The Twelfth Annual Upper Midwest Labor Law Forum

Date:          Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Cost:          $295 per attendee

Lunch included.

We are pleased to sponsor a full-day, upper-level program dealing with today’s most significant labor and employee relations issues. The program will discuss recent legal developments, trends in the areas of bargaining and organizing, employment law developments and dispute resolution practices.

Though there are now imitations, this is the original program in the Midwest created solely for labor relations professionals, and your presence would be a significant contribution to the program. To the greatest extent possible, we will encourage open discussion and the sharing of ideas.

Program has been approved for HRCI credits, Minnesota and Iowa CLE credits. 

The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute's® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.


7:30 a.m.  - 8:15 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast  (Plaza Room 1)  
8:15 a.m.  - 9:45 a.m.

Handling the Discipline, Grievance and Arbitration Process, including a panel discussion of hypothetical arbitration cases by experienced   arbitrators; strategies for dealing with employees failing to meet expectations; methods of conducting workplace investigations, imposing discipline, and discharging employees; and interpreting the collective bargaining agreement.                  Presented By: Gregory L. Peters &  Arbitration Panel: Joseph Daly, Frank Kapsch, and John Remington

9:45 a.m.  - 10:00 a.m. Break  
10:00 a.m.  - 11:30 a.m. 

Recent Developments with the NLRB, including a review of major new cases, procedures, and trends affecting union and non-union employers.  Presented by: Michael R. Link

11:30 a.m.  - 12:45 p.m.  Labor Law Luncheon  (Plaza Room 3)  
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Hot Topics in Minnesota Employment Law, focusing on paid sick leave requirements; proposed legislation such as minimum wage; recent MDHR, DOL, and I-9 audit tactics and findings; and new Minnesota case law.  Presented by: Corie J. Tarara

1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Break  
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Emerging Federal Employment and Regulatory Issues under the Trump Administration, covering the new regulatory landscape, including expected rules, rollbacks and initiatives from the Department of Labor (DOL), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and other federal agencies.  Presented by: Martin D. Kappenman

 3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Break  
 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Collective Bargaining Trends and Strategies, covering wage patterns, pension and insurance issues including withdrawal liability, subcontracting, concessionary bargaining strategies, and contingency plans for potential bargaining impasses and strikes.       Presented by: Thomas R. Revnew


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