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Wisconsin State SHRM
2011 Legislative Conference La Crosse
April 20, 2011
Stoney Creek Inn & Conference Center
3060 S Kinney Coulee Rd
Onalaska, WI

The 2011 Wisconsin SHRM Legislative Conferences will provide HR professionals with an ideal forum to learn, discuss, network and engage with Representatives, Senators and our Legal Partner on important legislative topics.  We expect the recent trend on employment issues to continue and over the coming months we expect to see an enormous amount of activity on workplace legislative issues.  The Legislative Conferences offer HR Professionals the opportunity to hear about current and pending legislation and to ask questions and give feedback to local legislators.  You won't want to miss it !! 


Deborah Krukowski & Keith Kopplin
SESSION: Current Trends, Hot Topics & Legislation Affecting Your Employees
Attendees at this program will learn about:
  1. Social Media:  Employees Off Duty, Employers On Guard.  This segment will review some current considerations regarding the off-duty use of social media by employees and provide tips for drafting an effective social media policy.
  2. Wage & Hour Review:  Discussion of some of the key wage and hour issues facing employers in 2011, including tougher misclassifications laws, new requirements for nursing mothers, and recent case developments.
  3. Legislation:  From the recently passed, to the proposed, this portion of the program will review legislation that may affect your workplace in 2011, and beyond.
Deborah KrukowskiBIO: Deborah A. Krukowski
Deborah A. Krukowski joined the firm in 1996. She emphasizes her practice in the area of litigation and investigations before the ERD and the EEOC and matters under Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, the FMLA, sexual harassment and general employment discrimination law. She successfully argued a Motion for Summary Judgment to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on the issue of race discrimination and retaliation for a large financial institution. She also has successfully argued and won cases in the areas of contract disputes, violations of non-compete agreements, discrimination, retaliation, and harassment claims. She provides employee training in these areas as well and gives advice on employee handbooks and policies, including wrongful discharge. She provides employers with assistance in separation agreements and releases, and downsizing or plant closing planning. Further, she has enforced relocation contracts on behalf of employers throughout the United States. She presents seminars to employers on the subjects of FMLA, sexual harassment, retaliation, constructive discharge, ADA, domestic partner benefits, workplace violence, employee privacy rights and employment releases. Her practice focuses on industries such as financial services, retail, insurance, foods and distribution, manufacturing, and health care.
Upon graduation from law school, she worked on ADA and Title VII issues for the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee. She continues to be involved in litigation before Wisconsin state agencies, Wisconsin state courts, federal district courts and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She was also involved in the creation of the Education and Mentoring Initiative, and remains active through this Initiative in educating and mentoring girls, primarily in inner-city schools, who otherwise would not have exposure to professional women.
She is admitted to practice in all Wisconsin state courts, including the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, and before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Keith KopplinBIO: Keith E. Kopplin
Keith E. Kopplin joined the firm in 2006.  His practice focuses on employment litigation and general employment law matters.
Keith has assisted clients in resolving wage and hour class and collective action lawsuits. He advises clients in the areas of wage and hour, discipline and discharge, the Wisconsin and federal Family and Medical Leave Acts, reductions in force, waiver and release agreements, and affirmative action. He is also a frequent author and presenter for the firm, covering topics such as the COBRA subsidy provisions of the federal stimulus bill, the impact of H1N1 in the workplace, and social media use by employees. Keith also presents customized audio programs for employers.
He is admitted to practice in all Wisconsin State Courts, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Atty. Jeffrey Beiriger and Daniel J. LaRocque
SESSION: Current and Pending Legislation
Attendees at this program will learn about pending state labor and employment legislation, with a special emphasis on Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance and Workers Compensation initiatives under consideration by the Wisconsin Unemployment and Workers Compensation Advisory Councils.


Jeffrey Beiriger, Executive Director of Metro Milwaukee SHRM
Jeffrey Beiriger has nearly twenty years of experience in government relations, association management, and public affairs.  He has managed the development and implementation of all government relations programs for various trade associations, and has extensive experience with government and politics on both the state and local levels. Mr. Beiriger has the knowledge and skills necessary for the successful management of associations and not-for-profit organizations. He also has experience with labor relations and contract negotiations and has served as a trustee on multi-employer benefit plans.  He has been a member of the Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council since 1995.

Mr. Beiriger is a member and past-president of the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives.  He received his designation as a Certified Association Executive (CAE) in 1997 and has recertified in 2001 and 2004.

Mr. Beiriger received a Bachelors of Science degree in marketing and economics, magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois at Urbana.  He received a Masters Degree in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois at Chicago, concentrating in marketing / entrepreneurship and human resource / labor relations.

Mr. Beiriger is a member of the Association of Wisconsin Lobbyists. He is also President-Elect of Variety – The Children’s Charity of Wisconsin. He is the former chairman of the Potter’s Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District, and was a founding member of the Walworth County Lakes Association.

Daniel J. LaRocque, Director, Bureau of Legal Affairs, Unemployment Insurance Division, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Dan LaRocque is Chair of the Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council and Director of Legal Affairs for the Unemployment Insurance Division.  He supervises a staff of 70 responsible for unemployment appeals and litigation regarding unemployment taxes and benefits; and policy research for unemployment insurance.  In labor and employment matters Dan: represented individuals and employers in private practice of law for 10 years; served as Deputy General Counsel with CUNA Mutual Group; mediated cases in employment discrimination, wage and hour laws and other litigation; and trains managers in state government on conflict resolution in the workplace.  Dan is the President of the Dane County Bar Association (2010 – 2011).


Contact Information
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Hays Companies of Wisconsin
1200 N. Mayfair Road, Suite 100
Milwaukee, WI 53226
Ph: 414-290-3587
Fx: 414-259-8447
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