2015 Employment Law Seminar

Posted on 01/23/2014

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

7:00 am-4:30pm

Hilton Hawaiian Village

Presented in partnership with Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington and Harris. Attendees will receive the newly revised 2015-2016 Chamber Desk manual with registration. This activity has been approved for re-certification credit hours toward California, GPHR, HRBP, HRMP, PHR and SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. 

Take advantage of special Early Bird pricing by July 24, 2015!

Early Bird Pricing (before July 24, 2015)

  • Chamber and SHRM Hawaii members: $425
  • Non-members: $485

Regular Pricing (after July 24, 2015)

  • Chamber and SHRM members: $465
  • Non-members: $525

Exhibit table (Chamber members only. Deadline is July 24, 2015)

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Registration deadline for early bird is July 24, 2015. Final registration deadline is Friday, July 31, 2015. Please note that registration is not confirmed until online payment is received.

Continental breakfast, refreshments and lunch is included in registration fee. $8 validated self-parking at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. All registrations will come with updated Employment Law Manual.

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  • 7:15 am 8:00 am: Registration, Continental Breakfast, Exhibits, Networking
  • 8:00 am – 8:15 am: Welcome, Introduction and Overview 
  • 8:15 am – 9:15 am: Avoiding Costly Discrimination Claims

Courts continue to refine the protections offered to employees based on their protected categories. Hear about the new Hawaii and Federal Court decisions placing additional burdens on employers, as well as receive practical guidance from case law for preventing and correcting discrimination and harassment in the workplace.
Jeffrey S. Harris, Joseph A. Ernst and Christine Belcaid

  • 9:15 am – 9:30 am: Break, Exhibits & Networking
  • 9:30 am – 10:30 am: Legal Issues Terminating “At-Will” Employees

Wrongful discharge, whistleblower and retaliation claims are only a few of the areas of liability even with “at-will” employee. Common law claims are also being raised more frequently to add exposure to your terminations. Develop an understanding of the traps for the unwary and how to avoid them. John L. Knorek, John S. Mackey, Kendra K. Kawai and Jennifer L. Gitter

  • 10:30 am – 10:45 am: Break, Exhibits & Networking
  • 10:45 am – 11:45 am: Avoiding Discovery Disasters: Preserving Key Evidence in Employment Claims

Learn the practical steps that employers should take to preserve documents and electronic data when facing potential litigation. Learn when and how to take the necessary steps to avoid sanctions. Brian W. Tilker, Austin F. McCullough and Adam D. Wentz

  • 11:45 am – 1:00 pm: Lunch and Networking

Keynote presenter to be announced.


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Breakout Session A

A1            Wage & Hourly Update: Wage Theft and AAP Changes

Learn what you need to do to comply with classification of employees and overtime obligations, the exemptions and traps for the unwary. Hear about the OFCCP’s new rules on VEVVRA and disability requirements for federal contractors.  John L. Knorek, Kendra K. Kawai and Christine Belcaid

A2              Immigration: Dream or Nightmare?

Hear about new topics confronting employers in immigration employment authorization documentation. Learn practical steps for helping your company avoid liability and handle federal ICE audits. Newton J. Chu and Vaughn G.T. Cook

A3             Terminations: Practical Tips & Settlement Agreements

Negotiation of severance packages and settlements. Jeffrey S. Harris, Joseph A. Ernst and John S. Mackey

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm: Break, Exhibits & Networking

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm: Breakout Session B

B1            Employee Leaves of Absences Under FMLA & Disability    

This fun skill-building workshop session is designed to help you spot issues and respond to employee requests for accommodation. John L. Knorek, Austin F. McCullough and Nathalie Pettit

B2            Lessons Learned from the Courts Since 2014

Hear about court decisions addressing labor and employment law obligations under various laws and other timely employment-related litigation. Learn best practices for avoiding these costly claims. Jeffrey S. Harris

B3            What You Need to Know About Internal Investigations

Companies can save time and money by conducting internal investigations that are prompt, appropriate and effective. Learn best practices using a hypothetical fact pattern and what not to do through a discussion of recent case law. John S. Mackey, Joseph A. Ernst and Lincoln S. Ashida

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm: Break, Exhibits & Networking

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Breakout Session C

C1             The ACA and Obamacare: What Employers Need to Know

Applicable large employers will be required to begin reporting
participation in their group health plans in 2016. Learn how to determine whether the reporting requirements apply to you, and, if so, what to file and when.
Laura D. Anderson, Vaughn G.T. Cook and Jennifer L.Z. Ontai

C2              Ambush Elections and NLRB Guidance

The NLRB has been very busy in the past year, especially focusing on the union election process and work rules. The NLRB’s new “ambush election” rule, which became effective April 14, 2015, is expected to help union organizers win more certification elections. The Board has also issued a plethora of decisions concerning work rules. Learn about all of thesignificant changes and how they will impact your workplace. Jeffery S. Harris and Christine Belcaid

C3 Employee Leaves of Absences Under FMLA & Disability (same as B1)

This fun skill-building workshop session designed to help you spot issues and respond to employee requests for accommodation. John L. Knorek, Austin F. McCullough and Nathalie Pettit

4:30 – 5:30 Reception, Exhibits & Networking