Let’s face it, much of what HR professionals do involves legal compliance, litigation avoidance and ensuring that employee rights are not violated. Yet, employment laws and regulations are not only confusing, they’re constantly changing. Still, ignorance is not a defense and it is important for everyone involved to have an understanding of these issues.
Employment lawsuits along with federal and state audit activity are on the rise. Last year, the EEOC enforcement collected $372.1 million in monetary damages, the highest recovery in agency history. Equally as noteworthy, for the last three years, the EEOC reported a record number of claims filed by employees.
When employers are not properly prepared for workplace issues, companies could face discrimination suits, litigation, settlements, legal fees, unplanned expenses, employee turnover, morale issues, and possible negative community image issues. This webinar provides a quick overview to assist professionals in maintaining employment law compliance as well as litigation avoidance tips.
Whether you are in a small company or a large corporation, possessing knowledge of employment laws and HR practices are essential to business success. The number of employment laws/issues you have to be aware of can be overwhelming. Join us as we discuss how to deal with confusing, tough, and touchy human resource situations and how to apply employment laws correctly.
- Common issues faced by HR Professionals
- A review of laws affecting workforce management practices
- Other HR-related legal issues to consider
- General compliance practices
- Reviewing the difference between case law and statutory law
- Who enforces civil rights law and what are the most common issues
- What is and what is not considered a protected class
- Review of laws covering civil rights protections
- Overview of the theories of employment discrimination
- The most important issue for employers… sexual harassment and compensation
- What is a Hostile Work Environment
- Retaliation and protected activities
- Employment at will vs. Due Process
- Defenses against employment discrimination
- Other HR-related legal issues
- The complexity of compliance
- Developing policies
Ms Cathleen M. Hampton,
Human Resource Compliance & Risk Management Consultant
Cathleen Hampton has more than 25 years of experience as a human resources professional providing subject matter expertise in areas such as human capital and work force planning. She serves as full service HR Leader responsible for the alignment of personnel with strategic mission and service level requirements. She is noted for her ability to understand the nuances of her client environments and designing solutions that optimize human capital that best meet the needs of the organization.
Cathleen's greatest strengths lie in her ability to analyze operations for risk and help maneuver cultural practices and compliance enhancements that would increase organizational outcomes. Risk as defined as financial, operational, as well as from a more general workforce planning perspective. As a died in the wool HR professional, she continually looks for ways to capture the essence of strategic thought as it would relate to human capital and workforce planning. She is noted for launching new programs focused on talent acquisition and retention strategies that outpaced major completion through strong and decisive business leadership.