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2019 Essential Employment Law eConference

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Essential Employment Law is a one-day HR program led by employment law experts 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.
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Total Credit Hours:
7.25     Credit Info
Specialization: Civil Appellate Law | Civil Trial Law | Labor and Employment Law

TX MCLE credit expires: 8/31/2020

Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides

$295  

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1. Texas is an "At Will" State... So Why Worry? (Sep 2019)

Scott A. Brutocao

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Video (mp4) 49 mins
Audio (mp3) 48 mins
Paper (pdf) 8 pgs
Paper (pdf) 4 pgs
Paper (pdf) 8 pgs
Slides (pdf) 19 pgs

SESSION 1 — 49 mins, credit 0.75

Session 1:

Texas is an "At Will" State... So Why Worry? (Sep 2019)

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?

Originally presented at: Aug 2019 Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics

Scott A. Brutocao, Cornell Smith Mierl Brutocao Burton, LLP - Austin, TX

2. Discrimination and Harassment (Sep 2019)

Scott A. Brutocao

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Video (mp4) 63 mins
Audio (mp3) 63 mins
Paper (pdf) 23 pgs
Paper (pdf) 16 pgs
Slides (pdf) 20 pgs

SESSION 2 — 63 mins, credit 1.00

Session 2:

Discrimination and Harassment (Sep 2019)

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?

Originally presented at: Aug 2019 Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics

Scott A. Brutocao, Cornell Smith Mierl Brutocao Burton, LLP - Austin, TX

3. Retaliation: Winning the Battle, Losing the War (Sep 2019)

Scott A. Brutocao

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Video (mp4) 25 mins
Audio (mp3) 25 mins
Paper (pdf) 14 pgs
Slides (pdf) 6 pgs

SESSION 3 — 25 mins, credit 0.50

Session 3:

Retaliation: Winning the Battle, Losing the War (Sep 2019)

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

Originally presented at: Aug 2019 Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics

Scott A. Brutocao, Cornell Smith Mierl Brutocao Burton, LLP - Austin, TX

4. Wage and Hour: An Old Law in a Modern World (Sep 2019)

Susan P. Burton

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Video (mp4) 58 mins
Audio (mp3) 57 mins
Paper (pdf) 10 pgs
Paper (pdf) 24 pgs
Slides (pdf)

SESSION 4 — 58 mins, credit 1.00

Session 4:

Wage and Hour: An Old Law in a Modern World (Sep 2019)

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?

Originally presented at: Aug 2019 Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics

Susan P. Burton, Cornell Smith Mierl Brutocao Burton, LLP - Austin, TX

5. Q and A with the Instructors (Sep 2019)

Susan P. Burton, Connie L. Cornell

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Video (mp4) 46 mins
Audio (mp3) 46 mins

SESSION 5 — 46 mins, credit 0.75

Session 5:

Q and A with the Instructors (Sep 2019)

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!

Originally presented at: Aug 2019 Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics

Susan P. Burton, Cornell Smith Mierl Brutocao Burton, LLP - Austin, TX
Connie L. Cornell, Cornell Smith Mierl Brutocao Burton, LLP - Austin, TX

6. Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA): The Other Major Entitlement Act (Sep 2019)

Connie L. Cornell

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Video (mp4) 27 mins
Audio (mp3) 27 mins
Paper (pdf) 12 pgs
Slides (pdf) 20 pgs

SESSION 6 — 27 mins, credit 0.50

Session 6:

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA): The Other Major Entitlement Act (Sep 2019)

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.

Originally presented at: Aug 2019 Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics

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

7. Handbooks / Employment Policies (Sep 2019)

Connie L. Cornell

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Video (mp4) 61 mins
Audio (mp3) 61 mins
Paper (pdf) 39 pgs
Slides (pdf) 12 pgs

SESSION 7 — 61 mins, credit 1.00

Session 7:

Handbooks / Employment Policies (Sep 2019)

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.

Originally presented at: Aug 2019 Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics

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

8. Defensive Documentation from Hiring to Firing (Sep 2019)

Connie L. Cornell

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Video (mp4) 59 mins
Audio (mp3) 58 mins
Paper (pdf) 15 pgs
Paper (pdf) 11 pgs
Paper (pdf) 16 pgs
Slides (pdf) 8 pgs

SESSION 8 — 59 mins, credit 1.00

Session 8:

Defensive Documentation from Hiring to Firing (Sep 2019)

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.

Originally presented at: Aug 2019 Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics

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

9. Investigating Sensitive Employment Complaints​ (Sep 2019)

Connie L. Cornell

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Video (mp4) 52 mins
Audio (mp3) 52 mins
Paper (pdf) 32 pgs
Slides (pdf) 13 pgs

SESSION 9 — 52 mins, credit 0.75

Session 9:

Investigating Sensitive Employment Complaints​ (Sep 2019)

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.

Originally presented at: Aug 2019 Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics

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