AUSTIN EDITION COL Seminar to focus on hiring practices

The Chamber's Human Resources Committee -- in cooperation with the Hoversten, Johnson, Beckmann &; Hovey law firm -- will present a seminar on hiring practices on Nov. 17 at the Holiday Inn. "Hiring Practices A-Z" will offer a variety of information under three general topic areas: employee recruitment, interviewing and selection.

Attorneys from the Hoversten firm will focus on legal "do's and don'ts," such as what can and cannot be included on an employment application, testing, background checks, references and disclosures.

The selection segment will also take a look at the I-9 verification process, and minors in the workplace.

Human resource professionals, led by Annemarie Vaupel of Hormel Foods, will add their input throughout the morning program, and share their hiring expertise during the interviewing segment.

Discussion topics will include "The importance of defining minimum requirements," "Asking the right questions," and "Behaviorally based interviewing strategy."


Founded in 1962, the Hoversten, Johnson, Beckmann and Hovey firm is a full-service law firm with expertise in employment law, workers' compensation and business law. Attorneys presenting at the Nov. 17 seminar include Steven Hovey, John S. Beckmann, Marty Helle and Craig M. Byram.

Byram graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1994. He serves as legal counsel for the United State Junior Chamber and is Austin's assistant city attorney.

Beckmann is a 1979 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School. In his 26-year career in Austin, he has specialized in civil litigation, product liability and employment law. He has represented both management and employees, and has tried several cases in both state and federal courts. He is a frequent seminar presenter and has written numerous papers involving topics such as civil litigation, anti-discrimination law and employment law.

Hovey earned his law degree with distinction from the University of North Dakota in 1987. He joined the Hoversten firm in 1988 and is licensed to practice in both state and federal courts in Minnesota and North Dakota. He practices generally in the areas of employment law, civil litigation, and workers compensation, along with some labor law. He has addressed several employers groups on a number of topics, including FMLA compliance, ADA issues and harassment in the workplace.

Helle is an Austin native and grew up on a farm near Lyle. He is a 2000 graduate of Drake University Law School and was admitted to the Iowa bar the same year. He has a general practice, but spends most of his time on litigation matters. He is licensed in Iowa, Minnesota, and the Federal District of Minnesota.

For more information on the program or to register, call the Chamber office at 437-4561.

Sandy Forstner is the director of the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce.

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