2017 Employment Law Seminar

Location: Embassy Suites Des Moines Downtown, 101 E Locust Street, Des Moines (NOTE NEW LOCATION)




Thursday, November 2, 2017


Registration: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Seminar: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (lunch provided - 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

Embassy Suites Des Moines Downtown
101 E. Locust Street, Des Moines


8:30 a.m. - 9:000 a.m.


9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

  • 2017 Legislative Update / Presenters: Marc T. Beltrame and Matt McKinney
    • Overview of legislative reform in the areas of labor and employment law during the 2017 session of the Iowa General Assembly.
    • Learning Objectives:
      • Familiarizing audience with new laws which passed during the 2017 session of the Iowa General Assembly.
      • Providing audience with overview of new laws which are likely to be considered during the 2018 session of the Iowa General Assembly.
      • Describing the role of legislative counsel in monitoring and influencing both the making of law and development of administrative rulemaking.

9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

  • Workers Compensation: Practical Considerations Relating to the New Statutes / Presenter: Ben R. Merrill
    • Learning Objectives:
      • Analyzing workers compensation statute.
      • Forecasting potential pitfalls for employers.

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. 

  • The Affordable Care Act: What's an Employer to Do? / Presenters: Alice E. Helle and Cynthia B. Lande
    • This presentation will provide an update on the status of the Affordable Care Act and subsequent legislation as of the date of the seminar. It will also give employers recommendations on next steps for planning and compliance.
    • Learning Objectives:
      • Provide an update on the status of the Affordable Care Act and subsequent legislation.
      • Discuss recent IRS enforcement efforts.
      • Highlight recommendations for next steps on planning and compliance.

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. / BREAK

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

  • Form I-9 to H-1B - The Alphabet Soup of Employment-Based Immigration / Presenter: Corrin N. Hatala
    • An overview of common employment-based immigration options and issues, as well as a general compliance primer.
    • Learning Objectives:
      • Understand the basics of I-9 compliance and e-Verify.
      • Learn about the various employment-based immigration options.
      • Recognize common immigration issues, such as those associated with the employment of international students.

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

  • Recent Developments/Trends in Wage and Hour / Presenter: Megan E. Moritz
    • Discussion of recent developments and trends in federal wage and hour law.
    • Learning Objectives:
      • Review recent action by and updates out of the Department of Labor.
      • Discuss some trending compliance issues with respect to the Fair Labor Standards Act.
      • Discuss select legal developments in the context of wage and hour law, and related best practice considerations.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. / LUNCH

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

  • The Impacts of Behavioral Health in the Workplace / Presenter: Tammy Hoyman, Chief Executive Officer, Employee & Family Resources
    • Violence in the workplace - common trends and red flags
    • Substance abuse and the effects on the workplace
    • EAP referral services

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

  • Case Law Update / Presenter: Amanda G. Jansen
    • An update on case law from 2016 and 2017.
    • Learning Objectives:
      • Stay current on Iowa case law related to employment law.
      • Stay current on federal case law related to employment law.
      • Learn how to apply principles from case law in the workplace.

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. / BREAK

2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

  • Mental Health in the Workplace: How to Get a Grip / Presenters: Ann Holden Kendell and Elizabeth A. Coonan
    • Learning Objectives:
      • Analysis of current law pertaining to mental health in the workplace.
      • Discussion of practical solutions for managing struggling employees.

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. / QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION

4.25 Hours of CLE credit (State and Federal) / WILL BE APPLIED FOR
HR Certification / WILL BE APPLIED FOR
Valid for PDCs for SHRM-CPSM and SHRM-SCPSM