Students Attend Labor and Employment Law Seminar

Posted on 10/23/2013 2:50:19 PM

Four Eberly students at the Labor and Employment Law SeminarFour Eberly 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.

Jessica 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.

The seminar 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 very educational.

“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 future.”

The first 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.

The second 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.

The third 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.

The final 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.

Czech said that despite having been at many conferences as an undergrad, the Labor and Employment Law seminar was different.

“What was 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."

Aleda Johnson