I-9 Completion/ Immigration Compliance

Wednesday, October 17 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

This webinar will cover several aspects of immigration law applied in the workplace, including verification of worker authorization using Form I-9 (mandatory as of September 2017), Form I-9 Compliance and E-Verify. 

The webinar will also include updates on agency enforcement of these and other employment-based immigration obligations. Specific topics include: • Immigration overview including descriptions of the several federal agencies involved in immigration and immigration enforcement. • The New Form I-9; Completing the Form I-9; avoiding common I-9 pitfalls; and conducting internal audits of your company’s I-9s. • E-Verify – Is it the right choice for your company? The webinar also will cover E-Verify compliance basics and whether enrolling in E-verify will insulate you from immigration audits – or make you more susceptible to them. •  ICE Visits/Audits: Is your company prepared for a government audit? • Congressional updates: Politics and policy affecting immigration reform.

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Employee Policy and Handbook Review

Tuesday, October 17 | Naperville, IL
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Like most employers, you most likely have an employee handbook, but how long has it been since you last reviewed and updated its contents? Are you certain your handbook complies with the current laws? Will your handbook stand up to the ever-increasing scrutiny by the DOL, EEOC or NLRB? Will your handbook cause you trouble in your next employee lawsuit? Employment laws and regulations are continuously changing, which means that every few years, you need to open up that handbook and give it a proper evaluation.

SmithAmundsen will present a timely presentation on updating your employee handbooks. Join Jeff Risch as he guides you through effectively using an employee handbook and identify top employee handbook mistakes that could cost you.

Topics include:

  • The purpose of an employee handbook;
  • New Leave Law Updates (including paid sick leave);
  • Wage/Hour Compliance;
  • Safety Standards;
  • New EEO reporting and complaint procedure language;
  • Surviving DOL, NLRB and EEOC scrutiny;
  • What should be included in an employee handbook, (And what you should leave out);
  • Privacy, workplace searches and drug testing policies;
  • Preserving the at-will employment relationship;
  • Ineffective handbook language to avoid;
  • What to do when there is a union workforce; and
• Other common employee handbook mistakes.

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Strategic Use of AMA Impairment Ratings

Wednesday, October 18 | Webinar
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Please join us for a discussion on strategic use of impairment ratings. We will discuss the statutory language that allows use of impairment ratings, the nuances of “impairment” versus “disability,” and trends in Commission decisions since the amendment went into effect.   We will review the appropriate use of this tool as a defensive strategy.  We will also consider what employers can expect going forward as the use of impairment ratings becomes more common.

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IL & IA Employment Law Update 2017

Wednesday, October 19 | Webinar
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

SmithAmundsen’s labor & employment attorney will present a two-hour live webinar for employers operating in Iowa and Illinois, and anyone interested in taking an in-depth look at the similarities and differences between employment and labor laws in the two states. The presentation will examine litigation and employee dispute avoidance strategies and offer best practices that comply in both states. Attendees will also receive sample policies to help shape procedure and practice necessary to operate in both states.

Specific topics include: • PTO, vacation and leave entitlements (ie IL VESSA Law, Iowa FMLA & Unpaid leave requirements) • Wage and Hour issues • Employee handbooks and policies – finding common ground and highlighting differences; • Dealing with Guns and “Pot” in the workplace; • Background checks and regulations; • Union activities and related developments; • Employee terminations and limits of “at-will” employment in each state; • Illinois & Iowa DOL & EEO/civil rights agencies – compare and contrast the states’ enforcement agencies and their very different approaches; and • Obligations after the employment relationship ends.

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WC and Safety Conference

Wednesday, October 25 | Lisle, IL
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM

2017 Workers’ Compensation and Safety Conference! This is the most important Workers’ Compensation Conference for Illinois employers!
Rolling up our sleeves and working hard for WC Reform! The 10th Annual Workers’ Compensation and Safety Conference will include updated topics, and new, valuable information for Illinois Employers. Anyone who is involved in controlling the costs of workers’ compensation or safety issues will find the workshops and general sessions valuable.

Anyone who is involved in controlling the costs of workers’ compensation or safety issues will find the workshops and general sessions valuable.

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Decertifying & Deauthorizing Labor Unions Lawfully Under the NLRA

Thursday, October 26 | Webinar
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

What does an employer need to do when their employees want to deauthorize or decertify a labor union? It’s a complex process and one that requires careful action on the part of management to limit unnecessary exposure and costly pitfalls.

This 90 minute webinar, reserved exclusively for management, will highlight the legalities and processes involved: • Employees’ rights to shed a union as their “exclusive bargaining representative”; • Understanding and reacting to the deauthorization and decertification process; • Communicating the employer’s position effectively and using persuaders; • Negotiating contracts strategically; • Combatting union ULPs and picketing/strikes; • Navigating the DOL’s Persuader Rule (if/when in effect); and • Involving the NLRB and the courts.

