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RegisterEmployee Background Check Do’s and Don’ts
Thursday, April 16
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CDT; 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PDT
Pending approval for 1 Hour of CLE; Approved for MCLE Credit; Pending approval for HRCI Credit

Does your company use criminal or credit background checks as part of the hiring process?  If so, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has its eye on you.  The use of criminal convictions and arrest records may violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  Moreover, failing to get the proper release or give the proper notices may violate the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

This webinar will assist companies with auditing their background check practices for legal compliance.  It will provide guidance on the recent focus agencies and courts are giving to the practice of using criminal and credit information as a tool for selecting applicants.  This webinar will also assist managers with the decision of what information they can and should use to make their hiring decisions.  

Our discussion will include:
- Recent Background Check Cases & Settlements
- The EEOC’s Guidance on Criminal Background Checks
- Determining When the Fair Credit Reporting Act Applies
- The Basics on Fair Credit Reporting Act Notice Requirements
- Using Social Media as a Tool

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RegisterPregnancy Discrimination
Thursday, May 21
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CDT; 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PDT
Pending approval for 1 Hour of CLE; Approved for MCLE Credit; Pending approval for HRCI Credit

Pregnant employees and new mothers are covered under an array of employment laws.  Furthermore, the EEOC has made pregnancy discrimination claims a priority and are looking very closely at employers’ practices.  This webinar will assist HR professionals as well as managers understand an employer’s obligations to pregnant employees.

Our discussion will include:
- Recent Cases Dealing with Pregnancy Discrimination
- Status on an Employer’s Obligation to Reasonably Accommodate Restrictions
- The Pregnancy Discrimination Act
- The Family and Medical Leave Act Requirements
- Nursing Mothers Laws

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RegisterEmployee Discipline & Discharge
Thursday, June 18
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CDT; 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PDT
Pending approval for 1 Hour of CLE; Approved for MCLE Credit; Pending approval for HRCI Credit

Disciplining an employee or making the decision to terminate is seldom easy.  Additionally, terminations are the reason for most claims of wrongful termination or employment discrimination against employers. This webinar will cover the basics of discipline and termination as well as some of the pitfalls where employers most often get into trouble.

Our discussion will include:
- Imposing Corrective Actions
- Making the Termination Decision
- Exceptions to the At-Will Doctrine
- The Cat’s Paw Doctrine
- Termination Check-List -- Questions you should ask before pulling the trigger
- Termination Plan
- Release Agreements

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RegisterHow Do I Look?  Dress Codes and Appearance Policies
Thursday, July 16
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CDT; 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PDT
Pending approval for 1 Hour of CLE; Approved for MCLE Credit; Pending approval for HRCI Credit

The way employees dress and appear at work is a direct reflection on the employer.  Do your employees reflect your company image at work?  Do they have body odor or bad breath?  Can you require employees to wear uniforms?  Can you require employees to shave?  In this webinar we will discuss dress and appearance policies and what employers can and cannot require from their employees.  

Our discussion will include:
- Deciding if Your Company Needs a Policy
- Religious, Gender and Race Discrimination Claims
- Making Reasonable Accommodations
- Dealing with Tough Issues
- Drafting a Dress Code/Appearance Policy

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RegisterMistakes to Avoid When Drafting a Handbook
Thursday, August 20
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CDT; 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PDT
Pending approval for 1 Hour of CLE; Approved for MCLE Credit; Pending approval for HRCI Credit

One size does not fit all when it comes to employee handbooks.  Drafting an effective and enforceable handbook can be tricky.  While handbook policies need to be specific enough to enforce, they do not need to be so specific they leave an employer with no options.  This webinar will give pointers on drafting an effective handbook by discussing common mistakes HR professionals make when drafting an employee handbook.

Our questions include:
- Avoiding Creating a Contract
- Using the Wrong Words
- Borrowing Policies from Other Sources
- Violating Labor Laws
- Being Too Specific
- Creating Unenforceable Policies
- Forgetting to Include Necessary Policies
- Examples of Policies You May not Have Thought of

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RegisterHiring Basics
Thursday, September 17
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CDT; 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PDT
Pending approval for 1 Hour of CLE; Approved for MCLE Credit; Pending approval for HRCI Credit

One of the most important responsibilities of managers is to hire new employees.  Responsibility for hiring means more than just hiring new employees; it means hiring the right employees.  At the same time, more and more employers are falling into the legal pitfalls of the hiring process…asking the wrong interview questions, using an outdated application, or worse yet, basing the decision on the wrong criteria.  This webinar will assist HR professionals and managers prepare and implement policies and procedures to ensure lawful hiring of the right employee for the job. 

Our discussion will include:
- The EEOC’s Focus on Hiring
- Recent Hiring Cases & Settlements
- Application Do’s and Don’ts
- Good and Bad Interview Questions
- Background Checks
- Reasonably Accommodating the Applicant
- Offers of Employment

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RegisterBest Practices in Conducting Workplace Investigations
Your first line of defense in harassment and discrimination cases
Thursday, October 15
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CDT; 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PDT
Pending approval for 1 Hour of CLE; Approved for MCLE Credit; Pending approval for HRCI Credit

Many cases are won or lost based on a company’s investigation of a conflict or complaint.  In many employment discrimination and harassment cases, the only way to avoid expensive and publicly damaging litigation is to take immediate and appropriate corrective actions.  This includes a thorough investigation that is conducted in a manner that respects the rights of the company, the accuser, and the accused.

In this webinar we will provide a step-by-step process for investigations.  We will address how to choose the right investigator, ask the right questions and make the appropriate decisions.  It is designed to provide managers and supervisors with the practical skills they need to confidently investigate complicated issues. 

Our discussion will include:
- Why investigate employee complaints?
- Asserting the Affirmative Defense
- When do you investigate?
- Step-by-Step Investigation Process
- Learning the Truth
- Making a Determination

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RegisterTackling Tough ADA Questions
Thursday, November 19
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CDT; 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PDT
Pending approval for 1 Hour of CLE; Approved for MCLE Credit; Pending approval for HRCI Credit

The Americans with Disabilities Act is one of the hardest employment laws to administer.  Not only is an employer prohibited from treating someone differently because of a disability – but they are also required to make reasonable accommodations.  This webinar will tackle some of the most common questions employers have when dealing with employees with disabilities.  

We will discuss recent case law involving:
- Who is disabled?
- What does it mean to regard an employee as disabled?
- Who is a qualified individual?
- Does an employee have to be able to perform the essential functions of the job?
- When is attendance an essential function?
- When is job reassignment or a low-stress position a reasonable accommodation?
- Does an employer have to accommodate drug and alcohol use?