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 Export to Your Calendar 4/13/2017
When: Thursday April 13, 2017
8:00 to 11:00 am
222 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois  60601
United States
Contact: Chicago SHRM Headquarters
(312) 368-0188

Online registration is available until: 4/13/2017
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Legal Forum | Protect Your Organization in 2017 and Beyond
Chicago SHRM Members $69 | Non-Members $99

8:00 - 8:15am | Registration and Networking
8:15 - 8:30am | Announcements
8:30 - 11:00am | Presentation

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This program qualifies for 2.5 SHRM & HRCI Recertification Hours


Panel on What to Expect from the Trump Administration and What the States and Cities May Do in Response

Aaron Gelb - Vedder Price PC
Aaron is a Shareholder at Vedder Price PC and a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment practice area. He represents employers in all aspects of equal employment opportunity, wrongful discharge and labor relations litigation before federal and state courts and federal, state and local fair employment and administrative agencies such as the EEOC, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Cook County Civil Rights Commission, Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board and OSHA.  Mr. Gelb regularly counsels employers regarding a variety of labor and employment issues such as discipline and discharge, handbook and/or policy development/revision, disability accommodations, the Family and Medical Leave Act and other types of leaves of absence, harassment and other workplace investigations and management training.

Christina Christina Murdoch - Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C.
Ms. Murdoch has been an associate at the Chicago law firm of Scott D. Pollock & Associates since 2007, where she practices exclusively immigration and nationality law.  She concentrates her practice on employment-based immigration, including H-1B and other nonimmigrant employment-based visas, family-based immigration, naturalization, federal court litigation, and waivers of inadmissibility.

Kate Plush - National Marine Manufactures Association (NMMA) 
Kate is Vice President, Human Resources of National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA),  the world’s largest recreational boating trade association that produces and owns over 25 boat shows.   They have over 10 offices with 600 employees (both union/non-union) in Canada and the United States.  She holds a Masters in HR from Loyola, Chicago, IL and BA in English from Douglass College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ


Marijuana in the Workplace/Drug-Alcohol Policies – State and Federal Developments

Karen Byron - Waterton Residential
Joined the human resources team at Waterton Residential in June 2010.  Experience includes both strategic and tactical initiatives for all HR affairs including employment/recruitment, performance management, policy administration, compensation, benefits, leave of absence, employee and labor relations, training and development, and HRIS.  Received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from North Central College and a Master of Business Administration from DePaul University.

Neil Seltz - ARCpoint Labs
President/CEO of ARCpoint Labs in Chicago-Loop, IL. ARCpoint Labs is a local leader in Drug & Alcohol Testing for Corporations, Small/Medium Size Businesses, FMCSA, DOT, Drug Free Workplaces and Individuals. We employ the most current Drug Testing technologies available including Electronic Chain of Custody to deliver instant results to our clients. Mobile & Onsite Drug Testing is available for businesses seeking to reduce liability & improve productivity in the workplace.

Leticia Ransom - DuSable Museum
I am a dedicated Human Resources Professional with a proven background in achieving results and building strong relationships in a diverse organizational setting. I have the drive, ability, and skills that are required for a Human Resources Professional. I am passionate about the filed, results oriented, efficient, a quick learner, and innovative thinker and I am organized. I have over 10 years of progressive human resources experience including compensation, benefit administration, recruitment and retention.

Rafael Lazaro - Pavía & Lázaro
Rafael E. Lázaro is a founding member of Pavía & Lázaro. He has litigation experience before the Illinois, Puerto Rico and United States courts in such diverse areas as employment discrimination under Title VII, the ADA, and the ADEA; the FMLA, ERISA and suits under Sections 1983 and 1981. Prior to establishing Pavía & Lázaro, Mr. Lázaro was an attorney at Seyfarth Shaw LLP where he represented employers, and at Stowell & Friedman Ltd. where he represented employees in class and collective employment law actions.


