Tina M. Bengs

Shareholder Chicago | Indianapolis | Valparaiso

* Currently licensed in Indiana only.

Ms. Bengs counsels business clients on various employment and labor issues relating to the ADA, ADEA, FMLA, worker’s compensation, Title VII, unemployment, termination and discipline, labor issues and collective bargaining agreements, FLSA, NLRA, employment policies and handbooks, and other Indiana and Federal employment laws.  She strives to assist her clients in determining best practices that conform with the law and with the business’ directives.  She also represents clients in employment litigation matters at the local, State, and Federal agency level and in State and Federal court.  Finally, she represents clients in ERISA and bad faith litigation including the litigation of pension, life, health, disability, and employee benefits issues.  Ms. Bengs speaks on a variety of employment and labor topics for several business associations and also conducts internal training for clients.


Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors, 2009-2015; Chairperson for the Board, 2014)
  • Indiana State Bar Association (Council Member for Employment & Labor Law Section)
  • Northwest Indiana Worker’s Compensation Institute
  • Flora Richardson Wildlife Foundation (Board of Directors)
  • NWI Society of Human Resource Management
  • Lake and Porter County Bar Associations
  • Indiana Bar Association
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)

Speeches:

  • Construction Advancement Foundation - ''2017 Labor and Employment Law Updates for Construction Contractors'' - Portage - February 27, 2017
  • Northwest Indiana SHRM - ''Impact of 2016 Election on Employers'' - Merrillville - January 18, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Employment Law Update'' - Merrillville - October 27, 2015
  • Northwest Indiana SHRM - ''Unemployment Claims - - The Bigger Picture for Employers'' - Merrillville - October 21, 2015
  • Valparaiso University School of Law - ''Employment Law'' - Valparaiso - October 19, 2015
  • American Association of Law Libraries - ''Supervisor Training'' - Chicago - October 16, 2015
  • Northern Indiana Human Resource Management Association (“NIHRMA”) - ''Unemployment Claims - - The Bigger Picture for Employers'' - LaPorte - July 23, 2015
  • Construction Advancement Foundation - ''Fitness for Duty and Leaves of Absence'' - Portage - April 23, 2015
  • Construction Advancement Foundation, Supervisory Training Program sponsored by Northwest Indiana Business Round Table - ''Construction Law including Employment Law issues for Supervisors'' - Portage - April 11, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Breakfast Briefing - ''Risky Discipline: When a Problem Employee is Protected by Worker's Compensation, ADA or FMLA'' - Merrillville - November 12, 2014
  • Leadership Academy - Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce - ''Business Leadership - Resolving Employment Issues in the Workplace'' - Valparaiso - October 07, 2014
  • Northern Indiana Human Resource Managers Association (NIHRMA) - ''How Employee Discipline May be Affected by Other Laws'' - LaPorte - July 24, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Key Elements of a Worker's Compensation Fraud Prevention Policy'' - Las Vegas - May 09, 2014
  • Empower Porter County Seminar - ''Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace'' - Portage - October 30, 2013
  • Leadership Academy - ''Issue Resolution in the Employment Setting'' - Valparaiso - September 24, 2013
  • ACI Life Insurance and AD&D Litigation Annual Seminar - ''Insurance Think Tank'' - New York City - July 29, 2013
  • Southern One Call Annual Meeting - ''Employment Laws Impacting Call Center Employees'' - Orlando - February 28, 2013
  • What You Don't Know (About Employment and Benefits Litigation) Can Hurt You! - ''Employment and Benefits Ethical Hot Spots'' - Merrillville - November 30, 2012
  • What You Don't Know (About Employment and Benefits Litigation) Can Hurt You! - ''Laws for Employers to Consider When Disciplining or Terminating Employees'' - Merrillville - November 30, 2012
  • Leadership Academy - Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce - ''Keynote Address - Issue Resolution in the Employment Setting'' - Valparaiso - October 09, 2012
  • Construction Advancement Foundation - ''Disciplining and Terminating Employees'' - Portage - August 03, 2012
  • Construction Advancement Foundation - ''Employee's Use of Cell Phones, Social Media, and Other Technology'' - Portage - July 12, 2012
  • Construction Advancement Foundation - ''ADA, FMLA, and Workers' Compensation in Indiana'' - Portage - June 21, 2012
  • Construction Advancement Foundation - ''Work Injuries in Indiana'' - May 31, 2012
  • Northern Indiana Human Resource Management Association - ''The Bermuda Triangle in Employment Law - - Work Injuries and the ADA and FMLA'' - Michigan City - May 15, 2012
  • Construction Advancement Foundation - ''Conduct on the Job Site that is Illegal Harassment or Discrimination'' - Portage - May 11, 2012
  • NWI Business Roundtable - ''Contract Documents and Construction Law Section of the Supervisory Training Program'' - Portage - April 14 - April 21, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''When Must an Employer Provide Time Off or Other Accommodations'' - Merrillville - April 12, 2012
  • Successfully Handling Employment Matters Seminar (ICLEF) - ''Ethics for Attorneys Handling Employment Cases'' - Merrillville - November 18, 2011
  • Successfully Handling Employment Matters Seminar (ICLEF) - ''Workers' Compensation from the Defendant's Perspective / Counseling the Client and Taking the Case to Resolution'' - Merrillville - November 18, 2011
  • Successfully Handling Employment Matters Seminar (ICLEF) - ''Counseling Clients on a Variety of Employment Law Issues from the Employer Perspective'' - Merrillville - November 18, 2011
  • Business Women United Network's "Lunch & Learn" - ''Social Media and the Law: Are You Socially Correct'' - Merrillville - October 27, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins' Northern Indiana Employment Law Briefing - ''Step Carefully! Before You Discipline an Employee, Know Where the Land Mines Are!'' - South Bend - September 07, 2011
  • Construction Advancement Foundation - ''Understanding Employment Issues In The Construction Industry To Avoid Liability'' - Portage - August 05, 2011
  • Northern Indiana Human Resource Management Association (NHRMA) - ''Knowing You Have Diverse Employees Is Not Enough . . . You Must Also Know the Diverse Employment Laws'' - Michigan City - July 26, 2011
  • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation - ''Adventures in Employment Law'' - Merrillville - November 12, 2010
  • Indiana Worker’s Compensation Institute, Panel Discussion - ''New Case Law for Worker’s Compensation Claims'' - Merrillville - October 21, 2010
  • Valparaiso Percolator Club - ''Labor and Employment Law Update'' - Valparaiso - June 17, 2010
  • American Society of Safety Engineers, Greater Calumet Chapter - ''When an employee reports a work injury - - what must occur and what cannot occur?'' - Calumet - May 13, 2010
  • NWIBRT Supervisory Training Program - ''Construction Law and Contracts'' - Portage - April 10 - April 17, 2010
  • American Society of Safety Engineers, Greater Calumet Chapter - ''What besides ‘safety’ should safety supervisors know?'' - Calumet - January 14, 2010
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