Upcoming Events

Committed to the education of the employer community in emerging HR and employment law topics

Our HR Lunch & Learn and Workshops are designed specifically for HR professionals and business owners. Join us as we discuss hot topics in HR and employment law.


HR Lunch & Learns





December HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, December 14, 2017, 12:00 PM
Hiring and Interviewing
Starting Off Well

Oftentimes employers are so focused on attracting the ideal candidate and asking the right (legal!) questions that little time is dedicated to considering key documents in the hiring process. Because your legal obligations start as soon as you begin thinking about hiring, it vital that all written communications - whether a "want ad" or offer letter - be legally sound. During this HR Lunch & Learn we will discuss the documents related to interviewing and hiring and best legal practices to start off well.

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January HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, January 11, 2018, 12:00 PM
What's Ahead: The Top HR Legal Issues for 2018

A new year always ushers in new HR legal issues and 2018 is no exception. Join us as we explore the "hot topics" in HR law this year, including: Harassment and the "Weinstein" effect The impact of marijuana laws on the workplace Changes the Gig economy is bringing to employment issues Mandatory Flu shots And more!

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February HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, February 08, 2018, 12:00 PM
What to Do When You Don't "Like" Your Employees' Social Media Activities

Social media is great for connecting with old high school buddies or announcing good news (or, apparently, sharing a picture of your lunch). But what happens when social media invades your workplace to distract employees, compromise your business' reputation, or tie your company to comments and opinions that are contrary to company values? How much control do you have over work-related social media accounts? And who "owns" them?
Join us as we discuss Which of your employee's social media activities are protected by law What your employees can and cannot "get away with" on social media How to draft an effective (and legal!) social media policy Handling ownership of company accounts and content.

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November HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, November 09, 2017, 12:00 PM
Just Because They Left, Doesn't Mean They Went Away.
Handling Post-Employment HR Matters.

What happens after an employee is no longer an employee of yours? There are lots of things to think about when an employee leaves - whether voluntary or not - and many should be considered before the employee ever starts working for you. Our November HR Lunch & Learn will focus on unemployment compensation, protecting confidential information and trade secrets, handling client/customer poaching, and other common post-employment concerns.

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October HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, October 19, 2017, 12:00 PM
Manager Mayhem Pt.2
The Vital Role of Managers and Supervisors in HR Compliance.

Join us as we continue our discussion with managers and supervisors about the vital role they play in protecting against or defending HR claims. We will focus on identifying common, and often innocent, mistakes made by managers and supervisors and how to avoid them. Managers and supervisors will come away with a better awareness of HR laws, the implications of their actions, and practical ways to support a compliant environment.

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September HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, September 14, 2017, 12:00 PM
Manager Mayhem Pt.1
The Vital Role of Managers and Supervisors in HR Compliance.

Behind every employment claim is a manager or supervisor who did something - right or wrong. More often than not that "something" significantly impacts the outcome of the claim. Educating managers and supervisors about the impact of their actions or inaction is invaluable to protecting against, or defending, an employee's claim. This month's HR Lunch & Learn is part one of a two-part series designed to provide practical training to those leading your workforce.

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August HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, August 10, 2017, 12:00 PM
Where Are All My Employees?
Managing The FMLA, ADA and Other Leave Laws

Does your office sometimes seem like a ghost-town . . . with tumbleweeds blowing down the hall of empty offices? Protected leave - an employee's legal right to take time off - is one of the most frequently used and abused laws. The best way to manage employee absences, and protect yourself from legal claims, is to understand your rights and obligations as an employer. This month's HR Lunch & Learn will cover best practices for handling common leave-related challenges such as coverage, notices, medical certification, and return to work. We will also discuss the interaction between the FMLA, ADA and pregnancy leave laws and how to make it all work - so that your employees can get back to work.

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July HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, July 13, 2017, 12:00 PM
Managing Employee Discipline and Termination
Avoiding New Problems While Trying to Correct Old Ones

Employee discipline and termination is a necessary part of any HR job. Oftentimes, employers are scared of resulting lawsuits or other employment claims. However, you don't want to employ that bad apple forever or allow someone to continue to underperform. During July's HR Lunch & Learn, learn the key considerations when deciding to discipline or discharge someone and the best practices to eliminate problems without creating new ones.

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June HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, June 08, 2017, 12:00 PM
A NLRA Section 7 Primer
What Every Non-Union Employer Needs to Know (hint: it's not about unionizing)

Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act gives all employees, not just union members, the right to collectively address the terms and conditions of their employment. Sounds innocent enough, doesn't it? But this law has become the platform for the employee to excuse outrageous behavior inside the workplace and out -- and the platform to sue non-union employers. This month's HR Lunch & Learn will explain NLRA's Section 7 and the anatomy of a Section 7 claim as it relates to non-union employers.

