March 1, 2019
Registration begins at 7:45 a.m.
Ask the Attorney Reception begins at 4:30 p.m.
Drury Lane Theater & Conference Center
100 Drury Lane
Oak Brook Terrace, IL 60181
Members - $195
Organizational Associates of Members - $195
Non-Members - $225
Welcome to IPELRA's 2019 Employment Law Seminar Page
2019 Public Sector Employment Law Seminar #ILELS19
Friday, March 1, 2019
Online Registration Open!
To Get All The Information ... Click Here for the full brochure with topic descriptions, registration information and the Registration Form and Invoice
Online Registration Open! Click Here to go to online registration. You will be taken to the National PELRA website. See below for additional instructions navigating the new National PELRA website. Members -- Log In with your National PELRA user id and password (Organizational Associates must be registered by Members in order to receive the rate). Non-Members -- Create a new payment account. Pay via credit card or check.
Class Preference Survey: Those registering online will receive a follow-up email containing a survey to be completed in order to indicate preference for breakout sessions. It is very important that the survey be completed ASAP in order to assign registrants to breakout sessions. Some of the classes will sell out -- and classes are assigned first come, first served.
Not Registering Online? Simply fill out the Registration Form and Invoice and return to the IPELRA Secretariat as instructed on the form.
WHAT'S IN STORE FOR THE 2019 EMPLOYMENT LAW SEMINAR?
Three Plenary Sessions:
If You Were the Arbitrator, How Would You Rule? Sharpen your skills in this interactive session, in which you will be given the facts relating to contract interpretation and disciplinary grievances, hear oral arguments from CBS attorneys, and then be asked how you would rule and why. Each case will be followed by insights and analysis from noted Illinois arbitrator Michelle Camden, Esq.
Fastest 40 Minutes – Back by popular demand. CBS LLP attorneys will present two-minute updates on a number of current labor relations and employment law issues.
Collective Bargaining Trends and Issues – Bob Smith will review recent Illinois and National public sector collective bargaining trends and issues (including a post-Janus update).
And, your choice of two breakout sessions:
• Interest Arbitration Update: What Matters Most to Interest Arbitrators These Days? –Interest arbitration results are one of the key predictors of possible contract settlements, even if your bargaining unit does not include police officers or fire fighters. With an uncertain economy and a new governor, keeping an eye on bargaining and interest arbitration trends is more important than ever before. How are arbitrators deciding disputes over wages, insurance, and other key bargaining issues? What factors most influence their decision making? Arbitrator Michelle Camden will join the panel for both the morning and afternoon sessions as they review recent arbitration trends and respond to questions from the floor.
• The Language of Collective Bargaining: How One or Two Word Changes Can Change Everything – Words matter. Indeed, in collective bargaining, the specific verbiage you include in your contract may really, really matter if you find yourself before a grievance arbitrator. For a layoff, does our contract require you to follow seniority and lay off the most junior affected employee? Or, does seniority control only where skill and ability “are equal” or “relatively equal”? Can you unilaterally change certain insurance benefit levels if the new coverage is “similar,” or “substantially similar” to the old coverage? Does it really matter? This session is designed for the more experienced bargainer and will address the importance of selecting the right word or words for your collective bargaining contract.
• Labor Hurdles to Controlling Pension and Other Legacy Costs in the Protective Services – Public employers face a major dilemma: public safety is one of the core functions of local government, but public safety legacy costs are spiraling out of control as a result of unfunded mandates at the State level. The likelihood of help from Springfield is uncertain at best. This session will review contract language and benefits that impact your retirement benefit costs, and explore whether an employer can reduce its pension obligations by the creative exercise of its appropriations powers. We will review other creative options, including consolidation, outsourcing, and privatization of services. One long-time labor leader has said that municipalities will soon have no choice but to consider the “B word” -- Bankruptcy. We will discuss why bankruptcy might be a solution for some struggling communities, and the legal hurdles that must be overcome to pursue that option.
• Managing Leaves of Absence – Illinois’ new military leave law, the Illinois Service Member Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (ISERRA), contains several important legal changes applicable to public employers. These changes must be understood and wholly respected in order to properly treat those in military service or who have just left that service. In addition to military leave, the session will also explore applicable legal requirements that come into play when an employee suffers an injury, be it work related or otherwise. The legal obligations facing an employer can be confusing and sometimes in conflict. The program will explore an employer’s legal options when an employee reports an injury and requests sick leave, family medical leave, or some other form of contractual of statutory leave time off from work.
• Emerging Rules & Regulations Governing Guns, Marijuana, and Workplace Violence – Year after year, Illinois seems to be implementing new laws and regulations related to concealed carry, legalizing drugs and workplace safety. How does a public sector employer balance these new trends against its need to maintain a safe workplace and minimize liability? What can an employer do to lessen the adverse impact at the workplace in the face of changing societal rules and regulations? This breakout session will discuss recent legislative changes, including new legal developments that we anticipate during the start of the Pritzker Administration (e.g. the potential legalization of recreational marijuana). Then, we will discuss best practices and policies, how to respond and react to related workplace issues, on and off-duty misconduct, and whether such issues might touch upon anti-discrimination and disability laws.
• Conducting Workplace Investigations in an Era of Increased Public Scrutiny – Workplace investigations have always been tough … they have become so much more difficult with increased public scrutiny from an invigorated press and the #metoo movement. How does public scrutiny change the manner in which you conduct an investigation?
Approval is being sought for 6 hours of: CLE credit for attorneys,
as well as HRCI and SHRM recertification credits
SPACE IS LIMITED – THIS PROGRAM GENERALLY SELLS OUT – REGISTER EARLY
NEW WEBSITE and INSTRUCTIONS:
The National PELRA has spent the last year and a half designing a new website, making it more user-friendly and easier to navigate. We highly encourage you to visit the site at www.npelra.org and share with the National Office, your thoughts and comments. We will be continually adding more information to the website and are interested in our member’s input.
When logging into the website for the first time, you will need to create a new password. Please follow the following steps. (Note: You must be on Google Chrome.)
- Go to the “Sign In” button at the top of the page.
- Type in your five-digit username/member I.D. number and hit “I Forgot my Login.” (Note: If you have forgotten your username/member I.D. click on "Forgot Username" and your username will be sent to your email.)
- You will be directed to another page to enter your username/member I.D., then hit “Reset Password.”
- An email will be sent to you with a temporary password (check your spam/junk folder if it does not come to your inbox).
- Sign back in using the temporary password and it will take you to your Profile Page.
- At the top of the Profile Page put the temporary password in the “current password” field.
- Complete the fields on the profile page and at the bottom of the page you create your new password.
Note: Birth date and Password will be required for security measures. This information is embedded into your account and cannot be viewed by National PELRA.
If you have any issues with the National PELRA website or any online registration, please call National PELRA at 858-299-3150.