Education

A training program can make the difference between crippling liability exposure and a complete defense to a claim.

We focus on substance, but we do not neglect style. Humor helps.

We are a national leader in providing labor and employment law training for employers, large and small, throughout the United States. We love being in front of people all day. Our attorney-trainers know the realities and nuances of litigation. They thoroughly understand, and will illustrate, the actions employers may take that will make the difference between exposure to potentially massive liability or a complete defense to any claim. Moreover, each one of our attorneys who presents our educational programs has undergone rigorous training, not only concerning presentation substance, but style. Our method is not to create fear, but to empower managers and supervisors to use federal and state employment laws as a basis for thoughtful decision-making, exemplifying fair and ethical leadership principles.

Through a combination of role-play, interactive exercises, and dynamic presentation, we have programs designed to meet, and exceed, statutory and corporate content and instruction requirements. These seminars, depending on content and intended audience, may be presented in two-hour, half-day, or full-day formats, and include:

Anti-Harassment/Abusive Conduct Prevention Training

We challenge often-mistaken ideas about wrongful conduct.

This two-hour program goes well beyond the State of California’s mandatory requirements for training supervisors on the prevention of workplace harassment. This highly interactive seminar challenges the often-mistaken ideas managers may hold concerning the types of conduct that rise to the level of sexual harassment; actions constituting “notice” of unwelcome behavior; and their obligations and liabilities concerning the elimination of harassment in the workplace. In the last year alone, our attorneys have presented sexual harassment prevention seminars to thousands of managerial and executive personnel, and they serve as faculty on many corporate universities for purposes of presenting this material.

“Managing Within the Law” Supervisor Training

We avoid “dos” and “don’ts” and engage your management teams.

This half- or full-day management course involves the presentation of three different modules concerning employment laws that affect the daily lives of your managers and employees. The standard format covers The Art of Corrective Counseling and Discharge (a.k.a., wrongful termination law), Equal Employment Opportunity Laws and Respect in the Workplace/Prevention of Sexual Harassment. All relevant laws are covered during this program, including wrongful termination theories, disability law and reasonable accommodations, state and federal leave law, and the entire spectrum of discrimination and harassment prohibitions. Employers also may customize the program by substituting in other modules, such as a two-hour program on workplace violence prevention, or a seminar on workplace ethics. Our teaching method is to avoid simply listing “dos and don’ts,” but, instead, to engage your management teams through an examination of what they may say or do, without intent, that nonetheless may create the perception of bias, partiality or unfairness. As a result, your managers will be able to identify a potential concern before it ripens into a true legal issue, and work more effectively with HR to manage workplace issues to satisfactory, lawful resolution.

Internal Investigations Training

Teaching you the theory behind all investigative skills.

This full-day seminar is designed to provide comprehensive training to HR professionals, risk managers and security professionals engaged in internal investigations of personnel issues. The program is focused on a seven-part sexual harassment case study. Participants learn the theory behind all necessary investigative skills, including effective questioning techniques, proper use of demeanor as a tool to assist with the assessment of credibility, and gathering corroborating and circumstantial evidence. These skills are then applied through interactive exercises to the true-to-life case study. This course is team-taught by two attorneys, who are experts in conducting internal investigations as neutral third parties.

Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention

It’s all about cultivating knowledgeable leaders.

Unfortunately, in today’s workplace, the prevention and assessment of threats, whether internal or external, are critical. Clients who have empowered management to understand the interplay of informed compassion with performance accountability are most successful in creating a culture of excellence while ensuring a safe and productive work environment for their employees.

Through our Zero Tolerance: Assessment and Prevention of Workplace Violence program, we offer three training alternatives. Our partner Glen Kraemer, together with consultants drawn from the forensic medicine and security arenas, creates “Workplace Violence Prevention Teams,” whose primary purpose is to design and implement a violence prevention policy based on your needs. This full-day training session covers relevant law and policy, including an overview of balancing disability law considerations in the context of managing a potentially threatening individual, threat investigation techniques, security considerations, the balancing of internal issues with external law enforcement, and the discipline or termination of a dangerous individual. This course is typically presented to personnel at decision-making levels.

In addition to WVPT team training, we offer two- or three-hour modules specifically designed to train front-line supervisors and managers regarding violence warning signs, risk factors and intervention techniques in handling a problematic employee. And finally, we offer a one-hour informational overview for non-supervisory personnel so that they, too, thoroughly understand their important roles in maintaining a safe workplace.

Managing Effectively Under a Union Contract

Understanding where union contracts and labor law come into play.

Too many managers buy into the myth that their hands are tied when managing a unionized workforce. This is incorrect; management is fully capable of holding their workers accountable for performance and behavior. Unionized businesses should be empowered to motivate their workforces and, when warranted, discipline employees. The key is to understand where the union contract and federal labor law come into play. This program is designed to provide managers working under a collective bargaining agreement with the practical tools they need to do their jobs effectively.

Title IX Coordinator & Investigator Training

We are uniquely positioned to offer engaging and comprehensive training.

As attorneys who specialize in advising on Title IX and Clery compliance and also conduct campus sexual assault investigations and revise and update campus policies, we are uniquely positioned to offer an engaging and comprehensive training on responding to and investigating allegations of sexual violence. The training for Title IX Coordinators covers policy elements, Title IX and Clery requirements, responding to campus sexual violence, best practices in designing a hearing panel or single investigator model, and ensuring access to resources and accommodations. The Training for Title IX Investigators is a comprehensive training that covers a trauma-informed method of investigating complaints in a manner that provides fair process for both parties. Follow us on twitter for Title IX updates.

Higher Education Training

We educate education professionals about the changing legal and regulatory landscape.

We represent more than 100 colleges and universities nationwide; we routinely provide legal training to college and university administrators on a wide variety of legal issues involving employment law and student affairs. These sessions include preventative training and providing practical advice in areas including campus violence, best practices in employment law for Deans and Department Chairs, FERPA compliance, ADA and Section 504 issues and anything else that comes our client’s way.

Spanish Language Supervisor Training

Language barriers should never be a hindrance to effective training.

With today’s increasingly diverse labor force and minority-owned businesses, employers have experienced a growing need for employment training in Spanish. English may not be the first language of an employer, a manager or supervisor, or a workforce, and yet, compliance with labor and employment laws is essential. Providing training in Spanish is key to management and employees’ critical understanding of the laws affecting the workplace and their roles in ensuring compliance with those laws.
As one of the largest providers of labor and employment law training in the United States, we have developed customized labor and employment law programs conducted in Spanish. Our Spanish-language programs are designed specifically to provide practical, up-to-date information on current legal issues affecting the workplace. By the end of our seminars, your managers and supervisors learn how to identify legal issues and how to use the laws, as tools, to successfully navigate around potential problems. Our Spanish-based training programs have been the focus of national attention and featured in The Recorder and in Small Firm Business.

We offer additional programs on relevant labor and employment law topics as well as topics affecting institutions of higher education. Please contact us to explore the broad range of training options available to your business or organization.