Employment Law Update in Minnesota: Hot Topics in Employment Law

Stacey DeKalb participated in the Employment Law Update in Minnesota: Hot Topics in Employment Law seminar on April 1, 2008 and presented by Sterling Education Services.

 

Program description:

  • Compensation Issues Under Revised FLSA Regulations
    • Overview of the quirks in the revised FLSA regulations and state wage and hour laws
    • Commissions
    • Permissible and impermissible deductions
    • Payments owed upon termination
    • Bonuses
    • Other common wage and hour pitfalls
  • Hot Topics: The Latest Interpretations of Current Employment Law
    • What constitutes sexual harassment?
    • The treatment of arrest and conviction records
    • Potential expansion of retaliation claims
    • Employer liability for the acts of non-employees
  • Coping With Leave Laws
    • What constitutes a “serious health condition” under FMLA, ADA, USERRA, workers’ compensation laws, and state law?
    • When do “serious health problems” count as disabilities?
    • What constitutes “reasonable accommodation” of such conditions?
    • What to do when FMA leave is exhausted and the employee is unable to treturn to work?
    • How to deal with frequent, extended National Guard duty
  • Negotiating Separation Agreements in Difficult Termination Situations
    • Problem employees
    • Reductions in force
    • Long-term but ineffective employees
  • Employment Issues in the Paperless Workplace
    • Legal and practical issues raised by electronic personnel records storage, electronic signatures, online personnel policies, and paperless payroll
    • Identity theft protection
    • Current best practices regarding employees’ use of company computers
    • Practical E-discovery issues for employers
  • Avoid Liability in Hiring and Terminating Foreign Nationals
    • Employer liability regarding independent contractors
    • Job applications and personnel policies that minimize risks
    • Acceptable interview questions involving citizenship and immigration status
    • Sponsoring a job applicant for a visa with minimum of contract liability
    • Procedures to minimize the risk of terminating a non-citizen employee
    • Managing the issues that can arise during downsizing or restructuring
  • Employee Drug Testing
    • State and federal workplace testing laws
    • Rules, regulations
    • Court decisions