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Clair W. Fisher HR Law Series
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9/9/2019 to 10/28/2019
When: September 9, 2019-October 28, 2019
6-8:30 p.m.
Where: Farm Bureau Insurance
5400 University Ave
West Des Moines, IA  50266
United States
Contact: Central Iowa SHRM

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Clair W. Fisher HR-Related Law Series:

Discrimination Law

One in a series of four courses on the legal aspects of human resource management leading to a Certificate in HR Related Law.

Every day legislative bodies, courts, and executive agencies issue new opinions that can have significant impact on your organization.  The escalating risks of liability for failure to understand and adhere to these laws and regulations including criminal sanctions, make it mandatory to know the full requirements of these laws and what to do about them in your own organization. How can you keep up with new HR laws?

Local attorneys will present a series of evenings on “need to know” employment topics. You will be brought up-to-date, share ideas and current issues with your peers as well as interact with attorneys regarding employment-related laws. Developed and taught by central Iowa attorneys, you will build a foundation in both federal and State of Iowa legal regulations, as well as, become better prepared to comply with the particular laws that affect your organization.

Members: $450 for all six sessions; $75 for individual sessions
Non-Members: $550 for all six sessions; $100 for individual sessions

Participants in our Law Series have the option to sign up for Individual Sessions ONLY by date or for the Full Series in the Registration.

Topics for the fall sessions include...

September 9- Disability Discrimination
Thousands of charges per year are filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act with issues of discharge and failure to accommodate leading the way. This section will focus on understanding disability law under the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) and the Iowa Civil Rights Act.

September 16- Age Discrimination
The ABC’s of age discrimination—what practices are unlawful under federal and state laws. This section will provide a general overview of age discrimination law with special emphasis on recognizing problem areas in a reduction-in-force and obtaining valid ADEA waivers.

September 23- Sex Discrimination
This session will focus on the myriad types of sex discrimination claims companies may be forced to deal with today. A brief history of sex discrimination claims, including pregnancy-related claims, will help set the stage for understanding the novel issues being raised in the sex discrimination arena, such as discreet non-sexual claims, sexual harassment claims, equal pay and glass ceiling claims, claims between members of the same sex, claims against female supervisors and class action sexual harassment claims.

September 30- Responding to Internal and External Complaints
Companies perform internal investigations relating to their employees in numerous situations including when the company has received an internal complaint of discrimination. In addition, a thorough understanding of how the EEOC, Iowa Civil Right Commission, or Local Human Rights Commission handles a discrimination complaint will aid you in shaping a thorough and understandable response in charges of discrimination. This section will focus on tips which may help your company conduct effective, efficient and legally defensive investigations which may cut down on employment related litigation costs. You will also learn how to prepare an effective response letter, understanding the agency’s investigative process and when mediation/arbitration would be an effective resolution technique in a discrimination case.

October 7- FLMA
This session will focus on providing an understanding of the employer’s and employee’s obligations and rights under FMLA. Special attention will be given to avoiding discrimination claims under the FMLA, as well as understanding the FMLA’s interplay and Americans with Disabilities Act and other anti-discrimination laws.

October 14- Religion-Race-National Origin Discrimination
This session will focus on recognizing and handling potential issues of religion or race discrimination, including cases of reverse discrimination in the workplace. A discussion of anti-discrimination laws covering religion or race discrimination will focus on the obligation those laws place on Iowa employers, as well as practical tips recognizing and dealing with religious or racial harassment between co-workers.

October 21- Off Week

October 28- Test Date

For more information regarding the Clair W. Fisher HR-Related Law Series, please click here!

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