Constangy partners Laura Balson and Ben Widener presented a webinar on HR best practices on May 3. SHRM and HRCI credit was offered for this program.

The webinar, “Spring Cleaning: How to Keep your HR Practices Mess Free,” detailed what has to be in employee handbooks, how often employee handbooks need to be updated, when a non-compete is enforceable, and what the new FTC and NLRB rules mean for a company's ability to use existing agreements.

To access a recording of the webinar, click the link below.

Laura is the managing partner of the firm’s Chicago office. She has broad experience counseling and advising employers across industries to help them manage and minimize risk. She conducts employment practice audits to identify unknown liabilities and assists in due diligence review during corporate transactions. Laura is also an experienced litigator who zealously represents employers in front of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Cook County Commission on Human Rights, the Chicago Commission on Human Relations and other state and local administrative agencies. She acts as lead trial counsel on litigation in both state and federal courts and has argued appellate cases before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ben is a partner in the Princeton office and has nearly two decades of experience in labor and employment law. Ben’s vision is simple: he helps his clients achieve their business goals by minimizing their legal issues in the workplace. He does this by being a problem solver, trusted advisor, risk manager, and business partner to his clients. Ben thrives on helping his clients with their “people problems,” and he works tirelessly to ensure his clients’ compliance with the ever-changing minefield of labor and employment law. Ben concentrates his practice in all aspects of labor management and employee relations. This includes but is not limited to HR consulting (from onboarding to termination and everything in between), representing clients in litigation and agency proceedings, conducting workplace investigations, and helping his clients protect their intellectual property and trade secrets.


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