Legal Issues in the Workplace (CO353)
Managers and HR practitioners are frequently exposed to employee issues that may have legal implications for their organizations. This interactive workshop focuses on the legal issues associated with day-to-day employment-related decisions and actions, with an emphasis on how they can be handled in a legally sound manner.
Using case studies, practical examples, and discussion, this workshop enables you to understand an overview of the employment laws. Relevant laws and their application are presented in the context of problems that most typically arise.
- Understanding the legal framework
- Making nondiscriminatory employment decisions
- Compliance with wage-and-hour laws
- Safety and health rights and responsibilities
- Required versus discretionary leaves of absence
- Managing employees covered by labor agreements
- Individual rights and wrongful discharge
- Preventive employment practices
- Interviewing and making selection decisions
- Managing performance: feedback, appraisal, and discipline
- Downsizing or terminating employees
- Special legal situations
- Sexual and other types of harassment
- Medical and religious accommodations
- Understanding and avoiding retaliation
- Privacy, drug, and alcohol issues
Who Will Benefit
Managers and HR practitioners who wish to receive an overview of Employment Laws; typical attendees are fairly new managers or to the field of human resources.
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Instructors for Apr 27, 2017
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Michele Selma Kayne, Esq.
Michele Selma Kayne, Esq., Managing Member, Kayne Legal Consulting, PLLC specializes in global employment law and litigation, employee relations, investigations and training. Ms. Kayne counsels, advises, trains and manages all aspects of employment law and workplace issues. She also has significant experience in non-compete matters, wage & hour matters, discrimination matters, workplace disputes, investigations, global privacy matters, class and collective action litigation as well as arbitration and mediation. Formally, she was in-house counsel and eDiscovery counsel to MetLife, and employment counsel to Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, and Seward & Kissel LLP. Ms. Kayne also is principal of Simply Selma, LLC, a health coach business focused on assisting busy professionals and attorneys reach their health and wellness goals by making small lifetime adjustments to their nutrition and lifestyle.
Instructors for Nov 16, 2017
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Susan W. Brecher, Esq.
Susan W. Brecher, Esq., Director of Employee Relations, Legal, EEO and Diversity Programs in Human Capital Development at Cornell University, ILR. She currently manages learning services in Legal, Employee Relations, and EEO, including developing, designing and facilitating programs. In addition, Ms. Brecher partners with private, public, and non-profit organizations on customized training programs. During her tenure at Cornell, Ms. Brecher served as a Director of Statewide Management Programs as well as oversight of all aspects of the EEO, Labor Relations, Human Resources, Management Development and Online Learning programs. Ms. Brecher teaches in a graduate level Human Resources Program and advises, consults, coaches, handles all aspects of employment law, employee relations, internal investigations, dispute resolution issues and mediates, facilitates and conducts fact-findings. She worked at the law firm Skadden, Arps, ABC and NBC and holds a B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Union College and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University, where she was on the Law Review.
Tracey I. Levy, Esq.
Tracey I. Levy is the founder of Levy Employment Law, LLC. Offering clients the benefit of experienced employment law advice, combined with sophisticated human resources strategy and solutions, Tracey guides managers and in-house counsel through the full employee life- cycle, providing practical advice on workplace-related issues.
Immediately prior to forming Levy Employment Law, LLC, Tracey was an Employee Relations Specialist with UBS AG, with over 20,000 employees in the US. At UBS, Tracey was responsible for ensuring fairness and consistency in its approach to managing employees. Serving as the Americas HR policy lead, Tracey advised on policy interpretation and employment law obligations, led strategic planning and rollout of new HR policies and processes, and developed and delivered training to achieve adoption.
At UBS, Tracey regularly led workplace investigations in response to employee concerns and recommended solutions. Daily, she counseled HR and line managers regarding performance management, leave administration, workplace accommodations, and workplace disputes. Tracey also advised on individual selections and implementation of reductions-in-force and outsourcing/offshoring. Tracey created and led in-person and virtual classroom training for managers, employees and HR professionals on matters related to appropriate workplace conduct, compliance with US employment laws and effective performance management.
Complimenting her years of hands-on HR experience, Tracey is an experienced employment lawyer, having worked more than eleven years as an attorney in the Labor and Employment Law Department of Proskauer Rose LLP, one of the nation’s leading labor and employment law firms. During her tenure at Proskauer, Tracey defended employers in court and before administrative agencies regarding claims of unlawful harassment, discrimination and retaliation, wage and hour violations, breach of contract and tort. Tracey’s clients ranged from multi- national corporations to small private businesses, in various industries, including retail, academia, shipping, financial services, consulting, not-for-profits, health care, technology, and hospitality.
At Proskauer, Tracey also served as the department lead on HR policies and employee/manager training program development. She regularly counseled clients on various employment law matters such as policy and manual development, performance management, workplace investigations, contracts and reductions-in-force. Tracey also created, enhanced and led training programs for preventing harassment and discrimination, and developed content for on- line training programs offered by WeComply.
Tracey began her legal career as a senior court attorney with the New York State Court of Appeals where she reviewed motions for leave to appeal and sua sponte inquiries that covered the full scope of New York civil litigation. Tracey is a graduate of Yale Law School’s LLM program, where she focused her studies on employment and labor law. Tracey earned her JD summa cum laude from Albany Law School of Union University and a BA in Political Science magna cum laude from Union College.
Tracey is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut. She is a member of the New York City Bar Association and the American Bar Association.