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EmployerLINC 2013: ‘Government Gone Wild’ Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar in Tulsa

 
Doing business in an increasingly regulated environment means more rules to follow, costlier penalties and lawsuits to avoid, and increased vigilance on the part of employers in the workplace. So if you feel the government is going wild, you’re not alone. Join us for EmployerLINC 2013, McAfee & Taft’s annual employment and employee benefits seminar, for timely updates on state and federal laws and agency activities as well as practical guidance for maintaining legal compliance.

With so much to cover, we’ve changed up this year’s format to include both a morning and afternoon session. In addition, all presentations will be held in the same room, so there’s no need to choose between breakout sessions.

The morning session will feature six 25-minute presentations focusing on changes to state and federal employment laws and the ever-expanding enforcement activities of the Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, and Occupational Safety & Health Administration. During the afternoon session, we’ll focus on two of the timeliest topics in employee benefits law today – health care reform and company-sponsored retirement plans. And, at the end of the afternoon session, we’ll hold a drawing for an iPad Mini pre-loaded with the day’s seminar materials, compliments of PremierSource. Must be present to win.

When registering, please be sure to specify whether you will attend the morning session, afternoon session, or both. Separate HRCI credit is available for each session. IMPORTANT NOTE: Lunch will not be provided between the two sessions. Registration is now closed.


Roberta B. Fields
Roberta B. Fields
 
Lauren Barghols Hanna
Lauren Barghols Hanna
Michael F. Lauderdale
Michael F. Lauderdale
Kathy R. Neal
Kathy R. Neal
Charles S. Plumb
Charles S. Plumb
Tony G. Puckett
Tony G. Puckett
Natalie K. Ramsey
Natalie K. Ramsey
Paul A. Ross
Paul A. Ross
Curtis J. Thomas
Curtis J. Thomas
Nathan L. Whatley
Nathan L. Whatley

MORNING SESSION
8:30am – 11:30am

Want to know what agencies that regulate the workplace will be focusing on in 2013? And are you a possible target for an audit, investigation or enforcement action? The half-day morning session will feature six 25-minute presentations on the following topics:

Oklahoma Employment Law Update
Presenter: Charlie Plumb

  • Legislative update
  • What to expect from the Oklahoma Attorney General’s new administrative enforcement process
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National Labor Relations Board
Presenter: Tony Puckett, Natalie Ramsey

  • Recent changes in NLRB enforcement of labor law statutes on a wide range of employer issues, such as social media, employer investigations, confidentiality of witness statements, and employee handbooks.
  • How the NLRB’s decisions apply to both union and non-union workplaces
  • Latest court rulings on the NLRB’s authority to decide cases in light of the constitutional law challenge to recent recess appointments to the Board
  • Updated posting requirements for the NLRB’s new notice of rights poster
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Department of Labor
Presenters: Kathy Neal, Paul Ross

  • Targets of increased FLSA audits
  • Elimination of DOL-supervised voluntary self-audits
  • Best practices for avoiding audits
  • What to expect if you’re audited and tips for handling audits
  • Accelerated enforcement of federal contractors’ equal employment opportunity and affirmative action obligations by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
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Occupational Safety & Health Administration
Presenters: Curtis Thomas, Nathan Whatley

  • New OSHA forms
  • Site-specific targeting
  • I2P2 (Injury and Illness Prevention Program)
  • Recordkeeping updates
  • Crackdown on employer safety incentive programs
  • Whistleblower programs
  • Updates on warning sign requirements
  • Violation/inspection database
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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Presenters: Michael Lauderdale, Lauren Barghols Hanna

  • Eliminating systemic barriers in recruitment and hiring
  • Equal pay laws and the need for pay audits
  • Crackdown on harassment, the most frequent complaint in the workplace
  • Coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals under Title VII
  • Protecting immigrant, migrant and other vulnerable workers
    .

Misclassifying Independent Contractors
Presenters: Roberta Fields, Charlie Plumb

  • Why the costs of misclassifying employees is on the rise
  • The role of information-sharing in federal and state agency enforcement
  • Relief provisions
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Bill G. Freudenrich
Bill G. Freudenrich
Brandon P. Long
Brandon P. Long
John A. Papahronis
John A. Papahronis
Alison McCalla Patel
Alison McCalla Patel
James C. Prince
James C. Prince

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AFTERNOON SESSION
1:30pm – 3:45pm

Health Care Reform Update
Presenters: Bill Freudenrich, Brandon Long,
Jim Prince, Teah Corley (PremierSource)

  • Who is subject to the “pay or play” requirements?
  • Identifying your full-time employees
  • How to determine whether a plan is sufficient to avoid the “pay or play” penalties
  • What is the potentially huge reinsurance fee, how is it calculated, and how will employers pay it?
  • New HIPAA regs
  • DOL audits of medical and other welfare plans on the rise
  • Other new developments
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Correcting Retirement Plan Errors
Presenters: John Papahronis, Alison Patel

  • New retirement plan correction guidance, effective April 1, 2013
  • Common retirement plan errors, including examples
  • Conducting a self-audit to head off potential problems
  • New 403(b) correction guidance

  

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  


 
This program has been submitted for approval of 2.5 (General) recertification credit hours for the morning session and 2.0 (General) recertification credit hours for the afternoon session toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. Please note that to receive HRCI credit, you must have registered for the seminar prior to or at the event. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.
 
The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program.
It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.
 
 


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April 26, 2013, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM