About the Sessions
The World of Changing Immigration Policies: A Hidden Agenda Revealed, One New Policy Memorandum at a Time
May 29, 2019 | Presented by: Maggie Murphy, JD (bio)
New USCIS policies revise old regulations with new and expanded interpretations. We will discuss significant changes to the current process and review the new USCIS Policy Memorandum, including new restrictions on H-1B program, off-site employment and third-party placements; new restrictions on individuals with student visas authorized to work on Occupational Practical Training (OPT) transferring to H-1B status; the enhanced E-Verify program and ICE HIS I-9 audits; the enhanced security of delivery and destruction method for government issued documents (EADs, LPR cards, APs); enhanced program for L-1 applications; and pending regulations on H-4 employment authorization.
Have Employees Become Obsolete - Workers in the Gig Economy
June 26, 2019 | Presented by: Wendy Wilkins, JD (bio
Gig workers are predicted to make up 40% of the workforce by 2020. While the flexibility and benefits for both businesses and workers are valuable, this growing segment of the workforce brings new and unexpected challenges. After attending this session, you will be able to:
Identify the types of positions that are transitioning in the gig economy;
Navigate the legal maze of issues and developing law nationwide that govern temporary works;
Address the proper classifications of individuals as employees, versus independent contractors and project-based work workers
"My Employees are not Coming to Work!" How to Handle ADA/FMLA Leave Challenges
July 31, 2019 | Presented by: Julie Farmer, JD (bio)
Can I force an employee to take FMLA leave? How much leave is too much leave? Must I accommodate an employee to come and go as they please? Is working from home an option or a requirement? This session will answer these tough leave and accommodation questions and provide useful strategies when faced with employee absence issues. This session will also review recent and significant FMLA and ADA case law developments, and the status of other states’ and cities’ leave laws.
Bias Against Unconscious Bias in the C-Suite - Educating Management About Acceptable Culture and Norms in the Workplace
August 28, 2019 | Presented by: Alise Abel, JD (bio)
We will provide tools and strategies for human resources leadership and general counsel to educate their c-suite executives on “Implicit bias,” also referred to as “unconscious bias,” focusing specifically on liability exposure, establishing cultural norms in the company, and interrupting the unintentional discriminatory behaviors that could result in very damaging and public consequences for the company.