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September Annual Legal Update

  • 23 Sep 2021
  • 7:30 AM - 1:45 PM (CDT)
  • Tundra Lodge - 865 Lombardi Ave, Green Bay, WI 54304


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2021 Legal Update

Half Day w/Breakfast

Featuring our Annual Vendor Fair & Silent Auction
Thursday, September 23rd

Tundra Lodge

7:30am – 1:45pm


OPENING: General Session - Legal Updates - This opening session will discuss new developments in the law, including new statutes, important court decisions, and regulatory activity over the past year.

Breakout sessions offered during session 1:

  • Breakout Session 1

Myth Busting HR:  HR has more than its fair share of myths and misinformation! This presentation will challenge many assumptions, both by HR staff and your employees. 

  • Breakout Session 2

Lessons Learned: Remote Workforce: Reflecting on the change in workforce and guidance for remote and hybrid work in the future.

Breakout sessions offered during session 2:

  • Breakout Session 1

Hiring 101 (resist the temptation to settle for anyone): Despite the recent worker shortage, the hiring process remains filled with legal landmines. Relaxed standards and hiring shortcuts may put your business at risk.

  • Breakout Session 2

Managing Off Duty Conduct: Thanks to smartphone cameras and social media, more and more off-duty conduct of employees is brought forward to employers.  This presentation will explore the do’s and don’ts of responding to such issues.

CLOSING: General Session - Advanced ADA/FMLA/FFCRA – This closing session will tackle more advanced issues under the ADA and FMLA, as well as other leave laws, including overlapping leave obligations, complex employee leave and return to work situations, and some of the more complicated administrative issues resulting from an employer’s obligations under these laws. 


We are pleased to announce that we will once again learn from many of our area’s top attorneys including:

Jodi Arndt Labs – Conway, Olejniczak and Jerry, S.C.

Jodi counsels employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. She works with management and human resource professionals to minimize or prevent legal risk while allowing employers to achieve their business objectives. Jodi has represented employers in a wide variety of forums including proceedings before the Equal Rights Division, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as state and federal courts in Wisconsin.

Shane Anderson - Conway, Olejniczak and Jerry, S.C.

Shane’s practice is employment and labor law and business transactional law. Shane assists with wage and hour matters, post-employment restrictive covenants, contract disputes and employment policies, as well as specific questions arising under federal and state employment law. He also works with clients on mergers and acquisitions, residential and commercial real estate transactions, entity formation and general corporate work. As a business-minded attorney, Shane recognizes that achieving business objectives is the primary goal of most legal transactions. 

Kurt Goehre – Conway, Olejniczak and Jerry, S.C.

Kurt’s practice focuses on employment matters, including wage and hour litigation, post-employment restrictive agreements, contract disputes, labor relations, employee benefits, worker's compensation, employment discrimination litigation, and various regulatory compliance issues including, but not limited to, FLSA, FMLA, Title VII, ADA, NLRA, ADEA, WARN, OSHA, and Wisconsin Fair Employment Act.

Ross Townsend – Conway, Olejniczak and Jerry, S.C.

Ross specializes in employment law, including disputes under the WI Fair Employment Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, ADEA, ADA, NLRA, FLSA, and many others. He advises and trains clients regarding ways to minimize or prevent legal risk while simultaneously achieving business objectives. Ross earned his J.D. from University of Wisconsin Law School.

Robert Burns – Davis & Kuelthau, S.C.

Bob represents employers in labor negotiations, discrimination defense, disability and ADA issues, wrongful discharge or employment contract disputes, non-compete issues, and other sensitive personnel transactions. He also provides advice on a wide variety of school law issues. Bob has his J.D. from Willamette University.

Tony Steffek – Davis & Kuelthau, S.C.

Tony assists individuals, business and public sector entities in a wide range of matters. His extensive litigation experience includes representing clients with regard to a wide array of insurance, contractual, construction, and environmental issues. Immediately prior to joining Davis & Kuelthau, Tony practiced in-house with a multinational trucking, transportation, and logistics services company – experience that provides him with a unique understanding of the issues faced by his clients.

Geoffrey Lacy – Strang, Patterson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, S.C.

Geoff advises employers on employment law issues, including hiring, discipline and discharge, discrimination defense and policy, FMLA, FLSA, and other areas of employment law. He also provides representation in labor relations, including contract negotiations, grievance processing, and related areas. He also devotes a significant portion of his practice to school and municipal law.

James Kalny – Davis & Kuelthau, S.C.

Jim serves as Chair of Davis & Kuelthau, S.C.’s Labor & Employment Team. He offers over 35 years of experience assisting clients in collective bargaining issues from coordinating costing and authorization strategies to interest and grievance arbitrations. Jim advises clients in preventive strategies and provides legal defense in employment law matters such as discrimination and wage laws. In addition, he advises on a broad variety of Municipal Law issues such as planning and redevelopment, public records and open meetings issues, and zoning appeals matters. 

Aaron McCann – Godfrey & Kahn

Aaron is an attorney in Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.’s Green Bay office and a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. Aaron’s practice is focused on employment litigation and defending employers’ interests in disputes before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.  Aaron also regularly counsels employers through the wide array of legal issues that arise during an employment relationship, including issues relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation practices, internal disciplinary investigations, employer policies, leave and workplace accommodations, and drafting employment, non-compete and separation agreements.

Abby Tilkens – Davis & Kuelthau, S.C.

Abby is a member of Davis & Kuelthau, S.C.'s Labor & Employment team and the School and Higher Education practice group in Green Bay. Her practice primarily focuses on counseling education clients in school law and labor and employment issues.  Abby worked as a law clerk for the Department of Public Instruction, where she conducted extensive legal research on educational law issues and assisted the legal department in representing the state superintendent in cases regarding open enrollment, expulsion appeals, the school choice program, and the food and nutrition programs.

Meeting Schedule

7:30AM – 8:15AM          Registration and Breakfast Buffet

8:15AM – 8:30AM          Welcome and SHRM Business

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM         General Session – Legal Update – Presented by Tony Steffek and Shane Anderson

9:30AM – 10:00AM         Vendor Fair & Silent Auction Bidding

10:00AM – 11:00 AM      Breakout Session I

Choose 1:

Myth Busting HR - Presented by Geoff Lacy and Jodi Arndt

Lessons Learned: Remote Workforce – Presented by Jim Kalny and Abby Tilkens

11:00AM – 11:15AM       Break & Silent Auction Bidding

11:15AM – 12:15 PM      Breakout Session II

Choose 1:

Hiring 101 (resist the temptation to settle for anyone) – Presented by Aaron McCann and Kurt Goehre   

Managing Off Duty Conduct – Presented by Ross Townsend and Bob Burns

2:15PM – 12:30PM        Break & Silent Auction Bidding

12:30PM – 1:30PM         General Session – Advanced ADA/FMLA – Presented by Geoff Lacy and Jodi Arndt Labs

1:30PM – 1:45PM             Pick up your Silent Auction Winning Items

Reservation Deadline for this meeting is Monday, September 20th at

5:00 PM

$45 – GB SHRM Member*

$55 – Guest of GB SHRM Member*

$25 – SHRM Student Chapter Member

*NOTE: If you register for this meeting and are unable to attend, you must cancel by the Friday prior to the meeting to receive a refund. Any requests for cancellation after that date will still be charged the meeting fee.


GREEN BAY AREA CHAPTER OF SHRM is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for 4.25 PDCs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

GREEN BAY AREA CHAPTER OF SHRM is a recognized provider of recertification credits. HR Certification Institute® pre-approved this program for 4.25 HR Business credits towards aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification.

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