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13th Annual Employment Symposium

Happy Hollow Club

Please join us on Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 11:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the Annual Employment Law Symposium at Happy Hollow Club. Space is limited for this complimentary event, so register early.

RSVP to Jessica Kinnersley at 402.343.3837 or


11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration, Lunch Provided

12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Program

What’s New in the Crazy World of Employee Benefits?

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Adam L. Cockerill & Colleen E. Medill
This presentation will dive into the crazy and ever changing world of employee benefits laws stretching from updates under the Affordable Care Act to recent changes in 401(k) retirement plan rules.

@AllEmployers: Steps Every Employer Can Take to Avoid Being Tagged with a #MeToo Moment

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Julie A. Ward
Sexual harassment has dominated the headlines over the past year. As the list of prominent individuals accused of sexual harassment and assault continues to grow, workers across industries increasingly feel emboldened to come forward to describe misconduct in the workplace. In this presentation, Julie will discuss recent legislation in response to this trend and provide various workplace scenarios to help your company identify and avoid sexual harassment claims as well as foster an environment where harassment is unlikely to occur.

Temporary Workers: The Usual Suspects and Creative Options

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Ryan J. Sevcik & Stephanie A. Grattan
Employers often struggle with finding reliable workers during critical times. If this struggle starts limiting business growth, what are an employer’s options? Ryan and Stephanie will provide an overview of “traditional” sources of temporary workers as well as an overview of some more creative options for employer-sponsored H-2A or H-2B nonimmigrant visas.

D@%N the Torpedoes? SUB (Supplemental Unemployment Benefits) Plans as an Alternative to Traditional Severance

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Nicholas F. Lesiak
A Supplemental Unemployment Benefits Plan (“SUB Plan”) is a variation on a traditional offering of severance when an employee separates employment. Under a SUB Plan, employer-paid severance is offset by state unemployment benefits. Since the state and the employer are sharing the cost, SUB Plans can provide significant cost savings to employers. In this presentation Nick will walk through the legal and practical details of designing and implementing a SUB Plan.

Break 2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Wait, What? . . . Federal Agencies Reverse Course on Rules and Guidance Impacting Employers

2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Alyssa M. Stokes
The federal agencies often change course on the rules and guidance that impact employers. In this presentation, Aly will provide an overview of any recent rules or guidance issued by federal agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Department of Justice.

“How to Green Up your Lawn” Using Incentive Plans as Employee Retention Strategies

2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Richard D. Vroman
In this presentation, Rick will discuss the growing focus on employee retention in the current business environment, as well as how incentive bonus, severance, and nonqualified deferred compensation programs might be used as retention tools.

Wheel of Misfortune: Weird, Wild, and Worrisome Case Studies from the World of Employment Law

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Nathan T. Burkman and John C. Dunn
When it comes to issues involving Employment Law, truth is often stranger than fiction. In this game-show themed presentation, Nate and John will provide examples of various legal issues in workplace matters gone awry to help your company avoid becoming the next headline news story for all the wrong reasons.

Psst! Super Confused About Whether Your Business Should be Requiring Mandatory Arbitration and Class Action Waivers? This Discussion Will be Epic!

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Margaret C. Hershiser
Margaret will provide an easy to understand overview of the recent Epic v. Lewis decision regarding mandatory employment arbitration agreements and whether requiring employees to sign such an agreement is right for your business. Margaret will also touch on other recent legal updates of interest.

Continuing Education Credit Information:
Human Resources Certification Institute, 4.25 hours approved
Nebraska Board of Public Accountancy, 4.0 hours approved
Nebraska Mandatory Continuing Legal Education, 4.25 hours approved
Iowa Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education, 4.25 hours approved

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