Pre-Conference Workshop: A Deep Dive into the FMLA and ADA

Scott Blews | Partner, Taylor English Duma LLP
Tamika Nordstrom | Partner, Taylor English Duma LLP

» Gain practical insights with respect to navigating the legal minefields created by the ADA and FMLA
» Review leaves of absence, return to work issues, accommodations for work restrictions, the interactive process, the interplay between these statutes, and other thorny issues that often arise

Immigration 101: The Basics of Employment Immigration Law

Alexandra Holland | Experienced Business Immigration Attorney, Ogletree Deakins
Scott Decker | Of Counsel, Ogletree Deakins

» Discuss which questions you can ask regarding citizenship/immigration sponsorship during the recruiting and hiring process
» Learn the common issues that arise in the process of I-9 completion and reverification and how to correct past errors
» Review the difference between a nonimmigrant visa versus a green card, and what is required to sponsor an employee for each

Immigration 201: More Complex Issues in Employment Immigration Law

Andrea Davis | Immigration Attorney, Ogletree Deakins
Philip Shepherd | Associate Attorney Business Immigration, Ogletree Deakins

» Review common issues that arise during the PERM labor certification application process and discuss best practices to make this process go smoothly
» Review how USCIS’s increased scrutiny on H-1B petitions has changed the process for employees and employers
» Discuss what to do when the government shows up at your office for an I-9 or immigration compliance site inspection or audit

Conducting Effective Investigations and Documenting The Process

Marty N. Martenson |Managing Partner, Martenson Law
» Gain an understanding of the various situations and laws that should give rise to an employer investigation and how the employer’s investigation may be used in litigation or the dispute process
» Learn how to determine the best way to conduct an investigation for a given issue that will establish a reliable factual record for your employer and what methods, questions, disclosures, and statements you should avoid using or making during your investigative process
» Discuss the facts, statements, and aspects of your investigative process that should always be documented and the most effective strategies for documenting this information in the event it must later be relied upon in litigation or in the dispute process

#MeToo: What’s Next

Sarah Lamar | Partner, Hunter Maclean
» Review the EEOC’s latest guidance on harassment claims and training
» Discuss the best practices for responding to allegations of harassment
» Outline effective harassment prevention training