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May HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, May 04, 2017, 12:00 PM
Overtime Laws
Why We Can't (and Won't!) Stop Talking About It

Despite the recent flux in overtime laws, the truth remains the same... most employers are unwittingly violating this law. Deciding who is and who isn't exempt (i.e. entitled to overtime pay or not) is not as simple as paying a salary or making an educated guess. The same is true for determining how to pay workers and what time to pay them for (travel time? commutes? "off the clock" work? sleep time? lunch time and breaks?). This month's HR Lunch & Learn will cover these key issues, how to spot mistakes, and the path to FLSA compliance.

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April HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, April 06, 2017, 12:00 PM
EEOC and OCRC - Four Letter "Words"
You Need to Know and Understand

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued its new Strategic Enforcement plan outlining its "hot buttons." The EEOC and its state equivalent, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, will continue to pursue claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, but will also be looking to prosecute claims related to hiring and interviewing, accommodations for disabilities and pregnancy, gender pay inequity and more. Join us as we discuss the EEOC/OCRC's priorities, what to do if a claim comes your way and, better yet, how to avoid them altogether.

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March HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, March 09, 2017, 12:00 PM
The Latest, But Not Necessarily the Greatest, HR Laws
Changes and Trends You May Not Know About but Should

HR Laws continue to grow and change at a rapid pace. It is becoming more and more complicated to know, much less comply with, the myriad of laws that govern employment. Join us to discuss new HR legal issues and trends, including drug-free workplace and safety policies and programs, trade secret protections, marijuana laws and more. We will focus on how these changes impact your workplace and what changes may be necessary to stay compliant.

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February HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, February 09, 2017, 12:00 PM
Employee Handbooks
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Drafting a strong, legally compliant Employee Handbook is getting harder by the day. Yet, a good Handbook is both essential to communicating with your employees as well as a vital tool for liability protection. During this HR Lunch & Learn, we will discuss the key elements of a sound Employee Handbook as well as those provisions to avoid at all costs.

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About. JMY Law's HR Lunch & Learns are designed to be informative, and dare we say, fun, gatherings where business owners, HR professionals and anyone else is welcome to come and learn about key HR laws in a casual environment. Although presented by an experienced HR attorney, Julie M. Young, these events are geared towards non-attorneys and presented in "real people" (i.e. non-lawyer) language and style.

Attorney attendees. Attorneys are, of course, welcomed and often attend (just don't expect a lot of case names and legalese). Non-HR attorneys, especially business attorneys, find the content useful in helping them help their clients "issue spot" HR legal concerns. If interest demands, we will offer CLE. Let us know if this is of interest.

Food. Lunch is provided by a monthly sponsor. JMY Law encourages the sponsors to offer a variety of options, including vegetarian and gluten-free. We do not, however, have control over what is provided. If you have specific dietary needs, please feel free to bring a lunch. You'll hear the same great information whether you eat the lunch provided or your own, we promise!

Parking. There is plenty of free, easily accessible parking at the HR Lunch & Learn location. Enter from Main Street. The parking lot is at the NE corner of the Everal Barn.

Registered but cannot attend? We don't offer refunds, but you are welcome to send someone in your place (let us know, if you can). If that doesn't work out, contact us at least 24 hours before the event and we'll see what we can work out.

Want to attend but did not register? You can register online until the time of the event and "walk-ins" are welcomed. Registrations less than 24 hour before the event, however, are not guaranteed a lunch. Space is limited, so we encourage you to register online in advance.

Your information. We do not share your name or contact information with anyone. Keep in mind, however, that if you choose to enter your business card in the door prize drawing, the sponsor may contact you.

SHRM PDCs. JMY Law's HR Lunch & Learns are accredited for (1) SHRM PDC per month. Other JMY Law events, such as workshops and other training, may be earn more PDCs (see individual activity information). Make sure you sign the PDCs form at each HR Lunch & Learn so that we can follow-up with the necessary credit information.

Interested in sponsoring? For more information about becoming an HR Lunch & Learn sponsor, please visit our sponsorship page or contact Rachel at rachel@jmy-law.com.

Interested in more learning and training opportunities for your business or staff? Julie provides in-depth, personalized in-house training on many of the topics presented at the HR Lunch & Learns, including Manager and Supervisor training, Anti-Harassment/Discrimination training, and workshops on interviewing and hiring, overtime laws and more. Contact Julie at julie@jmy-law.com or 614-842-3314 for more information or if you have a particular training need.

JMY Law, LLC is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. These programs are valid for 1 PDC(s) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org