Human Resources Training, workplace Harassment

New EEOC Report: Workplace Harassment Prevention Not Working-Harassment Continues to be a Problem

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If you are a human resources manager whose workload is preventing you from examining workplace harassment laws closely and staying abreast of the latest developments and updates to the existing laws, it is time for a serious rethink. Why? Simply because the 2016 findings of the US Equal Employment Opportunities Commission are far from flattering insofar as the role of HR managers in preventing workplace harassment is concerned.

Being unable to stay current with the latest regulations is no excuse for HR managers to avoid implementing the harassment-related laws and standards that are expected of them by the regulatory agencies. No matter what reasons may be preventing HR managers from understanding these laws and implementing them; the consequences of this negligence are too stark to ignore: non-implementation of the harassment prevention laws, and a range of undesirables such as abuse, absenteeism, turnover, loss of productivity, and resignations. This is in addition to the emotional turmoil such employees have to undergo, which will impact their productivity and prospects adversely.

A webinar from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources, will impart the crucial learning pertaining to how HR in organizations have to be aware of the laws and regulations concerning workplace harassment. This is the only means by which HR can avoid heavy lawsuits being slapped on the organization by employees who are victims of workplace harassment.

At this webinar, the expert, Susan Strauss, a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant and a recognized expert on workplace and school harassment and bullying, will set the tone for a clear understanding of these laws, the obvious result of which is the avoidance of landing the organization in nasty legal situations. Please visit https://www.trainhr.com/webinar/new-eeoc-report:-workplace-harassment-prevention-not-working-harassment-continues-to-be-a-problem–702339LIVE to register for this ninety-minute webinar, which is being organized on July 19.

This webinar has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM. Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.

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The main objective of this webinar is to help participants get clarity on the rumors and misinformation that ensue whenever well-publicized cases of harassment surface. For instance, a notorious piece of news that an employer had been fined an additional million dollars only because it did not carry out harassment training did the rounds recently. Dr. Strauss will help the participants examine such news with a pinch of salt.

She will also offer understanding on the grey areas pertaining to whether an HR manager can be personally sued in a case of discrimination. In the course of this webinar, she will fulfil these objectives:

  • Review protected class discrimination and harassment
  • Identify the EEOC’s 2016 findings
  • Update information on new discrimination & harassment court decisions related to GINA, ADAAA, Pregnancy, and Title VII
  • Discuss the Affirmative Defense (AD) & your responsibility to reduce liability via AD
  • Differentiate between bullying and protected class harassment
  • Explore HR & management’s legal and ethical responsibilities in prevention and intervention of bullying and harassment
  • Describe the legal requirement of conducting an Accommodation Meeting
  • List the employment laws required for an organization’s wellness program

At this webinar, which is aimed at benefiting HR Specialists, HR Managers, Directors, Managers and supervisors of any department, Dr. Strauss will cover the following areas:

  • Review of the legal elements of discrimination and harassment law
  • List of protected classes (for example, in MN there are 15 including state and federal laws)
  • Specific requirements for compliance with GINA, ADAAA, and the PDA with discussion of recent legal cases for each
  • In depth discussion of the need for “accommodations” for ADA, religion, and pregnancy
  • Steps of an Accommodation Meeting and follow-up
  • Discussion of the nexus of bullying and harassment
  • What these changes in case law mean for employers
  • Training and policy requirements

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About the expert: Dr. Strauss has conducted research, written over 30 books, book chapters, and journal articles on harassment, bullying, and related topics. She has been featured on television and radio programs as well as interviewed for newspaper and journal articles.

Dr. Strauss has a doctorate in organizational leadership. She is a registered nurse, has a bachelor’s degree in human services and counseling, a master’s degree in community health, and professional certificate in training and development.

 

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Human Resources Policies

Employee Handbooks: 2019 Updates

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The employee handbook is the document that provides clarity about the nature of employer-employee relationships in an organization. Many organizations tend to overlook its importance, often at their own peril. The employee handbook is a very core tool that provides vital information to employees on what they can and should expect from their employers and offers a means for helping employees fit into the organization in their respective roles.

