Wisconsin State SHRM
2011 Legislative Conference Oshkosh
April 12, 2011
La Sures Hall
3125 S Washburn
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 !!
Kathleen Ann Coulombe, Government Relations Advisor, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
SESSION: HR Public Policy Outlook for the 112th Congress and Obama Administration
The 2010 mid-term elections produced some historic results. The GOP captured control of the House of Representatives by gaining over 60 seats on November 2 -- the most by any party since 1946. They also picked up an additional six Senate seats, resulting in a slimmer Democratic majority in the Senate for the 112th Congress. Learn what these results mean for HR in 2011, especially what impact they will have on the agenda on Capitol Hill and in the federal regulatory agencies.
Kathleen Coulombe serves as the Government Relations Advisor for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). In this capacity, she is actively involved in tax and benefit public policy issues on Capitol Hill that impact the Human Resource profession. Prior to working in this capacity, Kathleen served as the State Affairs Specialist where she managed public policy issues on the state level for SHRM.
After completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Kathleen accepted a position in the Las Vegas Office of Nevada Governor Kenny C. Guinn. As Deputy Director of Constituent Services and the Las Vegas Assistant to the Governor, Kathleen worked with law makers and other stakeholders on a wide variety of state issues.
In 2004, Kathleen moved to Washington, DC, when she accepted a position with the Department of Defense’s Directorate of Defense Systems. Realizing her love and interest in public policy issues, Kathleen joined SHRM in May of 2005.
Kathleen received her Master of Public Policy degree from the George Washington University, where she was a Scottish Rite Fellow.
Atty. James Buchen, 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.
James A. Buchen, Vice President, Government Relations/Membership
James Buchen is an attorney and serves as chief lobbyist for the Association. In this position he oversees the Association’s government affairs programs directing a team of lawyers, lobbyists, and policy experts. Together they work with legislators and agency officials to advance the Association’s pro-business, pro-jobs policy agenda. He also manages the Association’s political action and communications programs. Buchen graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a bachelor of science degree in history and a degree in law.
Prior to coming to WMC, Buchen worked for the Wisconsin Realtors Association and the Real Estate Securities and Syndication Institute in Chicago. He currently serves as a management representative to the state Unemployment Compensation Advisory Council and the Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council, as Treasurer for the Wisconsin Coalition for Civil Justice, and as a member of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Health Care Quality and the Wisconsin Quality Initiative Steering Committee.
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).
Abigail Nadler, CHES, Health Promotion Advisor, M3 Insurance Solutions, Inc. (M3)
SESSION: Demystifying Health Care Reform and Legal Issues in Worksite Wellness
Just the mere mention of HIPAA regulations and Health Care Reform strikes fear into most business leaders and health promotion practitioners—but this need not be the case. Nationally recognized expert, Abigail Nadler from M3, will help participants better understand the legal issues as it relates to the development and implementation of worksite wellness program as well as leave with a better understanding of how Health Care Reform is effecting the development of such programs.
Ms. Abigail Nadler is the Health Promotion Advisor at M3 Insurance Solutions, Inc. (M3). Her primary responsibilities are to: Advise clients on the development of health promotion and wellness strategies that effectively engage employees in healthier lifestyles; develop and present roundtable discussions; and design wellness campaigns, sample communications and incentive structures. Abigail also leads M3’s internal wellness program. In 2006, the M3 wellness team completed the process to become a designated Well Workplace through the Wellness Councils of America.
Abigail graduated in 2005 from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in health promotion and wellness, and a minor in both occupational health & safety and psychology. While attending college, Abigail worked as the Wellness Works Assistant at Watertown Memorial Hospital. Abigail joined M3 in 2005.
Abigail is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and is certified by the American Lung Association as a Smoking Cessation Facilitator. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Wellness Council of Wisconsin. Abigail is also a member of the Wisconsin Physical Activity and Nutrition Forum and the National Wellness Institute.
