2017 Annual Employment Law Seminar


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Name: 2017 Annual Employment Law Seminar
Date: August 25, 2017
Time: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM HST
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:
Seminar attendees will receive complimentary online access and a printed edition of the newly revised 2017?18 Chamber Desk Manual: Labor and Employment Law for Hawaii Employers.

The manual contains common sense advice concerning Hawaii and federal employment and labor relations issues, and continues to be an indispensable resource for personnel matters. Published annually by Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris, this edition features new and revised materials not found in older editions. Because of the ever-changing nature of labor and employment law, please replace prior editions of the Chamber Desk Manual with this 2017?18 edition.

Earn 5.5 Credit Hours for Attending!

The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute's® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

Earn 6.00 SHRM PDCs for Attending! 
This program has been pre-approved and is valid for 6.00 SHRM PDCs. For more information about SHRM certification or SHRM recertification, please visit shrmcertification.org.

Featured Speakers

8:30-9:00 am    Welcome and Legislative Update - What Comes Next: The Trump Administration Agenda, Budget and Supreme Court Predictions. 
Learn what policies and precedent will survive and what will likely by overturned under the new Administration.
Speaker: John Knorek

9:00-10:15 am    Leave Law Administration: Learn the lessons of recent case law in this interactive presentation focused on FMLA / HFLL and ADA. Understand how the new HFLL protection for sibling leave may affect your policy. Chapters 11 & 15. Speakers: Joseph Ernst, Kendra KawaiJennifer Gitter and Rachel Miyashiro

10:15-10:30 am Break

10:30-11:45 am    Whistleblower Investigations: Understand what is critical to avoid litigation and survive claims under Hawaii public policy discharge law and the Hawaii Whistleblower Protection Act. Chapter 19. Speakers: Jeffrey Harris, Christine Belcaid and Austin McCullough

11:45 am-1 pm    Lunch and Networking 

Breakout Sessions: 1-1:50 pm
1.    Conducting Effective Witness Interviews: Common errors and omissions to avoid to support your investigations. Chapters 3 & 32. Speakers: Austin McCullough and Jennifer Gitter
2.    Protecting Trade Secrets, Your Business and Your Employees: Post employment restrictive covenants. Chapter 31. Speaker: Jeffrey Harris
3.    Cutting Edge Discrimination and Harassment Cases from the Courts: Lessons learned from recent case law. Chapters 13 & 14. Speakers: Joseph ErnstKendra Kawai and Christine Belcaid

Breakout Sessions: 2-2:50 pm
1.    Immigration Law and the New Executive Order: What it means to employers in Hawaii. Chapter 26. Speaker: Newton Chu and Vaughn Cook
2.    FLSA and Hawaii Wage and Hour Development: Common compliance issues and responding to DOL investigations. Chapters 4 & 5. Speakers: Joseph Ernst and Kendra Kawai
3.    Breaking? Bad Behavior in the Workplace: Social media protected use and misuse; medical marijuana use; drugs and alcohol; cursing and offensive speech; tattoos/piercings/dress and appearance policies; discipline of off duty conducts - and what employers need to know about them. Chapter 20 & 33. Speakers: Christine Belcaid and John Knorek

Breakout Sessions: 3-3:50 pm
1.    Legal Developments Affecting Hawaii Employers: Ninth Circuit and Hawaii law update. Chapter 3. Speakers: Jeffrey HarrisJennifer Gitter and Rachael Brant
2.    Settlement Agreements and the Legal Limits of Negotiating Exit Agreements. Speakers: Joseph Ernst and Rachel Miyashiro
3.    Executive Employment Contracts: What to include and pitfalls. Chapter 2. Speakers: John Knorek and Robert S. Katz

4:00-4:30 pm    Refreshments

View the agenda PDF.

About Torkildson Katz Moore Hetherington & Harris
Shortly after its founding in 1947, Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris quickly developed into one of Hawaii?s premier business-oriented law firms. Our labor and employment attorneys are some of the most experienced in the state, and many have been recognized nationally for their expertise in the area of labor and employment law. We combine our in-depth knowledge of employment law with our longstanding ties to the community to provide practical, effective advice to both large and small U.S. and international employers operating in Hawaii.
Hawaii Convention Center
1801 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu
Date/Time Information:
Friday, August 25, 2017
7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Contact Information:
Cristina Barbata
Early Bird Pricing (members, YPs and SHRM members, deadline August 1): $450
Regular Member/YP/SHRM members (deadline August 18): $480
Non-Member Rate: $550

Exhibition table (for Chamber members only)
?    Expo table: $400 (includes 2 lunches)
?    Seminar registration + exhibitor table: $750 (includes 1 full registration and 2 lunches)

Cancellation policy:
5 days or more prior to event ? full refund
2-4 days before event ? 50% refund
0-1 day before event ? no refund
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