D|K proudly hosts complimentary Breakfast Briefing programs for clients and contacts across the Green Bay, and the Greater Fox Valley region.
These programs are designed to assist employers in minimizing the risk of employment liability on the state and federal level. Each program in the series combines an overview of the law with practical business advice covering a current topic in the labor and employment field. Our experienced attorneys discuss recent case developments and emerging legal issues and provide suggestions to employers on methods for limiting liability and conforming their conduct to state and federal statutes and regulations. These programs are held between September through May.
If you have any questions concerning the information covered in these programs, please contact, James M. Kalny, Chair of the Labor & Employment Team at 920.431.2223.
Green Bay Breakfast Briefings will take place via Zoom webinar. If you have questions regarding registration or would like to submit topic-specific questions to be addressed during the program, please contact Sara Reynolds at 414.225.7510 or via email.
Biden Administration: Developments and Outlook on Employment Regulations | August 24, 2021 | 3:00 – 6:00 PM | Green Bay (in person)
Since inauguration, the Biden administration has taken several steps to inject its agenda into the American labor and employment sphere, making executive orders and advancing policies that may significantly impact private and public sector employers for years to come. Please join the Davis|Kuelthau Labor and Employment team for a casual, yet candid, discussion as to the first six months of President Biden’s term and where the next six months, and beyond, may take employers. Discussion topics will focus on areas such as the EEOC, OSHA, the NLRB, continuing COVID-19 issues, Executive Orders regarding noncompetition agreements, and more.
We are excited to welcome Breakfast Briefing attendees back to in-person events. To change it up a bit, and to thank our clients and friends for their support during the pandemic, please join us for this Cocktail Hour Briefing and enjoy some light snacks and beverages while engaging in our interactive session.
Seats are limited, register today!
Vaccination Policy Considerations and Other Trending Employer Challenges for 2021, Tuesday, February 9, 2021, Webinar
Fostering a safe and healthy workplace poses a new set of challenges this year. Can you require all or some of your employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19? Who should cover the expense? What liabilities might you face for imposing such a policy? Further, what changes have the various regulatory agencies imposed as of late that might also impact your liability as an employer? What, if any, related changes are anticipated under the Biden Administration during 2021?
Davis|Kuelthau’s Labor & Employment Law Team hosted a complimentary webinar on February 9 addressing legal considerations and timely perspectives aimed at helping employers prepare and implement legal workforce policies for the year ahead. Topics included:
- Key considerations for implementing vaccination policies
- The latest COVID-19 guidance and considerations from:
- Department of Labor: FFCRA and Unemployment
- Mask Mandates
- NLRB 2021 Outlook
- Employee Retention Credit
- Potential issues stemming from the new administration and its potential impact on employers
Speakers included: Robert W. Burns, Bruce B. Deadman, Mark G. Kmiecik, James M. Kalny, Laurie E. Meyer, Anthony J. Steffek, and Abby (Busler) Tilkens.
Labor and Employment Legal Update, Tuesday, October 13, 2020, Webinar
Davis|Kuelthau’s Labor & Employment Team hosted a legal update addressing important court decisions, new statutes, and recent regulatory activity. Following the panel presentations, the speakers walked through two workforce hypotheticals to help attendees better navigate the necessary considerations. Topics included:
- Recent Court Decisions, including 7th Circuit decisions and a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on LGBTQ rights
- Payroll tax issues
- COVID liability waiver issues
- Considerations for mitigating risks with workforce reductions
Reconsidering FFCRA In the Wake of Employees Impacted by Varying Return to School Schedules, Wednesday, August 19, 2020, Webinar
Click here to access the On-Demand video.
Click here to access the PowerPoint presentation.
