Please join us for an in-depth morning program focused on core issues and developments in employment law. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided, with opportunities to network and share experiences with your colleagues.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014
8:00 AM - 1:30 PM


The Tower at Rice-Eccles at the University of Utah
451 South 1400 East
Salt Lake City


8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Check-in and Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:25 AM
Employment Law Update
Elisabeth (Babe) Blattner-Thompson
Always informative and entertaining, Babe will take you through the past year's labor and employment law developments in the courts and agencies, focusing on those most significant for Utah-based employers.

9:25 AM - 10:20 AM
Safe Terminations in High-Risk Situations
Steven W. Suflas
Certain circumstances make some employee terminations high risk. Steve will discuss current hot spots in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and whistleblower case law—the primary laws under which an employer can be sued for firing an employee—and then focus on practical steps to manage and document the termination process, including a checklist for terminations.

10:20 AM - 10:30 AM

10:30 AM - 11:25 AM
HR Lessons Learned from Litigation
Erin T. Middleton
When employment litigation occurs, the spotlight shines on the precise steps a company took, or failed to take, when handling ordinary situations. Whether discipline or discharge, an accommodation dialogue, or employee complaints, HR's past conduct becomes critical. Using real-life examples from workplace litigation, Erin will help you increase your awareness of how HR's conduct may look to a judge or jury, and share best practices and practical tips to help you put your company in the best defense posture.

11:25 AM - 12:20 PM
"Hot-Button" Issues under the ADA
Denise M. Keyser
In the past year, the EEOC has focused significant attention on ADA litigation related to no-fault attendance and maximum leave policies. Denise will discuss the issues employers may face in maintaining these types of policies, including the duty to consider reasonable accommodation. She also will address other significant ADA issues such as the ever-broadening definition of a "disability," hiring issues, the interactive process, and alternative reasonable accommodations.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch and Keynote Presentation
How a Small Idea Changed a Company

Kevin Ricklefs, Senior Vice President, Talent Management, CHG Healthcare Services
Thirteen years ago, a small idea spun out of an employment law seminar fundamentally changed the culture and performance of a company. Come hear the story of a single idea and how it helped kick-start the transformation process of CHG Healthcare, Inc., from a good company into one of the best places to work in America.

Continuing Legal Education

HRCI and CLE credit pending.

For more information, contact Lisa Prickril at 215.864.8252 or

Program Contact

Lisa Prickril