An employee handbook is also a kind of testament to the organization’s commitment to the employee. It will help them be realistic about their expectations from the organization. All these, however, hold good only when the organization crafts an employee handbook that is pertinent, exact and properly stated.

What happens when any of the critical elements are missing? It leads to a situation where the organization could embroiled in legal hassles. In the absence of clarity in the handbook, the organization presents the employee an opportunity to challenge it legally when she has been subjected to what may constitute unlawful termination. A recent memorandum from the General Counsel of the NLRB puts this in the proper context. To use its own words, incorrectly designed employee handbooks can violate the law and can have a “chilling effect” on employees’ activities.

So, what components does an employee handbook need to have? What aspects do employers need to keep in mind when writing them, and what legal safeguards do employee handbooks need to incorporate into them? All these and more will be explored at a very valuable learning session that is being organized by TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for the human resources industry, on July 1.

Over the ninety minutes of this webinar, the expert at this webinar, Ronald Adler, the president-CEO of Laurdan Associates, Inc., will get down to explaining the finer elements that need to be kept in mind while creating employee handbooks, which should be written in such a manner both that the employer and the employee are absolutely clear about the legal aspects of the document.

Please visit https://www.trainhr.com/webinar/employee-handbooks:-2019-updates-702476LIVE to register for this session. This webinar has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM. Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.

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Employee handbooks have evolved over the years from being staid documents containing a set of dos and don’ts to facilitating these among other functions:

  • Enhancing the employment brand
  • Playing a key role in recruitment and retention
  • Enhancing employee relations, employee morale, and productivity
  • Contributing to uniform and consistent application, interpretation, and enforcement of organizational policies and rules
  • Protecting the organization against claims of improper employee/supervisor conduct
  • Reducing the organization’s exposure to employment related liabilities

The expert will discuss a whole gamut of issues pertaining to employee handbooks, including giving an explanation of what is new for 2019. He will cover the following areas at this session:

  • Key employee handbook issues in 2019
  • A review of the NLRB’s recent memorandum on employee handbooks
  • How organizations can reduce the gap between policy issuance and effective implementation
  • Review the basics of employee handbook development
  • Discuss the expanding purposes and scope of employee handbooks
  • Learn the dimensions of critical handbook policies
  • Understand the framework of employee handbook audits activities

This webinar is of high value to those who deal with employee-employer relationships, such as HR Professionals, Risk Managers, Internal Auditors, In-house Counsel, CFO’s, CEO’s, Management Consultants, and other individuals who want to learn how to use develop and implement employee handbooks.

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About the Expert: Ronald Adler is the president-CEO of Laurdan Associates, Inc., a veteran owned, human resource management consulting firm specializing in HR audits, employment practices liability risk management, HR metrics and benchmarking, strategic HR-business issues and unemployment insurance. He is a co-developer of the Employment-Labor Law Audit (the nation’s leading HR auditing and employment practices liability risk assessment tool.

A certified instructor on employment practices for the CPCU Society, Ronald has conducted continuing education courses for the AICPA, the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Institute of Management Consultants, and the Society for Human Resource Management.

 

Human Resources Training, Workplace Wellness Program

Implementing the Affordable Care Act, GINA, and other Discrimination Laws into your Wellness Program

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Wellness programs have come a long way from being a set of activities consisting of a newsletter, or, incentives for exercising and taking a look at one’s diet, to something of a holistic strategy that actively intervenes in promoting the health and wellbeing of the employee and decreasing the employer’s healthcare costs.

Traditionally, wellness programs have been seen as a benefit for the employee. These programs aim to incentivize employee participation with the wellness programs and reward them based on their level of involvement. However, in the process, most wellness programs have given way to some another kind of discrimination based on the employees’ special class, such as disability, race, or gender.

While the evolution of wellness programs is certainly a positive thing to have happened for the workforce, designing them in a manner that transcends these limitations is the need of the hour. This makes it imperative for organizations to put in place a wellness strategy that is non-discriminatory towards all their employees.

