Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. presents a Labor & Employment Conference for Healthcare Professionals, focusing on new or recurring issues and concerns which executives, managers, and human resources professionals face daily in the healthcare industry.

Thursday, March 12, 2020
8:00 AM Registration
8:30 AM - 3:15 PM Conference


Lod Cook Hotel at LSU

3848 W Lakeshore Drive

Baton Rouge, LA 70808


$95.00 per attendee
$35.00 per sponsoring organization attendee
Fees include lunch.


8:00 Registration

8:30-8:45 Introduction

8:45-9:30 Mitigating Risk When ICE Comes Calling
E. Fredrick Preis, Jr. and Rachael Jeanfreau

In July, 2019, ICE confirmed in a much publicized news conference that it served (and intended to continue serving) thousands of Notices of Inspection to employers nationwide. Such notices requesting I-9 forms and related documents are typically accompanied by an Immigration Enforcement Subpoena and require prompt, informed action on the part of the organization. In this session of the conference, we will discuss what to expect in an ICE audit and steps to mitigate risk associated with such agency action. 

9:30-10:15 Wage & Hour Issues Permeating the Healthcare Arena
Jerry L. Stovall, Jr. and Alexandra Cobb Hains

FLSA collective actions are on the rise and you don’t want your organization to become a target. We will address new or recurring wage issues plaguing healthcare employers such as factoring employee bonuses or other irregular payments into the "regular rate of pay"; compensability of training time; off-the-clock work; auto-deduction of lunch breaks; pitfalls of deductions in pay; and more!

10:15-10:45 Coronavirus and its impact on Employers and Employees
E. Fredrick Preis, Jr. 

This presentation will address the Coronavirus and its Impact on employers and employees. 

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Protecting Your Organization, Patients, and Employees From Violence in the Workplace
Special Agent Natalie A. Phelan, FBI, New Orleans Division

Our special guest, Special Agent Natalie Phelan of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will bring her expertise to the healthcare industry in this timely discussion of how to protect your workforce and patients in an active shooter (or other violent) situation.

12:00-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:30 Preventing and Defending Discrimination and Retaliation Charges and Lawsuits
Melissa M. Shirley

You asked, we answered. In last year’s conference survey, many participants requested a topic which covered the spectrum of defending discrimination and retaliation claims. This year, we will address best practices to avoid such claims and best position your organization to defend the claims when (not if) they are filed, as well as what to expect in connection with the EEOC Charge process and possible litigation which follows.

1:30-1:45 Break

1:45-2:30 The Remote Workplace: Risks, Rewards, and Accommodations

Murphy J. Foster, III and Matthew M. McCluer

Telecommuting is an increasingly popular “ask” (and thus recruiting tool) in some facets of the healthcare industry. The ability to telework has also been recognized as a potential “reasonable accommodation” under the Americans With Disabilities Act, including in healthcare job scenarios which are both surprising and alarming. We will identify and discuss risks associated with telework arrangements, and how to minimize those risks through effective policies, procedures, and teleworking agreements.

2:30-3:15 Perils and Pitfalls at the Intersection of Social Media and Employment
Eve B. Masinter and Philip Giorlando

Did my employee really just say that about our patients? Do I have to put up with this public criticism? Can I discipline for ill-advised posting? Was that a HIPAA violation? Can I use social media as a hiring tool? We will discuss common concerns arising from employee and employer use of social media and analyze all of your burning social media questions.


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