GMA SHRM Professional Development Summit

November 17, 2020
Virtual Event


Session 1:  2020 Employment & HR Law Year in Review – and a Peek Ahead to 2021


Session 2:  Wage and Hour Issues in the Time of a Pandemic

Presented By:  Michael R Gotzler, Littler  -  Jennifer Ciralsky, Littler  -  Sofija Anderson, Littler
  Presented by:  Jim Chiolino,  Department of Workforce Development

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Session 1

Join us for a fast-moving recap of key 2020 changes to employment & HR laws and regulations for Wisconsin employers, including a review of significant court decisions.  We will explore whether those developments mark a continuation of certain trends or a new direction in the following areas:
  • Wage and hour developments
  • Independent Contractor classification
  • Workplace discrimination and harassment
  • Employee leave and accommodation issues
  • Arbitration
  • EEOC developments
  • Key NLRB decisions
With the 2020 elections behind us, we will look ahead to possible changes for 2021 and beyond.   

A hallmark of Littler's legal updates is our consistent focus on understanding current challenges and developing strategies to assist our clients in preparing for issues they will face in the coming years. This program is designed specifically for HR professionals to help you enhance your organization's legal compliance and maintain a vibrant and productive workplace.

Participants will learn to:   
  • Key recent changes in the law, enforcement priorities and litigation trends
  • Anticipated changes to employment laws and regulations in 2021
  • Practical action items to consider 

Session 2

In this session, we will discuss Wisconsin's wage and hour laws and their application in a world where working from home is the norm.  In this context, we will be sure to explain differences between Wisconsin law and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), where they exist. In particular, we will discuss the regulations related to "hours of work," the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act, the expanded FMLA available under federal law, and various other considerations. We will also touch on issues that have arisen in discrimination complaints under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Law related to the pandemic.

Participants will learn:
  • Federal and state wage and hour requirements
  • COVID-19-related discrimination issues
  • WI and federal FMLA issues related to COVID-19
Michael R. Gotzler represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment matters, including labor management relations.
Mike’s practice includes employment litigation, employee leave and accommodation issues, wage and hour compliance, noncompete agreements and other restrictive covenants, independent contractor issues, and labor relations.
Mike has particular skill in responding to claims and issues surrounding joint and coemployment, the use of third party workers, independent contractors, and outsourced HR services. He has presented at national conferences, represented businesses at White House briefings, participated on expert panels and has been regularly interviewed and quoted as a result.
Mike has partnered with and provided legal counsel to employers of all sizes and industries throughout the U.S., from multinational Fortune 50 companies to startup companies looking to hire their first employee. 

Jennifer Ciralsky is a shareholder with Littler’s Milwaukee office. She counsels employers on numerous areas of employment law, including leaves of absence and accommodation issues, wage and hour compliance, conducting workplace investigations, implementing employment policies, and complying with other state and federal employment laws. Her practice also focuses on representing employers in employment litigation in federal and state courts and agencies, including claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, as well as claims under the FMLA and FLSA, including wage and hour collective and class actions. She has represented employers in a broad range of industries, including media, hospitality, retail, manufacturing, healthcare, and education, as well as non-profit organizations. Jennifer received a law degree and MBA from Georgetown University.  

Sofija Anderson is a shareholder with Littler’s Milwaukee office. She joined the Littler San Francisco office in the Fall of 2002 after receiving her J.D. from Marquette University Law School. She returned to her hometown of Milwaukee with eight years of hard-earned California employment law experience, which she brings to bear for local high profile clients and major Wisconsin employers. Her practice includes, but is not limited to, defending claims of employment discrimination, unlawful harassment and retaliation, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, fraud, defamation, privacy and wage and hour violations both in single plaintiff cases and class actions. Outside of the litigation arena, she assists employers of all sizes in customizing and implementing state of the art employment policies and procedures. Sofija also stands ready to counsel employers on a variety of employment and labor related issues ranging from every day employee discipline to plant closures.  She also offers training seminars for clients on a variety of topics.

Jim Chiolino has worked for the Department of Workforce Development since 1991 and in the Equal Rights Division since 1993. Mid-career, Jim took a three-year hiatus from state service and practiced employment law, representing employers.  He currently serves as Director of the Bureau of Hearings & Mediation.  Jim has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He is a recipient of DWD's Karen P. Morgan Lifetime Contribution to Service Excellence Award.
  • Session 1
8:00am to 10:00am
  • Session 2 
10:15am to 12:15pm

  • GMA SHRM Member
Free - Advance registration positively required.
  • Student Member
Free - Advance registration positively required.  
  • Guest / Nonmember
$25 each session   -   $40 both sessions
  • Guest Grant Registration

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Virtual Event

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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.