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Sexual Harassment: An Employer’s Guide

Thursday, October 26 | Webinar
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Everyone knows that sexual harassment is illegal. Yet, big headlines of sexual harassment in the workplace continually pop up in the news. One thing is certain, sexual harassment claims, whether against powerhouse corporations (e.g. Uber, SoFi), the news organizations themselves (e.g. Fox News), or any other employer, can result in costly settlements or judgements. With so much at stake, it is imperative that companies understand what constitutes sexual harassment, the scope of their potential liability, and ways they can prevent and defend against sexual harassment claims. 

Webinar topics to be discussed include: • Federal and State laws prohibiting sexual harassment • Types and examples of sexual harassment • Sexual harassment by supervisors and vicarious liability • Preventative action – the written policy • Proper investigation of sexual harassment claims

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Complying with Payroll Changes

Tuesday, October 31 | Glen Ellyn, IL
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Payroll and HR compliance is a critical function for EVERY organization with employees. Any error on an employee’s paycheck can not only cause hours of headache for your payroll department, but can also have a negative impact on your employees.  It is crucial that all employees who handle payroll completely understand the laws and regulations impacting payroll.  These compliance issues are many, and are complex.

The seminar will focus on all of the latest issues related to payroll compliance presented by experts from IDOR, IDES, and the law firm of Wessels Sherman.

Receive best practices and tips to ensure your organization is ready for 2018 and has an excellent payroll function.

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Wage and Hour: Properly Paying Hourly Employees

Tuesday, November 7 | Webinar
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Wage and hour law can be confusing and full of traps. The U.S. and Illinois Departments of Labor are increasingly scrutinizing companies to make sure their employee pay procedures and policies are compliant with state and federal laws. Attendees will learn about classifying employees as exempt vs. nonexempt, making valid wage deductions and more!

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Construction Contracts: Recognizing and Understanding Important Provisions

Tuesday, November 14 | webinar
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Liability is risky business, especially when contracts are involved.  This presentation is dedicated to helping business owners understand contracts. This will allow your company to stay in compliance and respond to new opportunities quickly. The presenters will discuss best practices and tools for implementing a Contractual Risk Transfer Policy and Program. Key aspects of contract law will be reviewed such as flow down provisions, primary and non-contributory language, additional insured form requirements and Kotecki waivers.

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Wage and Hour Law: What is the status of Wage and Hour Laws

Tuesday, November 14 | Webinar
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

DOL increases salary threshold! Wait a second, U.S. District Judge puts salary threshold increase on hold! DOL appeals decision to 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.  DOL withdraws appeal.  U.S. District Judge dismisses case.  DOL seeks new regulations. Confused? Businesses have gone through ups and downs regarding wage and hour laws for the last several years. It started with the Department of Labor increasing the minimum salary threshold, only to later be determined that the DOL over stepped its authority by a U.S. District Court. But where do businesses stand today? With the DOL reversing course on numerous polices and now seeking to change the regulations again, this webinar will provide up-to-date changes on the current wage and hour laws.

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Using Social Media Marketing to GROW your business!

Thursday, November 16 | Naperville, IL
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Just having a social media presence isn't enough. Are you doing everything you can to take advantage of the ever-expanding marketing capability? Join the Illinois Chamber, Naperville Chamber, and a panel of experts to discuss useful and powerful methods for composing great content to drive traffic to your business. Learn how to execute social media correctly and effectively to acquire more customers and keep them coming back; manage your online presence; and cultivate your reputation online. This in-depth one day seminar will provide essential information, skills, tips and tricks you need to make your social media program more effective and productive in just a short time.

Highlights include: • Why is social media important? • Social media do’s and don’ts – What’s worked for successful companies • Identifying the proper social media platforms for your business • Measuring your success and analyzing the return on investment • Developing the best strategy for your business needs • Creating compelling content that attracts and keeps followers • Legal issues to consider when using social media for your company • And more!

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Effective Immigration Strategies for Foreign National Professionals

Thursday, November 30 | Webinar
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

With the advent of a new Administration and tougher policies anticipated for U.S. temporary work visa categories, securing and maintaining U.S. work authorization for foreign national professional staff can be a challenge.  This webinar will help you develop effective strategies for meeting the immigration needs of your business and its key foreign national staff.  Key topics to be addressed include: • Changes in the processing of H-1B and other temporary work visa categories under the new Administration • Preparing for and successfully navigating the upcoming “H-1B cap” filing season • Options for those who don’t make the cap, including alternative work visa categories and other creative strategies • Preparing for increased enforcement in the employment-based immigration sphere

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Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce
306 Main St.
West Chicago, IL 60185
Phone: 630-231-3003
Fax: 630-231-3009
Email: team@westerndupagechamber.com

Monday- Friday: 8:00 AM-Noon 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Saturday: By Appointment Only
Sunday: Closed