This seminar is designed for attorneys, human resource directors, law enforcement officials, police agencies and municipal and city administrators.
The employment relationship between police officers and their departments is often very contentious, and is the source of many reported legal cases. This seminar provides substantial training and review of basic employment law principles, as they apply in a law enforcement setting. Learn from popular seminar speakers regarding topics such as sexual harassment, and how to conduct a meaningful investigation. Update your knowledge of recent law enforcement cases dealing with issues such as First Amendment retaliation. Because each speaker provides a basic overview of each topic, this seminar is suitable for both those with a limited background in employment law and those with a more advanced understanding.
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
I. Overview – Defending The Department
9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
II. Recent Developments Under The Maryland LEOBR
9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. (Break 10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.)
III. Special Issues Related To Police Leave
A. ADA And Light Duty Assignments
B. FMLA Update
C. Pregnancy Leave
D. Military And National Guard Leave
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
IV. 7 Steps To Investigate Allegations Of Employee Misconduct
A. Deciding If You Should Investigate
B. Choosing An Appropriate Investigator
C. Conducting Workplace Searches
D. Right To Have Co-Workers And Attorneys Present At Investigative Interview
E. Interviewing Techniques
F. Making Credibility Determinations
G. Dealing With “He Said/She Said” Allegations
H. Choosing The Appropriate Level Of Discipline, If Needed
I. Responding To Requests To Learn What Discipline Was Imposed On The Accused
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
V. Sexual Harassment/FLSA Primer
A. Sexual Harassment And FLSA Basics
B. Recent FLSA Regulatory Developments
C. Application Of FLSA To Law Enforcement
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
VI. Defending Individual Officers
A. Special Issues
3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
VII. Equal Employment Update
A. EEO And First Amendment Primer
B. Retaliation In The Law Enforcement Setting
C. Religious Accommodations In Law Enforcement
D. Political Activity – Free Speech Claims
E. Update On Recent Employment Discrimination Cases Against Police Departments