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March 20-22, 2024 | Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino | Las Vegas, Nevada

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8:30 - 5:00 pm

Registration & Check-In

8:30 - 11:30 am

Payroll Compliance – Pre-Conference Workshop *Separate registration required

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Payroll may be the most heavily regulated aspect of HR. Executives, HR, and payroll professionals can be held personally liable for some payroll violations. And with many companies now employing workers in multiple states, a thick new layer of complexity has been added to the payroll game. Learn how to avoid these problems and improve every facet of your payroll operations. Attorney Alice Gilman, editor of Payroll Legal Alert, will cover topics including new FLSA rules for exempt employees; key changes to W-2s, 1099s and the payroll tax landscape; timekeeping; expense reimbursement; garnishments; special payroll rules for remote or hybrid workers; and more.

Hiring - Pre-Conference Workshop *Separate registration required

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With a tight labor market, it’s past time to make substantial changes to your recruiting, interviewing, onboarding, and retention strategies. This workshop will cover specifics of how to do just that, including how to raise your hiring standards during a talent shortage—yes, that’s possible. The workshop will also cover remote interviewing, 29 proven questions to ask, how to make an offer, and then close the deal. Learn how to help new hires feel like part of your culture before day one. Finally, learn how to use extended onboarding and coaching to lock in retention.

3:00 - 5:00 pm

Choose your session:

  • Are Your Employees Engaged Or Enraged?In light of the recent phenomena of employees quietly quitting and leaving altogether, it is a good idea to examine what employees want and how employers can retain their talented assets. The process likely begins with a discussion about what has frustrated so many employees and how employers might re-engage them.
  • California Labor and Employment Law UpdateCalifornia leads the charge in terms of workplace protections and employment litigation. When it comes to new rules, from pay transparency to marijuana use, California often tackles it first. Learn if some of these trends will spread to your state and what you need to be aware of. 
  • The Documentation WorkshopIn employment lawsuits, the winning case is often the best documented one. Almost every HR law carries strict recordkeeping rules and stiff penalties. This workshop will dive into the HR recordkeeping best practices, including print versus electronic copies, how long to keep records and when to toss them. 
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8:00 - 8:45 am

Continental Breakfast & You Be the Judge

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A great way to start your LEAP experience (over breakfast)! You and your team will analyze an HR scenario and work collectively to solve the puzzle. Come up with the best answer and win a prize.

9:00 - 9:10 am

Program Welcome

9:10 - 10:00 am

Employment Law Update 2023: What Employers Must Know

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This is your chance to make sure you are ready for any upcoming changes in employment law and how to navigate the recent ones affecting your workplace. This session will prepare your company for upcoming changes from the Dobbs decision to what’s on the Supreme Court’s radar. It will also include updates on wage and hour, pay equity, harassment, marijuana, legal absences and background check policies.

10:00 - 10:45 am

Washington Watch

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Significant workplace changes are flowing out of the nation's capital. This session will update you on the HR related legislative developments, and how the mid-term elections will impact the environment in DC. The Biden Administration's regulatory moves will also be explained -- and how they may change your HR duties. Special attention will be given to the NLRB and the impact on union organizing.

10:45 - 11:00 am

Break & Refreshments

11:00 - 11:30 am

Recruiting and Retention: Time for a New Playbook

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Hiring and retaining employees may the single most critical factor in the success of your organization—and it’s more difficult than ever (both practically and legally). Discover easy-to-implement tools, tips and techniques to recruit, hire and retain top talent, without stepping on legal rakes. Don’t recruit another employee until you know what you’re doing wrong—and how to do it right!

11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Your Remote Employees: The Legal Risks and Practical Solutions

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It’s a whole new world with remote and hybrid work here to stay. But have you evaluated the variety of legal risks that come with the workplace of the future? Learn how to get your remote procedures in airtight legal compliance—from timekeeping and accommodations to classifications and multi-state pay issues. Leave with total confidence on how to comply in the new workplace.

12:15 - 1:45 pm

Plated Lunch & Presentation | Tough Talks: How to Have Uncomfortable but Important Conversations

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When it comes to uncomfortable conversations, too many leaders practice avoidance, and before they know it, a situation that could have been defused is now a major problem. Stop fumbling through these discussions, or ignoring them altogether, and learn how to take the stress and liability out of these tough talks. This informative lunch session will offer practical strategies to put you at ease during that next awkward dialogue.

1:45 - 2:30 pm

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  • DEI—Practical Guidance and Best Practices — ESG and DEI are all the rage in corporate circles, including HR. But DEI is more than just doing the "right thing." A diverse workforce can drive better outcomes, enhancing business growth and brand reputation. Learn how to employ metrics to track progress and report results.
  • Non-Competes and Restrictive Covenants: What Can You Require; When Can You Limit, Where Can You Limit — What limitations can you place on your employees after they leave your workplace? What restrictions might the employees you hire bring with them to your organization. Learn the different types of restrictive covenants and non-compete agreements, what’s enforceable and how that varies by state.
  • Yes, Employers, There Are Unions (And They Are Stronger Than Ever) — The public perception of unions has improved dramatically and now organizing is way up. Organized labor is focusing on businesses not targed before—perhaps including yours. Attend this session to learn what non-union employers need to know (and do) to maintain their current status.

