Employment Law Training Catalog of Topics

  • Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination: This course answers two essential questions: What is Discrimination? What Can I Do to Prevent It?  This course is customized based on your workplace anti-discrimination policy, so that participants will learn not only what the law requires, but also the expectation of workers in your workplace.
  • Accommodating Employees under the ADA: This course provides insight to help you make better decisions regarding your ADA obligations. Numerous case scenarios are presented to allow participants to work through situations that might arise in the workplace. This course can be integrated with FMLA, Worker’s Compensation and disability policies to present a comprehensive view of  “Employee Leave and Time Off.”
  • The Family & Medical Leave Act: This course helps those with responsibility for ensuring that the organization meets its Family And Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) obligations and better understand how to manage FMLA leave and time-off.  Featuring real-life case scenarios, this course can be supplemented with ADA and Worker’s Compensation updates to provide a complete picture of the laws related to employee leave and time-off.
  • Conducting Effective Investigations: The United States Supreme Court, the lower courts, and the EEOC have made clear that a good, thorough investigation is crucial in an employer’s defense of discrimination and harassment claims.  This course trains your internal investigators to think like external investigators.  The full-day session provides an informational lecture to present the most up-to date legal information and practical advice regarding how to conduct an investigation and then allows participants to put that theory into practice by responding to a hypothetical investigation.  A thorough debrief by our legal experts concludes the day and provides answers to any lingering questions.
  • Conflict Resolution: In any work environment, conflict is bound to arise.  The key to success, however, is the ability of employees to manage that conflict.  This workshop helps participants identify their work and communication style and assess how to use it to better manage conflict situations.  Participants will learn strategies for working with styles that are different from their own and refine their negotiation skills and improve their ability to identify win-win situations.
  • Diversity in the Workplace: Diversity is a fact, not a problem or a program.  Today’s workforce is more diverse and it will continue to become so.  It includes men and women who represent a wide variety of races, religions, ages, lifestyles, and social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.  Diversity creates a more effective, productive, and competitive organization.  This workshop will help you understand diversity and its purpose in the workplace: to gain awareness of, and a sensitivity to, diversity and race discrimination issues and to recognize and understand behavior that could be perceived as racial harassment.
  • Employment Handbooks & Manuals: An employee handbook is, fundamentally, an employee communication.  Its purpose is to introduce employees to the company and familiarize them with the guidelines and benefits that affect the employment relationship, as well as to set forth the company’s and the employee’s rights and responsibilities.  Participants will fully understand your company’s policies and procedures by the completion of the course.
  • Employee Leave and Time Off: When an employee needs time off, it is often not as simple as granting a sick or vacation day.  Depending on the circumstances, requests for leave can invoke ADA, FMLA, workers’ compensation, disability policies and Title VII. This course will help you navigate the often treacherous waters of employee leave and time off.
  • Managing Unemployment Claims: An employee left your company a few weeks ago, and you just received a notice that he has filed for Unemployment Compensation with the Illinois Department of Employment Security (“IDES”).  What do you do?  This training will guide you through the often confusing and costly waters of the IDES unemployment claim process.  You will learn what information should be included in the protest in order to put you in the best position for success.  You will also learn how to prepare for and participate in a hearing.  In addition, we will guide you through the appellate process– you still can win after a loss on a protest.
  • Manager’s Skills Training Program: Leadership is the active relationship between two or more persons in which one individual, the leader, obtains the willing compliance of another person to take certain action.  Management is the art of getting things done through others.  Managers handle, remedy, and deal with situations on a daily basis; leaders inspire, motivate and support one’s best behavior everyday.  Though they are different skills, a good leader must know how to manage and a good manager must aspire to effective leadership. This program provides supervisory staff the tools they need to become the type of leader or manager who positively impacts their staff and the entire organization.  Unlike many programs geared toward a quick fix or a day of “feel good”, our training requires managers to focus on what they are doing right and what they are doing wrong—and to create specific action plans for what they will do differently as they return to the workplace.
  • Responding to Charges: Chances are, if you are an employer, no matter how good your policies are, how diligent and thorough your training or how quickly you respond to workplace conflicts, you will eventually see an EEO charge from a state or federal agency (such as the IDHR or EEOC) come through your door.  How an employer handles these initial charges sets the stage for the entire case – and all future potential charges.  This interactive seminar is designed especially for those charged with the responsibility of receiving and responding to charges of discrimination and includes an opportunity to actually draft a sample charge response.
  • Recruiting and Hiring: Learning to avoid potential hiring pitfalls, such as discrimination or disability-related violations has never been more challenging.  This course is designed to help you manage the hiring process and find those individuals who will bring talent, productivity and profit to your workplace while still complying with the various employment laws.  As a valuable added bonus, this course will also add to your company’s bottom line by showing you the best techniques for recruiting, interviewing and selecting the right candidate.