Current Webinars – 2016 Legal Issues “Hot Topics”
Webinar Update—Discussion and Q & A
This legal webinar series will be presented in a series of four sessions:
- Religious Discrimination Law for the Employer
- Retaliation in the Workplace
- Bullying and Beyond: Workplace Conflict
- Defensive Drafting of Employee Handbooks: Best Practices
This webinar series is beneficial for supervisors, managers, human resource professionals, or any professional wishing to increase their knowledge of human resource topics as they relate to the legal environment. These webinars are offered by the Economics and Legal Studies in Business Department and the OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development in the Spears School of Business. Each webinar is available for continuing education unit credit (CEU’s), CPE credit, or education credit for the PHR or SPHR.
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Religious Discrimination Law for the Employer: More Complicated than Ever
12 noon-1:15 p.m., Wednesday, January 13, 2016
The law of religious discrimination is different, because it requires employers to accept behavior that would not ordinarily be tolerated. And, with recent events, employees are probably more aware than ever of their rights to seek accommodations of their religious beliefs. The EEOC, grappling with a doubling of religious discrimination claims in the last decade, has demanded that employers accommodate a wide range of religious practices. Employers have struggled, paying out millions of dollars to resolve claims. At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to recognize the two types of religious discrimination claims, understand when accommodation is necessary, and how to defend a religious discrimination claim.
Winning the Battle and Losing the War: Retaliation in the Workplace
12 noon-1:15 p.m., Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Human nature creates a tendency to retaliate against those who accuse them of wrongdoing. The law, however, prohibits employers from punishing employees for exercising rights assured to them. Retaliating can create employer liability, even where no underlying wrong existed. Over the last decade, retaliation claims against employers have increased over 35%. All supervisors, in addition to human resources staff members, should receive instruction on avoiding retaliation and preventing retaliation complaints from their employees. At the end of this webinar, you will be able to describe what constitutes retaliation, state why it is important for employers to comply with laws against retaliation, name employment laws that include protection against retaliation, and describe ways to avoid retaliation and prevent complaints.
Bullying and Beyond: Workplace Conflict
12 noon-1:15 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Commit your company to providing a workplace free of bullying. Most employers have sexual harassment policies, but do not have one addressing bullying in the workplace. The proactive employer will realize that creating a means of addressing bullying must be a priority. In this webinar, we discuss workplace bullying, address the potential legal claims that it can generate, and outline a proposed risk management plan. At the end of this webinar, you should be able to discuss the concept of bullying, understand the risks created by bullying in the workplace, and identify strategies to manage bullying.
Defensive Drafting of Employee Handbooks: Best Practices
12 noon-1:15 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, 2016
In an employment lawsuit, inevitably the plaintiff’s lawyer will first request the employee handbook. Anything in the handbook can and will be used against the employer. To reduce the odds of conflict, employers must give careful consideration to the employee handbook and its contents. This webinar will contain suggestions for handbook provisions that will be useful not just in the workplace, but in the courtroom. At the conclusion of the webinar, you will learn what a handbook should seek to accomplish, how to best articulate employer policies regarding such items as at-will employment, promotion, and access to personnel files, how to draft a harassment policy, as well as how to address conduct and benefit issues.
Griffin Pivateau, J.D., is an Associate Professor for the Department of Economics and Legal Studies. Dr. Pivateau has presented a webinar for OSU Spears School of Business on “Legal Aspects of the Hiring Process.” His research interests focus on the law of the workplace, addressing issues of employee mobility, discrimination, and dispute resolution. His research has been cited by state and federal courts.
For more information contact:
Center for Executive and Professional Development
Oklahoma State University / Stillwater, OK 74075
1.866.678.3933 or 405.744.5208