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Susan Fahey Desmond
Partner, New Orleans Office, Jackson Lewis LLP

Susan Desmond is a partner with the firm of Jackson Lewis, LLP which has offices in 59 cities across the country. She has been representing management in the area of labor and employment law since her graduation from the University of Tennessee School Of Law. Susan is a frequent speaker and author on a number of labor and employment issues. She is named in Best Lawyers in America and has been named by Chambers USA as one of America's leading business lawyers for labor and employment law.

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Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls from Screening Applicants

It is bad enough that when you check into an applicant's background that previous employers will only let you know that the applicant worked for them and their position. Now, one of the big agenda items of the EEOC is to attack an employer's use of background information such as a criminal history. On the other hand, employers have faced costly jury verdicts for negligent hiring when the individual inflicts harm on others. This webinar will walk you through the laws you should consider in your hiring process like Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and more!

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Prescription Drugs and Marijuana Use in the Workplace

Most employers don't want to know about their employees' medical problems and the treatment they may be undergoing to deal with an underlying medical problem. Yet, sometimes, it is absolutely necessary to know what kinds of medications your employees are taking. You took a Trazadone to help you sleep last night? You took a Xanax before reporting to work? Did you take what was prescribed or have you developed an addiction to your prescriptions? Oh, your doctor prescribed marijuana to deal with your seizures? Don't you know that is illegal?

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Labor and Employment Law Issues related to Social Networking

Employers who use social media will find that they may be violating rules under the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), regulations from the Federal Trade commission, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, the National Labor Relations Act, the Health Insurance and Portability Act, and state security requirements, and many other laws.

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Determining Which Employees are Exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act

The webinar will cover how to determine exemptions under the DOL's regulations and what the DOL will look for during an audit or investigation. In addition to the three most commonly used exemption - managerial, administrative, and professional, we will cover other exemptions such as the computer professional and the Motor Carrier Act.

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Calculating Overtime Correctly under the Fair Labor Standards Act

The webinar will cover a host of issues under the FLSA - what time is "working time" and, therefore, must be used in an overtime calculation; legal methods of calculating the hourly rate (it is not as easy as you think); various legal methods of paying overtime that can save your company money; and recordkeeping requirements. We will also discuss how to "fix" your errors when you discover they have been made. Finally, we will discuss what you can expect if you have the misfortune of being named in a collective or class action lawsuit.

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Employer Rights - Legal Issues in Investigating your Employees Privacy

The webinar will cover a host of issues concerning when employers' rights in investigating their employees' conduct conflicts their employees' right to privacy. Can you search your employee's desk or locker? Can you search your employee's briefcase/purse? Can you search emails or monitor voice mails? What about video monitoring? What about that GPS tracker you have under those who are out in the field? What investigatory techniques can you use to investigate possible fraudulent workers' compensation claims or possible abuse of your leave policies? When can your investigatory techniques land you in court (or have landed other employers in court)?

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