Wiggin and Dana Client Briefing

May 9, 2013 at 8:00am12:30pm
Courtyard by Marriott - New Haven Orange/Milford

Wiggin and Dana will present a complimentary half-day Client Briefing, offering three HR Circle sessions, followed by lunch. Members of the Labor, Employment and Benefits group will address recent developments in labor and employment law in three key areas, with a focus on approaches to help your organization deal with these developments in a practical way.

Join us for one session, two, or stay for the entire program and have lunch with us! Seating for this Briefing is limited, so please register early.

Click here to register for the Client Briefing and also let us know if you will be attending the luncheon.

Client Briefing Agenda:

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
The Trouble with Workplace Email, Text Messages and Social Media

In today's society, e-mail, text messaging and social media are, for better or for worse, the primary means of communication. The workplace is no exception. This session will focus on the challenges employers face as a consequence of employees' pervasive use of electronic communications to interact with colleagues, customers, and the outside world at large. You will hear examples of email, text message and social media "horror stories"; learn about the potential legal pitfalls associated with regulating and monitoring employees' electronic communications; be provided with recommended policies relating to employee privacy rights and expectations, as well as document retention and destruction, including for e-discovery in litigation; and receive tips for safe electronic communication.

9:45 – 11:00 a.m.
The Must-Haves for Employer Immigration Compliance

Immigration compliance is a hot topic under the Obama Administration, and the government has been focused on enforcing laws and imposing penalties on employers (which leads to bad press and other unfavorable consequences) through increased immigration inspections at places of business. This session will address the following "Must Haves" for employers recruiting and hiring foreign national workers: pre-employment inquiries under the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA); necessary employment policies regarding visa sponsorship and associated fees; best practices for I-9 compliance; and understanding E-Verify and social security no-match letters. We will also provide an overview of common employer-sponsored work visas.

11:00 – 11:15 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Performance Management

Learn how the performance review process can help or harm your organization in litigation avoidance and defense. During this session, we will present detailed do's and don'ts in addressing how performance management means much more than the annual review; why ongoing performance management is critical; the common mistakes that encourage claims, as well as compromise the organization's defense when claims are brought; and conversely, the ways in which your organization can use the performance management process to deter claims and enhance its defenses in litigation.

12:30 p.m.
After the Circle

Have more questions? Join our lawyers for lunch. Wiggin and Dana lawyers will be available during lunch to answer your questions or continue the discussion from the day's programs.

This program has been submitted to the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) for review.