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    June Chapter Meeting and Program

    Date: June 20, 2012, 11:15am – 1:30pm
    Alexander's Steakhouse, 100 Alexander Street, Peoria, IL
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    Program Title: HR on Trial - “A Mockery”

    This lively session involves a true-to-life courtroom experience involving real HR issues we face each day.  From the opening statement of the greedy plaintiff’s lawyer seeking an award of crippling punitive damages, through examination and cross-examination of key managers justifying their employment decisions, participants will see how seemingly innocent behavior can be turned against an unwitting employer.
    At the conclusion of this program, attendees will possess a working knowledge of the unintended consequences and potentially devastating pitfalls of HR decisions that go sour.
    Speaker: Leonard W. Sachs, Howard and Howard Attorneys PLLC

    Mr. Sachs serves as head of the Labor and Employment Group at Howard and Howard Attorneys PLLC, a business law firm with offices in Michigan, Illinois and Nevada. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1986, before matriculating to the University of Illinois College of Law, where for two years he served as Research Assistant to former Dean, Thomas M. Mengler.

    Since graduating from law school in 1989, Mr. Sachs has practiced labor and employment law exclusively for management clients ranging in size from small community hospitals to Fortune 500 corporations. On the traditional labor law side, Mr. Sachs frequently counsels clients when unions attempt to organize their employees, or when unionized employees attempt to oust their incumbent union. He routinely serves as chief negotiator in collective bargaining negotiations on behalf of both public and private sector employers and he has litigated numerous grievance arbitrations. Mr. Sachs also conducts various procedures before the National Labor Relations Board and the Illinois State Labor Relations Board.

    On the employment law side, Mr. Sachs defends employers in state and federal court proceedings across the country, as well as in administrative proceedings before the United States Departments of Labor, various state and local Human Rights Commissions and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. For many clients, he takes a proactive approach to employment litigation avoidance by becoming an active part of the human resource team. For example, he regularly counsels clients on managing excessive employee absences and leave abuses consistent with the Family and Medical Leave Act and disability discrimination laws.

    Mr. Sachs is a frequent speaker on personnel matters for employers as well as various academic institutions and employer organizations, including the Society for Human Resource Management, the Michigan Manufacturers’ Association, the Illinois Bankers’ Association, the Illinois Community Bankers Association, the Southern Illinois Healthcare Human Resource Association, the Council on Education in Management, Lorman Educational Services, the National Business Institute, Millikin University and the University of Illinois, Springfield.

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