May Legal Update & Luncheon
10:15 am - 11:15 am
Speaker: Denise Landin, JD
Topic: Millennials in the Workplace
The generation labeled as so many things, from entitled to lazy to the generation that won’t grow up, is growing into the largest employed age group in the workplace. Whether the labels are accurate or not, one thing is certain: Millennials are impacting the workplace. Some of the perks, flexible work arrangements and technology that appeal to Millennials have a legal impact on employers and require changes to policies. This presentation will address some of the legal landmines, including:
- Hiring can have a couple of legal pitfalls. First, Millennials are comfortable with social media and may have a tendency to search candidate profiles. This may lead to stumbling upon protected class information that could implicate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Second, companies need to be careful of only seeking “digital natives” for positions which can trigger age discrimination claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
- Millennials expect more flexible work conditions, which can cause violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act if remote work or flex schedules are not clearly defined.
- The security of company confidential information is a heightened risk thanks to mobile technology. An overview of data breach laws will be provided.
- The Millennial generation tends to speak up and have an increased awareness of social issues and equity. This, combined with a less rigid work-life boundary, can result in an increase in claims for harassment and discrimination. We will discuss employer expectations under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act for both work and non-work activities.
- Ethics and purpose matter. Millennials want to believe they are working for a purpose and that the work environment is fair. An employer’s failure to follow the rules and its own code of conduct may lead to increased whistleblower complaints and calls to the ethics line.
Denise Landin’s career stretches almost 20 years with time spent in private practice and working for wonderful companies. Prior to starting Landin Thomas PLLC, Denise was the Chief Risk Officer for Elevate and Senior Vice President, Executive Compliance Officer for Cash America International, Inc. In these roles, Denise managed departments with anywhere from 10 to 40 employees, developed and implemented legally compliant processes, and advised both senior management and Board of Directors on various legal and compliance matters.
Denise is based in Fort Worth and enjoys assisting clients with labor/employment law matters and volunteering her services as a mediator for the Dispute Resolution Center of North Texas.
Denise received her B.A. in history from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996. In 2000, Denise received her law degree, cum laude, from St. Mary’s University School of Law.
On a personal note, Mrs. Landin is a native of Fort Worth. She enjoys spending time with her children. She is also an avid reader, sports fan and enjoys traveling
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. George Benson
Topic: Developing a Performance Feedback Culture
Performance appraisal systems are evolving to refocus on coaching and dialog between managers and employees. George Benson will present current research on performance appraisal systems that encourage frequent, honest, and developmental feedback to improve performance and engage employees. In particular we will discuss the roles of HR and organizational leaders in promoting a positive performance feedback culture.
George Benson is Chairman of the Department of Management and Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. He was Director of UTA’s top-ranked Masters in Human Resource Management program 2010-2018. Dr. Benson earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Center for Effective Organizations in the Marshall School of Business.
Dr. Benson’s research focuses on performance appraisal, HR measurement, employee involvement, and strategic management of human capital. Dr. Benson’s writing has appeared in Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Human Resource Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organizational Dynamics, Sloan Management Review, and Training & Development magazine among others.
Dr. Benson’s work with companies has included performance appraisal systems, HR metrics, job design, compensation, employee engagement and retention programs, employee attitude surveys, and training design and evaluation. He has worked with a wide range of organizations including Alcon Laboratories, ADESA Corporation, Aetna, Frito-Lay, Huawei, HKS Inc., KFC-Yum Brands, Pratt & Whitney, and PriceWaterhouse Coopers. Dr. Benson previously worked as a researcher at the Association for Talent Development in Alexandria, Virginia. He also holds degrees from Washington and Lee University and Georgetown University.
Salad: House salad w/ choice of Ranch & Vinaigrette Dressing
Entree: Chicken Parmesan w/ Marinara Sauce over Angel Hair Pasta & Seasonal Vegetables
Dessert: Italian Cream Cake
Also provided: Rolls, butter, ice tea, coffee
Dietary Restrictions: Vegan meals will be provided for vegetarian, gluten-free and food allergy requests.
Ridglea Country Club
3700 Bernie Anderson Ave.
Fort Worth, Texas 76116
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