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    Responding to an IDHR Charge: How to work collaboratively with Counsel

    Date: June 17, 2015, 11:00am – 12:00pm
    Cheryl Tunison, VP Professional Development
    Heartland Community Church
    1280 S Alpine Rd
    Rockford, IL
    No Cost for Rockford Area SHRM Members / $50 for Non-RASHRM Members
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    Responding to an Illinois Department of Human Rights Charge: How to Work Collaboratively with Counsel

    This program will feature live presentation, including analysis and review of a charge of discrimination filed with the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR). In addition, the program will focus on a sample charge, taken from an actual case, involving alleged age and race discrimination.  Participants will be led through a step-by-step approach to responding to the charge and how to effectively assist legal counsel in the process.

     Topics explored will include:

    • identifying the nature/basis of the charge
    • the process of gathering responsive information and documentation requested by IDHR
    • the procedural deadlines and steps followed by the IDHR
    • IDHR and EEOC work sharing
    • legal considerations after IDHR issues its findings


    The program will train HR professionals in interpreting information from the IDHR and legal counsel thus assisting participants in effectively advising and shaping organizational strategic planning.  By enlightening participants about the types of documentation requested by the IDHR in its investigation of a charge, the program will also educate HR professionals on thorough documentation of employment issues as they arise so that they have all necessary documents in the event of a charge.



    Program will be presented by Laura Mruk, WilliamsMcCarthy LLP

    Laura D. Mruk is an associate in the Rockford law firm of WilliamsMcCarthyLLP, where she concentrates her practice in the litigation of employment, landlord/tenant, commercial, trust and estate matters.  Laura also focuses on appellate law havinyou!g briefed cases in the Illinois appellate courts, the Seventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.  Laura is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  In addition to representing employers in litigation matters, Laura also advises clients on implementing and administering employment policies.  Laura is currently associate editor for the Illinois State Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section Council and the Corporate Law Department Section Council.  Laura received her undergraduate degree, high honors, from Cedarville University, and her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Northern Illinois University.  She currently serves as the Vice President of Government Affairs for RASHRM.



    Registration is required by Wednesday June 10, 2015 for this event.

    Certifications - The seminar will be submitted for both SHRM PDC & HRCI Credits.

    Registration is now closed. Please email to check on availability. Please indicate if you require or prefer a vegetarian lunch option or want to attend the presentation only. Thank-you!