Work Smarter, Not Harder! HR/Legal Series Continues

by Ed/Glen Chamber on April 23rd, 2012

Plan to attend the 2012 professional education HR/Legal Series: Work Smarter, Not Harder!

The first session will be held Tuesday, January 24 from 8:30-11:30am at Glen Carbon Hampton Inn. Representatives from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) will provide guests with valuable information about fighting unemployment claims.

This series of professional education programs will help you run your business more efficiently and positively impact your bottom line. Networking and breakfast begins at 8am. Educational programs are from 8:30-10:30am with Q&A session included.

Cost to attend the series of six sessions is $100 per person ($150 non-members), or $20 per session ($30 non-members).

JANUARY 24
Fighting Unemployment Claims with IDES


MARCH 27
Managing Employee Leave

presented by Thomas E. Berry, Jr.
Balancing an employer’s obligation toward employees with medical restrictions can be daunting and perplexing. This program will explain the overlapping obligations under the laws addressing disability discrimination, medical leave and workers’ compensation, and it will provide practical guidelines and solutions to the most common situations.

MAY 22
Business Succession Planning
presented by Bhavik R. Patel

In this session you will plan an effective succession of management and ownership of your business, determine the right triggering events for a buy-sell agreement, determine the right valuation of your business, and determine the best method for payment of purchase price.

JULY 24
The Employment Relationship in the Age of Social Media
presented by Thomas E. Berry, Jr.

As social media technology continues to expand, the law is slow to catch up. This program will identify not only the legal risks that employers may inadvertently violate, but it will also offer practical solutions for employers to balance their rights and responsibilities with employee
expectations and legal protections.

SEPTEMBER 25
The Do’s & Don’ts of Hiring, Disciplining & Firing Employees:
How to Do It Right & Avoid Lawsuits
presented by Thomas E. Berry, Jr.

Hiring, documenting and firing are three of the greatest challenges that managers face in their careers. Join our speakers who will share their experiences and expertise in hiring ideal candidates and making termination decisions.

NOVEMBER 27
Protecting Your Trade Secrets & Business Name
presented by Philip J. Lading

The tension between protecting business assets with an employee’s right to earn a living and change employers are in tension as employers try to restrict competition or the disclosure of proprietary information and business records. This program will help identity what type of
agreement to utilize and how to enforce these agreements.

This professional education series is proudly brought to you by the attorneys at Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard and the Ed/Glen Chamber's professional education committee.

Thomas E. Berry, Jr. is a shareholder of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard and serves as Practice Group Leader for Business Litigation and leads the employment law team. Tom is also part of the Business Law Practice Group. He focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment law with regards to all aspects of employment litigation, employment counseling and immigration. Tom has extensive litigation experience which permits him to effectively counsel and advise clients on a variety of employment related issues in order to insure that effective human
resource practices and procedures are followed in order to minimize any additional exposure.

Philip J. Lading is a shareholder of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard and primarily practices in the firm’s Business and Business Litigation Practice Groups. Phil has extensive experience in municipal, local and state law, business and commercial litigation, insurance defense litigation, insurance coverage disputes and family law. He also serves as the City Attorney for Staunton,
IL, and the Village Attorney for both New Douglas, IL, and Hamel, IL.

Bhavik R. Patel joined Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard in 2004 and is the Business Law Practice Group Leader. Additionally, he is the Chair of the firm’s Wealth Planning Group and Special Needs Planning Group. Bhavik is also the managing member of the firm’s O’Fallon, IL office. He practices in both the Business and Business Litigation Practice Groups and focuses in
the following areas: wealth/tax planning & administration; business/corporate planning; special needs planning; probate & trust litigation; FINRA litigation; and trademarks.


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