August 16, 2010

How can employers protect their corporate image when employees are texting, tweeting and blogging? What key dates do companies need to watch to be in compliance with the passage of the recent health reform legislation? Will the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) adopt a policy of electronic voting and stack the deck against employers? These are some of the hot topics Polsinelli Shughart PC attorneys will address at the firm’s Labor, Employment & Benefits Symposium Wednesday, Aug 18, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Overland Park Convention Center, 6201 College Boulevard, Overland Park, Kansas. The media is invited.

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback will keynote the event with an address titled, “Growing the Regional Economy.”

“Our biennial Labor, Employment & Benefits Symposium provides employers with answers to cutting edge questions that cross their desks on a daily basis,” said Labor & Employment Chair W. Terrence Kilroy. “The half day seminar will equip employers, human resource managers and general counsel with timely information concerning issues that dominate the television newscasts and front page of the newspaper.”

Far from a summary of a human resource manual, these 13 Polsinelli Shughart attorneys present the topics in a fast-paced, 15-minute format that engages and informs the audience.

A complete schedule is available for topics which include:

• Whistle Blowing – An Employer’s Perspective (8:25 to 8:40)
• Affirmative Action – The Changing Landscape (8:40 to 8:55)
• Health Care Reform –Beyond the Spin (8:55 to 9:10)
• Risky Business – Independent Contractor Versus Employee Status (9:10 to 9:25)
• FMLA – Top 10 Tidbits (9:25 to 9:40)
• Electronic Voting – Will President Obama’s NLRB adopt a policy of electronic voting? (11:10 to 11:25)
• OSHA – For Those of You Who Had Hoped for Change…Well, You Got It (11:25 to 11:40)
• The Wired or Wireless Employee – Protecting Your Company in the Age of the Internet (11: 40 to 11:55)

Each symposium the firm provides the audience with views and perspectives on labor and employment matters from a national figure. This year’s keynote speaker, Sen. Brownback, has represented Kansas for 13 years. Sen. Brownback served as a White House Fellow in the first Bush Administration and was the youngest Secretary of Agriculture in Kansas history. When he was 38, he was elected to the House of Representatives in 1994. In 1996, he was elected to the U.S. Senate seat held by Bob Dole. He is currently running in the race for Kansas governor.

Sen. Brownback is available for media interviews at 1:30 p.m., immediately following his presentation which begins approximately at 12:15 p.m. in Ballrooms Cottonwood 2 & 3.

“We’re very excited to have a dynamic personality like Senator Brownback speaking at our symposium,” said Kilroy. “As a U.S. Senator, Brownback has the pulse on Washington but hasn’t strayed too far from his Midwestern roots and sensibilities. His topic will strike a cord with area business leaders as we all strive to climb out of a recession together.”

Polsinelli Shughart attorneys are also available to speak to reporters about their various topics following their presentations.

For more information contact Public Relations Manager Heather McMichael, 816-395-0618,

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With more than 500 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart PC ( is a national law firm that is a recognized leader in the areas of business litigation, financial services, real estate, business law, construction, life sciences, environmental and natural resources, health care, insurance coverage/bad faith, and labor and employment. Serving corporate, institutional and individual clients regionally, nationally and worldwide, Polsinelli Shughart is known for successfully applying forward-thinking strategies for both straightforward and complex legal matters. The firm has 16 offices located in Kansas City, St. Louis, Phoenix, Chicago, Denver, Washington, D.C., New York, Wilmington, Overland Park, St. Joseph, Springfield, Jefferson City, Topeka and Edwardsville.