Agenda

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
8:30 - 11:30 am

The I-9/E-Verify Summit — Employers are facing a skyrocketing increase in I-9 and worksite audits, plus confusion over the new “smart” I-9 Form and the constant flux of E-Verify regulations. This workshop will help you avoid violations, fines and even criminal prosecution. Speaker: immigration attorney John Fay, the executive vice president and general counsel of Law Logix. (registration required)

8:30 - 11:30 am

The Payroll Compliance Workshop — The payroll landscape is changing again – and smart moves in the coming months will help you avoid big trouble (and big fines) down the road. Find out what you must do (and NOT do) this year to stay in compliance with federal and state payroll laws – and what to expect in the future. Speaker: Alice Gilman, editor of Payroll Legal Alert. (registration required)

12:00 - 5:00 pm
Conference Registration
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Pre-Conference Workshops

Choose between these interesting sessions presented by accomplished, nationally recognized speakers:

WORKPLACE DETOX: STRATEGIES TO (LEGALLY) DEAL WITH MALCONTENTS AND TOXIC EMPLOYEES

Even ONE toxic employee can make the work environment challenging for everyone. You’ve got to maintain a great workplace for all, while respecting ALL workers’ rights – even troublemakers.  This session will discuss 10 simple strategies for managing the challenges and minimizing legal risk.

FMLA MASTER CLASS

You get the basics of the Family and Medical Leave Act.  Now go beyond the ABCs of the FMLA in this advanced class.  From managing leave requests to dealing with accommodation issues … mastering intermittent leave to knowing when you can say no … and more, you’ll gain a full understanding of FMLA’s past, present and future.

EMPLOYEE HANDBOOKS WORKSHOP

Your employee handbook can be a useful roadmap – or a ticking time bomb disgruntled workers (and savvy attorneys) can use against you in court.  Discover the mistakes found in 90% of handbooks … the implications of the NLRB’s Boeing decision … and more.

Thursday, April 4, 2019
6:30 - 7:30 am
Rise and Shine: Yoga and Wellness Talk (on the Paris Pool Deck)

Jump-start your day with a fun 30-minute yoga session, followed by a discussion about health and wellness at your company … and in your personal life. Feel better and start your day with some “Net-working Out.”

7:45 - 9:00 am
Registration and Networking Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10 am
Program Welcome and Opening Remarks – Joseph Beachboard, LEAP Moderator
9:10 - 10:00 am
Employment Law 2019: The Latest & Greatest Developments Impacting Employers

We kick off LEAP 2019 with a look at the most significant employment law news and trends of the past year. What are the most important U.S. Supreme Court cases for employers? Why do retaliation cases continue to soar? What are the latest issues involving employers and the LGBTQ community? During this “fastest 50 minutes in employment law,” you’ll discover key insights into the issues you need to be concerned about in the next 12 months.

10:00 - 10:45 am
Washington Watch

Congress remains gridlocked – but regulatory and enforcement news continues to occur at a breakneck pace.  Discover ICE’s plans for skyrocketing workplace investigations … NLRB actions on handbooks and social media that will impact non-union workplaces as never before … and other agency moves that may change the way you work – forever.

10:45 - 11:00 am
Room Change/Break
11:00 - 11:45 am
HR’s Role in Preparing for – and Responding to – a Crisis

More and more, companies are looking to HR when disaster strikes. Discover how to create a crisis plan, find out how to manage crisis communication (especially social media), and discuss how leading organizations like United Airlines and Starbucks have responded during and AFTER a crisis (some better than others).

11:45 - 12:15 pm
So What’s a “Reasonable” Accommodation?

The accommodations at the Paris Las Vegas are far more comfortable that the questions you face on accommodations for disability, pregnancy, and religion.  Your idea of a “reasonable” accommodation may vary from your employee’s – and regulators and the courts have their opinions as well

12:15 - 1:45 pm
Lunch & Special Presentation: Inside the Mind of a Plaintiff’s Attorney

Randy Freking has landed million-dollar judgments against numerous employers – people like YOU.  How does he do it?  Randy’s dynamic presentation reveals his techniques, as he shares the actions (and INACTIONS) that land companies in his crosshairs.  Discover how you can not only win an employee lawsuit, but avoid them entirely!

