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HR Labor & Employment Law Update

  • 15 Mar 2023
  • 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Fox Valley Tech | D.J. Bordini Center, 5 N Systems Dr, Appleton, WI 54914 (Room BC112AB)


It is again time for FVSHRM's annual Labor and Employment Law up date with Attorney Bob Simandl. The past year has brought many changes in the law, its interpretation and application. But we have seen 5 areas where the most significant risk is created for Wisconsin and multi-state employers. These risk areas have created exposure for employers in the millions and an action plan is required to contain the ever growing liability. Bob will focus on these legal exposure areas and share best practices with attendees in preserving employee rights and sheltering the Company of undesirable risks.

Bob and his team will address:

  • FMLA compliance and medical leave management – addressing the confusion associated with granting and controlling the taking of FMLA leave, coordination with other laws and the rights of employers in the management (including discipline) of the workplace in an environment where FMLA use exists. 
  • Wage and hour vulnerability and the “Class Action Lawsuit Pandemic” affecting employers throughout the country – what are the key “consideration points” in assessing vulnerability, compensation strategies with the recurring greatest risk, correcting compliance difficulties and assessing an overall prevention strategy.
  • Employee Handbook evaluation format and “must have” provisions.  This analysis will include the consideration of fatal provisions from an NLRA/NLRB perspective, wage and hour and discrimination basis.
  • What is on the table for the future – pay transparency, paid sick leave/paid leave, testing for Marijuana, the scope of accommodation (its not just disability any longer), Union organizing and employee section 7 rights, dress codes/dress expectations. 
If you have specific questions or topics to be addressed, please contact Bob Simandl at rsimandl@vonbriesen.com 

or call him directly at 414-315-4649.


Bob Simandl is a Shareholder with over 30 years of experience advising clients on a wide range of employee benefit, labor and employment law issues. This experience enables Bob to advise clients on human resources (HR) law issues taking into consideration all areas of opportunity and vulnerability, including the litigation of HR law-based claims.He has extensive experience in advising employers in employee benefit plan design, issues associated with ill and injured workers, labor negotiations, and multi-employer health and welfare plan and pension plan vulnerability and compliance.

Bob counsels employers on all aspects of workplace compliance including hiring, disciplining and terminating employees, accommodation obligations, wage and hour issues, affirmative action, discrimination complaints, non-competition agreements and employee handbook design and development. He has represented employers before the federal district courts, National Labor Relations Board, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and a number of administrative agencies and tribunals, including the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission, Wisconsin Equal Rights Division and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

He works with employers to develop standard procedures and forms for FMLA compliance, factoring in the obligations of the employers under the Americans with Disabilities Act and workers’ compensation laws. He also counsels employers on disability discrimination and accommodation concerns. Bob served as an adviser to several legislators in drafting the federal Family and Medical Leave Act and served on the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Task Force as an appointee by the Wisconsin Governor.

Bob assists employers in addressing benefits issues for employees and retirees including multi-employer pension plan withdrawal liability analysis, evaluation, contract planning and contesting of assessments. He counsels employers during organizing campaigns and strikes and represents employers in grievance arbitrations and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. He has served as chief spokesperson for numerous labor contract negotiations.


7:30 am - 8:00 am Open Networking / Breakfast with Bob!       

8:00 am - 8:30 am Business Meeting

8:30 am - 11:30 am Program 

The program has been submitted for 3 hours for SHRM continuing education credits. 

To register at the member price to attend, you need to log into the FVSHRM website using your member username and password. Please note that registration for this program will not be reimbursed due to cancellation or no-show, nor can payment for this session be transferred to a future program. 

By registering for the above referenced event, I acknowledge, understand, and agree that Fox Valley SHRM may provide my contact information to the event sponsors.

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