Abigail is a volunteer for the Niemann Pick Disease Foundation, including the Niemann Pick Golf Outing and Silent Auction. She is also an active volunteer for Relay for Life and participates in the annual Susan J. Komen Race for the Cure, and is a member of a walking team for Tomorrow’s Hope.
Secretary Many Perez; WI Dept of Workforce Development
SESSION: Department of Workforce Development - A New Course for Job Creation and a Competitive Workforce
At DWD, we will work to advance Wisconsin’s economy with a superior workforce development system that attracts, creates and retains jobs, while empowering individuals to become self sufficient,” Secretary Perez said. “We aim to become the leading workforce development agency of its kind in the nation.”
Secretary Perez will discuss the department’s following strategic objectives:
- Support and promote a quality Wisconsin workforce that becomes a key marketing differentiator and competitive advantage for Wisconsin’s economy;
- Align state-of-the-art training and job service counseling focused on meeting private sector labor needs and achieving employment outcomes;
- Empower individuals to become self sufficient and pursue lifelong learning;
- Support local workforce development boards, economic development partners, tech school system, local chambers of commerce and CBOs to anticipate and meet private sector labor needs
- Ensure judicious management of the unemployment insurance program and fund along with preventing fraud and abuse
- Reduce the case load at the Equal Rights Division and support mediation of cases when applicable
- Continue to support state-of-the-art safety programs and workplace safety in synergy with our partners and community at large
- Support coordinated approach to economic and workforce development across all stakeholders
Manuel “Manny” Perez was appointed Secretary of the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) by Governor Scott Walker, effective January 2, 2011. As DWD Secretary, Perez also is a member of Governor Walker’s Cabinet.
Perez, a labor market economist, has more than 25 years in the staffing and human resource industry. He is a former Manpower Inc., executive and owner of a staffing company in Milwaukee.
With 1,645 employees, DWD works with employers to fill jobs, provides training and employment services to workers, enforces workers’ rights, and administers Unemployment Insurance and Worker’s Compensation programs. DWD will be an essential instrument to attract and retain companies in Wisconsin and to facilitate sustainable employment for Wisconsinites.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Perez came to Wisconsin in 1978 to attend college. He earned a bachelor’s degree in comparative politics and an MBA in business management from Edgewood College. He also has completed four years of doctoral studies in development economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
From 2007 until his appointment, he was President and Co-owner of JNA Staffing, Inc., in Milwaukee. From 2005 to 2007, he was North American Product Manager for Manpower Managed Services, Manpower, Inc., Milwaukee. He previously worked as an income maintenance worker, Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) Investigator and Mediator, and an Affirmative Action Officer in the City of Madison and Dane County, respectively.
Perez comes to DWD with a thorough understanding of private sector labor and workforce development needs, macroeconomic planning, governance, human resource compliance, social security, Equal Rights, Worker’s Compensation, safety and security.
With a commitment to Best Practices, Perez excelled in mediation and conflict resolution as an EOC Investigator and Mediator in Madison and Dane County. He also has worked to achieve strong compliance with workplace safety, security, and human resource standards.
Under his leadership, JNA became the only staffing company in Wisconsin to receive the Industrial Safety Excellence Award in 2009 from the Wisconsin Safety Council. JNA Staffing further achieved a high compliance level with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement) regulations, and consistently supported the skill and human development of temporary workers from all walks of life to facilitate their conversion to permanent jobs. In addition, United Migrant Opportunity Services named JNA Employer of the Year in 2008.
In 2010, Perez was honored with Bravo Entrepreneur Award by the Milwaukee BizTimes. He is a member of the SHARP Literacy Board and the UW Waukesha Foundation Board.
Deborah Krukowski & Keith Kopplin
SESSION: Current Trends, Hot Topics & Legislation Affecting Your Employees
Attendees at this program will learn about:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
BIO: 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.
BIO: 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.