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    Legal Update: Preventing Workplace Violence and Bullying

    Date: November 16, 2017, 11:15am
    Elgin Country Club
    2575 Weld Rd.
    Elgin, IL 60124
    $20 Members; $25 Member's Guests, $40 Non-Members
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    Legal Update: Preventing Workplace Violence and Bullying

    Violence and bullying in the workplace should be a focus of HR departments as they are often in the news. Businesses need to provide a safe work environment, support their employees and handle their risk while keeping costs reasonable. Not only the victims are affected by stress and anxiety due to workplace intimidation, bullying and harassment; those events can affect an entire department, facility or organization.

    Why? Because of the potential for lowered productivity, absenteeism and serious health risks. Making it through the legal minefields to avoid liability related to workplace violence in all forms is especially difficult.

    Attendees to this interactive seminar, hosted by Michael Wong, will learn to identify and discuss critical legal issues early in the process. Attendees will receive sample policies and practice mechanisms to PROACTIVELY diminish the risks and liabilities associated with workplace violence.

    Topics to be discussed:

    • Legal Developments: Case law updates (local, regional and national)
    • Legislative Changes: (IL Workplace Violence Protection Act; Anti-Bullying Developments; concealed carry and domestic violence legislation impacting the workplace
    • Employer Policy Updates: Harassment; Intimidation/Bullying; Workplace Violence; Workplace Weapons; Workplace Search; Employee Monitoring/Surveillance; Drug Testing; Employee Harmony; Improving Hiring Processes; Background Checks; Applicant Questionnaire; Criminal Histories (convictions vs. arrests)
    • Best Practices; Employee Investigation and Related Confrontations

    About our Presenter:

    Michael D. Wong, Partner, SmithAmundsen Law

    Mike advises and represents clients in matters relating to discrimination and harassment issues and lawsuits under Title VII, disability issues under the ADA, FMLA claims, wage and hour issues, class actions, employee handbook and policy issues, medical marijuana in the workplace, and other labor and employment issues arising under state, federal and administrative laws. His minor in information technology is particularly helpful in understanding how technology systems impact employers and businesses.

    Mike truly enjoys the practice of law. He got an early introduction to the profession by helping out at his mother’s law firm when he was growing up. Mike then started his practice out at her law firm, before working for two boutique firms in Chicago, where he specialized in contract disputes, civil litigation, class actions and employment law matters. He enjoys problem solving and is dedicated to finding unique answers to clients’ problems in order to give them the best result.

    When he is not working, Mike enjoys spending time with his young sons, playing soccer and fishing. He is also on the Presence St. Joseph Hospital Foundation Board, a philanthropic organization that supports Presence Health Hospitals.


    • Member: Presence Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation Board, (2012 – Present), Secretary (2014 – Present); Northwest Human Resources Council; American Bar Association
    • Board of Directors: Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Kane County Bar Association: Labor & Employment Law Committee member (2012 – Present); Labor & Employment Law Committee Chair, (2014 – Present); Bar Briefs, Editorial Board member (2013 – Present); Bar Briefs Editor (2015-2016)
    • Illinois State Bar Association: Young Lawyers Division (2008 – 2014); Solo & Small Firm Conference Planning Committee (2009)

    Registration is now closed for this event.  Please contact for more information.