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OSHA’s New Walking/Working Surfaces & Fall Protection Requirements
April 18, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Adele Abrams
Last November, OSHA issued a final rule, setting new requirements for walking and working surfaces/fall protection in general industry. This rule, with an estimated economic impact of more than $300 million per year, sets new specifications for portable and fixed ladders, scaffolds, and personal fall arrest systems. It requires equipment and procedural changes in millions of workplaces across the United States, including ensuring all of your workers are trained on new procedures and equipment by May 17, 2017.

Join us for an hour long webinar, as attorney and safety professional Adele Abrams, shares with you the ins and outs of the new regulations that will help keep your company in compliance.

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. What are the Differences Between Old Standards and the New Requirements?
2. What Training is Required Under the New Regulations and Who Can Conduct the Training?
3. What are the Most Common Slip/Fall Risk Factors, so You Can Determine Risks at Your Company?
4. Best Practices for Fall and Slip Prevention, Including Top Training Ideas and Techniques

Plus attendees to the live webinar will have the opportunity to ask questions about the newest OSHA regulations related to the walking/working surfaces final rule.

About the Presenter:
Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP, is an attorney, safety professional and firm president of the Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams P.C.., a ten-attorney firm that represents employers and contractors nationwide in OSHA and MSHA litigation, and provides safety and health training, auditing, and consultation services. She is a Certified Mine Safety Professional and a Department of Labor–approved trainer. Ms. Abrams is on the adjunct faculty of Catholic University in Washington, DC, where she teaches employment and labor law.
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Expert Tips to Avoid Problems with ELD Implementation
April 20, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
ELD Implementation

By December 18, 2017 truck drivers across the country must say goodbye to paper logbooks and start logging records of duty status electronically to show compliance with Hours of Service (“HOS”). This has created a headache for many trucking companies as they grapple with best way to move drivers from paper logs to ELDs.

Join us for an hour long webinar, as we take a look at what the rule means for trucking companies and share how two top safety directors successfully rolled out ELDs at their company..

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. What’s required under the new law and how to ensure you’re compliant
2. How to train your drivers on ELD devices
3. Which policies you need to update and best practices for doing so
4. How to audit driver compliance and overcome common driver concerns

Plus attendees to the live webinar will have the opportunity to ask questions ELD implementation.

About the Presenters:
Rob Moseley is a partner with Smith Moore Leatherwood, where he serves as the head of the firm’s Transportation Industry Group representing trucking companies, brokers and logistics companies (and their insurance carriers).

Chris Conrad is the Safety Manager at Sterling Transport in Lakeview, North Carolina.

Allan Hicks is the Vice President of Safety at B.R. Williams Trucking in Oxford, Alabama and was the 2015 ATA Safety Director of the year.

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Social Firing! Avoiding Liability Regarding Social Media in the Workplace
April 27, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Monica Narvaez
The NLRB has taken a very agressive stance against employers who terminate employees because of what they do or say on social media. But it’s not just firing an employee for what they posted on social media that can get your company in trouble.
In addition to the NLRB, there are numerous other laws employers need to be concerned about when reviewing an employees’ or an applicant’s activity on social media activity

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. What Should Be Included in a Social Media Policy and What Will Get You In Hot Water
2. The Dangers of Failing to Draft a Social Media Policy
3. Tips For Managing the Risks of Social Media Technology
4. How to Train Your Employees on Your Social Media Policy

Plus, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about social media in the workplace at the end of the webinar.

About the Presenter:
Monica Narvaez focuses her practice on providing labor and employment advice to employers of all sizes. Before joining the Cowles Thompson firm, she developed a strong regulatory background while defending state and county agencies as well as universities as an Assistant Ohio Attorney General and as a Policy Attorney for the State of Ohio. Ms. Narvaez has a high level of experience as a Human Resource and Labor Relations Director and holds the SPHR and SHRM-SCP Certifications.
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The Magic Bullet: Shooting Holes in the Driver Turnover Problem
May 16, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar
Ray Haight

What’s it going to take to reduce driver turnover by 50% in the next 12 months? It’s a powerful question. The answer can improve your company’s safety, profitability, and driver turnover problem all at the same time.

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. How to identify the root cause of driver turnover
2. What plug-n-plays are, and why they won’t solve your turnover problem
3. How to maximize the ROI of your business through retention
4. What the magic bullet is to improving driver retention

Plus, attendees will have the opportunity to ask company specific questions about how to solve their own driver retention problems.

About the Presenter:
Ray Haight is often known as the man who transformed the people side of the trucking business. After driving over a million accident free miles as a driver himself, Ray took over the helm of a start-up company and soon was serving as the President of a 300+ fleet trucking company. Under his leadership, the company went from 120% driver turnover to 20% driver turnover in 2 years. Since selling that company, he has served as Chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association,Chairman of the Professional Truck Drivers Institute, Chairman of the North American Training & Management Institute, Chairman Ministry Training, Colleges and Universities Voluntary Apprenticeship Program of Tractor Trailer Commercial Driver, and Co-Founder of TCA inGuage.

