University of Texas School of Law
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TX Credit Info:
7.50 hrs
TX Specialization:
Civil Appellate Law
Civil Trial Law
Labor and Employment Law
More Credit Info

2014

Essential Employment Law

A Practical Course in the Basics

Austin Sep 17, 2014 – Thompson Conference Center
Conference Concluded

Houston Oct 29, 2014 – Norris Conference Center - CityCentre
Conference Concluded

Dallas Nov 12, 2014 – Cityplace Conference Center
Conference Concluded

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Program Features
Essential Employment Law is a one-day HR program led by employment law experts Connie Cornell, Michael W. Fox and Steven Mierl, and is designed to provide overviews and updates on issues related to Texas employment law. Content is extensive and exhaustive with topics ranging from employment-at-will to discrimination issues, wage and hour violations, retaliation, FMLA and more. 

This practical course provides detailed written materials and handbook recommendations, and is ideal for HR professionals and beginning employment lawyers.


INSTRUCTORS

Connie L. Cornell, PHR,
(In Austin, Houston and Dallas) is a founding partner of Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP, an Austin labor and employment law firm. She is Board Certified in Labor and Employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is also certified as a Professional in Human Resources by the national Society for Human Resource Management.
 
Michael W. Fox (In Houston and Dallas) is a shareholder in the Austin office of Ogletree Deakins, a national labor and employment law firm. He has represented employers in employment law matters for more than 35 years, is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
 
Steven L. Mierl (In Austin) is a founding partner of Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP, an Austin labor and employment law firm. His practice includes all areas of employment litigation, and employer consulting on issues arising from hiring through termination, dispute resolution, contract and document drafting, and management training. He also has extensive experience with EEOC, DOL, TWC, and OSHA agency actions.
Schedule

Wednesday Morning

7:45 am
Registration Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:20 am
Welcoming Remarks

8:30 am

0.75 hr

Texas Is an "At Will" State... So Why Worry?

An overview of the legal aspects of the employment relationship and how tort law has been adapted in the workplace. Answering the client or the supervisor who thinks employment law begins and ends with "employment-at-will": What about terminating an employee for theft? Is there ever an obligation to give a reference on a former employee? How can a handshake get a manager sued for assault? What is intentional infliction of emotional distress? Can employee violence really be prevented? Is negligent retention really a cause of action?

In Austin:
Steven L. Mierl, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP - Austin, TX
In Houston:
Michael W. Fox, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. - Austin, TX
In Dallas:
Steven L. Mierl, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP - Austin, TX

9:15 am

1.00 hr

Discrimination and Harassment

Understanding the difference between disparate treatment and disparate impact, and why it matters. Why do you need to know about the "shifting burden of proof"? How can you prevent liability for harassment even after it occurs.

In Austin:
Steven L. Mierl, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP - Austin, TX
In Houston:
Michael W. Fox, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. - Austin, TX
In Dallas:
Steven L. Mierl, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP - Austin, TX

10:15 am
Break

10:30 am

0.50 hr

Retaliation: Winning the Battle, Losing the War

Why is retaliation the most dangerous cause of action, and what can you do about it?

In Austin:
Steven L. Mierl, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP - Austin, TX
In Houston:
Michael W. Fox, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. - Austin, TX
In Dallas:
Steven L. Mierl, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP - Austin, TX

11:00 am

1.00 hr

Wage and Hour: An Old Law in a Modern World

Learn the basics of wage and hour law and why violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act have exploded. Among the areas covered are: Who is exempt and who is not, and what difference does it make? What is working time? How is overtime calculated? What are the most common mistakes and how do you avoid them?

In Austin:
Steven L. Mierl, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP - Austin, TX
In Houston:
Michael W. Fox, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. - Austin, TX
In Dallas:
Steven L. Mierl, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP - Austin, TX

12:00 pm
Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration 

12:50 pm
Break

1:00 pm

0.50 hr

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA): The Other Major Entitlement Act

The FMLA was the first federal act that required an employer to provide time off for employees. Learn the basics of the law which has been amended to cover additional types of leave.

