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Employment Law Conference to Spotlight Top Employer Challenges in 2009

Old Saybrook, CT— September 8, 2008—Faced with new regulations, an uncertain economy, and a changing workforce, U.S. employers will be hard-pressed to protect themselves from financial loss -- and employee lawsuits -- in 2009.

Now more than ever, staying up to date on employment law and compliance changes is crucial. Attendees at the BLR “2008 National Employment Law Update,” a 2-day conference designed for HR professionals, employers, supervisors, business owners and attorneys, will learn how to protect themselves from lawsuits brought by angry former and current employees as well as receive updates on recent federal legislation, regulations, and court cases.

“What many employers don’t realize is that employee lawsuits actually increase dramatically during times of economic hardship,” says Margaret A. Carter-Ward, BLR Editor in Chief. “Disgruntled former employees are looking for extra money anyplace they think they can get it, and even good employees who need to be let go for legitimate financial reasons often suspect improper motives.”

In addition to helping employers navigate the ever changing field of HR laws and compliance, sessions will also cover the latest best practices on:

  • Electronic recordkeeping
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Bullying in the workplace
  • Employee retention
  • HR metrics
  • Employee leaves
  • Wage & hour

    The conference will take place at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on Oct. 16-17.

    The following 14 noted employment law experts will present on the topics listed below over the course of 2 days:

  • Legislative Update: The Federal Laws, Regulations, and Court Cases You Need to Know About presented by Stephen R. Woods, Esq., Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC
  • Electronic Recordkeeping: What to Keep, What to Toss, and How to Transition from Paper Files to E-Files presented by Jeanine Olivares Navarro, Esq., Morris Polich & Purdy, LLP
  • Workers’ Comp: How to Control Your Costs and Avoid Common Pitfalls presented by Michael Seale, Esq., McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC
  • Bullying in the Workplace: How to Break the Bullies Before They Destroy Morale and Your Bottom Line presented by Ilene W. Berman, Esq., Taylor, Busch, Slipakoff & Duma, LLP and Joseph English, Esq., Taylor, Busch, Slipakoff & Duma, LLP
  • Employee Retention: How to Keep the Keepers, Lose the Losers, and Maintain Optimal Turnover Levels presented by Mary Beth Hartleb, Esq., SPHR, PRISM Human Resource Consulting Services, LLC
  • HR Metrics: Measuring—and Maximizing—the ROI of Your Workforce; Why Your Strategic Role Is Critical presented by James Greene, Esq., Dykema Gossett, PLLC
  • Leaves: Managing the Interplay of ADA, FMLA, and Workers’ Comp; How to Properly Designate and Allocate Leaves presented by Stephanie John, Esq., McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC
  • Wage & Hour Law: New Developments That Change Your Obligations; Get Up To Speed Now presented by Phillip B. Russell, Esq., Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLC Attendees will also have the opportunity to attend up to two of four optional Preconference Workshops on Oct. 15:

  • Hiring and Interviewing Soup-to-Nuts: How To Attract and Select the Best Candidates, Effectively and Legally presented by Susan Desmond, Esq., Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis, PA
  • The Most Common Mistakes Your Supervisors Make—And How You Can Get Them to Stop presented by Jeffrey Wortman, Esq., Seyfarth Shaw, LLP and Gregg Fisch, Esq., Seyfarth Shaw, LLP
  • Nevada Law Update: Get Up to Speed on Recent Court Cases and New Laws presented by Patrick Hicks, Esq., Littler Mendelson, PC and Roger Grandgenett, Esq., PHR, Littler Mendelson, PC
  • Hospitality Focus: Industry-Specific Recommendations for Boosting Your Bottom Line and Reducing Litigation Risks presented by Louise Ann Fernandez, Esq., Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro, LLP and An Nguyen, Esq., Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro, LLP

    Attendees will be eligible for 18 hours of credit toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertifications. The program has also been approved for 15 hours of Nevada continuing legal education (CLE).

    For more information about this conference, or to register, visit

    BLR also announced a related conference specifically for employers in the state of Illinois. The “2008 Illinois Employment Law Update” conference will take place in Chicago from Oct. 1-3. For more information, visit

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