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How to Avoid the Common Landmines in Drug Testing & Background Checks
May 18, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar
Monica NarvaezWhen done properly, pre-employment screening can help your company avoid lawsuits and costly hiring mistakes. When handled wrong, they can cost your company dearly. Background checks and drug screens are two of the most common (and in some cases federally mandated) forms of screening, and they are also two of the most misunderstood and abused forms of screenings.

In this one hour webinar, you will learn:
1. What precautions you should take before performing any employee background check
2. How the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act impact what you can ask for and use in a background check
3. What potential discriminatory impact criminal background checks may have on your pool of applicants
4. How to avoid the top mistakes employers make drug testing employees

Plus attendees to the live webinar will have the opportunity to ask questions about their background check policies.

About the Presenter
Monica Narvaez focuses her practice on providing labor and employment advice to employers of all sizes. Before joining the Cowles Thompson firm, she developed a strong regulatory background while defending state and county agencies as well as universities as an Assistant Ohio Attorney General and as a Policy Attorney for the State of Ohio. Ms. Narvaez has a high level of experience as a Human Resource and Labor Relations Director and holds the SPHR and SHRM-SCP Certifications.

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Exploring New Changes to Broker and Carrier Liability for Cargo Claims
May 25, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar
Cargo Theft continues to cause $30 billion in annual losses in the United States alone. The burden of much of this falls on the carrier, but there are ways carriers can manage and reduce their exposure for cargo theft both before and after the theft occurs. Others will be called for after the theft occurs, when the carrier reports and responds to the theft claim. By being aware of the risk of a large cargo loss and being prepared, carriers can reduce the pain that comes with cargo theft.

In this one hour webinar, you will learn:
1. What are the recent changes to bills of lading?
2. What is new in case law on tariffs and limitations of liability?
3. What are the recent developments that affect broker and carrier liability for cargo claims?

Plus attendees to the live webinar will have the opportunity to ask questions about cargo claims law.

About the Presenters
Rob Moseley is a partner with Smith Moore Leatherwood, where he serves as the head of the firm’s Transportation Industry Group representing trucking companies, brokers and logistics companies (and their insurance carriers), with disputes involving commercial transportation accidents, federal & state safety regulations, commercial insurance coverage disputes, freight claims, and other disputes involving trucking companies. He has tried over 80 cases to jury verdict in federal & state courts of unlimited jurisdiction.

Fredric Marcinak practices in the firm’s Transportation Industry Group, where he represents transportation companies, including both carriers and intermediaries, regionally and nationwide on commercial litigation matters, including cargo/freight claims, collections/contract disputes, FMCSA and state regulatory compliance and permitting matters, and insurance coverage cases. In these litigation matters, Fredric has tried multiple cases to verdicts before juries and handled appeals for transportation clients.

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Employee vs. Independent Contractor
June 15, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Monica Narvaez
All businesses are responsible for classifying the people they hire. Misclassification mistakes can cost your company big time in fines for failing to pay minimum wage and overtime, among other things. This webinar will offer best practices on when to classify a worker as an independent contractor and when to classify a worker as an employee.

In this one hour webinar, you will learn:
1. How to reduce your company’s potential liability for misclassification
2. What every employer should know about hiring independent contractors
3. Understanding common law-rules regarding employment status
4. What you can and cannot order an independent contractor to do
5. How to properly document classification of your employees.

Plus attendees to the live webinar will have the opportunity to ask questions related to employee classification.

About the Presenter
Monica Narvaez focuses her practice on providing labor and employment advice to employers of all sizes. Before joining the Cowles Thompson firm, she developed a strong regulatory background while defending state and county agencies as well as universities as an Assistant Ohio Attorney General and as a Policy Attorney for the State of Ohio. Ms. Narvaez has a high level of experience as a Human Resource and Labor Relations Director and holds the SPHR and SHRM-SCP Certifications.

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Immediate Personal Response Options to Survive a Terrorist or Active Shooter Attack
June 20, 2017 | 11 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Steve Haynes
Schools are one of the safest places in America, but they are not void of violent incidents. Is your school district prepared to keep everyone safe should a terroristic threat arise in your district?

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. Keys to surviving a terrorist assault and minimizing casualties
2. How to plan and train to facilitate early recognition of violent threats
3. What information armed officers may need in the event of a firearms and weapons attack.
4. The formula for surviving a violent incident

Plus, attendees to the live webinar will have the opportunity to ask questions about best practices for keeping their schools safe.

About the Presenter
Steven E. Haynes, ARM, is the founder and Managing Director of Specialized Risk, a security consulting and investigations company based in North Texas. He completed a 20 year career in the United States Navy as a Weapons Technician Senior Chief Petty Officer and was Honorably Discharged in 1996. Steve served as the Division Officer and Chief Instructor for a Navy basic and advanced counter-terrorism training school providing instruction in counter-terrorism tactical operations and combat shooting courses for shipboard security teams. During his active duty military career, Steve also served as a state certified commissioned Reserve Police Officer for over nine years with the Newport News, Virginia Police Department.

