February Program 2018

Feb 13th 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Champion's Run Country Club
13800 Eagle Run, Omaha

Member ORIENTATION: 10:30AM 
registration & networking:  11:00AM

lunch / hram announcements:  11:30AM

keynote (12:00 - 1:00pm)
KEYNOTE Speaker:  GiGi O'Hara, Kutak Rock

“2018 Legal Update”

The biggest hurdle facing employers in 2018 is simply keeping abreast of the new legal developments in employment law.  This update will address several key changes that may affect your company in the coming year and beyond, including some notable deregulation at the federal level, the evolution of state law employee protections, the ever-changing landscape of wage and hour law, the move to legalize recreational marijuana, and the latest tips and guidance for sexual harassment workplace training in the wake of high profile claims and cases across the country.  Keep yourself informed so you know just what to do to prepare yourself and your organization for 2018.

Technical Session 1 (1:15 - 2:45pm)
Speaker: Pat Barrett, Fraser Stryker

“Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations"

Don’t be found guilty of a poor workplace investigation.  Explore a best-practice framework for conducting internal investigations, on which organizational policies, procedures, and work rules can be developed and anchored. This session is designed to assist participants in investigating suspected employee misconduct and provide you with the knowledge and skills to develop HR policies, process, and work rules that will result in a more appreciative, engaged and productive workforce. Among other things, participants will learn how to: ask effective questions, interview reluctant witnesses, obtain relevant evidence, assess credibility, and arrive at legally defensible decisions without violating employee rights.  

SPEAKER: Eric Tiritilli, Lamson, Dugan and Murray

“At the Intersection of Poor Performance and Protected Right"

What do you do when a poorly performing employee, or an employee who is violating work rules, is protected under the FMLA or ADA?  Many employers have been at this intersection.  This session will help navigate that tricky path of managing an employee who is covered under the FMLA or ADA, help identify potential FMLA/ADA issues when disciplining employees and help formulate best practices for handing those situations.  

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HRAM is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.  This program has been pre-approved for 4.0 PDCs for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP.  For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.

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HRAM is a recognized provider of recertification credits. HR Certification Institute® preapproved this program for 4.0 HR (General) credit towards aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification.” The HRCI® seal cannot be altered and can only be used in conjunction with the specific activity that was reviewed and pre-approved.

Registration is closed.

This program is hosted by the HRAM Government Affairs Committee. If you would like more information or to join the committee, please email the HRAM Office.

  HRAM Member NON HRAM Member
$25 $50
Technical Session
$35 $70
Keynote & Technical Session $40 $80
Corporate Table (seats 7)
Includes Keynote and Tech Session

*You may also fax, email or mail in the Registration Form.  Registration cancellation and deadline is February 7, 2018 to receive a full refund.

*Attending the keynote includes lunch.

Thank you to our Program Sponsor:  

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About our Speakers


Ms. O’Hara is an accomplished trial attorney who devotes her practice to labor and employment defense. She has defended lawsuits brought under the FLSA, Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, the Equal Pay Act, the FMLA, as well as claims of whistleblower retaliation, breach of contract, defamation and constructive discharge. She has represented corporate clients in claims of tortious interference, unfair competition, breach of restrictive covenant and misappropriation of trade secrets. Recent trial successes include securing a defense verdict from a 12-person jury in under an hour as lead trial counsel in a sex and pregnancy discrimination lawsuit pending in federal court.


Ms. O’Hara also frequently defends employers against claims of wage and hour violations brought under the FLSA and its state law counterparts. She has successfully defended class and collective actions across the United States, including California, Arkansas and Pennsylvania, as well as wage claims brought by individual employees. She regularly advises clients on wage laws and compliance, including minimum wage and overtime compensation, independent contractor classification, exemptions, deductions, child labor and donning and doffing. She helps clients perform internal position audits and she defends clients against wage and hour investigations initiated by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Ms. O’Hara routinely counsels employers on a variety of complex employment issues and provides practical, business-oriented remedies to meet their needs. She has an extremely high success rate defending clients against charges of discrimination, harassment and retaliation filed with federal, state and local administrative agencies. She is a frequent presenter on various employment topics, and regularly trains company managers and employees on compliance with employment discrimination laws, including sexual harassment.

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Mr. Barrett, a native Nebraskan, joined Fraser Stryker in 2008 after practicing labor and employment law with another Omaha law firm for 25 years. Mr. Barrett has represented both private and public sector clients with respect to labor and employment matters, collective bargaining, EEO/affirmative action matters, Fair Labor Standards Act and Occupational Safety and Health matters. Mr. Barrett has represented the Firm's clients in a wide variety of proceedings, including federal court and agency proceedings involving employment, and civil rights and labor law litigation as well as state court and state agency actions, including jury trials and appellate work. Mr. Barrett also drafts employment contracts including such provisions as noncompetition, nondisclosure and confidentiality provisions.

Mr. Barrett also advises management on various issues, including, but not limited to, hiring, workplace investigations, discipline, terminations, leave of absence issues, human resource policies and procedures, wage and hour issues, traditional labor issues, and other various state and federal laws. Mr. Barrett speaks regularly to management groups on various employment related issues and provides employer training on maintaining nonunion status, anti-harassment and anti-discrimination laws.

In addition to spending time with friends and family, when outside of the office Pat enjoys traveling, golfing, hunting, and reading as well as attending sports events.


Eric Tiritilli is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Business Department. Mr. Tiritilli received his Master of Arts degree from the University of Texas, at Arlington and an undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas. He received his law degree from Creighton University School of Law, magna cum laude.

Mr. Tiritilli’s practice focuses on counseling and defending companies in matters of employment and traditional labor law. He works closely with employers, in workplace issues regarding equal employment compliance, discipline and discharge, union avoidance, workplace safety, and wage and hour matters.  He provides practical guidance and actionable solutions. Mr. Tiritilli has defended employers both in court and before state and federal agencies.  He also serves as a contributing editor to a leading labor law publication and is a frequent speaker on labor and employment issues.

















Upcoming Events

02.22 - HRAM Happy Hour - Feb 2018
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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8:00 am - 9:30 am
03.08 - FAMA March Program 2018
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