34th Annual Employment Law Update - Virginia Beach

November 16, 2017

An office party can be a great way for a company to build morale and show appreciation to their employees. However, office celebrations can also be a breeding ground for inappropriate behavior when alcohol is involved and/or someone decides to become the “life of the party.” The 34th Annual Employment Law Update will highlight these and other employment law risks and provide practical suggestions on risk avoidance. Attendees can also earn up to 6 credit hours toward PHR and SPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and 5 PDCs toward the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. The party won’t end there! One lucky winner will be chosen to host his/her own “office party” at the area’s hottest new party venue, Hilton Norfolk The Main!

Attendees may select two morning sessions and two afternoon sessions (materials with essential information on all topics will be provided to attendees in electronic or printed format). 

8:30 - 9:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast


9:00 - 9:35 Opening Session - "Don’t be Tardy for the Party"

Attendees will join the party for opening remarks and an overview of the day’s schedule. DJ Antoine Merriweather will be on hand to spin some beats. This session will also include humorous video clips of inappropriate office party etiquette.


9:45 - 10:45 & 11:00 - 12:00

Employment Law 101 - "The Dress Code"
John Di Dio, Former Norfolk Area Director, EEOC
John M. Bredehoft

This workshop will provide essential baseline information on the most frequently-encountered employment laws. Attendees will learn legal and practical ways for employers to avoid potential liability, and are encouraged to bring their most challenging questions.

Handling Unemployment Claims - "Invitation Revoked"
William Walton, Unemployment Insurance Director, VEC
Robert J. Barry

This session will provide valuable insight and recommended practices for handling unemployment claims before the Virginia Employment Commission. Attendees will acquire new methods for dealing with this ever-increasing cost of doing business.

Effective Documentation - "Take a Selfie"
Thomas Colclough, Deputy District Director, EEOC
Laura Geringer Gross

This session will provide recommended techniques for effective workplace documentation. Additional information will be provided regarding which types of documentation should be kept and how long these records must be maintained.

25 Employment Law Facts Every Employer Should Know - "Do’s and Don’ts of the Office Party"
Sharon Kerk Reyes & Burt H. Whitt

25 employment law facts every Virginia H.R. professional needs to know will be addressed in this workshop. Attendees will be encouraged to ask anything about these facts or any other aspect of Virginia employment law.


12:00 - 1:30 Lunch - "Mix & Mingle"

Attendees will hear Mauricio Velásquez, President and CEO of The Diversity Training Group, provide valuable insight about diversity and inclusion in the workplace. In addition, our videos will highlight more examples of what not to do in the workplace.


1:40 - 2:40 & 2:55 - 3:55

Dealing with the Toxic Employee - "Party Animal Beware"
Mauricio Velásquez, President & CEO, The Diversity Training Group

This session will provide recommendations on dealing with the toxic employee and the toxic workplace. Topics such as bullying and managing difficult personalities will be discussed.

Problem Absenteeism - "Hangovers are No Excuse"
Laura Gross & Randy Sparks

Effective policies/practices regarding time off for a variety of health-related reasons will be discussed, including how to handle risks associated with absenteeism — including potential ADA, FMLA, workers’ compensation and USERRA liability.

Discipline & Discharge - "Party Foul"
Thomas Colclough, Deputy District Director, EEOC
John Bredehoft

Discipline and discharge decisions are workplace events that often end up in claims. This session features all aspects of progressive and other discipline as well as the termination process. Attendees’ specific questions are encouraged.

Data and Privacy Protections - "I.D. Not Required"
Robert Cochran, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI
Nicole Harrell

This session will help attendees understand what information should be protected. It will also provide an overview of current schemes designed to elicit unauthorized disclosure, what to do if you disclose identifying information, the risk associated with the disclosure, and how to prevent future disclosures.


4:00 - 4:30 Closing Session - "Last Dance"

We will provide a recap of the day’s party and more entertaining, if not educational, videos. Charlotte EEOC Deputy Director, Thomas Colclough, will also be on hand to provide some insights and there will be a drawing for the lucky winner of an office party for up to fifteen people at the area’s newest party venue, Hilton Norfolk The Main.



Robert G. Armstrong
Operations Manager, Virginia Department of Labor and Industry

Robert Cochran
Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Thomas M. Colclough
Deputy District Director/Charlotte, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

John S. Di Dio
Former Norfolk Area Director, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Helivi L. Holland
City Attorney, City of Suffolk

Scott M. Salter
Director, Channel Security Group, LLC

Mauricio Velásquez
President and CEO, The Diversity Training Group

William O. Walton, Jr.
Unemployment Insurance Director, Virginia Employment Commission



November 16, 2017
Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Cost for the program is $375 for the first registrant for each company and $355 for each additional registrant. The deadline to register for the seminar is one week prior to the respective seminar date. A refund will be given for cancellations received one week prior to the seminar.

In addition to the traditional binder, we offer all seminar materials on a USB flash drive. Please select the option you prefer when registering and you will receive materials in the requested format at check-in. We will also have materials available for download the day of the event for tablet users.

All attendees will receive their confirmation materials, invoice, payment link, and directions via email after registration. Please note we accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover cards only.

If you have any questions, please contact Caitlyn Anderson at cdanderson@kaufcan.com or (757) 624.3232.

To pay by credit card, call (757) 624.3232 or download the Credit Card Authorization Form and return to Caitlyn Anderson via email at cdanderson@kaufcan.com, fax to (888) 360.9092 or mail to Kaufman & Canoles, Attn: Caitlyn Anderson at P.O. Box 3037, Norfolk, VA 23514. A receipt will be emailed within 2 business days.