Laws such as the ADA, GINA, FMLA, and other civil rights laws, along with other new federal regulations, have emphasized the role of nondiscriminatory wellness plans in organizations. Regulations from the U. S. Department of Labor (DoL), the Treasury, and Health and Human Services (HHS) make it mandatory for every individual participating to be able to receive the full amount of any reward or incentive, regardless of any health factor or the type of wellness program,

Further, new regulations have divided wellness programs into two types with specific rules for each. A highlight of the regulations is that they address the issue of employee discrimination based on health/disability, age, gender and other protected classes. These laws have created specific regulations to prevent employee discrimination in wellness programs. From January 1, 2014 onwards, employers have been required to ensure that their wellness programs comply with the final rule.

A webinar from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for human resources, will set these issues in the proper perspective. Susan Strauss, a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant and a recognized expert on workplace and school harassment and bullying, will be the speaker at this ninety-minute webinar, which is being organized on May 17.

Please visit  http://bit.ly/2PW8uaV to enroll for this webinar and gain clear insights into how to implement a nondiscriminatory and legally compliant set of employee wellness programs into your organization.

This webinar has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

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The aim of this learning session is to specifically help participants differentiate between the two types of wellness programs. While doing so, Dr. Strauss will explain why the knowledge of the ways by which these two types of wellness programs is important. She will list and explain the four standards required by the ACA for health-contingent wellness programs to follow to ensure nondiscrimination.

She will take up HIPAA and specific discrimination laws for discussion and explain the requirements for their compliance in wellness programs. Participants will be able to understand the difference between the reasonable alternative standard for activity-based wellness programs and the reasonable alternative standard for outcome-based plans. Dr. Strauss will also show the steps that the participants of this webinar can take to strategically plan a comprehensive wellness program.

She will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • provide examples of how wellness programs have resulted in discrimination lawsuits
  • explain the role that the ADA, GINA, FMLA, and other civil rights laws play in the design and development of your wellness strategy
  • provide specific examples of the alternative standards and why they are mandatory
  • list the benefits of a Wellness strategy to minimize healthcare costs for the organization and the employee
  • discuss the critical steps in designing and developing the Wellness strategy
  • plan an effective organization-wide implementation process
  • Establish an effective evaluation method of the Wellness program.

 

Personnel who are closely involved in employee wellness programs, such as CFO’s, Wellness Directors, Risk Management Directors, Occupational Health Nurses, Employers and Business owners, and Human Resources Specialists and Managers will benefit from this course in a big way.

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About the speaker:

Dr. Susan Strauss conducts harassment and bullying investigations and functions as an expert witness in harassment and bullying lawsuits. The popularity of these exercises can be gauged from the vast spectrum of sectors that her clients hail from: business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector.

She has conducted research, written over 30 books, book chapters, and journal articles on harassment, bullying, and related topics. She appears on television and radio programs and is frequently interviewed for newspaper and journal articles.

 

Human Resources Training, workplace Harassment

How to Conduct an Internal Harassment and Bullying Investigation to Determine Facts and Minimize Liability

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Employers who either receive a complaint, or otherwise learn of alleged harassment in the workplace, have to investigate that matter promptly and thoroughly. They should take immediate and appropriate corrective action, which should include doing whatever is necessary to end the harassment. They should also restore lost employment benefits or opportunities, and should take steps to prevent the misconduct from recurring. Organizations are also legally bound to ensure a just and fair handling of a harassment complaint. These are the requirements set out by the EEOC.

While the wordings of these requirements from the EEOC are lofty, the implementation is easier said than done.  The investigation process is the most critical element in dealing with harassment. How do organizations ensure fairness and objectivity at the investigation? What steps are they required to take to ensure that the investigation meets the legal requirements set out by the EEOC and other laws?

