Debunking the Urban Legends of Employment Law

SHRM 2013 Annual Conference
Workplace Application: This session will separate employment law myths from reality and will give you the confidence you need to address common workplace issues.
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Frequently, employees (and sometimes even HR professionals) rely on lore rather than the law in concluding what their “rights” are in the workplace. This entertaining and informative session will examine the most common employment law myths, half-truths, legends, and stories – and how you can deal with these misunderstandings in the workplace. This session will illuminate the issues surrounding at-will employment, including the viability of wrongful termination claims and whether an employee is really in a protected category. You will gain a thorough understanding of your obligations to employees in terms of wages, benefits and termination. We will also address the limit to which you should be concerned with employees' off-duty conduct, including their use of social media.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, June 17, 2013 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Joseph L. Beachboard

Joseph L.

Joseph L. Beachboard is a nationally recognized expert on employment law issues. He serves as managing director of Ogletree Deakins, an employment law specialty firm with more than 850 attorneys in 52 offices. In addition to representing management in a wide variety of employment and labor matters, Mr. Beachboard speaks regularly before HR and employer groups on cutting edge employment law topics. He is a member of SHRM and for the past two decades has been a presenter at this program and the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition. Mr. Beachboard also has developed an expertise in providing informative and engaging training programs—and has worked with dozens of companies around the country, including the cast and crew of dozens of NBC television shows (such as The Office and The Tonight Show) and the contestants, judges, and crew of several competition shows (such as So You Think You Can Dance and Master Chef).


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Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Critical Evaluation
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