This year, I’ll be doing a series of 4 presentations covering various HR & labor & employment law issues confronting business. Each presentation is from 3PM – 5PM & are on the following Wednesdays: 2/17, 5/11, 8/17 and 11/16. They’re at Chicago’s Department of Business & Consumer Affairs, 121 N. LaSalle St., #801. The presentations are free. To register, contact Geralyn Catino—Geralyn.Catino@cityofchicago.org.
My 2/17 presentation concerns the coming changes in employee classification, hourly vs. salaried & contractors vs. employees. With so much legal, legislative & media attention focused on income inequality, federal, state & local governments are changing how businesses classify & compensate employees. More specifically, there are changes coming to the definitions of hourly & salaried employees (overtime eligible vs. not) & independent contractors vs. employees (W2 vs. 1099). Over the next few years, fewer businesses will be able to avoid overtime & classifying workers as W2 employees. This will be a Q & A based discussion.
Upcoming presentations will examine social media, workplace communication & legal compliance (labor & employment law & human resources compliance)–friend, fiend or unfriend? The essentials for avoiding employment related disputes–how to resolve disputes in-house & how to know if you’re in over your head (when to get help!). Dealing with difficult employees, government regulators, etc. Employee policies, handbooks & agreements–does my business need them? The whys, whens & whats.