HR Academy Workshops

The South Metro Chamber of Commerce, Roper Insurance and Fisher Phillips Present the 2017 Human Resources Academy

Roper Seminars

The South Metro Denver Chamber of CommerceRoper Insurance530 Inc. and Fisher Phillips invite you to attend our Human Resources Academy, which occurs on the second Thursday of every month. Our presentations are designed for business owners, managers, supervisors, HR professionals, and in-house attorneys who must deal with real-life workplace issues that have real legal consequences.


ADA Update: What’s Reasonable?

Thursday, November 9, 2017

7:15-9:00 am

South Metro Denver Chamber
2154 E. Commons Avenue, Suite 342
Centennial, CO 80122

ADA Update:  What’s Reasonable?

The duty to provide “reasonable accommodation” of applicants’ and employees’ physical and mental disabilities is a fundamental requirement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Colorado’s Anti-discrimination Act extends the same requirement to the smallest of employers.  What’s reasonable necessarily depends upon the situation, and may be viewed differently by employers and government agencies.  Some guidelines have emerged in the years since these laws were passed.  This program will focus on developments in the EEOC’s position and court cases interpreting what’s reasonable and address how to identify requests for accommodation, engage in the “interactive process,” handle medical and other documentation, and avoid discrimination.

Presenters: Sue Schaecher

7:15a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Breakfast available at 7:15

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.


Cost: FREE

Send us your questions: If you have specific questions you would like to ensure we address in this presentation, please feel free to email Sue Schaecher at: [email protected]. You may also type your questions into the Questions/Comments box during the registration process.

**This program has been approved for 1.5 HR Certification Institute and SHRM credit hours.

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Past Seminars

October 12, 2017
Breaking Bad Behavior

This presentation is a great way to stay on top of regulatory issues that can affect your business as it will answer the following questions:

  • What do you do if an employee is bad­mouthing your establishment or a supervisor online?
  • What are the do’s / don’ts of a marijuana policy for your employees?
  • Are you running a correct Tip Pool and are you up-to-date on the most recent federal changes to tipping and exemption standards?


September 14, 2017
Simple Steps for Protecting Your Company’s Information in the Digital Age.

In this new era of the Information Superhighway, employers face unique challenges in protecting sensitive and competitive information.  Without the right policies and practices in place, employers can expose themselves to unnecessary risk.  This program will cover the types of information warranting protection, how employers can identify threats, and simple steps employers can take to protect themselves and their information.


May 11, 2017
Workplace Violence – Do You Know What Your Legal Liability Is As An Employer?

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration states that nearly 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year. Many episodes go unreported. The cost of workplace violence is estimated in the billions each year, including poor morale and legal fees and awards. Employers can be held liable for the acts of their employees, even when such acts are intentional and not within the scope of employment. This session will cover preventative measures intended to minimize the risk of bullying, harassment, assaults, and other forms of workplace violence. You will also learn the theories of legal liability used against employers and what to include in workplace violence policies and training.


April 13, 2017
The Paper Trailhead: Creating and Implementing Effective HR Policies

Up-to-date, well written HR policies are an important tool to communicate expectations, guide decision making, avoid disputes, and defend against claims. By the same token, out-of-date, poorly written policies can cause confusion and disagreements, even litigation. In this briefing, we will review important considerations that you should take into account when creating, updating and implementing employee handbooks and other personnel policies. Attendees will learn:

  • How to draft and implement the most important and needed policies;
  • Which policies cause the biggest headaches and how to fix them; and
  • How to determine when policies require revision.



March 9, 2017
Don’t Get Caught on the Wrong Side of a Non-Compete

Colorado has specific statutes governing the use and enforceability of non-compete agreements and the protection of trade secrets. When these issues present themselves in the workplace environment, they typically do so in emergency fashion.  Eventually, you are either going to hire from your competition, or lose an employee from your competition. Waiting for the proverbial “house on fire” to create a plan of action is tantamount to having no plan at all. This seminar will help you:

  • be able to construct a custom step-by-step contingency plan to respond to employee departures including essential “must do” tips
  • learn how to spot and avoid common mistakes made by departing employees so your company does not buy itself a lawsuit when hiring from the competition
  • gain insight about key, concrete steps your company can take to protect its trade secret and confidential information


February 9, 2017
Employer Navigation of Data Privacy in a Landscape of Data Breaches

Employers are facing increasingly sophisticated data security threats every day as well as the challenge of managing a workforce that is mobile and plugged in 24/7. As companies continue to integrate computers, tablets, smart phones, and the cloud into their business models, the need to take cyber security seriously grows exponentially. How do you manage security threats created by these developments while respecting the legal rights of your employees? Please join employment law attorney, Danielle Urban, as she helps navigate employer data privacy issues and what you can do to protect your company data and minimize risk.  This session will cover:

  • Your technological vulnerabilities.
  • New challenges created by personal devices and social media.
  • Limits on employee screening and monitoring.
  • Legal steps you must take to prevent or mitigate data theft or breach.