This learning will be taught in very great detail at a two-hour webinar on how to conduct an internal harassment and bullying investigation to determine facts and minimize liability. This session is being organized on May 10 by TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for the areas of human resources. For this marathon learning session, TrainHR brings the highly respected Susan Strauss, national and international speaker, trainer, consultant and a recognized expert on workplace and school harassment and bullying, as the speaker.

To gain complete insights into how to  conduct an internal harassment and bullying investigation to determine facts and minimize liability, please register for this webinar by visiting  http://bit.ly/2WbhQBX   .

This webinar has been approved for 2 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

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This webinar offers a complete understanding and explanation of the process of internal harassment and bullying investigation. Dr. Strauss will help participants learn how to ensure impartiality and objectivity in handling harassment complaints and conduct the investigation to determine facts and minimize liability by:

  • Analyzing evidences
  • Drawing conclusions
  • Writing the formal report outlining the investigation
  • Taking corrective actions where necessary.

Dr. Strauss will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • Determine if an investigation is Necessary
  • Discuss the Steps of an Investigation
  • Explore the Intricacies of Interviewing the Accuser, Accused and Witnesses
  • Differentiate between a Formal and Informal Investigative Procedures
  • Determine Credibility of all Interviewees
  • Draw Conclusions following an Investigation
  • Listing necessary Elements in writing the Formal report Outlining the Investigation.

This webinar is aimed at benefiting professionals in organizations who are in charge of workplace investigations. These include Human Resources Professionals, HR training Managers, Investigative Officers, Managers, Supervisors, Team Leads, Directors and Department Head.

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About the speaker: Dr. Strauss has conducted research, written over 30 books, book chapters, and journal articles on harassment, bullying, and related topics. She has been featured on television and radio programs as well as interviewed for newspaper and journal articles.

She conducts harassment and bullying investigations and functions as an expert witness in harassment and bullying lawsuits. Her clients are from business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector.

HR compliance, hr policies, Human Resources Training

Advanced FMLA: Issues and Solutions

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When employers make mistakes in managing Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), it can cost a bomb: in the order of an estimated $21 billion in lost productivity, continued health benefits, and labor replacement. The average cost of lawsuits that have resulted from wrongful terminations: $300,000.

The only real way to avoid situations such as this is to be armed to the teeth with the right and proper information about the FMLA’s applications. This is the only genuine antidote to errors in managing FMLA, whose repercussions we have just examined. Information about the law can protect the company and ensure that better and more cost-effective decisions may be made.

Having said this, this is not the easiest of tasks, because, if it were so, companies would not land in this kind of trouble. An indicator of the challenge associated with understanding the law, as well as the interaction of FMLA with other laws, is the fact of studies attesting to the fact that more than half of all employers have granted unverified time off.

A 60-minute learning session from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources, will set these issues in the proper perspective. Michael Haberman, co-founder of Omega HR Solutions, Inc., will be the expert at this webinar, which is being organized on May 8.

Please visit  http://bit.ly/2Im7a04 to register for this session, which has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

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Among the primary areas of information that a company needs to understand is what constitutes a ‘serious health condition’ under the FMLA. Michael will give an understanding of what constitutes this.

This webinar will also offer clarity on those who may want the company to file an unfair labor practice charge while determining the interplay between the FMLA, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Other areas on which Michael will clear the many doubts that participants may have include what can be done to identify and address potential abuse of FMLA leave, as well as how FMLA interacts with other similar medical and disability-related leave statutes.  He will also offer tips and tricks for suggested best practices and answer any FMLA-related questions that the participants of this webinar could have.

In this session, which is of immense value to those who deal with FMLA, such as HR Managers, CFO’s, Office Managers, and VPs of HR; Michael will cover the following areas:

  • Serious Health Condition
    • Inpatient Care
    • Continuing Treatment
    • Chronic Conditions
  • Abuse
    • Authentication/Clarification
    • Re-Certification
    • Second Opinions
  • Interplay Between FMLA and Related Statutes
    • ADA
    • Title VII
    • FLSA

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About the speaker: A consultant, speaker, writer and teacher; Michael brings several years of experience in dealing with the challenges of human resources in the 21st century. His consulting and services company offers complete human resources solutions.

