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2020 Legal & Legislative Conference

 Export to Your Calendar 2/5/2020
When: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
7:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Where: Iowa Events Center
233 Center Street
Des Moines, IA  50309
United States
Contact: CISHRM

Online registration is available until: 2/5/2020
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2020 Legal & Legislative Conference
February 5th
Iowa Events Center, Des Moines, Iowa

The CI-SHRM Legal & Legislative Conference 2020 is dedicated to legislative issues pending at the federal and state levels as well as compliance and regulatory issues related to HR and employment business at the workplace. With educational paths for a Senior HR Professional to the HR Department of One, this conference has what HR professionals needs to stay 


  Who Should Attend? This conference has been developed to meet the needs of all levels of human resources professionals, small business owners, and CEO’s.   Attire
Attendees are encouraged to be comfortable in business casual attire throughout the conference.


Registration Fees Advance! After December
 Member $169 $189
 Non-Member $229  $249


Thank You To Our Gold Level Sponsor


7:00 a.m.    Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m.    SHRM Legislative Update with 
Emily Dickenson, Society of Human Resources Management

Emily M. Dickens serves as SHRM's Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff, overseeing the Executive Office and coordination/orchestration of projects or commitments directly involving the CEO and his direct reports with primary focus on facilitating the CEO's vision while enabling other members of the executive team to work together to expedite decision making. 
Dickens is an attorney with significant and progressive experience in government, higher education and the non-profit sector. She has provided legal, political, crisis and strategic counsel to executives, elected officials, community and governing boards. Dickens is also a high-performing management executive with expertise in improving organizational results. She is a leader who takes pride in getting things done while influencing others to do the same.

9:45 a.m. Morning Breakout Sessions: 

-Employment Law Update
with Kelli Lieurance, Baird Holm, Omaha

The courts continue to issue important decisions impacting employers. In this fast-paced, entertaining presentation, Kelli will discuss the practical implications of these decisions for employers to best assure compliance. Remember, it's better to learn from the mistakes of others than find yourself in the midst of an indefensible lawsuit.

-Challenges of Emerging Technologies (social media, wearable devices, blogs, etc.)

with Susan Kline, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

A former human resources function leader and employment litigator with trial experience, Susan Kline is dedicated to helping employers take practical, effective and balanced action in HR legal matters to promote the organization’s overall business interests. Susan helps clients manage employment-related matters by providing counseling, training, and policy advice and review services on issues such as leave and disability management, workforce restructurings, human resources processes, employee discipline and discharge, and employment agreements.

-Coping as an HR Department of One

Jo Ellen Whitney, Davis Brown Law Firm

Jo Ellen primarily practices in the areas of employment and health law. As the current chair of the firm’s Employment Law and Labor Relations Department, she brings 30 years of practical experience to business planning, discipline, and termination issues for employers.  Her work includes various administrative agencies including the EEOC, ICRC, OCR, DOL and OSHA.

She frequently provides her clients with on-site training for all levels of employees and is a highly sought-after presenter on labor and health law issues. Jo Ellen is AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized by Chambers USA, Great Plains Super Lawyers, and The Best Lawyers in America© for her work.  Jo Ellen was admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar in March 2018.

-Top 10 Real FMLA Issues that Plague Employers

with Mary Funk, Nyemaster

      10:45-11:00 a.m.       Break sponsored by:   

      11:00 a.m. Morning Breakout Session Repeat (see above)

      12:00 p.m.  Lunch

      1:00 p.m.    Afternoon Breakout Session:

DOL Update
Mike Staebell, Dickinson Law, Des Moines

Mike joined the Dickinson Law Firm in April 2016 after retiring from
the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (WHD), where he spent 33 years enforcing federal employment laws. In his final six years with the agency, he served as WHD District Director for the states of Iowa and Nebraska. Mike also served as a national trainer for WHD staff on the FLSA, FMLA, litigation preparation, and total quality management. He has given hundreds of presentations to the public on statutes enforced by WHD and is a popular presenter to professional and industry associations throughout the Midwest. As a Compliance Specialist, Mike works under the supervision of Dickinson’s attorneys to assist clients in understanding and complying with federal labor laws.


Managing an HR Department of One with Beth Mathison, MRA

Next Generation HR with AI & Automation
Venkat Gupta, Sogeti    

Key goals of Human Resource Office (HRO) is to recruit the right talent, retain top talent and to increase workforce productivity. With the evolution of AI and Automation technologies HROs can now provide employees with a personalized experience and also help automate many back-office functions for reliable and secure HR transactions and service delivery. During this session we will discuss the HR processes and use cases that are best suited for infusing AI and automation and also talk about the common pitfalls for businesses to consider as you adopt such solutions. 

-How to Hold Effective Internal Investigations
Nick Klinefeldt, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Nick helps clients navigate government investigations, conduct internal investigations, defend complex criminal litigation and develop compliance programs. Formerly the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, Nick has been on both sides of high-stakes white collar criminal matters. This background gives him the ability to assess exposure, manage crises and media precipitated by investigations, and defend against matters with the government.

2:00 p.m.    Break sponsored by    

2:15 p.m.
Afternoon Breakout Session Repeat (see above)

3:20 p.m. Mock Trial with 
Mike Staebell and Jill Jensen-Welch, Dickinson Law

This mock trial role-play will give you a peek at how it feels to give testimony while, at the same time, provide you with some substantive learning about the FLSA.  Dickinson Law Firm attorney Jill Jensen-Welch will play the part of a defense attorney for the employer, and Mike Staebell, Compliance Specialist at Dickinson Law (with 33 years of experience working for the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division), will play the part of an expert witness for the plaintiff.  We’ll join the mock trial when Jill is cross-examining Mike.  Come see who will squirm the most!

4:30 p.m. Adjourn