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2020 Legal & Legislative Conference

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

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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 need to stay compliant and on track for 2020.

Have you ever wondered if a social media post can affect your employment status? What about the new world of automation? Can your team’s use of big data leave you and your company vulnerable to legal ramifications? Can an employee lawsuit be directed at you personally rather than the company you work for? These are the kind of questions and topics you can expect to hear about at the 2020 Legal & Legislative conference as experts from around the country come together to share best practices and upcoming legislation that you need to know about. Keep you and your company safe by attending this year’s discovery session, sign up now!

The conference has been approved for 6 SHRM and CLE Credits!

  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 M. Dickens, Society for Human Resource Management, Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff and Head, Government Affairs

Emily M. Dickens, J.D., serves as SHRM's Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff and Head, Government Affairs. She is the executive responsible for coordinating staff to implement the CEO's vision, serving as corporate secretary for the SHRM Board and subsidiary boards, as well as managing external partnerships and providing oversight for the Government Affairs division.

Dickens is an attorney with significant and progressive experience in government, higher education and the non-profit sector. She has served as a member of the leadership team at the University of North Carolina system, the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Her prior roles include general counsel, chief relationship officer, senior vice president, vice president for public policy and assistant vice president for federal relations. Dickens has also worked at Duke University and Fayetteville State University in administrative and external affairs roles.

Emily is actively engaged in board service. She formerly served on the Fayetteville/Cumberland (NC) Chamber of Commerce (Secretary of the Board), the Cumberland County Workforce Development Board, the North Carolina Partnership for Defense Innovation Board, and the Educational Advancement Foundation. She is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the Advisory Board of the College of Arts and Sciences at North Carolina Central University, and chairs the International HBCU Task Force for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and North Carolina Central University School of Law.

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.)
Nicole Truso, 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

Courtney Strutt Todd, Jana Weiler, and Michele Brott , Davis Brown Law Firm 

When you’re an HR Department of One, there are numerous competing demands on your time from hiring and fielding employee complaints to benefit management. When your office is a revolving door of immediate concerns, some of the legal obligations of reporting and notifications can fall by the wayside.

In this engaging discussion, employee benefits attorneys Courtney Strutt Todd and Jana Weiler and employment attorney Michele Brott from Davis Brown Law Firm will review the top legal and regulatory obligations for HR departments including required benefit plan filings, policy updates, and annual trainings. You’ll walk away with a calendar of when you need to do what during the year and a checklist of legal obligations to remember as you’re responding to incidents.


-Leave Me Alone: Handling Intermittent FMLA Leave and Post-FMLA Accommodations

with Mary Funk, Nyemaster

This session will discuss practical suggestions for handling intermittent leave and attendance issues under the FMLA, FMLA fraud, and extending the leave as an ADA accommodation, with an emphasis on mental health issues.



      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.

Medical Marijuana and Drug Testing in the Workplace 
Katelynn McCollough, Davis Brown Law Firm

Marijuana laws, everything from limited medical use of cannabidiol like we have here in Iowa to the recreational use allowed in other states, impact employers whether you maintain a drug-free workplace policy with pre-employment screening, random screenings, or just need to have policies in place to ensure you have a safe workplace free from any impacts of impaired employees. Davis Brown litigation attorney Katelynn McCollough advises employers, helping you set up your policies to ensure compliance with the laws, reduce your risk of litigation, and keep your focus on running your business.

In this presentation, Katelynn will review:
*Iowa’s medical cannabidiol law and the hemp act
What is legal in Iowa for medical use and the growth of the industry in Iowa
Aspects employers should be mindful of: employment decisions, reasonable accommodation, and drug testing policies
What’s still to come

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

Jill Jensen-Welch

Mike Staebell

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


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