Employment Law Conference

ABOUT THIS EVENT

CBIA’s Employment Law Conference is back with an in-depth view of the most challenging workplace issues impacting your management and HR.

Get the insights you need from the Connecticut Paid Leave Authority’s Erin Choquette on the top five mistakes employers make when responding to family and medical leave requests.

Stay up to date on Connecticut’s newest legislation impacting employers and how to comply with the state’s mandatory retirement plan program.

Learn the most important things an employer can do to prevent lawsuits by understanding the perspective of the attorneys that file them.

And you’ll take away practical information on background investigations in the pre-employment process, as well as Connecticut’s new restrictions on the use of cannabis testing.

This program is approved for 4.0 HRCI credits and 4.0 SHRM PDCs.

AGENDA

7:30 am | Networking Breakfast

8:10 am | Opening Remarks

Diane Mokriski, HR Counsel, CBIA

8:15 am | Background Investigations: Traps for the Unwary

Valerie Ferdon, Associate, Updike, Kelly & Spellacy

Employers risk significant liability if they fail to comply with state and federal laws when conducting employment background checks. Can you reject an applicant based on a minor criminal conviction? What if they were arrested, but the case is still pending? Do the rules change if you hire an outside investigator? Can employers use social media to do their own investigations? How can you avoid liability for potentially discriminatory hiring practices? We cover these issues, as well as Connecticut’s new restrictions on the use of pre-employment cannabis testing.

9:15 am | Prevent Liability Before the Lawsuit: Perspectives from Plaintiffs’ Counsel

Nina Pirrotti, Partner, Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, PC

What are the most important things an employer can do to prevent lawsuits from ever starting in the first place? Understanding the perspective of the attorney on the other side can provide crucial insight into litigation prevention strategies. In this segment, we discuss steps employers can take to minimize the risk of a lawsuit, both during employment and at termination. We focus on current trends reflecting a significant increase in claims of discrimination and sexual harassment.

10:15 am | Networking Break

10:30 am | New Laws Impacting Connecticut Employers

Caroline Park, Partner, Esq., Wiggin and Dana LLP

Larry Peikes, Partner, Wiggin and Dana LLP

Stay up to date on the latest Connecticut legislation impacting employers. Learn how to comply with the state’s mandatory retirement program, understand how the captive audience statute affects your company meetings, and ensure your policies comply with the state’s new legalized marijuana statute.

11:30 am | Networking Break

11:50 am | FMLA and Paid Family & Medical Leave: Top Five Employer Mistakes

Erin Choquette, COO & General Counsel, Connecticut Paid Leave Authority

What are the most common mistakes that employers make when responding (or failing to respond) to employee requests for leave? And what are employers doing right? Erin Choquette returns—by popular demand—to provide a brief review of the paid leave statute’s principal requirements, explain how to avoid common problems, and most importantly, answer your questions on this complex topic.

DATE

Thu, Nov 03, 2022
8:15am – 1:00pm

LOCATION

Farmington Gardens

999 Farmington Ave, Farmington, CT, 06032

COST

$190-$1,000

OUR SPONSORS

The Employment Law Conference is made possible through the generous support of Wiggin and Dana LLP.

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