2:30 - 2:45 pm

Break & Refreshments

2:45 - 3:30 pm

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  • Background Checks: Everything you Need to Know — It’s a seller’s market for talent these days—but don’t sell out by skipping the background check. Learn how to stay in legal compliance with regulations such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and have ultimate confidence in your new hire. 
  • Remove the Headaches from Drug Testing — As if hiring headaches aren’t enough, you have to worry about drug testing procedures, which are getting increasingly complicated when you add in marijuana usage and the dizzying array of state laws. Get clarity on the complex maze of questions related to drug testing and the workplace during this session, which will help you develop clear policies related to testing, terminations, accommodations and more.
  • Federal Contractors: Everything you Need to Know — If you’re contracting with the federal government, then you’re facing a whole host of unique issues – including dealing with an aggressive OFCCP. Add to that unique union-management relations issues, immigration concerns, posting requirements, and special challenges when dealing with veterans and those with disabilities, and it’s no wonder you need help. This session will help you navigate these issues, with a focus on the OFFCP and responses to OFCCP audits, so you can show up to that next contract job with more confidence than ever.

3:30 - 3:45 pm

Break & Refreshments

3:45 - 4:30 pm

DIY Employment Law: How this Affects you as an Employer

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We can handle unemployment compensation claims, EEOC charges, workers' comp claims, and similar "administrative matters" without consulting our lawyer, right? Wrong! Learn how common employer mistakes can lead to lots of problems — and significant liability.

4:30 - 5:00 pm

Most Bizarre Cases of 2022

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This always-anticipated LEAP session will review the year’s weirdest and wildest HR legal cases. It will get you laughing and thinking because each hilarious case carries a practical tip for employers. Be here to ensure your company doesn’t end up as the butt of next year’s legal jokes.

5:00 - 6:00 pm

Cocktail Reception, Hors d'oeuvres, & Prize Drawing

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FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2023

8:00 - 8:55 am

Continental Breakfast & Interactive HR Roundtables

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Learn from the pros—AND your peers! Choose from eight tables, each tackling a different topic you can discuss with a legal expert. After 20 minutes, you can switch to a second, then a third. Topics include retaliation, remote employees, wage and hour, employee handbooks, recordkeeping and documentation, investigations and discipline, hiring and firing, and wellness/well-being.

8:55 - 9:10 am

Break & Refreshments

9:10 – 10:00 am

Employees "Get Religion"—Make Sure You Are Prepared

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Religious accommodation requests were somewhat of a rarity in the past—and then came COVID. As the pandemic raged, so did the requests for accommodations. Now that employees understand the availability of this tool, the requests are expected to continue (with an uptick in litigation as well). Learn all the details of the law and how to prepare your organization against possible legal action.

10:00 – 10:45 am

Investigations Post-COVID—Avoiding the Biggest Blunders

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HR investigations are more important than ever--but also often more complicated than in the past. Remote workers, Zoom meetings, and legal limitations are just a few of the challenges in the post-COVID workplace. Learn the step-by-step process to effectively (and legally) investigate (and properly document) any kind of employee misconduct, avoiding the most common errors. These tips and strategies will help you resolve workplace complaints more successfully.

10:45 - 11:00 am

Break & Refreshments

11:00 - 11:30 am

Words Have Consequences: "Say This, Not That"

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Words matter -- especially when they are the words used by HR. Learn the best approaches to communicating employment related decisions and development, without creating legal liability. These rakes are common and easy to step on. Make sure you avoid these landmines for your company — and you.

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Managing the Jerks at Work and Ditching the Toxic Culture

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You know those jerks at work? The ones who are chasing your best employees out the door? Instead of tolerating this toxic behavior, take back control. Leave this session with the confidence to go back to your workplace and defuse the drama for good.

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Learn from the Lawyers Luncheon

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You know that question you’ve been dying to get an expert opinion on? Here’s your chance. One of the attorneys and speakers from the LEAP program will be assigned to each table to answer your questions during lunch. You will gain the opportunity to listen in and discover the successes—and mistakes—of your HR colleagues.

1:00 - 1:30 pm

In Case You Missed It: Key Takeaways from LEAP 2023

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This “lightning-round” closing event is a LEAP favorite. Speakers from the three days of LEAP’s popular breakout sessions and pre-conference workshops will provide the key, practical takeaways, allowing you to create a customized “action plan” for legal and HR changes in your organization.

1:30 - 2:00 pm

The Roundtable Players: A humorous review of the program highlights

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In this litigious climate, we all need a laugh. The Roundtable Players are famous for their humorous approach to concluding the LEAP seminar in this side-splitting review of the program’s highlights. Past shows have included “HR Family Feud” and “American Employment Law Idol.” You won’t want to miss what they come up with this year!

2:00 pm

General Session Closing

2:15 - 4:15 pm

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  • Handbooks Update: Required Changes and Mistakes to Avoid — Think your handbook is airtight? Discover the mistakes found in most handbooks, and how these can damage employers and be used against them. Learn how to bulletproof your handbook and avoid the most common mistakes. 
  • FMLA Master Class — When it comes to the Family and Medical Leave Act, employers must do more than cover their bases. Dive into this advanced training and emerge an FMLA Master who can manage challenging leave requests and accommodation issues, know when you can say no, and more.
  • Multi-states Equals Multiple Problems—How to Ensure you Comply — Post-COVID, employers now have employees working in dozens of states, creating complicated issues for employers. Learn how to navigate through some of these challenges. Also, receive an update on the varying rules in different states and how to ensure you comply. 
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