GMA SHRM Professional Development Summit

November 14, 2023

Alliant Energy Center


Session 1    8:00-10:00

Legal Update: Recent Developments and Hot Topics


Session 2     10:15-12:15  

Artificial Intelligence and HR: Using AI Thoughtfully and Compliantly

Navigating the Law While Addressing Employee Mental Health Issues

Presented By: Brian Goodman and Storm Larson, Boardman Clark     Presented By: Brian Goodman and Storm Larson, Boardman Clark 

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Session 1

No rest for the weary.  In 2023, employers faced another deluge of new employment laws, agency actions, and court decisions.  This presentation will overview key legal developments and hot issues, but also help HR professionals put the law into action.  Attendees will work through hypotheticals, case studies, and the practical implications of how the law will apply in their workplace. 

Attendees will learn to:

  • New federal laws governing pregnancy discrimination and lactation breaks;
  • How to respond to religious accommodation requests in light of recent case law; and
  • Recent NLRB decisions regarding handbook rules and separation agreements that are applicable to unionized and nonunionized employers.

Session 2

AI (artificial intelligence) is full of potential for HR professionals.  However, HR professionals should embrace the use of AI in a way that doesn’t create too much legal risk.  For example, the use of AI in the job application process raises potential discrimination issues and has been the subject of legal guidance by the EEOC. This presentation will discuss how to identify potential legal issues in the use of AI and how to properly utilize AI in the field of HR.  Please come willing to share your success stories (or lessons learned) involving AI in the HR field.

Attendees will learn to:

  • Spot the legal issues surrounding use of AI as an HR practitioner;
  • Balance the risks and benefits of AI use in your organization; and
  • Prepare to address future legal issues as AI continues to develop.
Using practical examples, this session is designed to help HR professionals navigate the uniquely challenging issues involving the FMLA, ADA, and state laws when employees with mental health conditions face challenges at work.  The basics of the applicable laws will be covered, but the emphasis will be on how to navigate those laws in practice.   

Attendees will learn to:
  • Understand the importance of flexibility and the need for individual assessment of reasonable accommodations for employees with mental health disabilities, including leaves of absence;
  • Administer state and federal FMLA leave for these employees, including its intersection with disability laws; and
  • Address performance, attendance, and conduct issues involving employees with mental health conditions.

Brian P. Goodman is an attorney and a member of the labor and employment and school law practice groups of Boardman Clark. He assists employers with a wide range of legal issues including, hiring, discipline, terminations, leave issues under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), accommodation issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), COVID-19 related issues, and many other day-to-day matters.   Mr. Goodman is a frequent writer and presenter on 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 as President of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Goodman was a music teacher and received his Master’s degree in educational administration.

Storm B. Larson is an associate with Boardman Clark, Madison. Before joining Boardman Clark, he practiced at another prominent Madison defense-side law firm. During law school, he was an articles editor on the Wisconsin Law Review and a judicial intern to the Honorable William M. Conley at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin and to the Honorable Ann Walsh Bradley at the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Atty. Larson practices primarily in labor and employment law, civil litigation, and municipal law. He is licensed to practice in all Wisconsin state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

  • Session 1
8:00am to 10:00am
  • Session 2 
10:15am to 12:15pm

  • GMA SHRM Member

Free - Advance registration positively required.

  • Student Member
Free - Advance registration positively required.

  • Guest / Nonmember

$50 Either or Both Sessions

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In Person Event

Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI


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.