Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar

 | 08:30 am to 12:00 pm

Bricker & Eckler LLP

100 South Third Street

Columbus, OH 43215

Join us for Bricker's annual Hot Topics in Employment Law seminar, where we discuss the issues employers will likely face in the coming months as well as practical tips on how to address them.

The agenda includes:

The Straight Dope: Medical Marijuana in Ohio’s Workplaces 

Ohio’s medical marijuana law took effect September 8, 2016.  Attendees will learn what this law means for employers, owners, and HR professionals who already deal with a complex legal landscape.  This segment will identify functional considerations and offer best practices for minimizing risk.

Joëlle C. Khouzam, Partner, Bricker & Eckler LLP

ERISA Fiduciary Duties and Benefits Committee Best Practices

Ever-increasing scrutiny of health and welfare plans and retirement plans, by both the DOL and IRS, make it more important than ever for employers to keep their plans in compliance.  This session will discuss fiduciary duties, benefits committee best practices to satisfy those duties, including self-audits, and practical compliance tips.

Kevin T. Burns, Of Counsel, Bricker & Eckler LLP

IRS Reporting of Settlement Payments: How to Stay Compliant and Avoid Common Errors

The presentation will review the tax and related implications of settlement agreements.  It will provide practical guidance to general counsels and HR professionals seeking to comply with all reporting obligations.  The presentation will also explore the consequences and risks of failing to properly report a settlement payment.

Justin D. Cook, Associate, Bricker & Eckler LLP

New OSHA Anti-Retaliation Rules Impact Drug Testing Policies and Incentive Programs

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new anti-retaliation rules, employers are prohibited from retaliating against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses. OSHA has identified mandatory post-accident drug testing and safety incentive programs as programs that may deter injury reporting and could result in impermissible retaliation against employees who do report injuries.

Jill Bigler, Associate, Bricker & Eckler LLP

Panel: What do I do with this one?

Panel will discuss factual scenarios presented by audience members involving legal issues implicating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), and Ohio’s Workers’ Compensation laws.

Betsy A. Swift, Partner, Bricker & Eckler LLP

Katherine Spies Giumenti, Partner, Bricker & Eckler LLP

Sue A. Wetzel, Of Counsel, Bricker & Eckler LLP

New Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Rules

The Department of Labor announced the publication of the final FLSA rule in May 2016, which will become effective December 1, 2016.  The new rule establishes a higher salary threshold for exempt employees. In order to be compliant attendees must understand how to apply the Salary Test and Duties Test when determining if an employee is exempt from overtime pay.

James G. Petrie, Partner, Bricker & Eckler LLP

Impact on Employment Law- Implications of the New Presidency

Throughout the campaign season the new president shared his/her proposed initiatives that will likely impact employment laws, including paid sick leave and minimum wage increases. In this session we will discuss the implications of these new policies and how employers can prepare for the probable changes to employment law.

Lisa M. Kathumbi, Partner, Bricker & Eckler LLP

This program has been submitted to the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 3.0 total CLE hours of instruction. Approval is pending.

3 HRCI credits have been approved and a continental networking breakfast will be provided. 

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