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20th Annual Labor and Employment Law Forum Topics Announced!

The 20th Annual Beckman Lawson Labor and Employment Law Forum is quickly approaching! This year’s Forum is scheduled for October 10th at the Grand Wayne Center. 

Our topics will include:

Happy Birthday, ADEA!  - 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.  We’ll mark the occasion by highlighting how the ADEA is different from all other employment discrimination laws.  These differences are not only interesting from a historical and legal perspective, but they also affect important employment decisions and employer’s liability.  This section will cover ADEA considerations in discharge, reductions in force, severance agreements, harassment, reverse discrimination, and the EEOC process.

Arbitration Agreements – A better way to resolve employee disputes?  Have you heard about arbitration agreements?  Arbitration agreements are agreements with employees that require  employment-related disputes to be referred to a neutral arbitrator to resolve, rather that heading to court.  Arbitration can be cheaper, more convenient, and may improve outcomes.  These provisions come in many shapes and sizes.  Are they enforceable? Does your company have the level of risk management necessary to benefit from arbitration?  We will review legal trends as it relates to the use of arbitration provisions and discuss best practices for their use. 

Employees Working from Home – Convenience or a Legal Nightmare?  The advance of technology has made many jobs more easily performed remotely.  This has resulted in more employees working from home and more employees asking for permission to do so.  Is it a good idea?  In this session, we will explore the legal issues employers face when considering this option.  From time worked to customer confidentiality, employers better have a plan.   

Speed Session #1:  Benefits Hot Topics - This session will present a brisk tour of key current issues in employee benefits that have a direct impact on employers.  You’ll hear about challenges and opportunities related to the future of the Affordable Care Act, what the postponement of the Fiduciary Rule means to you, emerging innovations such a educational loan benefits, and more.

Speed Session #2:  Employment Law Updates - This final session is our chance to highlight for you a few more recent developments in the world of labor and employment law.  This year, we will be addressing the current status of certain Obama-era regulations, as well as some important court decisions.  You will not want to miss this discussion.

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Beckman Lawson, LLP
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Fort Wayne, IN 46802

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