Cracking the Code of Effective Handbook (Afternoon)
Date: Sep 18, 2019 Beginning at 2:15 PM
Session Duration

Learning Objective
Recognize when it is necessary to update the employment handbook
Understand legal concepts surrounding handbook provisions
Effectuate sound policy without overreach

Session Description
As a new ideology in the Supreme Court emerges, civil rights expand, and divisions among citizens deepen, workplace policies must evolve to effectuate a productive and cohesive workforce. We will explore how employment handbooks may be used at your workplace to help ease attendance and leave issues, safety concerns, overtime determinations, social media questions, benefits, employee behavior, and more. For example, does your handbook adequately address bullying in the workplace? Workplace violence? Medical and recreational marijuana use? Opioid use and treatment? This seminar will help you understand the legal principles necessary to provide a fair and safe work environment and, above all, train your managers to help you avoid potential liability.

Session Speakers

Mark Barnes

Bugbee & Conkle, LLP

More About Mark Barnes

MARK S. BARNES has practiced law with Bugbee & Conkle, LLP since 2001. In recent years, Mark has concentrated his practice in workers’ compensation litigation and has successfully defended employers in trials throughout Ohio. In addition, Mark has argued and won numerous cases in the state courts of appeals and in the Ohio Supreme Court. Mark frequently lectures throughout Ohio at seminars for various educational institutes, bar associations, and employer groups regarding matters of workers’ compensation, trial practice, employment law, and legal ethics.

Mark attended the University of Virginia, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Communication Studies in 1986. In 1994, Mark received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland. In 1995, Mark was admitted to practice law in Ohio. In 2001, the Ohio Supreme Court appointed Mark to a five-year term on its Board of Bar Examiners, a committee of lawyers and judges which sets policy for and prepares the Ohio bar examination. Mark is an active member of the Northwest Ohio Human Resource Association (NOHRA) and sits on its board as the association’s legislative chairperson. Mark also is a member of the Toledo & Ohio State Bar Associations, the ProMedica Communities Board, the ProMedica Physicians & Continuum Services Board, the Northwestern Ohio Self-Insurers’ Association (NWOSIA), and is the former president and treasurer of the Thurgood Marshall Law Association.

Mark has resided in the Toledo area since 1994 and is married with three children. Outside his law practice, Mark enjoys art, golf, bowling, and physical fitness. Each year, Mark participates in the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run to raise money for arthritis and has been honored by the organization for his outstanding fundraising efforts.

More About Carl Habekost

CARL E. HABEKOST joined Bugbee & Conkle, LLP in 2010. He is the head of the Labor & Employment department at Bugbee & Conkle where he represents employers in all aspects of safety law, workers’ compensation law, and employment law. Carl successfully defends employers’ interests at unemployment compensation hearings, before the OCRC and the EEOC, and at hearings before the Industrial Commission of Ohio and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Carl is an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist. From 1994 to 2005, Carl served as a Staff Hearing Officer with the Industrial Commission of Ohio in Toledo, where he decided disputed workers’ compensation issues. In addition, Carl has earned an advanced safety certification as a Certified Occupational Safety Manager which enables him to build and manage effective safety programs to reduce injuries and control costs. Carl has also been designated a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist and earned OSHA 30-hour Certifications in General Industry & Construction.