College of Business students attended the Labor and Employment Law Seminar on October
18, 2013, presented by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC and offered by the Indiana County
Area Society for Human Resource Management.
Stachura, Jamie Czech, Laci McAdams, and Natalie Demarino represented Eberly
during the four sessions held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Kovalchick
Convention and Athletic Complex.
was geared toward those who wished to enter the human resources field, or who
were already a part of it, and Stachura, Czech, McAdams, and Demarino found it
“It was interesting to see
what topics were of most concern to HR professionals, and to talk to these
professionals in a less formal setting,” Stachura said. “I
also found it extremely useful to learn about the newest employment legislation
and court decisions, because these are things that could affect my job in the near
session was “Labor and Employment Law—Year in Review” which focused on
getting participants up to speed on the various developments in employment
litigation, trends in labor relations, and new legislation. It also talked about
how these developments can affect employers.
session, “Emerging Issues in Wage and Hour Compliance,” discussed the latest
legal developments regarding exempt status, off-the-clock work, class-based
claims, and other issues. It provided tips on how to address the most common
areas of vulnerability.
session was “ADA, FMLA, and Workers Compensation: Managing the Employee that doesn’t
want to return to Work,” which dealt with employees who claim to have been
injured at work and present compliance issues. It also discussed ways for human
resource professionals to minimize risks of liability and improve the
likelihood that the employee with return productively to work.
session, “Bad Actors in the Workplace,” discussed subjects from workplace
bullying to office romance and how to address these scenarios that are common
for the human resources professional.
that despite having been at many conferences as an undergrad, the Labor and
Employment Law seminar was different.
interesting about this particular opportunity was that it was not geared
toward me or any of the other three students who attended for that matter,” Czech
said. “Instead, we had an opportunity to experience a day in the life of a
‘real’ HR professional. This is exactly the sort of events I will be
attending after I graduate in May, and I appreciate that the Indiana SHRM
and IUP gave me the chance for this small, but meaningful realistic
preview to job-life."
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