Connie L. Cornell, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP - Austin, TX

1:30 pm

1.00 hr

Hiring/Firing/Discipline/Documentation

The basics of managing employees. Recognize the vulnerable points in the employment relationship and learn the best practices to make sure you minimize the number of problems and maximize your chances of successfully defending your actions when challenged.

Connie L. Cornell, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP - Austin, TX

2:30 pm
Break

2:45 pm

0.75 hr

Defensive Drafting: Handbooks and Forms

Avoid common mistakes in drafting employee handbooks and learn about the latest in policies covering hot topics like social media. Learn what other human resource forms can help support the company's defenses and prove good faith efforts to comply.

Connie L. Cornell, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP - Austin, TX

3:30 pm

1.00 hr

Investigating Sensitive Employment Complaints

The investigation of an employee's complaint may be critical to an employer's only means of avoiding liability. The investigator may be a witness and the notes may be evidence. Learn how to investigate and document the process.

Connie L. Cornell, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP - Austin, TX

4:30 pm

0.50 hr

Annual Performance Reviews

What are the pros and cons of evaluation systems? Are they really worth it? How to curb grade inflation? What are the alternatives?

Connie L. Cornell, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP - Austin, TX

5:00 pm
Adjourn

Wednesday Afternoon

Luncheon Presentation

12:20 pm

0.50 hr

Q&A with the Instructors

Real-world questions are answered by the experts. Submit your questions, comments and/or experiences in advance to service@utcle.org or come armed with your toughest questions. This session is designed to be interactive. Audience participation is encouraged!

Connie L. Cornell, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP - Austin, TX
In Austin:
Steven L. Mierl, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP - Austin, TX
In Houston:
Michael W. Fox, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. - Austin, TX
In Dallas:
Steven L. Mierl, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP - Austin, TX

 
12:50 pm
Break

1:00 pm

0.50 hr

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA): The Other Major Entitlement Act

The FMLA was the first federal act that required an employer to provide time off for employees. Learn the basics of the law which has been amended to cover additional types of leave.

Connie L. Cornell, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP - Austin, TX

1:30 pm

1.00 hr

Hiring/Firing/Discipline/Documentation

The basics of managing employees. Recognize the vulnerable points in the employment relationship and learn the best practices to make sure you minimize the number of problems and maximize your chances of successfully defending your actions when challenged.

Connie L. Cornell, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP - Austin, TX

2:30 pm
Break

2:45 pm

0.75 hr

Defensive Drafting: Handbooks and Forms

Avoid common mistakes in drafting employee handbooks and learn about the latest in policies covering hot topics like social media. Learn what other human resource forms can help support the company's defenses and prove good faith efforts to comply.

Connie L. Cornell, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP - Austin, TX

3:30 pm

1.00 hr

Investigating Sensitive Employment Complaints

The investigation of an employee's complaint may be critical to an employer's only means of avoiding liability. The investigator may be a witness and the notes may be evidence. Learn how to investigate and document the process.

Connie L. Cornell, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP - Austin, TX

4:30 pm

0.50 hr

Annual Performance Reviews

What are the pros and cons of evaluation systems? Are they really worth it? How to curb grade inflation? What are the alternatives?

Connie L. Cornell, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP - Austin, TX

5:00 pm
Adjourn

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Connie L. Cornell
Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP
Austin, TX
Michael W. Fox
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Austin, TX
Steven L. Mierl
Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Connie L. Cornell
Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP
Austin, TX
Michael W. Fox
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Austin, TX
Steven L. Mierl
Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP
Austin, TX
Gregory J. Smith
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
7.50 hrs
Legal Specialization(s): Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law, Labor and Employment Law
Additional Information
A Texas MCLE Reporting Form will be included in your course materials. Please complete and return to the registration desk and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas, or you can self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conference to keep for your records.  
California
7.50 hrs
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
Ohio
7.50 hrs
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to The Supreme Court of Ohio within 30 days after the conference. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records.
Oklahoma
9.00 hrs
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records.
Other States
Many jurisdictions accept conferences offered by The University of Texas School of Law, and approved by the State Bar of Texas, for CLE credit. Please check with your jurisdiction's regulatory authority. A Certificate of Attendance and credit reporting documentation will be provided at the conference.

