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2015 Health, Labor and Employment Law Institute: Session 1
  • IN0216D1

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The 2015 Health, Labor, and Employment Law Institute offered more breakout sessions on the latest developments in health, labor, and employment law than ever before. In session 1, you’ll explore three key issues facing employers: immigration law, employee background checks, and wage and hour audits.

Immigration Update - How Will Recent Immigration Law Changes Impact Employers and What You Need to Know

The recent Executive Actions taken by the Obama administration regarding immigration policies and enforcement will affect millions of undocumented workers, possibly allowing them to stay - and work - in the U.S. These policy changes could have a profound impact on employers as affected employees seek assistance in fixing their status.

  • Learn how you can help your employer clients protect themselves during these changes
  • Examine the likelihood of additional immigration reforms
  • Review the latest trends in immigration enforcement

Carrie Ziegler Thomas, Grzeca Law Group, S.C., Milwaukee

Employee Background Checks: Emerging Issues and Recommended Best Practices

While background checks assist employers in identifying strong candidates, they also expose employers to potential legal liability. Understand the complicated maze of local, state, and federal laws that employers must navigate to avoid trouble.

  • Learn the common mistakes made when conducting background checks in Wisconsin
  • Delve into the substance of local, state, and federal laws that employers must comply with when conducting employee background checks

Colin B. Good, Hawks Quindel S.C., Madison; Robert K. Sholl, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., Milwaukee

Conducting Wage and Hour Audits – Identifying Policies and Practices that Give Rise to Litigation

In 2014, more than 8,000 federal court lawsuits were filed asserting claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In addition to these private enforcement actions, the United States Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division recovered approximately $250 million in unpaid overtime and minimum wages. A panel of lawyers from private practice and the DWD will help you understand how to conduct a compliance review of wage and hour policies and practices. Explore topics like:

  • What policies and practices do employment lawyers review when assessing whether to bring a wage and hour claim?
  • What can employers do to minimize the risk of litigation in this area? What do plaintiff's attorneys look for when analyzing willful violations?
  • What constitutes good faith under the FLSA?
  • What are the latest enforcement trends at the Department of Workforce Development?

James J. Chiolino, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development - Equal Rights Division, Madison; Keith E. Kopplin, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., Milwaukee; Summer H. Murshid, Hawks Quindel, S.C., Milwaukee

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