At Robertson Ryan we understand the importance of staying current in changing laws and finding better ways to manage your operations. We invite you to participate in our client-focused webinars. Beyond these topics, many of our agents offer private educational programming customized for client specific industries and needs.

Best Practices for On-Boarding & Off-Boarding Employees

April 11, 10am (CDT)

On-boarding is the first experience your new hires will have with your organization. It is your opportunity to fully engage your new employees, by making them feel welcome and prepared for their new role. It is an unfortunate fact of business that employees come and go—sometimes for the good of the organization, and sometimes not. Regardless of how they are departing, certain tasks must be completed on a timely basis. When not handled with a focus, these processes can leave employees with unanswered questions, concerns or overall lack of direction and can put your organization at risk. Join us for an in-depth look at On-Boarding and Off-Boarding Best Practices. This presentation is eligible for 1 SHRM credit.


Alcoholism, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

May 9, 10am (CDT)

Working with, accommodating, and supporting employees who struggle with alcoholism, substance abuse, or mental health issues can be a complex task due to the sensitive nature of the situation and the nu­merous employment laws that may be implicated. Addiction and mental health issues can lead to absentee­ism, poor performance, on-the-job injuries, or even workplace violence. This session will provide employers with practical guidance on how to handle the complex issues that can arise when addressing addiction and mental health in the workplace, as well as ensuring that safety in the workplace is not compromised.

Takeaways Include:

  • Better command of the often-complex set of laws, including the Family Medical Leave Act and Americans with Disabilities Act and their state law counterparts that can apply to situations involving substance abuse, addiction and mental health issues in the workplace.
  • Reduce the risks of legal claims that can arise when dealing with employees with substance abuse or mental health issues.
  • Respond more effectively to employees who present issues involving substance abuse and mental health issues.

WEBINAR REGISTRATION: Sarah Meissner Kealy | skealy@robertsonryan.com or 414-270-6823. Please include your full name, title/role, company name and email. The webinar is complimentary and eligible for 1 SHRM credit.

Managing #MeToo Before it Becomes #YouToo

June 13, 10am (CDT)

Discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment, take a heavy toll on companies – from lost productivity, high employee turnover, and of course costly litigation.  In this fast-paced management-focused training, Noah A. Frank of SmithAmundsen’s Labor & Employment Group will discuss key topics of Diversity, Unlawful Discrimination and Harassment, Individual Liability for Supervisors and Managers, and Retaliation.


Employee Handbook Essentials

July 18, 10am (CDT)

An employee handbook is a critical tool used by employers to communicate to their employees.  This presentation discusses the features of a well-prepared handbook and the value it provides employers.  Besides being a valuable communication resource, handbooks also serve to protect against discrimination and unfair treatment of employees while answering questions that arise during employment. This presentation is eligible for 1 SHRM credit.


Paying Hourly Workers Properly

September 19, 10am (CDT)

Wage and hour law can be confusing and full of traps. The U.S. and Illinois Departments of Labor are increasingly scrutinizing companies to make sure their employee pay procedures and policies are compliant with federal, state, and local laws.  Join attorney Noah A. Frank of SmithAmundsen for an engaging, fast-paced discussion on properly classifying employees as exempt vs. non-exempt, making valid wage deductions and reimbursements, and more to stay compliant!


Cyber Crime

October 3, 10am (CDT)

As Cyber Liability insurance evolves, loss data has pointed to a specific trend that shows Cyber Crime insurance is of the highest importance. For this webinar, we will dive deeper into what makes up Cyber Crime coverages, what types of losses are occurring in this space and how you can better prepare your organization to spot a Cyber Crime event. The insurance topics discussed will be Electronic Funds Transfer Theft, Social Engineering, Extortion and Client Directed Social Engineering. You will hear loss examples as it pertains to each coverage, how the situation was handled and what could have been done to avoid these types of losses.


Smart Hiring in a Competitive (and Litigious) Job Market

October 10, 10am (CDT)

In December of 2017, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate dipped to 3 percent, tying the lowest recorded rate in history. Perhaps now, more than ever, smart hiring practices are crucial to attracting and retaining top talent while avoiding legal claims. This session will provide tips and guidance regarding all phases of the recruiting process, from pre-hire through onboarding.

WEBINAR REGISTRATION: Sarah Meissner Kealy | skealy@robertsonryan.com or 414-270-6823. Please include your full name, title/role, company name and email. The webinar is complimentary and is eligible for 1 SHRM credit.

Zombies & Vampires: Infectious Disease Issues in the Workplace

October 29, 10am (CDT)

As Halloween approaches, please join attorney Noah A. Frank of SmithAmundsen LLC for a lively webinar on infectious diseases in the workplace-including avoiding transformative bites from zombies!

Takeaways Include:

  • Preparing for the inevitable;
  • Recognizing hazards and exposures;
  • Critical response – containment, mitigation, and remediation;
  • Communicating with the workforce and public – balancing HIPAA and privacy concerns with the right to know;
  • Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Disease Act issues;
  • OSHA reporting; and
  • Employee leave issues – FMLA, ADA, and others.


Disaster Preparedness, Business Continuity & Assisting Employees

November 14, 10am (CST)

2017 & 2018 brought us an unprecedented number of natural disasters. The damage to human life and property are both staggering and heartbreaking. All parts of the world face the possibility of floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural phenomena. Are you prepared if disaster would strike you? This course will help you prepare! This presentation is eligible for 1 SHRM credit.