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Nestor Barrero, senior counsel with Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, and Laura Kerekes, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, ThinkHR chief knowledge officer, will discuss the hot issues for 2018 that you should consider in relation to your employee handbook policies. They will explain what you need to take into account when updating your handbook to make sure you are covered when it comes to topics such as:

  • Medical and recreational marijuana laws impacting drug testing, job accommodation, and safety policies.
  • New protected employee classes (gender orientation, expression, and identity) impacting work policies.
  • Change in federal agency rules (NLRB, EEOC, OSHA, DOL) lightening employer restrictions regarding workplace conduct policies.
  • The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements’ ripple effect on sexual harassment and bullying impacting reporting mechanisms, investigations, and anti-retaliation policies.
  • Compensation trends relating to corporate pay equity and salary discussion policies.
  • Increasing local legislation impacting various leave and pay policies, including paid sick leave, parental leave, minimum wage, overtime, and scheduling.


   Nestor Barrero
     Nestor Barrero,
     Senior Counsel with Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

Nestor Barrero, senior counsel with Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, advises large and medium sized employers on all aspects of labor and employment law including compliance with anti-harassment, discrimination, privacy and workplace laws; effective performance management; negotiation of executive agreements; planning for layoffs, mergers and acquisitions; and defending wrongful termination cases in mediation, arbitration, or litigation. He has significant experience representing employers in the film, television, music, live entertainment, theme parks, retail, and technology industries. Prior to joining his current firm, he was in-house counsel for entertainment industry employers.


   Laura Kerekes
     Laura Kerekes,
     ThinkHR Chief Knowledge Officer

Laura Kerekes, chief knowledge officer at ThinkHR, oversees ThinkHR’s ever-growing body of HR knowledge. Using her over 30 years’ experience in the field, she regularly writes articles on human resources topics, is frequently quoted as a human resources expert in human resources and benefits publications, and often presents webinars and lectures on human resources and benefits topics. Laura is the author of The Innovative Workplace, a regular column in Rough Notes.

Prior to joining ThinkHR, Laura held executive human resources officer positions for large multinational companies and holds an M.B.A., a B. S. in Business Administration, the Stanford University Executive Human Resources Management certification as well as the Senior Professional in HR certifications from both the national Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).


This webinar offers 1 HRCI (general) and 1 SHRM professional development credit.