1:45 - 2:30 pm
Breakout Session #1

CHOOSE FROM:

  1. RECORDKEEPING AND RECORDS MANAGEMENT – WHAT TO KEEP, WHAT TO TOSS
    In employment litigation, the winning case is often the best-documented case. And almost every HR law carries stringent recordkeeping requirements – AND stiff penalties for noncompliance. Discover how to develop an effective records management strategy for your printed and electronic HR records, including documents management, retention/storage, and destruction/deletion.
  2. ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS – BENEFITS AND PITFALLS
    In the wake of the Supreme Court’s Epic Systems v. Lewis decision, companies are taking a good long look at arbitration agreements. This session will lay out the pros and cons of these agreements, so you can decide if they’re right for you.
  3. FEDERAL CONTRACTOR ISSUES
    Government contracts can be lucrative – but they also come with a unique set of rules and regulations.  From the latest developments on OFCCP, wage/hour, employee leave, and more, we’ll update you on the many HR challenges of doing business with the government
2:30 - 2:45 pm
Room Change/Break
2:45 - 3:30 pm
Breakout Session #2

CHOOSE FROM:

  1. EMPLOYEE LEAVE INTERACTIVE ROUNDTABLES
    Jump onto a 15-minute “speed session” on any of 4 different leave topics – then change to a second, and then a third, for an instant across-the board update on FMLA management. Get expert advice, and share your experiences with your colleagues.
  2. PRIVACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE: HR’S ROLE
    Your employees demand security AND privacy, and it can be a challenge – yours – to provide both. From protection of personal data to dealing with security breaches to the impact of social media, you’ve got to balance your responsibilities to your employees (and the C-suite )
  3. PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYERS: UNIQUE ISSUES AND RISKS FOR 2019
    Public sector employers operate far differently than their private sector colleagues – and so do the employment laws governing them. Discover how to manage unique issues like free speech, minimum wage, and more. We’ll also review recent developments in public sector employment law litigation.
3:30 - 3:45 pm
Room Change/Break
3:45 - 4:30 pm
Anxiety, Stress and Mental Health: When Care Meets Compliance

As a caring person, you want to help stressed-out, anxious employees.  As an HR pro, you need to be aware of issues like accommodation, liability, and privacy.  We’ll discuss how anxiety impacts employees AND their colleagues, review available resources to help, and identify potential legal implications.

4:30 - 5:00 pm
The Most Bizarre Employment Law Cases Of 2018

Lawsuits are serious business – but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few laughs to be had.  This traditional LEAP closing session will provide plenty of them!  Our review of the year’s weirdest HR legal cases will get you laughing – and thinking – because each hilarious case carries a practical tip for employers as well.

5:00 - 5:15 pm
Closing & First Prize Drawing
5:15 - 6:15 pm
Hosted Reception

Join the speakers and your colleagues from around the country for a beverage and networking as you enjoy the Paris’s legendary hospitality.  This also provides an excellent opportunity to discuss the day’s topics – or your betting strategies in the casino.

Friday, April 5, 2019
6:30 - 7:15 am
Group Walk & Stretch/Yoga

Meet at the Paris Fitness Center and start Day 2 with a group walk and light stretching/ yoga session led by an expert personal trainer.

7:30 - 8:55 am
Continental Breakfast And Interactive HR Roundtable Discussions

Learn from the pros – AND your peers! Choose from 10 tables— each on a different topic that you can discuss with our legal expert. After 20 minutes you can switch to a second table, and then a third. Topics will include:

  • Wage & Hour Issues
  • Handbooks & Policies
  • Harassment/Problem Employees
  • Recordkeeping/ Documents
  • Employee Engagement
  • OSHA/Safety Issues
  • HR Investigations
  • Pay Equity
  • Personal and Employee Wellness
  • California Employment Law
8:55 - 9:00 am
Day Two Opening
9:00 - 10:00 am
#MeToo 2.0: The Second Wave of Sexual Harassment

From investigation to training to communication and beyond, sexual harassment continues to dominate the HR landscape.  And it’s up to you to protect both your organization AND your employees.  We’ll review the latest developments on this fast-changing topic, while training legend Dr. Dennis Davis reveals the changes savvy HR professionals are making to their policies, procedures and culture.

