Last week, over 450 professionals attended the Employment and Labor Law Update. For two days, attendees heard from Ogletree Deakins attorneys about the latest developments in state and federal employment law, recent court decisions and how they affect employers now and in the future.
Workplace regulations are constantly evolving, especially this year as new administrations have taken office at a state and federal level. To help you stay up to date, we've gathered the top takeaways from the conference.
1. The process for employee exit just as important as onboarding. Don't let shoving an employee out the door trip you up down the road. Make sure you are consistent, prepare for possible claims, recover company property and learn from past mistakes.
2. Well-demonstrated training and well-written policies for employees are the best defense to prevent sexual harassment. To be proactive, you must consider the quality of both. Related - don't make legal claims and document that sexual harassment occurred; state that the employee violated employer's policy.
3. There are many ways to effectively manage the risks when conducting a Reduction in Force. Most importantly, PLAN, PLAN, PLAN. Determine your departments and target positions, then develop RIF selection criteria. Also, be sure to train your decision makers. There are so many moving parts - so if you must implement an RIF, the team at CAI can help you develop a plan.
4. The OFCCP will possibly merge into the EEOC. This speculation is supported by a recent report from the Heritage Foundation and from the Trump Administration's fiscal year 2018 budget. Read more about this topic and potential effects here - White House Budget Released: EEOC Will Absorb OFCCP.
5. Return to the fundamentals of HR. Too often, we know the HR basics and exactly what we should do, but we forget to practice that. We sometimes choose to take shortcuts for the sake of expediency. The attorneys reminded us the risks associated with doing so, so make sure you revisit - and regularly revisit - the basics in your HR department.
A big thank you to all who attended this year's Employment and Labor Law Update. We'd love to hear your top takeaway in the comments! Or, add yours to this post - Favorite Takeaway from Labor Law Conference.