Safeguarding Employers in 2015: Changes in Employment, Benefits and Labor Law


May 5, 2015

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.   
Seminar: 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Lunch: 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. to 8:10 a.m. Welcome
Today’s moderator, Neil Buethe, will open our presentation sessions with a brief welcome and overview of today’s schedule.
Neal Buethe, Shareholder

8:10 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. Legislative and Case Update
This session provides an update on legislative activity and court cases that impact the employer-employee relationship. It will cover developments ranging from the passage of the Minnesota Women’s Economic Security Act to employment discrimination cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. Pending Minnesota legislation will also be discussed.
Michael Miller, Shareholder, Danielle Fitzsimmons and Emily Peterson, Associates

8:40 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. Labor Law and Why it Matters to Both Union and Non-Union Companies
This session covers new union election procedures, continued attacks on employer handbooks and policies, new case law requiring an employer to allow employees to use employer e-mail for union organizing purposes and a whole host of other issues from the NLRB that continue to make life increasingly difficult for employers. We will also review recent labor law developments that apply to both union and non-union employers and offer practical tips to stay out of hot water with the NLRB.
Michael Moberg and Michael Wilhelm, Shareholders

9:20 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Security Issues for Employers: Do You Know Where Your Data is?
This session focuses on understanding the risks involved in data breach of various kinds of data and methods to minimize that risk as well as some tips for approaching the matter when data has been lost or misappropriated.
Heidi Fessler and Daniel Supalla, Shareholders

10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The Eight Steps of Highly Effective Workplace Investigations
This session is an overview of the key steps in conducting a workplace investigation: deciding whether to investigate, planning the investigation, implementing the plan, evaluating the information, presenting the findings, making recommendations, closing the loop and documenting the process.
Ellen Brinkman, Ann Huntrods and Sally Scoggin, Shareholders

11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Challenges and Opportunities in Rapid Demographic Change
This session highlights the unprecedented global demographic changes that are occurring and affect business everywhere. While most attention focuses on aging and its impact on government programs, the more immediate and direct impact of aging and other :demographic changes is in the labor market. Tom will focus on the key local, national and global demographic trends that affect the labor market and their economic implications for Minnesota employers.
Tom Gillaspy, Former Minnesota State Demographer

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch