University of Texas School of Law
2017
Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics
Austin Sep 8, 2017 Thompson Conference Center
Conference Concluded
Live Webcast Sep 8, 2017
Conference Concluded

UT Law CLE

2017 Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics

Program Features
Essential Employment Law is a one-day HR program led by employment law experts Vianei Lopez Braun and Connie Cornell, 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, changes in employment law impacting compliance efforts, and more. 

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

INSTRUCTORS

Vianei Lopez Braun has been representing employers for more than 25 years, providing practical advice on employment law compliance and avoiding litigation. Vianei’s diverse experience includes representing large publicly traded companies, governmental entities, small to mid-sized businesses, as well as individual professionals and executives.

Connie L. Cornell, PHR 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.

UT Law CLE

2017 Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics

10/17/17
Schedule

Friday Morning

7:45 am

Austin Only

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?

Hear an overview of the employment relationship and how tort law has been adapted in the workplace. Discuss how to answer 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?

Vianei Lopez Braun, Decker Jones, P.C. - Fort Worth, TX

9:15 am

1.00 hr

Discrimination and Harassment

Understand 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?

Vianei Lopez Braun, Decker Jones, P.C. - Fort Worth, 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?

Vianei Lopez Braun, Decker Jones, P.C. - Fort Worth, 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. Topics include: 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?

Vianei Lopez Braun, Decker Jones, P.C. - Fort Worth, TX

12:00 pm

Austin Only

Pick Up Lunch (in Austin)

Included in registration.

Friday Afternoon

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:20 pm

0.75 hr

Q and A with the Instructors

Experts answer real-world questions. Submit your questions, comments, and/or experiences in advance to ConferenceQA@utcle.org, or come armed with your toughest questions. This session is designed to be interactive—audience participation encouraged!

Vianei Lopez Braun, Decker Jones, P.C. - Fort Worth, TX
Connie L. Cornell, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP - Austin, TX

 
1:05 pm
Break

1:20 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. When do you send the various notices and certifications? Avoid common mistakes in completing the paperwork and understand how FMLA can overlap with ADA issues. 

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

1:50 pm

1.00 hr

Handbooks / Employment Policies

Avoid common mistakes in policy drafting. Adopt provisions that support the company's good faith compliance efforts and help reduce potential liability in audits and litigation. Understand how recent NLRB decisions affect even non-unionized employer policies.

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

2:50 pm
Break

3:00 pm

0.75 hr

Defensive Documentation from Hiring to Firing

Recognize the vulnerable points in the employment relationship and learn the best practices in documentation to minimize the problems and maximize the chances of successfully defending the employer’s actions when challenged. Understand the value and risks posed by offer letters, disciplinary documentation, performance evaluations, and termination paperwork. 

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

3:45 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

4:45 pm

0.25 hr

Changes in Employment Law Impacting Compliance Efforts

HR professionals and legal counsel can better advise employers on compliance efforts if up to speed on the latest changes and trends in employment law. Hear a brief update of the most critical court cases, legislation, and federal agency activity at EEOC, DOL, and NLRB.

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

5:00 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2017 Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Vianei Lopez Braun
Decker Jones, P.C.
Fort Worth, TX
Connie L. Cornell
Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Vianei Lopez Braun—Co-Chair
Decker Jones, P.C.
Fort Worth, TX
Connie L. Cornell—Co-Chair
Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP
Austin, TX
Deborah Salzberg—Director
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

UT Law CLE

2017 Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics

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.  
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. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference.
Other States
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state before taking the program to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

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
Human Resources SHRM-CPSM / SHRM-SCPSM
7.50 hrs
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.
TX Accounting CPE
9.00 hrs
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live conferences are presumptively approved by The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Accounting CPE Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Texas Accounting Certificate of Completion at the conference for your records. Self-report your CPE credit directly to TSBPA. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  

MCLE Credit

Texas
7.50 hrs
Legal Specialization(s): Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law, Labor and Employment Law
Additional Information
UT Law CLE will report credit to the State Bar of Texas on your behalf. If you are claiming credit in the last week of your birth month, self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
California
7.50 hrs
Additional Information
Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. Print and keep the Certificate of Completion for your records. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
Oklahoma
9.00 hrs
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #169) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association for MCLE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Oklahoma MCLE credit, Oklahoma credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the webcast.
Other States
7.50 hrs
Additional Information
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

To claim Other States MCLE credit, Other States credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion .

MCLE credit is presented based on a 60-minute credit hour. 

Other Credit

Human Resources PHR/SPHR/GPHR
7.50 hrs
Human Resources SHRM-CPSM / SHRM-SCPSM
7.50 hrs
TX Accounting CPE
9.00 hrs
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Texas Accounting CPE credit, the Texas Accounting CPE credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. Self-report your CPE credit directly to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

UT Law CLE

2017 Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics

Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Aug 30, 2017
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Sep 1, 2017
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Sep 5, 2017
    $50 processing fee applied

Live Webcast

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Aug 30, 2017
    Add $0 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Sep 1, 2017
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Sep 4, 2017
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2017 Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics

Hotel / Venue

Austin

Thompson Conference Center

2405 Robert Dedman Drive
Austin, TX
512.471.3121
Map

Parking Information

Complimentary self-parking available in Lot 40, at the corner of Red River Street and Dean Keeton Street, and UT Garages.
(subject to availability)