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2021: New Challenges in the New Year

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New Challenges Employment Law Virtual Seminar

New Challenges in the New Year

A Virtual Seminar for Employers & HR Professionals

Originally Held: February 25, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. to Noon
Cost: Complimentary

Program Description:

While many talked in jest about flipping the calendar to magically whisk away the turbulence and instability of 2020, the challenges of conducting business amid one of the most difficult periods in the nation’s history continue to persist.

In fact, a host of new issues face business owners in the new year, so we took the time to address them and provided practical tactics and strategies employers and HR professionals can use to stay ahead and position their organizations for future success.

This virtual seminar consisted of a plenary session focusing on the newest COVID-19 developments employers need to know followed by two breakout sessions on issues we saw as particularly pressing in today’s workplace.

Plenary Session: COVID-19 Employment Law Update. This session include a detailed discussion of current legal requirements and best practices relating to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Our panelists answered questions and concerns regarding mandatory vaccinations, workplace safety policies and preparedness plans, employee performance and productivity, and FMLA/ADA implications. 

Breakout Session 1: They Said What? During a smaller breakout session, our panel had an open discussion regarding a very hot topic in the workplace: speech concerns. How do employers, both public and private, address problems related to political, personal, and (for public employers) “free” speech in the workplace? What strategies should you employ when workplace speech starts spilling into social media or other online platforms? Where can you draw the line?

Breakout Session 2: Making Sure the Math is Right. This breakout group tackled emerging wage and hour issues, including an analysis of lesser known and “remote work” pay practice pitfalls and solutions. Included in this discussion were answers to questions you might not have yet considered, such as the impact of COVID-19 incentives on overtime calculations and how the new DOL regulations regarding “independent contractors” might cause your company concern regarding misclassification.

Who Should Attend?

This complimentary seminar was designed to benefit business owners and executives, human resource professionals and insurance carriers providing Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI).

Continuing Education Credits

This activity was approved by the HR Certification Institute for 2 (general) HRCI approval logo 2021recertification credits toward the aPHR®, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi® and SPHRi® certifications. The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®)  criteria for recertification credit pre-approval. This approval is valid through  2/25/2021 and is non-transferable. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at

Plunkett Cooney is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits SHRM logo 2021(PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program was approved for 2 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

Presentation Recordings:

New Challenges Virtual Seminar Presentation

New Challenges Virtual Seminar Free Speech Breakout

New Challenges Virtual Seminar Wage and Hour Breakout