From advertising an available position and conducting the initial interview to discipline and separation from employment, employers must comply with a long list of obligations pertaining to their employees. Because the laws governing employers’ responsibilities towards their employees throughout the employee lifecycle are constantly changing, attorneys must be up to date so they can assist their clients with compliance. Indeed, an employment practice that has been perfectly lawful for decades may quickly become a minefield of liability for the unsuspecting employer - think of credit checks, questions about an applicant’s current salary, and rules that provide three or fewer sick days per year. Even if employers have a handle on the laws pertaining to their employees in one office, laws often differ significantly from state to state, city to city, and even between counties and municipalities.
In order to ensure compliance, employers may wish to “take a step back” and perform an Human Resources Audit. This program, taught by Susan Gross Sholinsky, a Member of Epstein, Becker & Green’s Employment, Labor & Workplace Management Practice, will help attorneys understand how to walk their clients through this process.
The presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of how to conduct an HR Audit from the beginning of the employment relationship to the end. From reviewing interview scripts and employee handbooks, adhering to record-keeping requirements before and after termination, and the proper form of separation agreement, the course will help lawyers assist their HR and in-house counsel clients ensure compliance with the varying laws (and track changes thereto), throughout the employee lifecycle.
Advises employers in all facets of the employment relationship, from pre-employment considerations and hiring to terminations and post-employment restrictions
Develops and audits employers' policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local law and best practices
Counsels employers with respect to the avoidance of employment-related disputes, employee discipline, leaves of absence, accommodation requests, and termination of employment (including voluntary and involuntary reductions in force) Prepares employment, consulting, separation, and non-compete agreementsConducts workplace training seminars for employees, managers, and human resources personnel in a variety of industries
Performs company-wide audits pertaining to various wage and hour issues, such as appropriate classification of employees as "exempt" or "non-exempt" under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage-hour laws
Counsels multinational companies on the unique labor and employment law issues they face
Promotes compliance with EEO laws and other statutes governing the workplace
Represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, harassment, and employment contract cases
Ms. Sholinsky serves on the adjunct faculty of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, where she teaches courses concerning human resources and the law. She also frequently speaks at events and webinars on employment law topics and authors numerous publications on employment law issues. Ms. Sholinsky is a member of the firm's Finance, Diversity & Professional Development, and Labor & Employment Steering Committees. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the firm's Women's Initiative. Ms. Sholinsky is also comanager and lefty second baseman on the firm's softball team, the EBG Bees.
Excellent Presenter. Comprehensive, practical and well organized program. Thank you.
The presenter was very knowledgeable and effective. Program was comprehensive and interesting.
Good course for in house counsel
I am familiar with this area of law, but appreciated the update and good materials that were presented. Helpful session!
Very well done - a lot of material covered
Instructor's delivery was great and she covered the topic thoroughly.
Very informed, pleasant speaker...I enjoyed this talk.
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