Hinshaw's Breakfast Seminar Series

September 20, 2016

Register Today! The Rockford office of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP invites you to an informative series of breakfast presentations focused on specific legal issues concerning estate planning, creditors' rights, workers' compensation, senior housing facilities, government law, leasing, environmental law and labor and employment law.

Looking to network? We've got you covered. Each of our Tuesday breakfast sessions includes a half-hour of networking over breakfast beginning at 8:00 a.m. at Rockford's Northern Illinois University Conference Center (8500 East State Street, Rockford, IL), before the educational hour of each session begins at 8:30 a.m.

Estate Planning for a More Secure Future

Still waiting for that perfect time to get your affairs in order? If so, no time is better than the present. If you are ready to retire or have a desire to prepare for a more secure future, join us on September 20, 2016, to learn about current issues that will affect your estate planning needs, including those related to qualified retirement plans and IRAs, choice of state of residence (domicile), planning for the risk of disability (powers of attorney and medical directives), second marriage issues and issues related to non-married couples, and common will and trust issues.

Speakers: Marcia Mueller, Timothy Leake, Kelly Hintzsche and Kayleigh Thomas

Dazed and Confused: Payroll 101 for Creditor Wage Withholdings 

Dazed and confused by wage deduction orders, wage assignments, child support orders, federal tax levies, and state tax liens? Each type of wage withholding has different rules. Multiple wage withholdings must be prioritized. Exemptions must be considered, and your immediate response is needed before the next pay period. Learn about the guidelines for processing payroll subject to creditor wage withholdings during this September 27, 2016, session.

Speakers: Matthew Hevrin and Victoria Glidden

How to Reduce Exposure on Workers' Compensation Claims 

Join us on October 4, 2016, for a brief overview of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act and learn about easy and effective ways to hold down exposure on workers' compensation claims. The Illinois Workers' Compensation Act is a statutory creation and while certain aspects of an employers' liabilities cannot be limited or avoided when an on the job injury occurs, there are ways to hold down the dollars paid out in workers' compensation claims. Attendees will take away easy and proven means of holding down exposures starting with the investigation of the claim all the way through trial or settlement.

Speaker: Renee Schroeder

The Fair Housing Act and Recent Litigation Trends in Senior Living Facilities 

Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Resident Handbooks and Organizational Policies and Procedures

Do you own, operate or manage a senior living facility? If so, learn how the Fair Housing Act impacts your senior living facility, and how to draft resident contracts and handbooks to avoid pitfalls of the Act to which many facilities have fallen victim. This October 11, 2016, session will also address recent litigation trends impacting assisted living and independent living facilities, including the recent uptake in actions being filed on allegations of improper admissions/changes in condition, and also how policies and procedures can be drafted to both minimize risk and better prepare facilities when confronted with litigation premised on certain claims.

Speakers: Steve Moore, David Alfini and Adam Guetzow

POSTPONED: Government Subpoenas, Inquiries, Corporate Internal Investigation 

Government regulators are busier than ever, and businesses are engaging in today's global economy like never before. Join us for a session that will discuss best practices for responding to government inquiries and investigations, including responding to requests for information, interview requests, and subpoenas seeking testimony and/or the production of documents. Plus, we'll dig into the importance of having robust compliance policies and procedures in place to guard against running afoul of federal regulations governing international business, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and export and import regulations. A discussion on the importance of ongoing due diligence and monitoring, and corporate internal investigations when/if problems arise will round out this session. This program is postponed.

Speaker: Michael Iasparro

So...You Need a Lease?

Even in the new economy, most businesses still need office space. This session on October 25, 2016, will provide an overview of real estate leases that might apply to various business activities, and the provisions that are important in order to reach agreement on fair and reasonable terms of a lease. A basic introduction to the various types of leases, and the variable factors that make each lease unique will also be provided.

As an added bonus, attendees will receive a primer on provisions that are often overlooked as merely being "boilerplate" but that are well worth understanding during the negotiation process.

Speaker: Carol Lockwood

Environmental Law Update 2016

Case Law & Regulatory Changes 

Are you responsible for environmental compliance at their respective companies, a company principal and officer, a real estate developer, a lending institution or an attorney? If you are, join our panel of experienced environmental law attorneys on November 1, 2016, as they discuss the significant recent developments concerning the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CERCLA, RCRA, NEPA, FIFRA, EPCRA, new vapor intrusion standards and new developments in the area of environmental due diligence. The panel will also briefly address recent case law surrounding fracking and wind energy.

To end the session, attendees will receive a legal synopsis on the recent decision that was handed down allowing review of Army Corps determinations, and also what is considered a federally regulated water body, challenges to proposed Cattle Feeding Operation regulations, as well as proposed changes to OSHA's Crystalline Silica rules.

Speakers: Charles Helsten, Jeffrey Hoskins and Richard Porter

Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law

The Federal and State legal landscape governing the employment relationship is continuously changing. Whether it's the U. S. Department of Labor's new overtime rules, Illinois' new Child Bereavement Act or court and agency decisions/guidance under the ADA, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, or other discrimination laws, employers should be aware of recent developments in order to comply with the law and minimize risks of claims. Tap into more than 35 years of labor and employment law experience on November 8, 2016, as we address these and other important legal developments.

Speakers: James Pirages, Evan Bonnett, Eileen Caver and Nicole Jagielski

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a national law firm with approximately 500 attorneys providing coordinated legal services across the United States and in London. Hinshaw lawyers partner with businesses, governmental entities and individuals to help them effectively address legal challenges and seize opportunities. Founded in 1934, the firm represents clients in complex litigation and in regulatory and transactional matters.