HR Managers Web Series, Part III: Best Practices to Manage Your Harassment Claims

HR Managers Web Series, Part III: Best Practices to Manage Your Harassment Claims

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | 11 am to Noon

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Event Description

Combatting all forms of workplace harassment—whether based on sex, race, color, disability, age, national origin, or religion—remains a top priority of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  Based on preliminary data from the EEOC website, in FY 2018:

  • The EEOC filed 66 harassment lawsuits, including 41 that included allegations of sexual harassment. That reflects more than a 50 percent increase in suits challenging sexual harassment filed over fiscal year 2017.
  • In addition, charges filed with the EEOC alleging sexual harassment increased by more than 12 percent from fiscal year 2017.
  • Overall, the EEOC recovered nearly $70 million for the victims of sexual harassment through litigation and administrative enforcement in FY 2018, up from $47.5 million in FY 2017.

Harassment claims of all types are bad for business. Claims hurt productivity and morale, can make it harder to retain qualified employees, and can damage your organization’s reputation. Also, dealing with a harassment claim can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorneys’ fees, and even larger amounts in settlements, judgments, and punitive damage awards.

Webinar highlights

Top human resources practitioner Dick Cipoletti, President of RCC Associates will discuss:

  • The definition of what is considered harassment
  • The essential policies all companies should have in place concerning harassment.  A Sexual Harassment policy will be highlighted since most claims over the last year dealt with this type of harassment.  This discussion will review the major elements your policies should include:  training, no-tolerance, complaint procedures, and more.
  • Other types of harassment that are common beyond sexual harassment, and how they should be handled.
  • How often you should review harassment policies with employees, new hires, and supervisors.  Should you set up a “sign-off” sheet which acknowledges they read and understand the policy?
  • The types of harassment training of your supervisors recommended by the EEOC, as well as common sense practices for more training than is recommended.  How to evaluate if your training is working.
  • Best practices for conducting the training – is a once a year session by an attorney enough?
  • In addition to having proper policies and training in place, other best practices HR professionals should consider that can help prevent harassment claims, such as leadership culture and an effective complaint system.

If time permits, the speaker will open up the last few minutes of the webinar to answer questions from participants.

Continuing Education Credits

Certification group type of credits No. of credits
Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy CPEs(PX177225) - Group Study 1
Continuing Legal Education Board CLEs 1
Human Resource Certification Institute SHRM-CP TM / SHRM-SCP TM PDC's 1
SHRM Preferred Provider SPHR/PHR/GPHR Recertification Hours 1

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About The Speaker

Dick Cipoletti

Dick Cipoletti is President of RCC Associates, a full service human resources consulting and training firm.  A published author and former HR columnist, Dick hosted the popular PBS TV series, “Job Quest” for 8 years.  He has trained nationally for CareerTrack, Dun & Bradstreet Seminars, Day-Timer, and PESI.  He has served as Vice President of Human Resources for four organizations in three industries.  In all, he has managed six HR departments, of which he started four.  In the Lehigh Valley, he was Vice President of Human Resources for Lehigh Valley Hospital, the Wood Company, and the Greif Companies.  Dick has taught college on a variety of management topics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and now teaches in the MBA and HR programs at DeSales University.  He has taught over 60,000 supervisors and managers, and career coached over 12,000 individuals and groups, at all staff and management levels. Dick is a graduate of West Virginia University, where he earned a B.S. in Journalism and a Master’s degree in Public Administration.