Data Protection – Role of HR and Why It’s Important

Dave Moore - Laner Muchin, Ltd.
David is a partner at the law firm of Laner Muchin, Ltd., which assists employers with respect to employment litigation, labor relations, employee benefits, and employment related immigration.  David represents employers in federal and state court and before federal, state and local administrative agencies on matters ranging from wage and hour class actions, single and multi-plaintiff discrimination, harasssment and wrongful discharge claims, and non-compete issues.  David also counsels employers on day-to-day employment law and HR compliance, including under Title VII, the ADEA, the FMLA, the FLSA, the FCRP, and NLRA, and similar state and local laws.

Alisa Alisa Swauger - Heitman, LLC
Graduated from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2005 and immediately started a career in Human Resources.  Prior to joining Heitman, I worked at a soft-ware firm for 6 years as a Generalist; and have spent the last 2 years as an HR Business Partner at Heitman, a global real estate investment management firm.  At Heitman, I support a workforce of 300+ employees and primarily focus on our global needs in recruitment, performance management, practice/policy development and employee relations.

Phil Phil Schreiber - Holland & Knight
Phil is experienced in employment discrimination, as well as wage and hour class and collective action litigation before federal and state administrative agencies and federal and state courts. Mr. Schreiber also is experienced in issues relating to drug and alcohol testing, the WARN Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act, military leave, wrongful discharge, employee handbooks, employment contracts, covenants not to compete, separation agreements, unemployment compensation benefits claims, and various other employment-related matters. Mr. Schreiber is experienced in traditional labor matters, including union elections, contract arbitration, and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.


Risk Mitigation – It’s a Dangerous World

Rachel Ablin - Ablin Law, PC
Rachel Ablin is the founder of Ablin Law, PC a firm focused on conducting independent investigations of suspected workplace misconduct.  Ms. Ablin has extensive employment law experience.  Prior to starting her firm, Ms. Ablin worked for over 19 years as in-house employment counsel for Walgreens.  In her role at Walgreens, she successfully advised business clients on a broad spectrum of employment and labor law matters. This included advising clients on complex and high risk employee relations issues, conducting and directing internal investigations, representing the company before administrative agencies nationwide and successfully managing Title VII, ADA, FMLA, ADEA, PDA, retaliation and public accommodation single plaintiff and class action litigation.

Lew Jacobson, Consultant
Lew currently provides HR and/or benefits management and operational services on a contract basis. Previously Lew was the Chief HR officer for a multi-subsidiary, electrical equipment manufacturing company for more than 20 years. Scope of responsibility included full operational and strategic management, legal matters, labor relations, and benefit plans’ assets investment. Also, more than 10 years with R.R. Donnelley companies as head of retirement plans. Member of SHRP since 1984 and President in 1989.

Caralyn Olie, Associate in the Labor & Employment - Vedder Price 
She represents management in all areas of employment law, including claims under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. She defends employers in state and federal court and before the NLRB, EEOC and Illinois Department of Human Rights. Ms. Olie also counsels employers on all aspects of employment law. Ms. Olie graduated in 2008 from Cornell University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations. After graduating from Cornell, Ms. Olie worked in the Human Resources Department of Morgan Stanley in New York. Ms. Olie graduated in 2013 from the Ohio State University Law School, where she focused her course work on labor and employment law. She received the CALI award for excellence in Labor Law and also participated in the alternative dispute resolution program and is a certified mediator in Ohio.

Chad Moeller - Neal Gerber Eisenberg
Chad W. Moeller is a partner with Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP in Chicago.  Chad represents corporations and not-for-profit organizations of all sizes in employment matters in federal and state court litigation, including in non-competition, trade secrets, employment discrimination, wage and hour, and contract matters. Chad counsels employers on preparing noncompetition agreements and executing “lift-outs” of competitors’ employees in a lawful manner. Chad also advises employers on a daily basis how to avoid, address and/or remediate employee relations issues.




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