Agenda

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
8:30 - 11:30 am

The I-9/E-Verify Summit — Employers are facing a skyrocketing increase in I-9 and worksite audits, plus confusion over the new “smart” I-9 Form and the constant flux of E-Verify regulations. This workshop will help you avoid violations, fines and even criminal prosecution. Speaker: immigration attorney John Fay, the executive vice president and general counsel of Law Logix. (registration required)

8:30 - 11:30 am

The Payroll Compliance Workshop — The payroll landscape is changing again – and smart moves in the coming months will help you avoid big trouble (and big fines) down the road. Find out what you must do (and NOT do) this year to stay in compliance with federal and state payroll laws – and what to expect in the future. Speaker: Alice Gilman, editor of Payroll Legal Alert. (registration required)

12:00 - 5:00 pm
Conference Registration
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Pre-Conference Workshops

Choose between these interesting sessions presented by accomplished, nationally recognized speakers:

EMPLOYMENT DOCUMENTATION AND RECORDKEEPING: WHAT TO KEEP, WHAT TO TOSS

In employment litigation, the winning case is often the best-documented case. And almost every HR law carries stringent recordkeeping requirements –stiff penalties for noncompliance. Discover how to develop an effective records management strategy for your printed and electronic HR records, including documents management, retention, and destruction/deletion.

THE WIRED WORKPLACE

Technology is seen by many as the #1 legal workplace challenge. Find out if your policies (do you have any?) on on-site and offsite use of smartphones and tablets pass legal muster. We’ll also discuss BYOD issues … balancing needs for workplace confidentiality and employee privacy … and potential legal liability.

HIRING AND FIRING WORKSHOP

The two most dangerous stages of an employee’s tenure? The start and the finish. Our experienced attorney will lead you through a hands-on session, covering everything from writing the employment ad to interviewing, offers to termination – outlining best practices (and potential pitfalls) each step of the way.

Thursday, April 12, 2018
7:45 - 9:00 am
Registration, Continental Breakfast, And “You be the Judge” Contest – Prizes Awarded!
9:00 - 9:10 am
Program Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:10 - 10:00 am
Employment Law 2018: The Latest & Greatest Developments Impacting Employers

We kick off LEAP 2018 with a look at the most significant employment law news and trends of the past year. What are the most important U.S. Supreme Court cases for employers? Why do retaliation cases continue to soar? What are the latest issues involving employers and the LGBTQ community? During this “fastest 50 minutes in employment law,” you’ll discover key insights into the issues you need to be concerned about in the next 12 months.

10:00 - 10:45 am
Washington Watch

The nation’s capital continues to undergo historic upheaval and change that will continue in 2018. Our panel of experts will offer advice and insights on the recent developments in labor- and employment-related legislation, regulation, enforcement initiatives, and appointments coming from inside the Beltway.

10:45 - 11:00 am
Break
11:00 - 11:45 am
Performance Reviews: Their Final Performance?

More and more, performance reviews are being done less and less. Some find them useless, tedious and unproductive. Others still see them as a valuable tool for employee assessment, and even motivation. We’ll talk about the future of the performance review … best practices … and the legal pitfalls that still remain.

11:45 - 12:15 pm
‘Protected’ Activity: Every Employers’ Nightmare

The changing definition of “protected concerted activity” – and a more activist NLRB – means a tougher climate for employers and HR. The Board – once a concern for unionized workplaces – continues to expand its reach into EVERY organization, impacting areas from social media and posting requirements to handbooks and beyond.

12:15 - 1:45 pm
Lunch & Special Presentation: Dr. Dennis Davis

Dr. Dennis Davis is annually rated as one of LEAP’s top speakers – and for good reason! In his dynamic presentation Violence, Disaster and Crisis Planning: Are You Prepared? Dennis will share his advice for dealing with tragic workplace situations (plus field-tested techniques to stop them before they start.)

