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2021 Essential Employment Law eConference

Contains material from Oct 2021

2021 Essential Employment Law eConference
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Essential Employment Law is an HR program led by employment law experts Connie Cornell and Katrina Grider, 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

Connie L. Cornell, PHR is a founding partner of Cornell Smith Mierl Brutocao Burton, LLP, an Austin labor and employment law firm, representing employers and management through advice, training, and litigation defense. Ms. Cornell 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 HR Certification Institute.

Katrina Grider is the Associate Director for Curriculum, Training, and Education for the Revolving Funds Division at the EEOC. She directs and oversees the development, content, and delivery of the EEOC’s fee-based training and education programs for public and private sector employers; manages training activities provided by the EEOC Training Institute; and establishes and maintains relationships with internal and external stakeholders to identify training needs and develop appropriate training and education to meet such needs. She is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

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1. Texas is an "At Will" State... So Why Worry? (Oct 2021)

Katrina Grider

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Texas is an "At Will" State... So Why Worry? (Oct 2021)

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 an intentional infliction of emotional distress? Can employee violence really be prevented? Is negligent retention really a cause of action?

Originally presented: Aug 2021 Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics

Katrina Grider, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - Houston, TX

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2. Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace (Oct 2021)

Katrina Grider

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Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace (Oct 2021)

Hear a discussion about the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement in the workplace and why it matters for companies to manage cultural change. How do you have difficult conversations about race? How do companies address workplace harassment and discrimination?

Originally presented: Aug 2021 Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics

Katrina Grider, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - Houston, TX

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3. Retaliation: Winning the Battle, Losing the War (Oct 2021)

Katrina Grider

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Retaliation: Winning the Battle, Losing the War (Oct 2021)

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

Originally presented: Aug 2021 Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics

Katrina Grider, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - Houston, TX

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4. Wage and Hour: An Old Law in a Modern World (Oct 2021)

Katrina Grider

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Wage and Hour: An Old Law in a Modern World (Oct 2021)

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: Aug 2021 Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics

Katrina Grider, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - Houston, TX

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5. Hot Topics (Oct 2021)

Connie L. Cornell, Katrina Grider

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Hot Topics (Oct 2021)

Get up to speed on the latest compliance issues impacting employers, including those relating to COVID-19 during a brief update of the most critical court cases, legislation, and federal agency activity.

Originally presented: Aug 2021 Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics

Connie L. Cornell, Cornell Smith Mierl Brutocao Burton, LLP - Austin, TX
Katrina Grider, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - Houston, TX

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6. Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA): The Other Major Entitlement Act (Oct 2021)

Connie L. Cornell

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Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA): The Other Major Entitlement Act (Oct 2021)

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: Aug 2021 Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics

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

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7. Handbooks / Employment Policies (Oct 2021)

Connie L. Cornell

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Handbooks / Employment Policies (Oct 2021)

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: Aug 2021 Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics

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

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8. Defensive Documentation from Hiring to Firing (Oct 2021)

Connie L. Cornell

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Defensive Documentation from Hiring to Firing (Oct 2021)

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: Aug 2021 Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics

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

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9. Investigating Sensitive Employment Complaints​ (Oct 2021)

Connie L. Cornell

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Investigating Sensitive Employment Complaints​ (Oct 2021)

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: Aug 2021 Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics

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