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2017 Advanced Employment Issues Symposium

Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.

November 15, 2017 - November 17, 2017

Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., is pleased to announce that Attorney Susan G. Fentin, Editor of the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter, will be a speaker at the

2017 Advanced Employment Issues Symposium
November 15, 2017 through November 17, 2017
Paris Las Vegas Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

The 22nd Annual Advanced Employment Issues Symposium is the nation's leading human capital management conference for HR professionals, executives, and in-house counsel. AEIS will help prepare you to get ahead of workplace policy updates with a comprehensive overview of breaking legislative changes and strategies to overcome compliance issues.

You'll get practical, proven strategies for limiting your company's legal liability.

•    Discover how the latest court decisions will impact your policies, including those on hot topics like gender identity and whistleblower claims.

•    Get down in the trenches with practicing attorneys and federal regulators, who will update you on the very latest changes to employment laws and your compliance obligations. What's happening with the ACA or overtime? Our experts will have the answers.

•    Pinpoint the most common HR stumbling blocks before it's too late, including major pitfalls involving employee screening, drug testing, and more!

•    Access proven, practical strategies for overcoming your top challenges, like FMLA abuse and reporting, so you can feel confident as your organization's resident employment law expert.

•    Network with other HR professionals who face the same challenges and can share best practices for implementing compliant and effective policies.

•    Hear best-selling author and keynote speaker Bob Kelleher - president and founder of The Employee Engagement Group - share his insights on employee engagement, leadership, and workforce trends.

The conference's intimate forum will encourage deep networking with your peers and expert presenters and idea-sharing around compliance and HR management. The agenda features lively presentations and interactive workshops that will keep you engaged as you learn how to overcome your top business challenges. You'll leave with a powerful action plan to refine your policies, clarify your compliance obligations, and improve your bottom line based on case study examples and proven tactics.

Join Attorney Fentin for her presentations on the following subjects:

November 15, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Avoiding Hiring Landmines: Navigating Pre-Employment Inquiries, Background Checks, Drug Testing, I-9s, and Other Legal Tripwires
Presented by: Susan Fentin, Esq.

Hiring touches many types of employment practices and policies - from pre-employment line of questioning on applications and during interviews to background checks and post-offer drug testing to employment verification procedures for meeting I-9 requirements. If any of these policies and practices are out of whack, your company could face substantial risks of liability for claims of discrimination under a number of federal laws, including Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"), the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"), the Immigration Reform and Control Act ("IRCA"), and the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA"), among others. This intensive workshop is broken into distinct sections, addressing:

•    Why supervisor training is key to avoiding hiring claims.

•    Best practices for conducting applicant interviews.

•    Questions you are legally permitted to ask on applications and during interviews, and which ones to steer clear of so you don't spark discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the ADEA, the ADA, and other federal laws.

•    The latest guidance from the EEOC and the courts on how to conduct legal background checks.

•    When a background check or associated waiver may violate the FCRA.

•    Steps for legally mastering pre-employment drug screenings.

•    Conditional job offers, the offer letter, and other documentation concerns. 

•    The pros and cons of drug testing for marijuana or other drug usage in your applicant pool. 

•    How equal pay legislation can affect your ability to hire the best person for the job.

•    I-9 employment verification do's and don'ts for minimizing legal risks of national origin- and citizenship-based discrimination.

November 16, 2017 - 9:20 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.
Absence Management in the Compliance 'Bermuda Triangle': FMLA's Intersection with Disability Accommodation, Workers' Compensation, and Paid Time Off
Presented by: Stacie Caraway, Esq., Miller & Martin PLLC, and Susan Fentin, Esq., Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.

What are the top leave administration and tracking challenges related to the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA")? Chances are if you ask the most seasoned HR professionals that question they will point to the intersecting and overlapping compliance obligations under FMLA, the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"), and other laws, such as paid sick and family leave laws, which, to date, have been enacted in five states and many cities across the country. This session will provide a comprehensive look into how to conquer the most confusing leave-related conundrums under leave-protection laws. You will get legal insight into the leave and benefit traps that employers of all sizes need to avoid so you can develop sound administrative procedures that withstand scrutiny if called into question by regulators, a judge, or a jury.

This session will cover: 

•    How to manage leave administration when an employee is "covered" simultaneously under FMLA, the ADA, and potentially under paid sick and family leave laws.

•    Leave-tracking strategies to accurately and effectively manage your compliance obligations.

•    Policy concerns:  What to include and what not to include.

•    Examples of how workers' compensation benefits, short-term disability insurance benefits, and paid family leave ("PFL") may interact with FMLA requirements.

•    What are your leave obligations if the employee is not eligible for or has exhausted available leave.

To register and for more details about this symposium, please visit .

Because of Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.'s affiliation with BLR®, we've made special arrangements for clients of the firm to attend this symposium and receive $150 off registration. If you are a client of the firm, please email Melissa Theriaque ( for the discount code.

This program has been pre-approved for 10.25 hours of general recertification credit (16.25 total hours if you attend two pre-cons) toward PHR and SPHR recertification. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at

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