January 12, 2017
2016 Year in Review – Labor & Employment

2016 ushered in a multitude of federal and state labor and employment developments, some of which required wholesale changes to longstanding labor and employment practices. Are you in compliance? Additionally, the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States has left many business owners and managers wondering which of the Obama administration’s recent labor and employment developments will remain in force, and which will be undone by the incoming administration. Start your year off right by joining Labor and Employment Attorney Adam Brown for an informative session highlighting the most important and impactful labor and employment developments from 2016 at both the state and federal level. This session is designed to help you avoid liability and mitigate legal risk, and to provide you with the peace of mind necessary to move your operations into 2017.


December 8, 2016
Wage and Hour Law: What to Expect in the Coming Year

Wage and hour laws are extensive, complex, and ever-changing, and claims against employers in virtually every industry are on the rise. With the election, more changes may be in the offing. Now, more than ever, employers must keep a close eye on their wage and hour practices. In this session, learn steps you can take now to ensure legal compliance and minimize liability in the coming year.

This seminar will examine:

  • How to properly classify employees;
  • How to maintain clear, accurate records that meet all FLSA requirements;
  • How to avoid audits and lawsuits;
  • What to expect in the coming year;


November 10, 2016
Conflict Resolution and Dealing with Difficult Employees

Do you sometimes find yourself dealing with bickering employees who behave in ways that result in unnecessary conflict in the workplace? Workplace conflict is a serious problem and can lead to low productivity as well as expensive and time-consuming complaints or lawsuits.

So often we find that a lawsuit or formal employee complaint could have been easily avoided by early and effective resolution of employee concerns. Every manager and human resources professional faces daily challenges in this area, whether it is inappropriate conduct or language, workplace rumors, or other performance-related issues.

Instead of putting off or altogether avoiding having those difficult conversations with “problem” employees, join Fisher Phillip’s attorney Kaitlin Fox Hinkle to hear about ways to identify and resolve conflict. Learn how to avoid the traps employees can set, particularly when they are coached or encouraged by others. We will discuss ways to deal with such issues head-on, directly confronting the issues in ways that are both legal and effective. We will also talk about how to create an atmosphere designed to encourage employees to recognize problems, tell the truth, and get to a resolution.


October 13, 2016
How Millennial Are You? Understanding Generational Differences For Workplace Success

Designed to get you in the millennial state of mind, this seminar will provide key insights and tools to consider when hiring, retaining and employing the most talked about generation. We will discuss important statistics as well as characteristics of millennials that when known can help maximize the value of this growing and talented generation in the workforce. Opportunity for discussion and questions are abound in this Breakfast Briefing on this very relevant and important topic.


September 15, 2016
Best Practices in Hiring and Firing

How does your small business handle hiring and firing processes? This session provides an in-depth discussion of the best practices to be used by businesses in the hiring and separation processes. In addition, it will analyze employment applications, interview, offer letters and employment contracts and explain best practices to employee when a decision is made to end the relationship.


June, 9, 2016
Top Ten Things to do When an Employee Resigns to Join a Competitor
When an employee resigns to join a competitor, it is important to respond promptly. Odds are that your employee has been orchestrating his or her departure for weeks or months. The security of your trade secrets and/or customer relationships may have already been compromised. This seminar will walk you through the steps to be taken in the critical hours and days following an employee departure.


May 12, 2016
Avoiding Wage and Hour Violations, Penalties and Lawsuits
Are you paying your employees lawfully? Are all of your workers properly classified? Are your time records really accurate? This presentation will provide an overview of what employers and human resources professionals need to know about wage-hour compliance. This will include the possible Fair Labor Standards Act exemption changes and how they might affect employers, the steep rise in government investigations and lawsuits in recent years, and how thoughtful compliance can mitigate risk.


April 14, 2016 
What to Do When the Government Knocks

Congratulations. You’ve been selected for an audit by a government agency. Well, maybe that’s not exactly how you are feeling. Let’s face it, audits aren’t fun. If you are faced with one, it is imperative that you know how to respond to it and protect your company from the potential consequences of government investigations and inspections, such as large penalties, and the possibility of criminal sanctions. This program will walk you through the preparation of a pre-inspection action plan as well as outline your employer rights against unreasonable government actions.


March 10, 2016 
Cyber Security and Data Breaches: How to Protect Your Company
The world is faster and more connected than ever before. Through their connections, businesses share information in ways thought unimaginable a few decades ago. As companies continue to integrate computers, tablets, smart phones, and the cloud into their business models, the need to take cyber security seriously grows exponentially. A data security breach can disrupt business operations, damage brand reputation and customer relationships, and attract government investigations. Join us for an informative presentation on best practices to identify and mitigate cyber security risks.