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Clair W. Fisher Law Series: Statuary Developments
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When: Monday, February 12, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Farm Bureau Financial Services
5400 University Avenue
West Des Moines, IA  50266-5997
United States

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Clair W. Fisher HR-Related Law Series:

Employment Privacy Claims

One in a series of four courses on the legal aspects of human resource management leading to a Certificate in HR Related Law.

Every day legislative bodies, courts, and executive agencies issue new opinions that can have significant impact on your organization.  The escalating risks of liability for failure to understand and adhere to these laws and regulations including criminal sanctions, make it mandatory to know the full requirements of these laws and what to do about them in your own organization. How can you keep up with new HR laws?

Local attorneys will present a series of evenings on “need to know” employment topics. You will be brought up-to-date, share ideas and current issues with your peers as well as interact with attorneys regarding employment-related laws. Developed and taught by central Iowa attorneys, you will build a foundation in both federal and State of Iowa legal regulations, as well as, become better prepared to comply with the particular laws that affect your organization.

Members: $325 for all six sessions; $70 for individual sessions
Non-Members: $350 for all six sessions; $90 for individual sessions

Topics for the spring sessions include...

Feb. 5th                Employment Privacy Claims: You will focus on key issues related to privacy in the workplace. Instructor will lead a discussion regarding how to strike the delicate balance between an employee’s right to privacy and an employer’s right to control its workplace. In this session you will discuss privacy issues that can arise in a variety of employment contexts, including computer databases, E-mail and voice mail, workplace searches, telephone monitoring, and internal investigations. Pending and anticipated legislation relating to work-place privacy issues will also be discussed.
Attorney Instructor: Bridget R. Penick
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Feb. 12th              Statutory Developments: This session will focus on providing a general overview of statutory laws and developments that affect the area of employee relations such as the addition of sexual orientation and gender identity to the Iowa Civil Rights Act. The discussion will include a review of current trends and any pertinent court cases.
Attorney Instructor: Hugh Cain
Hopkins & Heubner, P.C

Feb. 19th              Written Employment Contracts: You will learn when and how to use written offer letters and employment contracts to your company’s advantage and you will discuss common pitfalls to avoid when using such documents. This session will also focus on the circumstances under which your company’s employee handbook, personnel policies, supervisor’s handbook, or other written policy statements may be deemed to constitute a contract for other than employment at-will. Learn what languages to avoid and what disclaimers to add when drafting company policies.
Attorney Instructor: Gayla Harrison
Harrison, McKay, Moreland & Webber P.C.

Feb. 26th              Substance Abuse in the Workplace: Learn about legal restrictions and considerations that may impact your company’s
ability to draft and implement effective policies and programs dealing substance abuse. You will discuss your company’s limited ability to drug
test in Iowa and the proper procedures that you must follow in order to implement a legal drug testing program. In addition, this class will meet the requirements for required supervisory training.

Attorney Instructor: Frank Harty
Nyemaster, Goode, Voigts, West, Hansell & O’Brien P.C.

Mar. 5th               Employment Related Tort Litigation: An employer’s lawyer will discuss employment related tort claims utilized by plaintiffs to side-step
the concept of employment-at-will. The following types of claims, among others will be discussed:
• Defamation claims arising from communications to the affected employee, co-workers, customers and persons conducting reference checks;
• Public policy tort claims;
• Intentional infliction of emotional distress
• Negligent hiring, retention, supervision, and investigative claims;
• Intentional interference with contract or prospective business advantage.
You will also discuss key issues that a lawyer will be looking for when evaluating employment-related tort claims and you will discuss under what circumstances
an individual manager or human resources staffer may be held individually liable for engaging in tortuous behavior.

Attorney Instructor: Jill Jensen-Welch
Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen P.C.

Mar. 12th             Understanding Alternative Dispute Resolution: You will be exposed to different types of alternative dispute resolution methods including mediation and arbitration. You will discuss the pros and cons of each method, as well as the features of an effective alternative dispute resolution process. You will also learn how DR is currently being used by the ICRC and EEOC to decrease the delay inherent in the processing of discrimination
claims. This session will end with a mock mediation so that you can see how one form of ADR actually operate.

Attorney Instructor: Jo Ellen Whitney
Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts P.C.

Mar. 19th             Off

Mar. 26th             Exam


For more information regarding the Clair W. Fisher HR-Related Law Series, click here.