Date: 01/26/2022
Time: 1 pm eastern
Run Time: 90 minutes including Q & A session
Leader: Dr. Jim Castagnera, attorney at law
Credits: Awarded 1.5 credit hours by HRCI and 1.5 PDCs by SHRM
Price: Webinar $295; Webinar + Download $349 (Share the download with your colleagues)
Audience: HR, benefits, finance, CEOs, in-house counsel, managers and supervisors, payroll, finance, etc.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Time for both your 2022 HR compliance self-audit and to update your company’s employee handbook. 2021 was about the employee management challenges caused by Covid and the reversing of Trump-era Executive Orders by the new Biden Administration. You may think your employee policies and procedures are up to date, but so many regulatory and statutory changes happened in 2021 and they all seemed, like a tsunami, to just keep coming.  In that type of employment regulatory environment, it’s hard to know if you made all the necessary changes, and now it’s time to prepare for another year of nonstop regulatory activity. Employers will continue to deal with important issues left over from 2021 as well as with new issues including the continuing confusion around government and employer vaccination mandates, back to work issues, additional pro-labor Biden Administration initiatives and Executive Orders, and a growing number of labor friendly agency actions and legal decisions. In this climate, it’s time to conduct your 2022 HR compliance self-audit, update your employee handbook, and get ready for the additional changes in employment regulations that are likely to take place during the next 12 months.

Please join Dr. Jim Castagnera, employment law attorney, as he guides you through your 2022 HR policies and procedures and employee handbook self-audit. He’ll discuss the new statutes, regs and guidelines, highlighting important changes to your policies and procedures made necessary by the current business and employment law environment. The best way to protect your employer from liability, which could include employee lawsuits and administrative-agency inspections and citations, is by making sure your employee handbook and the policies and procedures it contains accurately reflect all of requirements and acts as a blueprint for legally and respectfully managing your employees.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Dr. Castagnera will provide summary and analysis of:

  • The federal and state statutes and regulations to cover in your annual audit to ensure compliance across the full spectrum, including the traditional federal alphabet soup: ADA, FLSA, FMLA, GINA, HIPAA, NLRA, OSHA, and Title VII, as well as any new federal employee pandemic relief measures and/or mandates which might become effective
  • The impact of the Biden Administration on Trump-era executive orders, NLRB decisions and rulemaking, EEOC policies, and DOL regs
  • How the reconstituted, Democrat-dominated NLRB will again be the “Employee Handbook Police,” as during the Obama Administration
  • Cases that the new NLRB General Counsel specifically wants the Board to reverse
  • The new DOL-NLRB-EEOC initiative to tackle retaliation claims
  • The status of the Biden Plan Out of the Pandemic and the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard on vaccination & testing, and the litigation challenges
  • Sample policy language and work rules to meet the challenges posed by these changes in 2022
  • Revising your organization’s policies for the “new normal” of recurring pandemics
  • Mandating or encouraging vaccinations in the absence of clear federal or state guidance
  • The EEOC’s new initiative on the use of artificial intelligence in employment practices
  • The latest relevant employee lawsuits, and litigation-prevention strategies that can be reflected in your employee handbook and HR policies

PROGRAM LEADER

Jim Castagnera holds an M.A. in journalism from Kent State University, and a J.D. and Ph.D. (American studies) from Case Western Reserve University. He worked 10 years as a labor, employment, and intellectual-property attorney with Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr and 23 years as associate provost & legal counsel for academic affairs at Rider University, where in 2018 he received the university’s highest annual award for distinguished service. He also did stints as a full-time law professor at UT-Austin and Widener University Law School.

Having retired from Rider in 2019, he is engaged in a portfolio of activities: member and chief consultant of Holland Media Services LLC, a communications and training company with offices in Philadelphia and Los Angeles; member of Portum Group International LLC, a cyber security & privacy consulting firm in Philadelphia; of counsel to Washington International Business Counsel; and adjunct professor of Law in the Kline School of Law at Drexel University.