Preventing and Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Seminar

The BTEA and MCAP are proud to host the Massachusetts Commission on Discrimination (MCAD) for their 6 hour certificate training on how to handle sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.  By attending this training, managers and supervisors will become qualified individuals to ensure compliance with the Massachusetts state law and EEOC Federal law surrounding sexual harassment and discrimination.

For the first half of this course, we will complete “Preventing and Addressing Workplace Discrimination.” After learning the basics of anti-discrimination law, we will do a deep dive into techniques and tools for addressing sexual harassment. Topics include: nuances in the sexual harassment legal standard, crafting sexual harassment policies and trainings, the role of the “code of conduct,” and bystander intervention.

This course is for supervisors or HR professionals who do not have a background in civil rights law.

 

Sexual Harassment and Bullying in the #MeToo Era

Fisher Phillips  

In the wake of many recent high-profile sexual harassment claims, it is a certainty that your employees and their attorneys, as well as the Government and the press, will be re-focusing their attention on these important issues. Harassment, as well as bullying, can quickly go viral and cause devastating results both inside and outside of the workplace. Knowing where the line exists for illegal harassment and bullying, what to do when faced with “he said/she said allegations,” and how to promptly and effectively respond to these allegations, are just some of the challenges facing employers in this day of heightened scrutiny. This presentation will explore recent developments in the areas of harassment and bullying in the workplace and will discuss practical issues and solutions aimed at keeping your company out of the courts and out of the news.

Monica Snyder, an associate in the Boston office of Fisher Phillips, represents management on a variety of employment matters in state and federal court and before administrative agencies. Monica has defended employers against discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination suits under both federal and state laws. Monica also assists employers in their liability prevention efforts by conducting employee training, preparing handbooks and implementing policies, as well as conducting pay equity audits. Monica regularly speaks on issues involving sexual harassment, including the #metoo movement.

Join the BTEA and Monica Snyder of Fisher Phillips LLP to learn about how business owners and HR departments should protect themselves in the age of digitally reported harassment and bullying.  This webinar will layout the policies and procedures required by employers to ensure that their employees are not exposed to a hostile work environment and that issues are dealt with promptly.

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New Silica Regulations Being Challenged

We have presented at length the new Silica Regulations released on March 25, 2016. Although the rule is scheduled to take effect on June 23rd, 2017 it is currently being challenged in the US Court of Appeals.  The consolidated case features various challenges from both labor and employers and is currently awaiting a decision from the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

Among the employers filing challenges were the American Foundry Society; the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association; and the National Association of Home Builders. From labor groups, statements were filed by the AFL-CIO and North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU).

All the employers asked for judgement on OSHA’s justification to set the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for silica at 50 micrograms, and whether complying with the PEL is technologically and economically feasible.  They also want judgement on OSHA’s preference for reducing silica exposure through engineering controls, such as wet cutting and indoor filter systems instead of workers using respiratory protection.

Concrete Dust

The unions focused on requirements for when employers must offer silica exposure testing to workers and the rule not including a “medical removal” provision that would provide some job and pay protection for workers who can’t be exposed to workplace silica.

Currently compliance requirements are not until June 23, 2017.  However this could be moved back depending on the time it takes for the court to rule on these issues.