GMA SHRM Professional Development Summit

November 13, 2018
Alliant Energy Center


Session 1:  Labor & Employment Law Developments in 2018—A Changing Landscape at the Federal, State and Local Level


Session 2:  “I Was Just Kidding!” Responding to Harassment, Bullying, and Humor in the Workplace

Presented By:   Tom O'Day,  Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

  Presented by:  Brian Goodman, Boardman & Clark Law Firm

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Session 1:  Labor & Employment Law Developments in 2018—A Changing Landscape at the Federal, State and Local Level 

Session 2:  “I Was Just Kidding!” Responding to Harassment, Bullying, and Humor in the Workplace

This session will provide an update of the fundamental labor and employment laws which are frequently utilized in the workplace.  The most recent changes from legislative, judicial and executive levels will be highlighted in what promised to be (and has been) a busy year.

Learning objectives:
  • Updates related to fundamental labor and employment laws will be reviewed, including:  Title VII, ADA, FMLA, Title VI, ADEA, and FLSA.
  • Particular attention will be given to recent changes to the fundamental labor laws that apply to all employers, as well as changes related to the National Labor Relations Act and the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Participants will hear about the 2018 Wisconsin Supreme Court decision regarding restrictive covenant (non-compete) agreements and how that decision and other recent Supreme Court decisions are being implemented.
Employers are often faced with complaints of harassment and bullying by employees that are offended by a co-worker’s ill-advised joke.   In the wake of the #metoo movement, harassment complaints are on the rise and complainants have high expectations for strong employer responses to ill-advised jokes, particularly related to sex.  At the same time, not all inappropriate humor rises to the level of illegal harassment; yet, such humor still has a negative effect of workplace climate and culture.  This session is designed to help HR professionals navigate these difficult situations where the line between humor and harassment is often unclear.

Participants will learn:
  • How to respond appropriately to workplace complaints involving humor, bullying, and harassment.
  • How to design policies that properly address illegal harassment as well as bullying
  • How to manage employee relationships while conducting fair and thorough investigations
Tom O’Day is an attorney in the Madison office of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. and is a member of the Labor and Employment and Health Care Practice Groups.  Tom provides counseling to employers on the full range of human resource and employment law challenges confronted by public and private sector employers.  In addition to his J.D., Tom holds a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin.  In addition to his legal background, Tom has worked in every branch of state government in various capacities for the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, the Wisconsin legislature, and the Governor’s Office.  He is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, American Health Lawyers Association, and Society for Human Resource Management.  Tom is currently serving a three-year team on the State Bar’s Labor & Employment Law Section Board of Directors.  Tom volunteers in a leadership capacity for the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin and the John W. Jung Memorial. 

Brian Goodman is an attorney and a member of the school law and labor and employment practice groups of Boardman & Clark LLP. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Goodman was a music teacher in Illinois and received his Master’s degree in educational administration from Northern Illinois University. He uses his experience as an educator to assist school districts and employers on a wide range of legal issues and is a frequent presenter on education and employment law matters. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School, magna cum laude and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Mr. Goodman currently serves on the board of directors for the Greater Madison Area Society for Human Resource Management as the Director of Professional Development Summits.
  • Registration
7:30am to 11:00am
  • Session 1
8:00am to 10:00am
  • Session 2 
10:30am to 12:30pm

  • GMA SHRM Member
Free - Advance registration positively required.
  • Student Member
Free - Advance registration positively required.  
  • Guest / Nonmember
$35 each session   -   $70 both sessions
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Alliant Energy Center

1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Madison, WI 53713

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For more information contact:

GMA SHRM Management Team
2820 Walton Commons    Suite 103
Madison, WI 53718
(608) 204-9814
fax (608) 204-9818

Program Schedule subject to change.