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The Family and Medical Leave Act has been a part of the workplace for more than a decade, so it’s gotten easier for HR to administer, right?  Not so.  Confusing regulations, coupled with numerous recent changes at both the legislative and regulatory levels and conflicting court decisions, ensure that FMLA continues to be one of the biggest compliance headaches for employers.

Let us help you clarify the confusion surrounding the numerous legislative and regulatory changes to the FMLA and get answers to all your FMLA questions at this advanced-level seminar just for Delaware employers.  Learn More.

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Attorneys from Young Conaway traveled to Dover today to present at the Annual Training Conference for the Delaware Public Employer Labor Relations Association (DELPELRA).

DELPELRA logo.jpgTim Snyder presented on the impact of health care reform on public employers. He also gave an overview of what public employers are doing to address the challenges of funding their pension plans.

Scott Holt provided practical tips on avoiding claims and litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Scott addressed misclassification of employees and failure to pay properly for breaks, training time, and travel time.

I had the honor of serving as moderator for the CLE program at Delaware’s Annual Bench and Bar conference,the largest annual gathering of lawyers and judges. The program was titled, Privacy 3.0: Legal and Ethical Implications in the Courtroom, in the Workplace, and in Public. I was amazed at the quality of the presentations and speakers.

Privacy In the Courtroom: Jurors

The first session, Privacy in the Courtroom, was presented by two super-stars. First up was Thaddeus Hoffmeister, whose blog, Juries, is, hands down, the go-to source for the latest news relating to the impact of new technology on jurors. Thaddeus led a fascinating discussion about the privacy rights of jurors. Some of the questions that he raised were:

The Annual Employment Law Seminar held yesterday at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware, was a huge success. Thank you to all of the attendees for participating–your enthusiasm and engagement is the key to the program’s success.

An extra dose of thanks is due to all of the brave souls who participated in Employment Law Jeopardy, hosted by Bill Bowser.

Next year’s seminar will be held on May 9, so be sure to mark your calendars. In the meantime, we always welcome your comments and thoughts about ways we can improve the seminar.

Do you suspect an employee is spending more time Facebooking than working? How far can you go to monitor blogs, e-mails, and texts without invading an employees privacy? Even the best-intended employers are struggling to keep up with the legal developments in this area.surveillance camera

I will be presenting an audio-conference discussing how a recent Supreme Court decision should impact your electronic monitoring policies:

  • Best practices to avoid invasion of privacy claims: Is it really effective, or necessary, to ban personal use of employer-provided phones, computers, etc.?
  • Pros and cons of monitoring your employees’ online activities during off-duty time
  • Best practices for monitoring your organization’s phone logs, computers, e-mails, texts, blogs and other social media
  • How to implement and communicate a policy to your workforce regarding electronic monitoring in the workplace
  • How to adjust your HR policies to inform employees that your organization’s e-mail, blogs, texts, and social networking sites may be monitored
  • The federal rules that govern electronic monitoring in the workplace, including how the Electronic Communications Privacy Act comes into play
  • How far can you go to monitor employee electronic communications? What types of surveillance should you avoid?
  • Your legal options if you suspect an employee is stealing confidential data using an electronic device

This 90-minute audio conference will be held on October 18, 2010, beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Registration and additional information is available on the HR Hero website.

The 2010 Annual Delaware Valley Human Resources Partnership Summit is coming to the Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia on October 15, 2010.  This one-day conference is a partnership between Greater Valley Forge HR Association and the Philadelphia SHRM Chapter, and features the following six learning tracks:

· 21st Century Tools and Technology2010dvHR_tall

· Employee Relations and Legal

This seminar presented by the EEOC looks like an outstanding learning opportunity for HR professionals.  There are great topics and great speakers, so I’m passing it along for readers in the Philadelphia area.

WHAT: EEOC Technical Assistance Program Seminar

WHERE:  Ace Conference Center, Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania

Join Molly DiBianca and Delaware SHRM at 7:30 am on June 8th for an interactive discussion of social media for hiring.  We’ll discuss:

  • the impact of social media sites on recruiters and hiring managers;
  • how social media is changing the nature of recruiting; and
  • legal liability and exposure of using social media.

The impact of social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn is undeniable but, also, undefined. Hundreds of millions of Americans now use these sites and others like them for an expanding number of reasons. And it’s not just the country’s youth online, either. Twitter users are more likely to be Baby Boomers than they are to be youngsters in the 12-to-24 crowd.

So it’s no surprise that social media is causing tremendous changes in the way employers recruit and hire new employees. Employers have to look beyond standard recruiting tactics if they hope to secure the most sought-after candidates. But the adventure into the social-media sphere is not without risks. Before you send a friend request to that job applicant, be sure you know how it could expose your organization to legal liability.

The Employment Law Alliance is holding a webinar that will address the use of noncompete agreements in various jurisdictions, including Delaware. The panel of speakers includes attorneys from the U.S. and Canada, including our own Barry M. Willoughby.  The webinar will be held on June 9, 2010, 3-4:30 p.m. EDT.

In addition addressing the treatment of noncompete agreements, panelists will offer practical and concrete strategies on:

  • Drafting and enforcing restrictions on employee competition when doing business in multiple jurisdictions at one time
  • How the “duty of loyalty” can be used to stop employees from setting up competing businesses while still employed by you.
  • What employers can do to minimize the risk that your employees will walk out the door with your trade secrets
  • How to stop competitors from engaging in unfair competition.

Registration is free:  Your Top Talent Walks Out the Door: Now What? How to Stop Your Competitors from Raiding Your Workforce and Engaging in Unfair Competition in the U.S. and Canada

Same-sex harassment is on the rise. Labor and Employment law attorney Teresa A. Cheek will be speaking about same-sex harassment, and about discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity on May 21, 2010, on  The Proactive Employer Podcast.

Listeners can hear the show live via internet streaming on Blog Talk Radio on Friday, May 21, 2010, beginning at 8:30 a.m., or listen to a recorded copy of the podcast later, either at The Proactive Employer website or podcast site, or via iTunes.

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