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There are so many laws, acts, and ordinances that employers must be aware of and in compliance with, and awareness of federal and state employment laws and regulations and how to mitigate risk is now more crucial than ever. As HR professionals, managers, and supervisors, you can increase the risk of employment-related claims by committing mistakes that could easily have been prevented. 

Virtually all decisions inherent in employment law violation lie with under-educated management. In this class, you will review the federal and state employment laws that impact your role (FLSA, FMLA, ADA, OSHA, and more), and explore strategies for reducing legal risk and potential challenges throughout the life cycle of employment, from hiring to firing.

Why you should Attend

This program will give participants an overview of the major employment laws, federal and state, and discuss key information on compliance in the workplace on what the various laws are that you need to be aware of and have a general understanding of, for compliance purposes.

Areas Covered in the Session

  • Labor and Employment Law: Where Does it All Come From?
  • Avoiding Common Employment Law and HR Pitfalls
  • An Overview of Key Federal and State Employment Laws
  • Federal, State, and Local Laws: Key Differences
  • Employment Law Differences Between the Public and Private Sectors
  • Employment Discrimination Laws
  • Wage & Hour Laws 
  • Benefits, and Compensation Laws 
  • Safety and Security Laws 
  • Legal Issues in HR Policies and Practices: Hiring & Firing, Performance Reviews, Discipline, and more
  • The Legalities of Employment Policies to Be Aware Of

Who Will Benefit

  • HR Professionals
  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Business Owners
  • Payroll Professionals

Speaker Profile

Steven G. Meilleur, Ph.D., SPHR – is President, CEO – PRAXIS Management Solutions, LLC, a New Mexico-based management consulting firm specializing in human resources, employee relations, leadership, training & organizational development, organizational research and assessment, strategic & operational planning, and non-profit organization management and governance. Dr. Meilleur has more than 40 years of management and executive-level experience in human resources, risk management, and organizational management in the private non-profit public, and private for-profit sectors.

Dr. Meilleur also serves as Senior Vice-President and Risk Services Consultant for Human Resources and Employment with Poms & Associates, a national risk services and insurance brokerage firm. His previous work experience includes public, private, and nonprofit organizations, in executive and management capacities.

He is also on the faculty of the UNM School of Public Administration in the graduate program, teaching in the areas of human resource management, nonprofit organization management, leadership, dispute resolution, organizational change, and human resource development. He has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops across the country, and is a published author in the areas of human resources, marketing, leadership and management development, organizational change and innovation, non-profit organization management, and board development.

Dr. Meilleur received a BA in English Literature and Education from Bucknell University, an Executive MBA from the University of New Mexico's Anderson Graduate School of Management, and his Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational Learning from UNM. He received his certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Society for Human Resource Management in 1995.