We invite you and members of your organization to attend the 2019 Employment Law Forum to learn about the latest developments in employment, labor, and employee benefits laws.

Our 21st Annual Employment Law Forum is geared toward human resource professionals, business owners, executive employees, and in-house legal counsel. 

Attendance at this educational seminar is free.  Registration for the Cline Williams Employment Law Forum includes primary presentations, breakout sessions, and digital access to all seminar materials.  The seminar will be held from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Credit for this seminar will be sought from the Nebraska and Iowa CLE Commissions, HR Certification Institute, Society for Human Resource Management, and Nebraska Board of Public Accountancy.


Embassy Suites-LaVista, Omaha

Wednesday, September 25, 2019


1:00 - 1:50 p.m 

Takin' Care of Business: A Top 20 Countdown of the Biggest Employment Law Hits  Tara A. Stingley & Jason R. Yungtum

Just like popular mainstream rock-n-roll songs, employment law continues to change and never ceases to amaze its listeners.  This presentation will count down the latest developments in employment law, including employment discrimination, sexual harassment, developments in wage and hour laws, ban-the-box legislation, salary history inquiries, workplace violence, EEO-1 reporting, employment practice liability insurance, and religious accommodations.  We also will discuss best practices and strategies for employers to stay ahead of what’s new.  This countdown will not replace Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 Countdown, but it will educate, inform, and entertain its listeners!

1:50 - 2:30 p.m.   (PRIMARY)

It's a Trap: Sidestepping the FMLA and ADA Liability  Jody N. Duvall

This presentation will describe how the overlap of the FMLA, ADA, and other associated laws can make compliance a nightmare for employers.  In this session, we will cover recent cases and discuss specific scenarios that could trip up employers, as well as review the current status of Department of Labor guidance and regulations concerning the FMLA and ADA.  

1:55 - 2:25 p.m.   (BREAKOUT)

Workers' Compensation: Updates in the Law  Renee A. Eveland

Knowing both an employer’s and an employee’s legal rights and obligations can help you manage your workers’ compensation claims successfully. In this presentation, you will learn practices and processes and will receive specific tools and ideas to help you manage a claim to its conclusion. 

2:30 - 3:15 p.m.   (PRIMARY)

A Practical Guide to Restrictive Covenants in Nebraska  Henry L. Wiedrich

This presentation will survey the current status of Nebraska law on non-solicitation and non-compete laws at the employment and sale of business level, and then provide practical tips for their application in your workplace and business, including how to address common issues in this area. We will discuss the value of aggressive protections versus the perceived and actual ability to enforce such protections.  

2:35 - 3:10 p.m. (BREAKOUT)

The Liability Lurking in Your Leave Policy  Lily Amare & Katie A. Joseph

State and numerous federal laws affect the contents of your leave policy and how you administer it.  This session will address common leave policy issues and how to tackle them, touching on the ADA, FMLA, USERRA, the Internal Revenue Code, and state law.  Other topics covered during this session will include issues relating to payout of vacation/PTO under NE law as wages (which many employers still overlook), and maternity/adoptive/parental leave issues.

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.   


3:30 - 4:15 p.m.   (PRIMARY)

Navigating the Changing Waters of Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation in the Workplace  Susan K. Sapp

This presentation will address special issues arising in connection with transgender or transitioning employees, employee training and awareness, suggested policies, and a recap of the case law on sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination.  

3:35 - 4:10 p.m.   (BREAKOUT)

When the ICE Man Cometh: Responding to Immigration Related Worksite Enforcement Actions  Daniel W. Oldenburg

This presentation will focus on the types of enforcement efforts used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and will provide employers with necessary information for planning and preparation to effectively respond to ICE enforcement actions. The presentation will cover how to respond to a Notice of Inspection, SSA No Match Letters and what to do when ICE arrives at the workplace.

4:15 - 5:00 p.m.   

Technology and the Workforce of the Future  Rick Jeffries

No living college student knows the world before the World Wide Web.  Today’s teenagers have lived every day of their lives in the unrelenting glare of social media.  Cline Williams tech lawyer Rick Jeffries takes a break from his customarily terrifying information security talks to explore the differences between the generation about to enter the workforce and the generation that will manage it, and to look into the unique HR challenges we’ll face together in the next 10 years.