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Liability Concerns for Small Businesses that Use Drones

Wednesday, May 24 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Taught by attorneys Brandt Madsen & Alan  Farkas, SmithAmundsen, LLC

More and more businesses are making use of unmanned aerial systems, also known as drones. On one hand, drones may alleviate the safety and liability concerns that arise when an employee is tasked with a particularly hazardous activity. Yet, on the other hand, drones raise all sorts of additional liability and damage concerns.

Aside from personal injuries and property damage, drones and the images they capture raise novel privacy issues. Some of these potential claims may be covered by insurance, but businesses may need to procure special drone coverage as most policies carry broad “aviation exclusions.” Businesses may also be surprised to learn the scope of the authority the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has over drones, even when flown relatively close to the ground, including the authority to levy fines in excess of $100,000. Finally, small businesses should be concerned for the exposures they face when their employees use drones without

formal company authorization (or knowledge). Two of Chicago’s most experienced aviation attorneys, Brandt Madsen and Alan Farkas, of SmithAmundsen will share tips on how companies can protect and insulate themselves from these concerns while enjoying the benefits associated with drone operations.

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Preventing Workplace Violence and Bullying and Associated Litigation

Wednesday, May 31 | 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Taught by attorney Michael Wong, SmithAmundsen, LLC

Violence in the workplace and bullying should be a focus of HR departments as they are often in the news.

Businesses need to provide a safe work environment, support their employees and handle their risk while keeping costs reasonable. Not only the victims are affected by stress and anxiety due to workplace intimidation, bullying and harassment; those events can affect an entire department, facility or organization. Why? Because of the potential for lowered productivity, absenteeism and serious health risks. Making it through the legal minefields to avoid liability related to workplace violence in all forms is especially difficult.

Attendees to this interactive seminar will learn to identify and discuss critical legal issues early in the process. Attendees will receive sample policies and practice mechanisms to PROACTIVELY diminish the risks and liabilities associated with workplace violence.

Topics to be discussed: Legal Developments: Case law updates (local, regional and national); Legislative Changes: (IL Workplace Violence Protection Act; Anti-Bullying Developments; concealed carry and domestic violence legislation impacting the workplace; Employer Policy Updates: Harassment; Intimidation/Bullying; Workplace Violence; Workplace Weapons; Workplace Search; Employee Monitoring/Surveillance; Drug Testing; Employee Harmony; Improving Hiring Processes; Background Checks; Applicant Questionnaire; Criminal Histories (convictions vs. arrests); Best Practices; Employee Investigation and Related Confrontations

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Supervisor Training for Effective Management

Wednesday, June 21 | 8:30 am - 12:30 pm (Seminar)
Taught by attorney Julie Proscia of SmithAmundsen, LLC - NIU Center Room 250, 1120 E. Dieh, Naperville, IL

One of the most difficult tasks ANY supervisor faces is how to provide leadership to

employees. It takes experience and training for one to obtain and constantly maintain the skills necessary to manage others effectively. Supervisors of all levels (especially in this day and age) need to know and understand areas of vulnerability and realize that those are constantly changing. This is an interactive half day seminar which will provide insight and guidance to help YOUR supervisors become stronger leaders and manage YOUR employees more effectively within the always developing labor and employment laws.

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