Harassment in the Workplace: Will you Know if you See it?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Lansing

$170 for Members / $195 Non-Members

Harassment can permeate a workplace quickly and unsuspectingly, resulting in costly lawsuits, bad publicity, and decreased employee productivity. This half-day seminar will equip you with the information and skills you need to prevent, identify, and remedy harassment in the workplace before it is too late.

What you will learn:

  • Current status of Michigan and federal law regarding various forms of impermissible harassment.
  • Focus of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s strategic plan for 2017 and beyond.
  • Permissible and recommended language for inclusion in employee handbooks and applications.
  • Techniques to navigate complicated employee investigations.
  • Standard procedures to implement after a complaint of harassment is received.
  • What went wrong and what went right for the employer in a variety of cases involving various forms of harassment.
  • Tools to implement preventative measures to save their company money and time.

What is Harassment?

  • Discussion of Michigan/Federal law and EEOC trends/procedures
  • Analysis of potential changes to the law/pertinent regulations with new administration
  • Comparison of cases involving allegations of harassment

Preventative Measures

  • Review of permissible and recommended handbook/application language
  • Recommended training for all management/supervisory employees

Investigating a Complaint of Harassment

  • A step-by-step guide to conducting a thorough and prompt investigation
  • Identification of “red flags” throughout the investigation
  • Discussion of common road blocks to a thorough investigation
  • Best practices for concluding the investigation and advising all interested parties of the outcome

Responding to an External Claim of Harassment

  • Preparing a response to a Charge of Discrimination filed with the EEOC
  • How to respond to an attorney demand letter
  • What to do when confronted with a request for a personnel file
  • Preserving relevant information and promptly issuing a litigation hold

Expert Presenter:
Courtney NicholsCourtney Nichols serves as Plunkett Cooney's Labor and Employment Law Practice Group Leader, where she focuses on employment law, including discrimination and retaliation claims, premises liability and civil rights law. Ms.Nichols represents and advises employers on ELCRA, FMLA, ADA, FLSA and Title VII and assists employers in developing and implementing employee contracts, non-compete agreements, and employee manuals. She also provides training on best practices for hiring, discipline, investigations, and termination.

Three (3) credit for the MI Chamber Basic or Advanced Human Resource Compliance Certification Program.
Three (3) HR (General) recertification credit hour for PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.
Three (3) PDC for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.