Other Credit

Human Resources PHR/SPHR/GPHR
7.50 hrs
Additional Information
This activity has been approved for recertification credit hours toward California, GPHR, HRBP, HRMP, PHR and SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. A HRCI Certificate with the activity ID number will be included as part of the course materials provided at the conference.

For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org www.hrci.org/
TX Accounting CPE
9.00 hrs

MCLE Credit

Texas
7.50 hrs
Legal Specialization(s): Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law, Labor and Employment Law
Additional Information
A Texas MCLE Reporting Form will be included in your course materials. Please complete and return to the registration desk and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas, or you can self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conference to keep for your records.  
California
7.50 hrs
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
Ohio
7.50 hrs
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to The Supreme Court of Ohio within 30 days after the conference. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records.
Oklahoma
9.00 hrs
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records.
Other States
Many jurisdictions accept conferences offered by The University of Texas School of Law, and approved by the State Bar of Texas, for CLE credit. Please check with your jurisdiction's regulatory authority. A Certificate of Attendance and credit reporting documentation will be provided at the conference.

Other Credit

Human Resources PHR/SPHR/GPHR
7.50 hrs
Additional Information
This activity has been approved for recertification credit hours toward California, GPHR, HRBP, HRMP, PHR and SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. A HRCI Certificate with the activity ID number will be included as part of the course materials provided at the conference.

For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org www.hrci.org/
TX Accounting CPE
9.00 hrs

MCLE Credit

Texas
7.50 hrs
Legal Specialization(s): Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law, Labor and Employment Law
Additional Information
A Texas MCLE Reporting Form will be included in your course materials. Please complete and return to the registration desk and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas, or you can self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conference to keep for your records.  
California
7.50 hrs
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
Ohio
7.50 hrs
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to The Supreme Court of Ohio within 30 days after the conference. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records.
Oklahoma
9.00 hrs
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records.
Other States
Many jurisdictions accept conferences offered by The University of Texas School of Law, and approved by the State Bar of Texas, for CLE credit. Please check with your jurisdiction's regulatory authority. A Certificate of Attendance and credit reporting documentation will be provided at the conference.

Other Credit

Human Resources PHR/SPHR/GPHR
7.50 hrs
Additional Information
This activity has been approved for recertification credit hours toward California, GPHR, HRBP, HRMP, PHR and SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. A HRCI Certificate with the activity ID number will be included as part of the course materials provided at the conference.

For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org www.hrci.org/
TX Accounting CPE
9.00 hrs
Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Sep 10, 2014
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Sep 12, 2014
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Sep 15, 2014
    $50 processing fee applied

Houston

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Oct 22, 2014
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Oct 24, 2014
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Oct 27, 2014
    $50 processing fee applied

Dallas

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Nov 5, 2014
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Nov 7, 2014
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Nov 10, 2014
    $50 processing fee applied

Hotel / Venue

Austin

Thompson Conference Center

2405 Robert Dedman Drive
Austin, TX
512.471.3121 (reservations)
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Accommodations

Complimentary parking available at the Thompson Conference Center (Lot 40)
(subject to change)

Houston

Norris Conference Center - CityCentre

816 Town and Country Blvd.
Houston, TX
713.590.0950
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Parking Information

Complimentary self-parking (subject to change)

Dallas

Cityplace Conference Center

2711 North Haskell Avenue
Dallas, TX
214.515.5100
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Parking Information

Complimentary self-parking (subject to change)