2019 Annual Employment Law Update Materials

January 31, 2019 Seminar Materials

On Thursday, January 31, members from Verrill Dana's Labor and Employment group, as well as some from the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation group, conducted a full-day seminar full of employment law related topics that would prepare HR professionals, managers, and in-house counsel for the year ahead. The presentation slides and handout materials from the 2019 seminar are available for download as PDF files below.

If you have any questions or would like more information about Verrill Dana's Labor & Employment Group, please contact a member of the group directly.

The Past, the Present & The Future: Updates on Various Recurring Topics- Robert Brooks, Benjamin Ford, Elizabeth Johnston, & Richard Moon

Hiring Best Practices: Avoiding Implicit Bias & Hiring a Diverse Workforce -Tawny Alvarez & Benjamin Ford

What Employers Need to Know About USERRA & Veteran Recruiting -Chris Lockman & Richard Moon

Conducting Discrimination & Harassment Investigations -Robert Brooks & Pat Weitzman

BREAKOUT SESSION
Sexual and Other Harassment Education, Awareness, and Prevention -
Doug Currier & Pat Weitzman

BREAKOUT SESSION
HR 101: Roundtable on Basics & Best Practices -
Tawny Alvarez & Elizabeth Johnston

BREAKOUT SESSION
If I Could Turn Back Time! Common OSHA Mistakes Employers Make -
Elizabeth Smith & Mat Todaro

BREAKOUT SESSION
Employee Benefits: Managing Retirement Plan Fiduciary Risk -
Sam Baldwin & Suzanne Meeker

How to "I-9"- Tawny Alvarez & Doug Currier

Preservation of Electronic and Mobile Data- Sara Hirshon & Maryann McGinn

To Retain or Not To Retain: Tips for Managing Endless Workers' Compensation Leaves- Elizabeth Johnston & Elizabeth Smith

Arbitration and Class Action Waivers in Employment Contracts -Robert Brooks & Benjamin Ford

Wage and Hour Issues: Are You Ready For The Government's Changes To Your Pay Practices?- Doug Currier & Richard Moon

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