Cline Williams is proud to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our Employment Law Forum this year!  We invite you and members of your organization to attend the 2018 Employment Law Forum in one of three different locations to learn about the latest developments in employment, labor, and employee benefits laws.

Our 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, and 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.

Registration for Cline Williams' Employment Law Forum will include primary presentations, breakout sessions, and digital access to all seminar materials.



1:00 - 1:45 p.m 

FMLA and ADA Developments  Susan K. Sapp

Get up to date on all aspects of FMLA and ADA and their effect on your employees, work environment and customers. Updates include leave as an accommodation, the challenges of intermittent leave and the difference between service animals and emotional support animals. Attendees will better understand how to manage questionable claims and fulfill the goals of the interactive process.

1:45 - 2:30 p.m.   

Best Workplace Practices for Preventing and Responding to Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation Claims  Henry L. Wiedrich & Jordan R. Hasan

With harassment and discrimination claims in the news, we will provide a timely discussion on the best practices employers and management should adopt in preventing and responding to harassment, discrimination, and retaliation claims. This presentation will provide tips on how to prevent harassment, discrimination, and retaliation in the workplace. In addition, the presentation will address how employers, management, and human resources can best respond to reports of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation in the workplace.  

Employee Benefits 101  Katie A. Joseph

This breakout session will provide a basic overview of employee benefits compliance.  We will cover common types of retirement and welfare benefit plans and discuss the major legal requirements associated with them.  The session will highlight common problem areas and warning signs, as well as best practices to avoid unpleasant--and potentially costly--surprises. 

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.   

Show Me the Money ... and Payroll Records! Recent FLSA Developments and Strategies for Common Wage and Hour Issues  Tara A. Stingley & Jason R. Yungtum

The Fair Labor Standards Act presents ongoing challenges for employers to ensure proper classification of and compensation for workers.  This presentation will identify recent developments under the FLSA and Department of Labor opinions and interpretations.  As common wage and hour issues are identified, we will discuss best practices for employers and strategies for proper classification of employees and independent contractors, exempt versus non-exempt employees, tracking and calculating compensable time for employees, calculating the regular rate of pay and overtime rate, and avoiding individual liability under the FLSA.

Employee Handbooks: What to Add and What to Avoid  Jody N. Duvall

Over the last year, federal agencies and courts have issued many significant rulings and reversals that impact employee handbooks.  During this breakout presentation, we will review those rulings and reversals as well as provide guidance to employers on best practices to avoid potential liability associated with employee handbooks.

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.   


3:15 - 3:45 p.m.   

Form I-9 Boot-Camp: Getting your Documents Into Shape  Daniel W. Oldenburg

This presentation will focus on Best Practices for I-9 Compliance. How to properly conduct an internal audit, identifying and correcting substantive I-9 violations and how to respond in the event of a Homeland Security Investigations audit. Additional discussion will surround proper I-9 procedure to ensure an authorized work force and avoid potential claims of discrimination.  

Navigating Workers’ Compensation Claims Successfully  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 breakout presentation, you will learn practices and processes and will receive specific tools and ideas to help you manage a claim to its conclusion.

3:45 - 4:15 p.m.   

Avoiding, Addressing, and Acing an Audit  Keith T. Peters or Michelle L. Sitorius / Deyna Rouse or Jerad Knott, Lutz

This presentation will discuss common triggers that initiate an audit and steps to avoid these triggers. We will also discuss responding to an audit if you are selected for review, including the information that you will need to provide, timing, and the interview with the auditor. We will also cover what steps you should take now to help ensure that you can respond in a timely and effective manner, avoid penalties, and minimize the time and resources your entity dedicates to an audit.

HR 101: Hirings, Firings, and (Almost) Everything in Between  Lily Amare

This breakout session will provide attendees information regarding the employment process from hiring to firing. Specifically, the program will detail laws applicable to job descriptions, job openings, employment applications, interviewing candidates, pre-employment and post-employment screenings, and other topics relevant to hiring. The program will also cover the importance of performance appraisals, including strategies for successfully disciplining employees and the factors to consider when terminating employees.

4:15 - 5:00 p.m.   

Managing Analog Employees in a Digital World: Security and Privacy Considerations  Rick Jeffries

Managing information with your workforce is delicate.  Trial and tech lawyer Rick Jeffries will present some “must haves” for your employee handbook, but argue that having a positive information culture requires more than a handbook and having some guy from IT mumble through training twice a year.