WorkSmarts Half-Day Seminar

Quarter 1 – The Big Game: Kickoff 2022 With Updates On Compliance In The Workplace

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 | 10:00am - 1:30pm

(All times are Central Standard Time)


10:00 - 11:00am

Don’t Drop the Ball on FCRA Compliance
When employers use consumer reports to make employment decisions, they must comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. But knowing what constitutes a consumer report and how to follow the law is easier said than done. Even minor and unintentional violations of the FCRA have resulted in large class action judgments against employers, particularly in recent years. We will help you understand the necessary steps to ensure compliance – prior to and after obtaining a consumer report – and how best to defend against claims under the FCRA.

Kersten Holzhueter and Joe Hunt

11:15am - 12:15pm

Tackling I-9 Compliance and Employment-Based Immigration: Employer Be Aware
This presentation will provide an overview of the confusing process of employment-based immigration to the United States. The focus will be on tools to spot issues and address many of the most common scenarios that employers encounter. The presentation by Spencer Fane attorneys Stacey Garrett Koju and Jay Ji will discuss:

  • An introduction to the fundamental pillars of our immigration system

  • Common visa categories that professionals within human resources teams and legal departments should be aware of

  • I-9 compliance processes and issues

  • The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the employment-based immigration system

Stacey Garrett Koju and Jay Ji

12:30 - 1:30pm

Religious Exemptions for COVID-19 Vaccines: Are you Providing a Reasonable Accommodation or Relying on a Hail Mary?
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused religious accommodation / discrimination / exemptions to become a huge issue in many workforces. This session will discuss best practices for managing religious accommodation requests (with a particular focus on vaccine exceptions) and avoiding religious discrimination claims in light of the EEOC’s recent guidance and the various regulations requiring employers to consider such issues with regularity.

Casey Murray and Charlotte McEwen

Topics and speakers are subject to change. Space for programs is limited.


HRCI and SHRM credits will be available for each program. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits have been approved in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. Credits are still pending in Texas. CLE credit application and approval processes vary per state and may not be available after certain state deadlines. Please email if you have questions.