Understand What’s Changed in 2020

Employment Law Update is the premier labor and employment law conference for business leaders and HR professionals. Every year, the agenda is carefully selected by Employers Council’s expert labor and employment law attorneys to ensure that you are able to ​stay ahead of the trends and in compliance with the law.​

As a leader, it is important that you understand the employment law changes in your state, as these updates affect employers around the country each year. This conference is designed for managers, supervisors, and human resources professionals in Colorado, Arizona, and Utah.​


Cost: $229 for members, $329 for nonmembers (includes
continental breakfast & lunch)

Credits: 0.60 Continuing Education Units, HRCI-General
and SHRM-PDC Credits Applied for, Course ID #AELU101

Conference Schedule

Registration & Continental Breakfast / 8:00-8:40

Welcome & Opening Remarks / 8:40-8:45

Legal, Legislative, and Regulatory Update / 8:45​-9:30

​Jeff Holdsworth, Esq. , SPHR

The past year saw numerous changes to the laws governing employment on both the state and federal level, including major changes to the rules concerning employee pay. This session will discuss the biggest items employers need to be aware of to remain compliant in the year ahead.

What to Do When Your Employee Becomes a Social Media Pariah / 9:30-10:15​

Curtis Graves, Esq., SPHR

Social media has made it easier than ever for workers to share their thoughts, feelings, and affiliations. Occasionally, this sharing leads to public outcry, and employers sometimes get caught up in the controversy. This presentation will explore how to respond, and how to stay out of trouble, when an employee becomes infamous on the web.

Break / 10:15-10:30

Service and Emotional Support Animals in the Workplace/ 10:30-11:15

Melanie Daly, Esq., SPHR 

They’re cute and they’re cuddly, but animals might not always be the most welcome guests in the workplace. Still, in some circumstances, even the least pet friendly workplace may be required to flex a bit to accommodate employees with disabilities. Learn the rules governing animals at work, and what to do when employees ask to bring a service or emotional support animal to the office.

Legal Issues in Non-traditional Work Arrangements / 11:15-12:00

Tamara Barkdoll, Esq. 

To recruit and retain employees in the competitive job market, employers are experimenting with remote workers and other creative working arrangements. This presentation will focus on the newest workplace trends, as well as the unexpected legal risks they create.

Lunch / 12:00-12:45

Organizational Health: Myth or Necessity? / 12:45-1:30

Eric Daly, M.A., GPHR

Healthy organizations not only benefit stakeholders and customers—they also become great places to work. Though creating organizational health may seem daunting, it may actually be achievable through good old-fashioned common sense. This session will review key distinctions that can help shift the trajectory of an organization to greater health and effectiveness.​

Dessert Break​ / 1:30-1:45

U.S. Department of Labor Regulatory Update / 1:45-2:30

Debra Turner, Esq. , SPHR

The Department of Labor has recently released numerous final rules affecting all employers. This session will provide an overview of these final rules, including changes to “white-collar” exemptions and overtime, tipped employees, calculating a non-exempt employee’s regular rate of pay, fluctuating workweeks, joint employers, and other recent updates.​

Preparing for the Utah Medical Cannabis Act 

Ryan D. Nelson, Esq., SPHR 

In December 2018, the Utah Medical Cannabis Act became law, and qualified individuals began using medical cannabis. In 2020, the Act’s regulatory framework rolls into effect. Cannabis “pharmacies” will open and the Utah Department of Health will begin accepting applications for medical cannabis patient cards. This session will provide situational guidance to attendees as they protect their organizations while caring for employees with medical conditions. ​

Conference Adjourns / 3:15


Course ID #AELU-UT

Class Details

Location:Sheraton - Salt Lake City, 150 W 500 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-2321
Time:8:00 am to 4:00 pm
List Price:$329.00
Member Price:$229.00
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