This seminar is designed for human resource and payroll professionals, attorneys, business and benefits managers, environmental health and safety managers, occupational health nurses, insurance claims professionals and rehabilitation specialists.
Presented by experienced professionals, this highly informative and practical seminar will provide participants with a greater understanding of how to effectively manage employment and workers’ compensation issues. The materials and presentations will provide an understanding of the purpose, the requirements, and the policies and procedures involved with these important issues.
Topics to be discussed include:
• Responding To Administrative Charges Of Discrimination
• Sexual Harassment Claims
• Employee Handbooks
• Reducing And Controlling Workers’ Compensation Costs
• Resolving ADA And FMLA Issues
• Confidentiality Considerations
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
I. Effectively Responding To Administrative Charges Of Discrimination
A. Jurisdictional And Procedural Issues Regarding The EEOC And OCRC
B. Investigating The Charges Of Discrimination
C. Preparing Responses To Information Requests And Writing The Position Statement
D. Dealing With The EEOC/OCRC Investigator
E. Important Considerations Regarding Settlement Of Discrimination Charges
10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
II. Protecting Your Organization From The Onslaught Of Sexual Harassment Claims
A. Recent State And Federal Law Developments
B. Drafting Or Revising A Policy That Will Withstand Judicial Scrutiny
C. Training Suggestions
D. Effectively Responding To Employee Harassment Complaints
E. Understanding The Full Scope Of Sexual Harassment Liabilities And Related Claims
11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
III. Drafting And Revising Your Employee Handbook To Limit Exposure To Employee
A. Mandatory Provisions That Should Be In All Employee Handbooks
B. Optional Provisions For Further Protections For Your Organization
C. Traps For The Unwary Regarding Employee Handbooks
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
IV. Practical Methods To Reduce And Control Workers’ Compensation Costs
A. Initial Claim Investigation
B. Managing And Controlling Disability Compensation Benefits
1. Temporary Total Disability
2. Permanent Partial Disability
3. Permanent Total Disability
4. Wage Loss Compensation
C. Analyzing Cost/Benefit Of Appeals Into Court
D. Effectively Valuing Settlements Of Claims
E. Avoiding Retaliation Lawsuits Under Ohio Workers’ Compensation Laws
2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
V. Resolving ADA And FMLA Issues Before Litigation
A. Understanding The Impact Of Recent United States Supreme Court Decisions
B. Strategies For Addressing Issues Of Overlap Between The ADA, FMLA And Ohio Workers’ Compensation Law
C. Practical Ways To Avoid ADA Claims
D. Putting The FMLA In Perspective
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
VI. Confidentiality Considerations When Dealing With Employment Issues
A. What Type Of Information Is Privileged And Confidential?
B. Avoiding Inadvertent Waivers Of Privileged And Confidential Information
C. Electronic Communication Pitfalls
D. Warning Signs Of Substance Abuse/Psychological Problems In the Workforce