements, the Marketplace appeals process, and identifying full time employees under ACA.

    • 2016 Labor & Employment Outlook - Recent Impacts and Emerging Changes, March 1, 2016, Green Bay

      2015 brought about many changes for employers in the labor and employment legal context, and more are on the horizon for 2016. The Davis & Kuelthau Labor & Employment team held an interactive discussion regarding important developments, changes anticipated in 2016 and how your business is, or will be, affected. An update on key legislative developments at the federal and state level was provided, as well as helpful best practices for employers to consider.

    • Wage & Hour Issues and Updates – Are Your Employees Really Exempt?, February 18, 2016, Oshkosh

      While you may have certain personnel performing services for you as independent contractors or employees of someone else, various laws may say differently. Further, you may have salaried employee you believe are exempt from minimum wage and hour laws. Unfortunately, if you are wrong, significant financial costs may apply. To complicate the matter, the federal Department of Labor is working proposing new rules that significantly change the traditional wage and hour exemptions. Prevention and careful review of these rules now can save your company from unwanted costs later.

      This seminar addressed the following:

      • Differences in employee classifications and what it means to your company.
      • Steps you can take to make sure those performing work are classified in the manner in which you want, and avoid unanticipated liability.
      • Examine the new aspects of exempt status versus non-exempt status and the changing tests that will apply. Prevention and careful review of these classifications now can save your company from unwanted costs later.
    • Leave of Absence and Reasonable Accommodation Issues Under FMLA, Workers Compensation and the ADA, January 21, 2016, Oshkosh

      Application of both the federal Family and Medical Leave Act and the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act can be a complex and, sometimes, frustrating process for employers.

      After several years of applying the federal FMLA’s revised regulations, the Department of Labor released proposed regulations in June of 2014 to implement the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which will again impact FMLA application.

      Proper application of FMLA leave entitlements is a regular part of any covered employers operations. Therefore, it is vital to remain vigilant in understanding what the employer’s expectations are in order to maintain compliance.

    • Legislative Updates – A Review of What has Passed, What Is Pending, and Planning Tips for 2016, December 17, 2015, Oshkosh

      Join attorneys from our Labor and Employment Team, State Senator, Rick Gudex, Representative, Al Ott, and other area state and federal elected officials to review significant court and agency decisions affecting today's employers. In addition, an update on key legislative developments at the federal and state level will be provided as well as helpful best practices for employers to consider implementing.

      This seminar will also include an interactive general employment law Q&A session.

    • Effective Discipline, Employee Improvement and Employee Separation Workshop, November 19, 2015, Oshkosh

      Is discipline necessary at your facility? Not sure how to deal with the marginal employee? Are certain employees bringing down the rest of your staff keeping you from achieving your maximum potential? While you hope you never have to face these situations, sometimes you simply cannot avoid it.

      This seminar is geared toward assisting employers in correcting performance, properly using corrective discipline, and if necessary, terminating an unproductive employee. In addition, talking about the rights of the employee and employer during the discipline and discharge process and how discharges can be managed to avoid costly lawsuits. While you may not have this particular problem today, you will be ready in case you need these tools in the future.

    • Now Is the Time: Conducting an HR Audit and Handbook Review, November 10, 2015, Green Bay

      There's no time like the present to make sure that your current HR practices and handbook provisions are compliant with new laws and regulations. Due to the flurry of recent employment law changes on both the federal and state level, employers need to stay on stop of these issues to minimize liability. D&K Labor and Employment Team members Bruce Deadman, James Kalny, and Tony Steffek, offered a lay of the land on what to look for while evaluating your current and historical HR practices and employee handbook provisions and how to navigate any changes. Accurate and effective handbook provisions and HR practices are only becoming more important with ever-changing employment laws and regulations.

    • Policy Handbook Updates and Conducting an Effective Employment Audit, October 14, 2015, Oshkosh

      Conducting an internal audit of your employee handbook can assure that you are up-to-date on all aspects of personnel within your company. D&K Labor & Employment Attorneys held an insightful workshop walking attendees through the steps of how to successfully complete an audit of your employee handbook, making sure it contains everything it should and does not contain anything that could create liability.

    • Breakfast Briefing - HR Workshop Series: Lessons Learned for the Year Ahead - Part 2, March 19, 2015, Oshkosh

      This Breakfast Briefing continued our series featuring human resource vignettes. Presented by members of our Labor and Employment Team, each segment addressed real life situations that arise with employees in the workplace and provide implementable takeaways. The employment law issues addressed included:

      • FLSA
      • Discrimination Issues
      • Recent case and statutory laws, and other regulatory developments from the past year
    • HR Workshop Series: Lessons Learned for the Year Ahead, January 22, 2015, Oshkosh

      Lights, camera, action! While it may not be Hollywood, Davis & Kuelthau's Breakfast Briefing will feature human resource vignettes. Presented by members of our Labor and Employment Team, each segment addressed real life situations that arise with employees in the workplace and provide implementable takeaways.

     

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