Mike is the author of the Human Resources blog found at OmegaHRsolutions.com, which has been recognized as a top human resources related blogs. He has also been named a top Digital Influencer in Human Resources. In addition, Mike has presented numerous webinars on various HR related issues including wage and hour compliance, rewards, culture, social media use in HR, practical futurism for HR departments and more.

Human Resources Policies

New EEOC Report: Workplace Harassment Prevention Not Working-Harassment Continues to be a Problem

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You have been in Human Resources or management for years. Your plate is full-too much to do and to know in your increasingly stressful job. You are expected to stay current in discrimination and harassment case law for all the federal and state protected classes. Are you current? It seems like an unending responsibility. You remember hearing something in the news about a change in the pregnancy law, but can’t remember what it was.

You know that the American Disabilities Act and Title VII have expanded with something called an accommodation meeting, but what does that require? You heard that a company was required to pay a plaintiff an additional $1,000,000 because the company didn’t do harassment training-could that be true? You have a company wellness program and have heard that employees are suing for discrimination based on the incentives offered for those who take part in the program. And it still isn’t clear as to whether you can personally be sued for the misconduct.

It is almost impossible for managers and HR professionals to stay current in the ever evolving civil rights case law due to their busy workload. As a result, discrimination and harassment may go unrecognized and allowed to continue creating a hostile work environment for employees resulting in absenteeism, turnover, loss of productivity and physical and emotional health consequences to the target and witnesses of the abuse.

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Human Capital, human resources management, Human Resources Policies

Building Salary Budgets and Merit Matrices in Today’s Economy

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TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources, is organizing a webinar on the topic, “Building Salary Budgets and Merit Matrices in Today’s Economy”, on March 6. Teri Morning, founder and President of Hindsight Human Resources, will be the speaker at this 60-minute session.

Please log on to http://bit.ly/2DuSdnN to enroll for this webinar.

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The rationale for salary raises is that the employee must have performed to expectations or exceeded them. Another criterion that triggers and justifies a raise is the employee’s exemplary attitude, work ethic, skill, and integrity at work. HR and management should decide the quantum of raise for an employee based on these criteria, plus the other important one, which takes the budgetary allocation for this exercise, into consideration.

Since the salary outlay is often the biggest chunk of expense for most companies, they need to use this resource very adeptly and wisely. The extra budgetary allocation for salaries should lead to more results by bringing about increased efficiency and improved skills from the employees.

This is the result that the concept of Merit Based Compensation (MBC) should bring about in the company. So, it is imperative for management and HR to understand how to make MBC work for the company in a just and effective manner.

Clarity on how to make Merit Based Compensation and Merit-based Performance Matrix work

This is the learning this webinar will impart. Teri will show how linking performance or other parameters mentioned above, or not linking, will drive home the message to employees about what management expects from them and what kind of work or attitude gets rewarded and what doesn’t.

Teri will also show what role a Merit-based Performance Matrix (MBM) can play in this process. Its full definition, namely merit-based, pay-for-performance matrix, should give an idea of what this concept means: MBM can be seen as an indicator for managers, HR and supervisors, using which they could suggest pay increases that are both fair and are supportive of the organization’s business objectives. The Merit-based Performance Matrix links performance with the market rate for pay in a particular sector.

This session is particularly useful for personnel that deal with performance and pay, such as CFO’s, HR Managers, HR Generalists, Plant Managers, Business Owners and CEO’s, Compensation Professionals and Benefit Professionals.

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About the speaker:

Teri Morning is the founder and President of Hindsight Human Resources. An SHRM-certified Senior Certified Professional, Teri has consulted with employers on their problems and trained managers and employees for over 20 years, during which she has met and worked with employees from all types of businesses.

During these two decades and more, Teri has acquired human resource and training experience in a variety of fields, including retail, distribution, architectural, engineering, consulting, manufacturing, public sector and both profit and non-profit companies.