1:45 - 2:30 pm
Breakout Session #1

CHOOSE FROM:

  1. EMPLOYEE LEAVE INTERACTIVE ROUNDTABLES
    Managing leave is always ranked as HR’s #1 headache. Now LEAP has the cure. Jump onto a 15-minute “speed session” on any of 4 different leave topics – then changes to a second, and then a third, for an instant across-the board update. (Session repeated at 2:45pm breakout.)
  2. MARIJUANA AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG ISSUES IN THE WORKPLACE
    As more and more states legalize marijuana, HR burdens get higher and higher. We’ll review emerging case law and regulation … employment testing, safety, and privacy concerns … and marijuana, opioid, and other drug abuse-related treatment issues
  3. FEDERAL CONTRACTOR ISSUES
    If you’re doing business with Uncle Sam, you face a dizzying array of problems that extend far beyond the contract itself. We’ll review the latest wrinkles in OFCCP, minimum wage requirements, employee leave, and a host of others.
2:30 - 2:45 pm
Room Change/Break
2:45 - 3:30 pm
Breakout Session #2

CHOOSE FROM:

  1. EMPLOYEE LEAVE INTERACTIVE ROUNDTABLES (repeated from Breakout #1)
    We’re planning a second round of roundtables on these popular topics. Get expert advice … hear your colleagues’ problems … and share your own experience on FMLA management, pregnancy leave, ADA accommodation, intermittent leave, and more.
  2. HARASSMENT IN THE HEADLINES: HR IN A #MeTOO WORLD
    Workplace harassment has exploded in front-page headlines the past few months. Is your organization vulnerable to a bombshell complaint (or even a #MeToo hashtag accusation)? Discover the changes needed to your policies and practices to stay in compliance and to create a culture of respect.
  3. PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYERS: UNIQUE ISSUES AND RISKS FOR 2018
    Employment law issues for public sector employers are even more daunting than those faced by the private sector. This session covers some of the key issues (such as the impact of free speech protection) and recent developments in public sector employment law litigation.
3:30 - 3:40 pm
Room Change/Break
3:40 - 4:30 pm
Misbehavior In The C-Suite: Practical Steps For Difficult Situations

It’s hard enough disciplining problem employees – but what do you do when the problem is the boss? From sexual misconduct to bullying and violence to ethical lapses and beyond, there ARE steps you can take – and we’ll share them with you.

4:30 - 5:00 pm
The Most Bizarre Employment Law Cases Of 2017

Lawsuits are serious business – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few laughs to be had. This traditional LEAP closing session will provide plenty! Our review of the year’s weirdest HR legal cases will get you laughing – and thinking – because each hilarious case carries a practical tip for employers.

5:00 - 5:15 pm
Closing & First Prize Drawing
5:15 - 6:15 pm
Hosted Reception

Join the speakers and your colleagues from around the country for a beverage and networking as you enjoy Caesar’s legendary hospitality. This also provides an excellent opportunity to discuss the day’s topics – or your betting strategies in the casino.

Friday, April 13, 2018
7:30 - 8:55 am
Continental Breakfast And Interactive HR Roundtable Discussions

Here’s your chance to find solutions to your toughest employment law problems. Choose from 11 tables— each on a different topic that you can discuss with our legal expert. After 25 minutes you can switch to a second table, and then a third. Topics will include:

 

  • Overtime/Wage & Hour
  • Employee Handbooks
  • Harassment
  • Employee Engagement
  • I-9s/E-Verify/Immigration
  • Employee Documentation
  • OFCCP/Federal
  • Contractors
  • HR Investigations
  • LGBT issues
  • California Employment Law

Nevada Employment Law

8:55 - 9:00 am
Day Two Opening
9:00 - 9:45 am
HR & The First Amendment: Free Speech And Political Speech At Work

The 2016 election is over. But as some employees exercise their First Amendment rights, other feel deprived of theirs. As usual, HR is caught in the middle. Are your workplace policies fair to all sides? Are they legally compliant? We’ll help you develop policies and strategies to ensure everyone’s rights are being preserved.

