GMA SHRM Professional Development Summit

November 14, 2017
Alliant Energy Center

GMA is hosting a food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food bank at our November 14 PDS.  Please bring your non-expired, non-perishable  & lower sodium food items to donate to this great cause!  If you need some ideas, you can follow the “Food Drive Five”, which is below.  Alternatively, there will also be an option to donate cash if that’s easier than bringing items to the PDS.
  1. Protein Foods - nuts, canned seafood, poultry
  2. Fruit - packed in juice, dried & sauced
  3. Soups – with protein & vegetables
  4. Whole-Grain – pasta, cereal
  5. Vegetables – colorful & canned

Session 1:  Keeping Up with the Times:  What's Scary and What's Not in Employment Law 


Session 2:  Intermittent Leaves of Absence Under State and Federal Disability Laws

Presented By:   Bob Gregg and Brian Goodman,  Boardman & Clark Law Firm

  Presented by:  Tom O'Day,  Godfrey & Kahn S.C.




Session 1:  Keeping Up with the Times:  What's Scary and What's Not in Employment Law  

Session 2:  Intermittent Leaves of Absence under State and Federal Disability Laws

HR professionals are constantly challenged to keep up with the ever-changing workplace, employment laws, and technology.  Many professionals lose sleep worrying.  If there are employment law goblins hiding under the bed, keeping you awake, this program may help to ease your fear.  Or at least help you focus on what is real and what you should do about it.  There are some things you should not have to worry about—learn what they are.  There are a few legal issues still lurking, which you should be prepared for. 
This program will bring you up to speed on key recent developments in areas of importance for Wisconsin employers and provide the opportunity for questions and answers.  The program will highlight:
  1. Laws that no longer lurk (you can rest easier). 
  2. Will decreased regulatory activity really be restful?  You should prepare for an increase in some areas of litigation. 
              What to do?
              Insurance coverage and pitfalls
  3. Developing trends in:
Discrimination law
Unemployment compensation
Pay practices
Joint employment
Personal liability.

Participants will learn:
  1. Key recent changes in the law
  2. How decreased regulatory activity may lead to more litigation
  3. How recent cases have established trends in key areas of the law
Managing intermittent leaves of absence is one of the most difficult tasks for human resources professionals and managers.  This session will explore the obligations employers have to accommodate a request for an intermittent leave of absence under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Wisconsin Fair Employment Act.  When Family and Medical Leave is not in play, employers can manage their employee requests successfully.  We will review key cases outlining employer responsibilities and will look to best practices for managing the request for an intermittent leave of absence.

Participants will learn:
  1. Obligations employers have to accommodate for an intermittent leave of absence under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Wisconsin Fair Employment Act (WFEA).
  2. Managing accommodations for intermittent leave of absence when the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is not applicable.
  3. Best practices for managing requests for intermittent leave of absence.
Bob Gregg, Co-Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Practice Group at the Boardman & Clark Law Firm in Madison, Wisconsin, has been representing employers for over 30 years in a wide variety of litigation, including discrimination claims, wage and hour suits, FMLA, ADA, equal pay, employment contract and Unemployment Compensation cases.  He has designed the employment handbooks and effective workplace policies and procedures for numerous private and public employers.  Bob’s career has included canoe guide, carpenter, laborer, Army Sergeant, beer taster, social worker, educator, business owner, Equal Employment Opportunity officer, and employment relations attorney.  Bob has conducted over 3,000 supervisory training programs throughout the United States.  He is a member of the National Speakers Association, SHRM, and a national faculty member of the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Department of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute Foundation.  Bob is an honors graduate of West Virginia University Law School. 
Brian P. Goodman, is an attorney and a member of the school law and labor and employment practice groups of Boardman & Clark LLP. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Goodman was a music teacher in Illinois and received his Master’s degree in educational administration from Northern Illinois University. He uses his experience as an educator to assist school districts and employers on a wide range of legal issues and is a frequent presenter on education and employment law matters. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School, magna cum laude and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Mr. Goodman currently serves on the board of directors for the Greater Madison Area Society for Human Resource Management as the Director of Professional Development Summits.
Tom O’Day is a member of the Labor & Employment and Health Care Practice Groups in Godfrey & Kahn’s, S.C. Madison Office. Tom’s practice focuses on advising and representing employers in every aspect of labor and employment law, with a particular emphasis in employment law in health care settings.

Tom provides counseling to employers on the full range of human resource and employment law challenges confronted by employers, including the hiring and firing of employees, drafting and enforcing restrictive covenant agreements, litigating federal and state discrimination and wage claims, and drafting employment and severance agreements.
Tom also has experience working with nuanced employment and regulatory issues that are unique to the health care industry, including misconduct reporting obligations under state and federal law, peer review matters, fair hearings under the Health Care Quality Improvement Act and issues related to contracting with employed or independent physicians and other practitioners. Tom has been involved in litigation over non-compete agreements with physicians and often helps employers update their non-compete provisions to comply with the most recent applicable case law. Tom also trains supervisors and employees on human resource topics such as unlawful harassment, internal investigations, reporting obligations and discipline, including discipline specific to the health care industry.
Tom’s experience involves cases before the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United States Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, state courts and federal courts. Tom is a Vice Chair with the American Health Lawyers Association Labor & Employment Practice Group, and is a Director of the Wisconsin Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section Board. Tom regularly hosts Healthcare Labor & Employment Roundtables to highlight issues of importance in healthcare.

  • Registration
7:30am to 11:00am
  • Session 1
8:00am to 10:00am
  • Session 2 
10:30am to 12:30pm

  • GMA SHRM Member
Free - Advance registration positively required.
  • Student Member
Free - Advance registration positively required.  
  • Guest / Nonmember
$35 each session   -   $70 both sessions
  • Guest Grant Registration

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GMA SHRM has a limited number of Professional Grants available for potential members to attend one Professional Development Summit at no cost. 

If you are considering joining GMA SHRM, have a bona fide connection to Human Resources and would like to apply for one of these Professional Grants, please complete the contact information on the form at this link.  We would love to have you join us! 




Alliant Energy Center

1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Madison, WI 53713

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For more information contact:

GMA SHRM Management Team
2820 Walton Commons    Suite 103
Madison, WI 53718
(608) 204-9814
fax (608) 204-9818

Program Schedule subject to change.