10:00 - 10:30 am
The Psychology of an Employment Lawsuit

No one wants a lawsuit – but if you are sued, you want to win.  Legendary trial consultant Dr. Dan Gallipeau shares his expertise on how jurors think during employment litigation. This program will focus on how the #MeToo movement has altered juror attitudes on issues such as the scope of harassment in the workplace, expectations about corporate America, what constitutes “notice” and appropriate punishment. It will examine differences in jurors’ attitudes based on gender and age.

10:30 - 10:45 am
Refreshment Break
10:45 - 11:15 am
Return to Work

When an employee’s leave ends, many questions and challenges still remain. Learn the best-practice strategies for assessing potential leave and reinstatement obligations, identifying ADA reasonable accommodations, considering reassignment requests, conducting return-to-work medical assessments, evaluating benefits reinstatement, and designing effective return-to-work policies.

11:15 - 12:00 pm
Wage & Hour Update 2019

Employee misclassification accusations …  Overtime disputes … Pay Equity controversies.   Perhaps no other area of HR creates more confusion, and greater financial peril, than wage-and-hour issues,  That’s why LEAP’s Wage & Hour Update 2019 may well be the most important session you attend,  We’ll conduct an in-depth review of the legal environment and best practices, helping you keep in compliance – and out of trouble.

12:00 - 1:00 pm
Learn From The Lawyers Luncheon

One of the legal experts from the LEAP program will be assigned to each table to answer your individual and group questions while you dine.  This presents a great opportunity to get answers on your tough employment law problems, and discover the successes – and mistakes – of your colleagues from around the country.

1:00 - 1:30 pm
In Case You Missed It: Key Takeaways From LEAP 2019

This “lightning-round” closing event has quickly become a LEAP favorite.  Speakers from all 3 days of LEAP get 60 seconds each to describe the benefits of their pre-conference and general sessions – and to “tease” their FREE post- conference workshops.  This  session is specifically designed help you create an Action Plan to turn three days of insights from your LEAP faculty into a comprehensive HR management and legal strategy.

1:30 - 2:00 pm
Special Presentation – The Roundtable Players

If you think lawyers can’t be funny – think again.  The Roundtable Players are famous for their humorous approach to concluding the LEAP seminar.  Not only will you be entertained with their wit and comedy routine, the session serves as a review of the highlights of the program.  Past spoofs on hot television programs have included “HR Family Feud,” “Minute to Win It – Employment Law Style,” “The Biggest HR Loser,” “The Employment Law Apprentice,” “Deal Or No Deal – An Employer’s Dilemma,” “American Employment Law Idol,” and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (Just Sue Your Boss).”  You won’t want to miss what they come up with this year!

2:00 - 2:10 pm
Grand Prize Drawing & Program Closing
2:10 - 2:15 pm
Room Change/Break
2:15 - 4:00 pm
Post-Conference Workshops

Stay with us after the general sessions conclude to participate in one of the following special focused programs presented by accomplished, nationally recognized speakers:

  • THE HIRING WORKSHOP
    It used to be so easy – run an ad, do an interview, hire the one you liked best. Now each step is a potential legal disaster. This timely workshop will help you reclaim your rights as an employer – showing you the steps to take to hire free from fear. This hands-on session covers everything from writing the employment ad to interviewing – outlining best practices (and potential pitfalls) each step of the way.
  • PREPARING FOR DEPOSITIONS
    Depositions can be scary – even for top execu¬tives. This dynamic workshop will cover deposition dos and don’ts … questions you should ask your attorney … and more. We’ll combine battle-tested advice with interactive role-playing to help HR pros prepare themselves (and the C-Suite) to stay composed when you’re deposed.
  • CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT LAW: LITIGATION, HERE WE COME
    This session will summarize the latest laws, litigation and liabilities in the state that generally leads the nation in new workplace protections. This program will be useful for those who manage employees in the Golden State and others interested in tracking the latest trends (given that developments occurring in California tend to spread east). Those who just want to feel better about the legal environment in their home state also will enjoy this presentation!
  • NEVADA EMPLOYMENT LAW ROUNDTABLE
    If your organization does business in Nevada, here’s a one-of-a-kind chance to get all of your state-specific questions answered by a top-tier Nevada employment lawyer. This informal, no-holds-barred Q&A session will allow you to make sure your organization is in compliance on all state laws and regulations. You’ll also hear the challenges your fellow Silver State employers are facing – AND their solutions.

Speakers and topics subject to change.

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