9:45 - 10:30 am
Wage-ing War: What You Need To Know And Do About Pay Equity

Pay equity is getting more attention than ever. Cities and states are changing the rules. Class actions are on the rise. The status quo is not an option. Our panel of experts will provide tips and strategies to reduce your company’s risk in this fast-developing area. Plus, we’ll discuss why pay audits are a smart move in this climate – and how to conduct one.

10:30 - 10:45 am
Break
10:45 - 11:15 am
Immigration & HR: I-9 Forms, E-Verify And Beyond

Skyrocketing audits … increased enforcement … new legislation … regulation … and legal challenges. Are you ready? Join us for this essential session to ensure that your organization avoids penalties, stiff fines, and even jail time for violators. We’ll clue you in on exactly what investigators are looking for – so you can prepare far in advance. Stay in compliance – and out of trouble.

11:15 - 12:00 pm
Your 2018 Compliance Checklist: Necessary Changes To Your Handbook, Policies And More

A poorly written (or outdated) handbook is an open invitation for an employment lawsuit. Our panel will help you “bullet-proof” your handbook by telling you what to say – and what NEVER to say – based on the latest legal and legislative developments. You’ll leave with a practical checklist of changes to make to your company policies and your practices.

12:00 - 1:00 pm
Learn From The Lawyers Luncheon

One of the speakers from the LEAP program will be assigned to each table to answer your individual and group questions while you dine. This presents a great opportunity to get answers on your tough employment law problems and discover your colleagues’ successes – and mistakes.

1:00 - 1:30 pm
In Case You Missed It: Key Takeaways From LEAP 2018

This “lightning-round” closing event has quickly become a LEAP favorite. Speakers from all three days of LEAP get three minutes each to give you the takeaway lessons of their pre-conference and breakout sessions – and to “tease” their post-conference workshops. This session is specifically designed to help you create an Action Plan to turn three days of insightful advice from your LEAP faculty into a comprehensive HR management and legal strategy.

1:30 - 2:00 pm
Special Presentation – The Roundtable Players

Funny lawyers? Really? YES! The Roundtable Players are famous for their humorous (and informative) approach to concluding the LEAP seminar. Past spoofs have included “HR Family Feud,” “The Employment Law Apprentice,” “Deal Or No Deal – An Employer’s Dilemma” and “American Employment Law Idol.” You won’t want to miss what they come up with this year!

2:00 - 2:10 pm
Grand Prize Drawing & Program Closing
2:10 - 2:15 pm
Room Change/Break
2:15 - 4:00 pm
Post-Conference Workshops

Stay with us after the general sessions for one of the following special programs presented by accomplished, nationally recognized speakers:

  • INVESTIGATING & DOCUMENTING MISCONDUCT
    When rules are broken in your workplace, you’ve got to investigate – but you’ve got to follow the rules as well. We’ll go step-by-step on how to properly investigate employee malfeasance, helping you ensure that your practices are compliant … your documentation is drum-tight … and your findings are accurate.
  • EMPLOYEE SCREENING
    Effective screening has never been more important. Yet a growing number of employers – concerned that they’re losing out on top talent – have relaxed or even eliminated elements of their screening practices. Learn the legally correct way to conduct background checks, credit checks, drug tests, skills tests and more.
  • CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT LAW: LITIGATION, HERE WE COME
    This session will summarize the latest laws, litigation and liabilities in the state that leads the nation in new workplace protections. This program will be useful for those who manage employees in the Golden State and others interested in tracking the latest trends (developments occurring in California tend to spread east).
  • NEVADA EMPLOYMENT LAW ROUNDTABLE
    If your organization does business in Nevada, here’s a one-of-a-kind chance to get all of your state-specific questions answered by a top-tier Nevada employment lawyer. This informal, no-holds-barred Q&A session will allow you to make sure your organization is in compliance on all types of federal and state laws and regulations.

Speakers and topics subject to change.