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March 6, 2020
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Time Details:
Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. -- "Ask the Attorney" reception will immediately follow
Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
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2020 Employment Law Seminar

Friday, March 6, 2020

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Register online today!

2020 Public Sector

Conducted by:  Clark Baird Smith LLP

Featuring Popular Favorites:

If You Were the Arbitrator, How Would You Rule?  Sharpen your skills in this interactive session, where you are given the facts relating to contract interpretation and disciplinary grievances, hear oral arguments from CBS LLP attorneys, and decide how you would rule.  Joining us is prominent Arbitrator and Chicago-Kent Law Professor Martin Malin, who will tell us how he would rule … and why.  

Collective Bargaining Trends and Issues – Bob Smith’s Annual review of recent Illinois and National public sector collective bargaining trends and issues.

Fastest 30 Minutes -- CBS LLP attorneys will present two-minute updates on a number of current labor relations and employment law issues.

And … your choice of two breakout sessions:  Each registrant plans a unique curriculum by selecting two unique breakout sessions.  Topic choices this year:
  • I Fought the Law and the Law Won:  Interest Arbitration Update -- Interest arbitration results are one of the key predictors of possible contract settlements, even if your bargaining unit does not include police officers or firefighters.  With an uncertain economy, a new governor, and plenty of labor and employment legislation, 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 Martin Malin will join the panel during the morning session as they review recent arbitration trends and respond to questions from the floor.
  • Help Me if You Can, I'm Feeling Down:  Accommodation Issues for 2020 and Beyond -- In 2020, Illinois public employers continue to face a host of novel legal issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act ("AA") and other recently enacted sick leave laws.  In many respects, standard EEOC guidelines do not address the various quandaries posed by unique Illinois issues like medicinal marijuana and the impact of PEDA benefits and line-of-duty pensions on a public safety employee's continued employment.  Add to these the continued aftershocks from the Seventh Circuit's Severson v. Heartland Express decision, as well as the looming prospects for statutory paid sick leave under the Healthy Workplace Act, and Illinois public employers truly need a bit more "Help!" when it comes to complex ADA and sick leave issues.
  • Money (That's What I Want):  Defending Disability Pensions and PSEBA Claims -- PSEBA claims remain one of the biggest potential liabilities for public employers.  Public employers can be left paying health insurance benefits for former employees, and their families, for decades without receiving any work from those employees.  While employers are becoming more savvy about defending these claims, employees are also becoming more sophisticated in their efforts to silence employer efforts to control runaway insurance expenses.  Taking precautions from Day 1 of an on-the-job injury is more important than ever before.  Attend this session to learn about recent employer experiences to help defend your jurisdiction against potential million dollar claims.
  • At Folsom Prison:  Employee Misconduct Issues Unique to the Public Sector -- Don't find yourself in arbitration lock-up!  When an employee behaves badly, learn what it takes to "walk the line" and conduct a thorough employment investigation and assessment that respects employees' statutory and constitutional rights; issue discipline that will withstand scrutiny under a "cause" or "just cause" requirement; and defend your decision in arbitration and in court.
  • "Money":  Impact of New FLSA Regulations on the Public Sector Workforce -- 2019 saw a surge of new regulations, updating overtime rules that had been in place for more than five decades.  The last time the FLSA regulations were updated, it resulted in a wave of litigation.  As Pink Floyd wrote in their famous song, plaintiff's attorneys looked to "grab that cash with both hands."  Attend this session to learn critical information about how the new regulations impact wage and overtime calculations, and help your jurisdiction stay out of court.  Or, in the words of Pink Floyd, "keep your hands off of my stack."
  • Know When to Hold 'Em and When to Fold 'Em:  Bargaining Under a Microscope -- Prepare to make the best bargaining "plays" at the table:  (1) when preparing to "play the hand"; (2) during bargaining "crunch time" generally; and (3) when asserting potential management defenses to recent "union access" requirements and other changes caused by the recent union-friendly amendments to Illinois state laws.  After all ... "If you're gonna play the game ... learn to play it right." 
But wait, there’s more!  Ask the Attorney Reception
Be sure to stay for an Ask the Attorney Reception – an opportunity to follow-up with questions and network with colleagues.

Approval Being Sought for CLE credit (for attorneys), as well as HRCI and SHRM recertification credits