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Legislative Issues Impacting Trucking & Why They Matter to You
June 22, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Mike Bassett
The 2017 Legislative Session is coming to a close across the country and changes to transportation policies are on their way.

This webinar will cover the current regulatory environment and changes you need to be prepared to implement at your company.

Attendees to the live webinar will have the opportunity to ask questions about the new changes to legislation impacting the trucking industry.

About the Presenter
Mike H. Bassett, J.D., is the founder of The Bassett Firm, where he practices in the areas of transportation litigation, products liability, personal injury, premises liability, professional liability and employment litigation. He received his B.B.A. degree, Cum Laude, from The University of Texas at El Paso and his J.D. degree, with distinction, from St. Mary’s University School of Law. Mr. Bassett was a former briefing attorney for Justice Ted Z. Robertson of the Texas Supreme Court, and he is also a certified mediator and neutral. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section, the Dallas Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute’s Transportation Committee and Trucking Subcommittee, the American Trucking Associations and the American Transportation Lawyers Association. Mr. Bassett was also a Texas Super Lawyer in 2006.

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Title IX: Sexual Violence Issues in Schools
July 18, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Terry Harmon
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 we created to protect individuals in federally funded educational programs from sex-based discrimination. Over the past few years, lawsuits and federal investigations under Title IX involving sexual violence have drawn attention, particularly in cases involving institutional policies and responses to Title IX complaints.

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. How the Office for Civil Rights has started enforcing Title IX
2. Guidance on how to ensure your district is Title IX compliant
3. Responsibilities and obligations of school districts
4. What elements your school’s Title IX investigation should include

Plus, attendees to the live webinar will have the opportunity to ask district specific questions about Title IX.

About the Presenter
Terry J. Harmon, Shareholder at Sniffen & Spellman, practices in the areas of Education Law, Labor and Employment Law, and Commercial Litigation. Mr. Harmon is one of only 51 attorneys Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Education Law (as of February 2017) and has represented educational institutions before the Florida Department of Education, the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings, Florida State Circuit Courts, and various Federal Court). Mr. Harmon devotes a substantial portion of his practice to providing assistance to public and private educational institutions (K-12 and post-secondary) in a wide array of matters, including litigation and transactional issues.

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Do Not Pass Go: What To Do When an Employee Gets Arrested
July 27, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Mike Coffey
Are you aware of the legal limitations your company may face if one of your employees gets arrested? Since your employee is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, there are policies your company should have in place well ahead of time, or you may end up in hot water, too. Many companies do not have the proper steps in place, or worse yet, they have them in place, but management and employees aren’t properly trained on the right steps in place before taking discipline action.

Is your company prepared to protect your assets from an employee with an arrest record who has yet to be convicted?

In this hour-long webinar, you will learn:
1. What issues you must consider while investigating an employee’s arrest
2. How to appropriately responded when an employee is arrested
3. Which policies you should have in place to
4. Why it is best practice to ensure employees self-report arrests
5. How often to schedule background checks on current employees

Plus, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the webinar about writing policies related to employee arrests, and receive a copy of the ebook, “Seven Steps to Making Confident Hiring Decisions.”

About the Presenter:
Mike Coffey is president of Imperative, an employment background investigations firm based in Fort Worth, Texas.

An experienced HR professional with roots in aerospace, healthcare, and the service industry, Mike is a District Director for Texas SHRM and a board member of the Texas Association of Business (TAB).

Mike has been a licensed private investigator since 1998, and has served the investigative community as a past director of the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators (TALI) and the National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI).
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Work Opportunity Tax Credits: Are You Leaving Money on the Table?
August 24, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Clarus Solutions
It’s estimated that over $3,000,000,000 in work opportunity tax credits went unclaimed by companies just like yours in 2016. In working with motor carriers, most don’t know about this tax credit opportunity or don’t believe they hire from the target groups that are eligible. When actually, 1 in 5 new hires generally are eligible for the motor carrier to receive the tax credit.

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1, What is the work opportunity tax credit?
2. Who qualifies for these credits?
3, How can a motor carrier claim these credits?

Whether you are already capturing these credits or not, attendees will gain greater insights to optimize their work opportunity tax credit process and ensure they’re maximizing the amount of credits they’re receiving.

About the Presenter:
Clarus Solutions is dedicated solely to helping businesses take advantage of the work opportunity tax credit (WOTC). Featuring an unmatched complete end-to-end solution to screen and capture WOTC, Clarus will do all the heavy lifting and virtually eliminate the time and resources needed from your company to take advantage of the credit. Their team of CPAs, tax attorneys, and dedicated tax credit consultants are there to ensure the process stays simple for you while maximizing your economic results.
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