The Employer’s Toolkit Breakfast Briefings: Our Top 10 from 2014 - What Every Kentucky Employer Needs to Know

February 12, 2015
Lexington, KYThursday, February 12, 2015 | 8:00-10:00 AM Hilary J. Boone Center | University of Kentucky 500 Rose Street | Lexington, KY 40506 Louisville, KYFriday, February 13, 2015 | 7:30-9:30 AM The University Club | University of Louisville 200 E. Brandeis Ave. | Louisville, KY 40208

Our Top 10 from 2014:
What Every Kentucky Employer Needs to Know

2014 was a very active year in terms of state and federal rulings and regulatory changes affecting employers. At our first Employer’s Toolkit Breakfast Briefing, we offer our list of 10 issues that will continue to impact how you manage your workforces in 2015 — and how you should respond to them.

The 90-minute program will cover:

1. Title VII and gender identity protection
2. EEOC losses on the criminal background checks
3. New OSHA reporting requirements
4. Supreme Court rulings
5. EEOC and Wellness Programs
6. EEOC and severance agreements
7. The impact of Marijuana Legalization
8. Can you fire employees based their social media activities?
9. Risks and rewards of telecommuting
10. Disability and religious challenges to traditional dress codes

Four of our top ten issues relate to EEOC initiatives. Fairing well with its agenda in certain areas, such as the expansion of Title VII to prohibit employment bias based on gender identity or transgender status under a sex stereotyping theory, the EEOC experienced push back in other areas, particularly as to its challenge of employers’ use of criminal background checks in hiring and other employment decisions. 2014 also saw the EEOC signal its intent to pursue novel claims relating to employer wellness programs that impose penalties against employees who refuse to participate (despite the Affordable Care Act which encourages employers to adopt these types of programs), as well as, claims challenging confidentiality and non-disparagement provisions in employee separation agreements.

Our top ten issues also includes the impact of marijuana legalization on employer drug testing in the workplace, the expanded OSHA reporting and recordkeeping requirements that went into effect on January 1, 2015, and the US Supreme Court’s recent decisions impacting the workplace, including what is compensable time worked under the FLSA.

Finally, we’ll review recent cases related to the use of information obtained from social media sites to support termination decisions, revisit the risks and rewards of telecommuting, and “dress-up” dress codes to cover disability and religious accommodations.

Seating is limited. Register by Wednesday, February 4, 2015 to reserve your space


Donna King Perry
Partner | Louisville, KY

Catherine Salmen Wright
Partner | Lexington, KY

Drew Millar
Associate | Lexington, KY