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Attend this course and avoid costly court cases by discovering how to:
- Hire, manage, discipline and terminate employees without violating the rights of protected classes
- Write documentation that will hold up in court
- Create a workplace environment where all employees feel valued and included
- Provide reasonable accommodations for employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Conduct an investigation of sexual harassment charges legally and respectfully
- Protect the rights of whistleblowers and shield them from retaliation
- Navigate the complexities of FMLA
- Identify resources to stay up to date on evolving laws
- Have a plan for addressing legal and illegal drug use
- And much more
What it Means to be an Equal Opportunity Employer
- Review the list of protected classes under Title VII as it keeps growing – do you know the latest additions?
- Discover where federal and state laws differ on sexual orientation, gender identity and lifestyle laws
- Learn the new definitions of disability and implementing reasonable accommodations without causing undue hardship
- Find out if English-only rules are legal in the workplace
Creating an Inclusive and Respectful Workplace
- Recognize the difference between workplace bullying and a hostile workplace
- Learn smart practices that minimize the risk of sexual harassment in the workplace
- Handle complaints and conduct investigations about harassment or discrimination quickly, fairly and legally
- Discover whistleblower protections and retaliation restrictions
- Avoid common pitfalls of diversity and inclusion training
Talent Acquisition and the Law
- See a checklist of questions you can and cannot ask in an interview
- Learn what interviewers say to create an “implied contract” and how to avoid those promises
- Discover the latest information on pre-employment testing: what’s permissible, what’s not and how testing legally impacts your organization
- Find out how to use social media to screen applicants and follow a social media policy that protects the reputation of your organization and the privacy of your employees
Performance Reviews, Discipline and Discharge
- Identify if your current disciplinary practices safeguard you from charges of wrongful termination
- Learn how to use an effective progressive discipline plan
- Discover how, when and why to keep a file of all performance issues
- Avoid legal hardships by learning why not to use inflated performance reviews
- Find out how the courts currently view the “at-will” employment and discharge concept.
- Recognize key guidelines in determining how to legally classify contingent workers and how it can impact your business
- Find out what’s new in our 24/7 world when addressing minimum wage, overtime, compensable hours
- Distinguish between and learn how record keeping can impact exempt and non-exempt employees
- Discover how to handle breaks, recordkeeping, equipment, worker’s comp and other remote worker issues
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Learn major provisions of FMLA, including employers’ rights and responsibilities
- Understand the reasons leave varies from state to state for eligible employees
- Discover FMLA’s 12-month options and intermittent FMLA leave
- Communicate FMLA leave arrangements with employees, line managers and HR
- Recognize the importance of FMLA documentation
Employee Privacy Rights
- Find out how the courts view information, files, email, correspondence and other potentially valuable “intellectual property”
- Discover what to include in a social media policy for employees
- Recognize how you should be safeguarding your employees’ (and customers’) private information
- Determine how the Drug-Free Workplace Act affects your company
- Learn the various laws and rules when it comes to medical marijuana use
- Discover what OSHA requires of every employer and how to ensure your workplace complies
- Explore realistic guidelines to minimize incidents of workplace violence and identify potential problems before they erupt
Keeping Current on Personnel Policies and Procedures
- Assess your present system: perform a quick legal audit of the policies and procedures in use at your workplace
- Learn the latest legislation and legal issues
- Discover pending legal issues that could greatly impact your present practices
- Find out how recent court decisions affect you and how to stay on top of constantly changing employment laws