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Asleep At the Wheel – It’s More Common Than You Think & Could Cost Your Company Millions

March 23, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Mike BassettIn 2009, 10 people were killed when a truck driver was “functionally asleep” behind the wheel and did not see stopped cars on an Oklahoma turnpike as he slammed into them. After an investigation, the NTSB found the cause of the accident to be fatigue due to acute sleep loss, circadian disruption associated with his work schedule, and mild sleep apnea.

The trucking company settled for $62.7 million in a lawsuit alleging their fault, in part because they couldn’t prove they had adequately trained their driver about sleep patterns.

This webinar will teach you about the following topics:
1. How Shift Work Affects Employees
2. Understanding Circadian Rhythms & Educating Your Employees
3. Recognizing the Dangers of Sleep Deprivation
4. How Shift Work Effects Safety in the Transportation Industry

Join us on Thursday, March 23rd for a free webinar designed to teach you about shift work, circadian rhythms, sleep deprivation and their effects on the industry and safety.

About the Presenter:
Delia E. Treaster, Ph.D, CPE, is an Ergonomic Consultant with the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation Office.
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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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Work Opportunity Tax Credits: Are you leaving money on the table?
April 20, 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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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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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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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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