Hilton Garden Inn
151401 Cty Rd NN, Wausau, Wisconsin

Sara J. Ackermann, Mary Ellen Schill, Nicole L. Stangl
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Ruder Ware’s Annual Employment & Benefits Law Conference will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn (map and directions) on Thursday, November 16, 2023.

7:30 a.m.    Registration

8:00 a.m.   Welcome & Introductions

8:15 – 9:00 a.m.
Anatomy of the Deal:  Handling Due Diligence Like a Pro
Presenter:  Attorney Mary Ellen Schill

Due diligence. Data rooms. Human resources and benefits play an important role in mergers and acquisitions. In the event your company is in the process of being acquired, your organization skills will be put to the test. Getting your hands on plan documents, SPDs, nondiscrimination testing, and signed employment agreements in a timely manner can go a long way in impressing your potential new owners. For this session, Attorney Mary Ellen Schill will provide helpful insight into how to get your house in order before buyer’s counsel has sent the first of many due diligence requests.

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
The National Labor Relations Act:  What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!
Presenter:  Jessica Gibson, field examiner/investigator with the National Labor Relations Board

We are pleased to welcome National Labor Relations Board Field Examiner/Investigator Jessica Gibson to our conference this year! Jessica will provide an update on how recent NLRA decisions and guidance affects handbooks, policies, restrictive covenants, confidentiality agreements, and more! Remember, the NLRA applies to all private-sector employers. Do not miss this rare opportunity to hear straight from the NLRB and bring your questions!

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Tips for Minimizing Workplace Drama and Litigation
Presenter:  Attorney Nicole Stangl

Conflict in the workplace is inevitable. How HR professionals deal with drama can make all the difference in whether the incident turns into litigation … or not. Attorney Nicole Stangl will discuss why “at-will” employment is not a reason for termination, the importance of documentation, how to handle accommodation requests, why you should never overlook harassment claims, and best timekeeping practices. Be prepared to learn tips and best practices that you can implement within your own company.

11:15 a.m. – Noon
Non-Competes:  Are They Alive, Dead, or on Life Support?
Presenter:  Attorney Sara Ackermann

Attorney Sara Ackermann will address the ever-changing landscape regarding non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, and other restrictive covenants. She will discuss the proposed Federal Trade Commission ban, multiple nationwide changes in state law, and provide drafting tips and traps. Do not hesitate to email questions to Sara Ackermann prior to the conference and she will answer them during her presentation!

Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch, Stump the Experts


$85 CWSHRM, SPAHRA members (PDF materials provided)
$110 Everyone else (PDF materials provided)


Light breakfast items and refreshments

Sponsored by:
Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C.