The 2020 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute took place virtually on September 15-16, 2020. Co-sponsored by Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section, and the Twin Cities Human Resource Association, this annual conference was terrific, albeit in a different format due to COVID-19.
This year, in addition to presenting three sessions, Leonard Segal also was asked by Minnesota CLE to be a course planner for the entire program. The three sessions Lenny presented were:
- The FMLA – Basic Law and Practice: The Family and Medical Leave Act is now almost 30 years old, yet compliance still can be a challenge for many organizations. In this session, ideal for those new to the FMLA or who needed a refresher, Lenny addressed all aspects of the FMLA, from employee eligibility and employer coverage thresholds, to leave requirements, to posting and recordkeeping. In addition, Lenny addressed the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, which was part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
- Sick and Safe Time – Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Duluth: Both Minneapolis and St. Paul enacted sick and safe time ordinances that took effect in 2017. In addition, Duluth adopted its own SST ordinance that took effect on January 1, 2020, and which is quite different than those adopted by the Twin Cities. This session helped familiarize employers with each of these ordinances and what they must do to be in compliance.
- Open Forum on Wage Theft Laws and Implementation of New Requirements: This open forum allowed attendees to ask any and all questions regarding recently enacted wage theft laws in Minnesota and Minneapolis (as well as other locations). Lenny had the pleasure of serving on a panel with another experienced employment law attorney. This session provided a great opportunity for those in attendance to receive guidance from experienced employment law attorneys about a topic that seems to be flying under the radar.
Attendees of this year’s Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute learned a lot of information, received updates on the ever-changing world of employment law, and left the conference with great resource materials. For further information about this year’s program, please click this link: 2020 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute.
If you attended this year, we hope you had a great time and found the ELI to be a great experience!