As though returning employees to work wasn’t challenging enough in this era, employers are now faced with navigating accommodation considerations relative to employees with school-aged children who will be returning to school, learning at home, or a mix of both. Flex schedules, rotating shifts, work from home, the options are vast. But what’s required versus considerate? Join Davis|Kuelthau’s Labor & Employment Team for a refresher on the legal considerations. Bob Burns, Tony Steffek, and Abby Busler addressed:
- How do you qualify for these work from home protections under the law relative to child care/learning?
- Does a personal fear of COVID-19 infection require employers to continue to allow working from home?
- When must you grant leave under the law versus not?
- Accommodations for employees who have a child attending a school district that has decided to implement completely virtual education for 2020/2021.
- Accommodations for employees with children with periodic or intermittent return to school schedules.
- Potential accommodations for an employee who has a child sent home due to COVID-19 exposure.
- How are these accommodations dealt with under FFCRA versus FMLA; are there any actual differences at all?
- Precautions for avoiding discrimination/retaliation claims relative to the accommodation of select employees.
Managing CBD Oil in the Workplace – Legally, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, Green Bay
- In November 2019, the Wisconsin Legislature enacted new legislation updating its statutes relating to Cannabidiol (CBD) and hemp. 2019 Wisconsin Act 68 legalized CBD oil and hemp statewide creating new questions for employers and their workforce. As a result, many employers are currently reviewing their policies and procedures to determine best practices in addressing CBD oil in the workplace. Your Davis|Kuelthau Labor and Employment Team addressed the new legislation and the impact on employers including:
- the significance of various THC levels
- the use or nonuse of lawful products discrimination statute
- ramifications of CBD oil in the workplace
- employee drug tests and common questions/concerns.
The team was joined by special guest speakers Stacy Peterson, President and CEO, and Sonja Hintz, RN and Health Educator of Connoils, LLC – a leading international supplement maker and distributor of bulk oil ingredients. Stacy and Sonja are experts in the CBD industry and led an in-depth discussion on the health benefits, use, and science behind CBD oil.
#MeToo Meets Walmart Plus New Overtime Rule, November 12, 2019, Green Bay
Over the past several years, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements shook the sexual harassment status quo and modified employee and employer responses within the workplace. Your Davis|Kuelthau Labor and Employment Team will dissect Hunt v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., a recent Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision regarding sexual harassment in the workplace which provides helpful guidance regarding potential defenses and training options important in addressing future claims within the workplace. The team will also review the long-anticipated Department of Labor Wage and Hour Final Rule regarding the salary test and eligibility for overtime pay published on September 24, 2019, and discuss the practical implications of the rule. Speakers included: Robert Burns, Abby Busler, James Kalny, and Anthony Steffek.
Additional Business Resources
- New North’s ‘In the New North’ Video Series: Complimentary videos for employers to post on their websites to help spur interest in the greater New North region among potential new hires.
- New North’s Gold Shovel Site Certification: Identifies your property to developers, site selectors and companies looking for suitable expansion locations.
- WEDC’s Certified In Wisconsin® Program: Provides the reviews, documents and assessments required for industrial use.
- WEDC’s Locate In Wisconsin® Tool: Searchable available sites along with perspectives on communities, laborforce data and more.
- WEDC Newsletter Subscription: Receive complimentary news and related resources from WEDC.
- WEDC’s ThinkMakeHappen In Wisconsin®: Marketing initiative geared to help generate outside interest among potential workforce candidates.
- WEDC’s Workforce Training Grants: Assists businesses in workforce retention and expansion into new markets and technology.
- WEDC’s Veteran Hiring Initiative: Resources for employers interested in hiring veterans.
- Wisconn Valley site: A resource providing news and tools for tapping into various Foxconn related opportunities.
- Wisconn Valley Small Business Capacity Building Sessions: Addresses barriers to bidding and provides strategies and tools to overcome those barriers.
- WI Supply Chain Marketplace Site Founded by New North: Directory provides companies with a means to find Wisconsin suppliers.
- WI Veterans Affairs Resource Site: Listing of Wisconsin programs, benefits and services for veterans.