Changing Laws on Sexuality in the Workplace

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

$75 for Members / $95 Non-Members

There has been a large increase recently in the number of states and localities that have enacted laws to prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Federal actions, too, are affecting sexuality in the workplace and requiring employers to respond accordingly.

These changing laws significantly impact the company policies and procedures of Michigan employers on such things as gender identity, gender transformation, sexual orientation, and insurance benefits for employee spouses. This 60-minute webinar will provide practical approaches and suggestions to creating an environment designed to reduce discrimination claims based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Topics to be covered:

  • Employee benefit issues and employment policies and practices
  • Offering same sex benefits
  • Executive compensation issues in same-sex situations
  • Welfare benefit changes in light of same-sex issues
  • Nondiscrimination/harassment policies
  • Minimize or eliminate potential discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims
  • FMLA rights of same sex couples
  • Gender reassignment surgery: Is it a disability? Is it a serious health condition?

Karen Piper has specialized in workplace law, education law, and litigation for over 30 years.  Ms. Piper advises employers on all types of workplace issues, ranging from pre-employment screening, interviewing, selection and hiring, to discipline and discharge, accommodating employees with disabilities, FMLA issues, discrimination, sexual and other forms of unlawful harassment, retaliation and whistleblower issues, wage and hour, overtime and payroll issues, employee privacy, workplace bullying, social media, LGBT issues, performance evaluations, plant closings, reductions-in-force, layoffs and unemployment, and creation and administration of employment policies, development of workplace handbooks, and creation and review of affirmative action plans.

Charles M. Russman is an attorney with Bodman Law Group in Troy and has extensive experience with virtually every type of employee benefit and executive compensation. He assists numerous clients with regulatory compliance in areas that require significant expertise, including HIPAA, Healthcare reform, Internal Revenue Code, ERISA, COBRA and governmental benefits such as Social Security and Medicare. Charles frequently speaks on healthcare reform, HIPAA and other employee benefit and executive compensation issues.

This webinar qualifies as one credit toward the Basic or Advanced Human Resource Certification Programs. This webinar also qualifies as one credit toward your PHR/SPHR recertification under the guidelines of the Human Resource Certification Institute.