March 19, 2012 presentation hosted by the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business Entrepreneurial Roundtable at Northern Illinois University Naperville Campus. Video by Stone Cliff Productions, Inc. at StoneCliffProductions.com Additional information at
No area of the law is fraught with more danger for small and medium-sized businesses than the area of employment law. Yet, most business owners, executives and managers do not know or understand the basic principles of employment law. This lack of knowledge is a major reason for the tremendous growth in employment related litigation and government investigations in recent years.
The good news is that anyone with basic knowledge and some common sense should be able to comply with the laws relating to employment. You just need to know what the basic principles are, understand where employers are most vulnerable and know when you need to seek legal help.
Brian LaFratta will provide you with a checklist of do's and don'ts -- with special emphasis on those areas of employment law that are most fraught with danger. He will discuss:
* How to avoid problems in hiring and firing.
* The benefits and dangers of having an employee handbook.
* Common misunderstandings about who is entitled to extra pay for overtime.
* The importance of distinguishing between employees and independent contractors.
* How to protect your intellectual property and confidential information.
* Using non-competition agreements effectively.
Brian is an experienced employment attorney and litigator with Huck Bouma, Wheaton, Illinois. He has handled cases in the state and federal courts as well as the major federal and state agencies that regulate and enforce employment related laws.