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    Legal - The Maintenance of HR Documentation and Personnel Records

    Date: October 18, 2012, 11:15am – 1:00pm
    Frank Pawlak
    Hickory Stick at Highlands Golf Course 875 Sports Way, Elgin, Illinois 60123
    $20 - members; $25 - member's guests; $40 - non-members for all monthly programs unless otherwise indicated.
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    October 18, 2012 Chapter Meeting


    I.    Introductory Comments

    II.    The “Personnel File”

    A.    Basic Records

    1.    Background information, employment application, and personal references
    2.    Medical records (including ADA and FMLA materials)
    3.    Benefit plan materials
    4.    Disciplinary records (including personnel action forms)
    5.    Performance evaluations
    6.    I-9 records
    7.    Grievances
    8.    Garnishments and wage assignments

    B.    The Illinois Review of Personnel Records Act

    III.    Disciplinary Investigations

    A.    Internal notes
    B.    Witness interviews and statements
    C.    Investigative reports

    IV.    Special Considerations

    A.    Legal Proceedings

    1.    Workers compensation claims
    2.    Claims for unemployment compensation benefits
    3.    EEOC and IDHR complaints
    4.    Lawsuits

    B.    IT Materials (including e-mails and “social network” materials)

    C.    Confidential and Privileged Materials (including attorney-client correspondence)

    Frank M. Pawlak, Esq.

    For approximately thirty years, Mr. Pawlak has been engaged in a broad-based practice through his representation of management exclusively in all aspects of labor and employment law.  He has extensive strategic and advisory legal experience in handling corporate human resources issues and in collaborating with businesses to provide counsel on how to prevent and manage workplace legal issues and avoid escalation and litigation.  He has worked extensively with clients in establishing and implementing labor-related policies, procedures, and programs in compliance with federal and state laws.  He has represented public and private sector employers in both federal and state courts covering a wide range of traditional employment issues including unlawful discrimination, wrongful discharge, and employee wage compensation.  He also has appeared before a number of administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and a number of state agencies, in connection with his representation of corporate clients.  Mr. Pawlak also has a wide range of experience in conducting instructional seminars and diversity training for management, human resources, and other employee groups, covering an array of topics including employee work performance evaluation and documentation, drug and alcohol testing in the workplace, and unlawful harassment and discrimination.

    Mr. Pawlak performed his undergraduate studies at Loyola University of Chicago and graduate studies at the University of Chicago.  He received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.  


    Please bring your old cell phones for our Cell Phones for Soldiers Program

    Reservations not cancelled 24 hours prior to the meeting will be charged the cost of the meal.