Day One

8:00 a.m. | Registration and Continental Breakfast (provided)

8:30 a.m. | Welcome
Louisville location: Candra Bryant, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP, Chief Operating Officer, Hanna Resource Group
Lexington location: Lyle Hanna, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, President and CEO, Hanna Resource Group

8:30 a.m. | Legislative HR Update
Ashli Watts, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

The Kentucky Chamber represents businesses, small and large, every day at the Capitol. With nearly 100 bills filed and 200 passed during the 2019 General Assembly, it is often difficult to keep up with the many bills and how they could directly impact you. This session will let you know what passed, what didn’t and how it may affect your business’ bottom line.

8:45 a.m. | Update on Significant Legal Decisions (including EEOC)
Cynthia L. Effinger, Senior Lawyer, McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC

2018 has continued with the trends of the past years, and there are new regulations on the horizon that all employers should know.  We will explore these new cases and regulations and provide an update on how the courts are interpreting the laws. The 2018 decision and rule changes will be discussed in detail, proving and analysis of what employers can expect in the coming year.

10:30 a.m. | Miscellaneous HR Update
Raymond C. Haley III, Partner, Fisher Phillips

In the world of HR, the pace of change continues to accelerate while employers are called upon to respond to the ever-increasing web of legislative changes, regulatory challenges and management concerns. Navigating compliance and risk as well as the substance of these employment rules can be dizzying at times and requires employers to know what is happening right now, not last year.  In this seminar, attendees will gain critically important information and practical solutions to some of the most important issues employers in Kentucky currently face. Topics will feature a forward-looking perspective on employment challenges brought on by the latest development in Kentucky and federal law as well as the reestablishment of employment arbitration in Kentucky.

11:45 a.m. | Lunch (provided)

12:45 p.m. | Update on Workplace Harassment Policies
LaToi D. Mayo, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C.

Concerns about misconduct and harassment in the workplace have grown more acute following the recent wave of sexual harassment scandals. You don’t need to be in Hollywood or Washington, D.C. to feel the ripple effect from the upsurge of workplace sexual harassment claims. Now, more than ever, employers and HR professionals must be proactive in fostering a harassment-free workplace and be knowledgeable about what to do when harassment claims are made. This session will provide you a legal update on the current state of harassment laws and give you practical recommendations for managing and preventing harassment in an organization along with responding to #MeToo complaints with best practices surrounding confidentiality in investigations and settlements.

2:00 p.m. | Update on the Future of Health Care
Douglas L. McSwain, Partner and Sherry P. Porter, Partner, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is now 9 years old and has resulted in many changes to the US health care system.  In this session, you will get an update on the status of the ACA as well as an overview of where health care is headed and information on trends in the US health care system.

3:00 p.m. | Employee Benefits Update (ERISA, IRC and ACA)
Benjamin J. Evans, Partner, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
Matt Rueff, J.D., Vice President, Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC

Employers offering retirement and group health benefits to their employees face both challenges and opportunities given the current regulatory climate and continuing significant increases in health care costs. Recent cases introduced considerable uncertainty in certain key areas of employee benefits law. This session will review recent improvements in the Internal Revenue Service’s voluntary compliance programs.  This session will describe anticipated changes in the annual requirement to file Form 5500, Annual Report/Return for Employee Benefit Plan. This session will discuss recent enforcement trends concerning missing participants. Also, this session will consider the effects of litigation challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and invalidating the EEOC’s wellness program regulation.  Further trends in ERISA litigation will be noted. The session will conclude by examining various new strategies to reduce the cost of furnishing group health coverage to employees.

4:00 p.m. | Day One Wrap Up and Highlights
Louisville location: Candra Bryant, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP, Chief Operating Officer, Hanna Resource Group
Lexington location: Lyle Hanna, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, President and CEO, Hanna Resource Group

 

Day Two

8:00 a.m. | Registration and Continental Breakfast (provided)

8:30 a.m. | Welcome
Louisville location: Candra Bryant, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP, Chief Operating Officer, Hanna Resource Group
Lexington location: Lyle Hanna, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, President and CEO, Hanna Resource Group

8:35 a.m.  | Updates on FMLA, ADA and GINA
Mauritia G. Kamer, Member, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
Laura Mays, J.D., Of Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

We will examine the meaning of “qualified,” including the evidence that courts are using to determine what is an "essential function," the importance of up-to-date job descriptions, whether handling job stress, and getting along with co-workers are considered “essential”.  In addition, we will discuss developments on the definition of what is a “reasonable accommodation,” what sparks the interactive process, telecommuting requests, and providing an irritant-free workplace. FMLA update will include a review of recent decisions on the importance of clear and accurate communications and tips for managing intermittent leave abuse. This session will also include an update on GINA.

9:45 a.m. | Wage and Hour Update – Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
James D. Cockrum, Member, Frost Brown Todd LLC

Wage and hour rules continue to change. Some old rules are returning. Some are new.  Compliance with wage and hours laws continues to increase in importance and gets a little harder each year. This program will provide an update on the status of recent and proposed changes and other developments in wage and hour law. You’ll receive practical day-to-day advice for employers of all sizes and industries.

10:45 a.m. | Update on Workplace Violence Prevention: It’s Not Just About Shooters
George Adams, Partner, Fisher Phillips

Many employers have attended “active shooter” training, and some have even developed plans for such events. This is a good idea, but workplace shootings are rare; are you doing enough to address the most common types of workplace violence? This presentation covers a wide range of issues, including evaluating your workplace, protecting isolated workers or employees at customer sites, OSHA’s stance regarding workplace violence, dealing with guns in your parking lot, protecting “high value” employees, and identifying and handling angry employees and other violent situations.

11:45 a.m. | Lunch (provided)

12:45 p.m. | Conducting an In-house Investigation
Jay Inman, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C.

Conducting effective internal investigations of workplace misconduct requires the ability to gather facts in an efficient and fair manner, apply applicable legal principles, and articulate findings and conclusions thoughtfully. This presentation focuses on how to conduct a careful and fully defensible investigation, with examples and lessons learned from recent litigation where investigations made a difference – one way or the other – to help attendees understand best practices and how best to make a difference.

1:30 p.m. | Workers’ Comp Update: Your Problems Solved
David M. Black, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP

This topic will specifically address your workers’ compensation problems, including how to best handle claims from start to finish and how to deal with problem cases. This segment will be tailored to your specific needs because it is highly interactive. With over 20 years of workers’ compensation experience, this speaker has seen it all. A plan to handle your problem case(s)/issues will be addressed.

2:45 p.m. | Update on Unemployment Insurance
Steven Clark, Associate Attorney, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC
Amy Miles, Associate, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC

Unemployment benefits law continues to be an important area for employers to watch due to recent changes in Kentucky law. This update will bring you up to speed on legislation introduced in the General Assembly and recent court decisions that affect how employers should conduct themselves during unemployment hearings. Additionally, the update will provide answers to frequently asked questions and guidance on steps you can take to ensure your business the best chance for success in the event of an eligibility dispute.

3:45 p.m. | Day Two Wrap Up
Louisville location: Candra Bryant, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP, Chief Operating Officer, Hanna Resource Group
Lexington location: Lyle Hanna, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, President and CEO, Hanna Resource Group

4:00 p.m. | 30th Annual Kentucky Human Resources Update adjourns

 

 

 

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