Thursday, May 10 2012 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM

The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce 2012 Chamber Seminar Series presents:
Sponsored by the law firm of Hancock Estabrook, LLP
Monday, May 14, 2012
11:30 AM—3:00 PM
Ramada Geneva Lakefront
41 Lakefront Drive, Geneva, NY 14456
Register by May 10th! Call 315-789-1776 or email Jessica at
$15 for Chamber members, $20 for non-members
Lunch will be provided


Topics covered:
1. Employment Update and Interplay with Immigration Laws
WTPA Presentation
-Review of compliance requirements private sector employers have concerning new hire wage & hour notifications, annual wage and hour notice to all employees, wage and hour change notice requirements.
-Review of record keeping requirements and wage statement requirements the new law imposes.
Presenter: Michael J. Sciotti, Chair, Labor & Employment Practice, Hancock Estabrook
Independent Contractor v. Employee Status
-Principles that define an independent contractor.
-Provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
-How and why to classify your workers as employees or independent contractors.
An Overview of “Employer’s Best Practices”
-Review of Employee Handbooks.
-Preventing discrimination claims.
-Ways to reduce unemployment claims.
Presenter: Robert C. Whitaker, Associate, Labor & Employment Practice, Hancock Estabrook
2. Social Media in the Workplace—Too Much of a Good Thing?
-Explore the risks and rewards of using social media during the hiring process and as well as during the
course of employment, including NLRA and FTC compliance considerations.
Presenter: Lindsey H. Hazelton, Partner, Labor & Employment Practice, Hancock Estabrook
3. Interacting with Legislators and Other Government Agencies
Best Practices When Communicating with Government Agencies
-Balancing the level of contact at an agency’s organization for a given issue/matter.
-Understanding the complexity for developing consistency across an agency’s central agencies and regional field offices.
Moderator: Wendy A. Marsh, Partner, Environmental Practice, Hancock Estabrook
Presenters: Stephen Hammond, P.E., Principal, Sterling Environmental Engineering, P.C., former Director at the NYSDEC and Michael A. Arcuri, Of Counsel, Government Relations Practice, Hancock Estabrook, former United States Congressman
Government Consolidation and the Future “Economy of Transportation”
-Why is it challenging to interact with the byzantine Upstate NY government system?
- How these challenges will intensify in the future due to a shrinking tax base.
-Why government consolidation must be considered.
-More efficient ways of dealing with transportation issues.
Convenient mass transit
Improved freight rail service
Airport consolidation
Presenter: Michael A. Arcuri, Of Counsel, Government Relations Practice, Hancock Estabrook, former United States Congressman
Register by May 10th

Sign up by calling the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce, 315-789-1776 or email Jessica

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