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    February Program - Legal Update

    Date: February 18, 2021, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Siouxland SHRM
    Virtual Session
    Free to Members, $20 for nonmembers
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    Sarah Kleber is a Partner at Heidman Law Firm.  Sarah will be covering a wide array of legal topics that all HR professionals and business leaders should not miss!  



    Pandemic Issues – the slow return to a new normal

    • Families First Coronavirus Response Act leaves – current status and future expectations
    • Vaccinations
    • Remote-work
    • Health and Safety Requirements
    • Remote approval of I-9 documents
    • Reporting requirements for EEOC
    • Workers’ compensation and employer liability claims
    • COVID-19 legislative protections
    • Unemployment issues
    • Interaction and overlay of administrative guidance, state and federal law

    Drug-Testing Programs and Drug Policies

    • Marijuana laws – the times they are a changing
    • Work from home complications


    • Bostock v. Clayton County - U.S. Supreme Court ruling that “sex” discrimination includes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    • Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru – U.S. Supreme Court ruling that reaffirmed and expanded the “ministerial exemption” to employment discrimination laws.
    • Other significant state and federal cases
    • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion trends

    Biden Administration

    • Immediate impacts
    • Potential legislation given Democratic control in House and 50/50 divide in Senate.
      • Federal minimum wage increase to $15 on an incremental basis
      • Pay disparity and the Paycheck Fairness Act
      • Equality Act + expanding protections for pregnant, seniors and disabled employees
      • Paid family and medical leave
    • Administrative agencies focus and enforcement priorities changing
      • DOL
      • NLRB
      • OSHA
      • EEOC, Wage & Hour
      • OFCCP
    • FLSA salary threshold for exempt employees
      • Possible return to the planned level of $47,476
      • Automatic increases
      • State litigation?
    • Pro-worker/union friendly legislation
    • Executive Orders from Trump Administration
      • Combating Sex and Race Stereotyping (Sept. 2020)

    Tax changes

    • May display only last four digits of SSN on W-2 to reduce risk of identity theft
    • Payroll tax earnings subject to Social Security tax
    • Wage base increase for FICA
    • Medicare tax

    State Law Issues

    • Significant state law judicial decisions
    • Iowa’s Contingent Workforce – Independent Contractors rules effective 7/1/2021.
    • South Dakota’s legalization of marijuana for recreational use
    • Poster Changes

    Current Landscape & What’s Next

    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • RIF considerations
    • Expected regulation and legislation re: minimum wage, paid sick and family leave, updates to discrimination laws, hiring inquiries, rest and meal breaks, noncompete restraints, classification issues, drug testing
    • Current Bills of Interest

    Presented by Sarah Kleber, Partner, Heidman Law Firm in Sioux City, Iowa.  Sarah's full resume can be found here.






    Please RSVP by Friday, February 12, 2021 at