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Creating Diversity in the School Workplace
August 17, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Denny Coughlin
Creating a campus environments, where students, teachers, and administrators feel safe and included, regardless of their race, religion, background, or socioeconomic level is more important today than ever before. Diversity training is one way school districts are teaching their employees how to treat people with different backgrounds.

This webinar will guide attendees through some basic action items school districts should take to ensure all aspects across their campuses are diverse and inclusive.

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. What diversity training is and how can it benefit your school district
2. How to recognize unconscious bias and why it is important
3. How school administrators can develop a more strategic approach to diversity
4. What interventions educators can use to effectively address diversity issues

Plus, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about diversity training in their school district.

About the Presenter:
Denny Coughlin is a nationally recognized school bus expert and owner of School Bus Training Company. With almost four decades in the transportation industry, he has toured every major school bus manufacturing plant in the country, and some in Canada. For more than 25 years, he was the fleet manager over 400 buses, where he was responsible for purchasing, maintenance, and disposal of the fleet. During his tenure, his annual state school bus inspection scores were among the best in the state. He has successfully instructed over 14,000 Firefighters, Law Enforcement, and EMTs on the characteristics and Safety of School Buses and has worked with the Minnesota legislation concerning school buses for many years.
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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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Section 504: Vital Information to Protect Your School District
September 19, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Michael McKeon
Can I be personally sued? What are your school district’s responsibilities for providing disabled students with opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities, including sports? What constitutes ‘reasonable accommodations’ for field trips? How are discipline and behavioral issues handled with a student eligible under Section 504, as compared/contrasted with a student eligible under IDEA?

Join us for a free webinar where we’ll explore the answers to these questions and more with an overview of Section 504 regulations and recent case law and other essential information for schools.

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. How have the ADA Amendments and federal regulations changed the eligibility criteria under Section 504?
2. Is your school district under or over identifying students?
3. When is an individual medical plan not sufficient?
4. How do you ensure equal access and equal treatment with emerging technologies?

Plus we’ll delve into some of the most pressing questions your district is facing today on ADA compliance.

About the Presenter:
Michael P. McKeon is an attorney at Pullman & Comley, LLC. He represents boards of education, municipalities and private-sector employers across Connecticut in both federal and state courts on both the trial and appellate levels, as well as before federal and state boards and commissions. Mike is a member of the School Law Section of the firm’s Labor, Employment Law and Employee Benefits Department. He has established new case law in Connecticut in the areas of special education and Title IX, and the favorable decisions he has obtained have been cited by courts across the country and have been reported in The Hartford Courant, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and The Connecticut Law Tribune, as well as in television news reports.
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Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
September 26, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Greg McAllister
Sometimes even the most well-meaning of intentions can make employees feel as though they are the subject of sexual harassment. Awareness and prevention training on sexual harassment is critical to ensuring managers and employees understand what is, and what is not, professional conduct in the workplace. Ensuring your managers have an understanding of the law and your company policies can help your company establish a good faith defense if you end up in the middle of a harassment claim.

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. What is and is not considered sexual harassment in the workplace
2. Employer and personal liability for unlawful harassment
3. Best practices for investigating sexual harassment complaints
4. How to train your managers and employees on your company’s harassment policies

Plus, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about unique issues their company faces surrounding sexual harassment in the workplace.

About the Presenter:
Greg McAllister practices for Littler Mendelson in Dallas, Texas, where he advises employers regarding overtime, noncompetition/nonsolicitation, trade secrets, independent contractor classification, and executive compensation. He has been successful in responding to charges by the EEOC and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), including winning reversals. Among his many accomplishments, he has also obtained two unanimous defense jury verdicts in class/collective action lawsuits regarding overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
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Not Without My Permission: Confidentiality and Release of Information Under the DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Process
September 21, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Megan Early Soppa
It is hard enough hiring a new driver and making sure that everything is in line with the expansive list of Federal Regulations and your company hiring requirements, but it is just as important that your safety department understand the issues regarding what is necessary to access driver “consumer reports.

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. What is a “blanket release” policy and why is it prohibited under the law?
2. What language should be used on your information release form before obtaining past drug test results from employers?
3. What is the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse and how does it change your current drug testing program?
4. What is the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and how do you stay in compliance?

Plus, attendees to the live webinar will have the opportunity to ask questions about their drug testing policies.

About the Presenter:
Megan Early-Soppa is an Associate at Smith Moore Leatherwood, where she practices in the firm’s Transportation Industry Group and is a member of the firm’s cybersecurity and data breach team. She focuses on representing a wide variety of clients in the transportation industry. She focuses on commercial litigation matters, including cargo/freight claims, collections/contract disputes, FMCSA and state regulatory compliance and permitting matters, and insurance coverage cases. Megan is a Greenville native and received her law degree, cum laude, from the Southern University Law Center. She received her undergraduate degree from Wofford College.
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Top 5 Workers Comp Claims in the Trucking Industry and How to Prevent Them
October 19, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Keith Wertz
Workers’ compensation is a significant business expense and must be effectively managed. This webinar will discuss the top five worker’s compensation injuries in the trucking industry and how to help your company avoid them.

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. What are the top 5 workplace injuries in the trucking industry?
2. What are practical steps to take to enhance your employee injury prevention program?
3. How do your actions several years ago affect your workers’ compensation premiums today?
4. How can you manage your claims management efforts to impact your premiums favorably for several years to come?

Plus, attendees to the live webinar will have the opportunity to ask questions about their drug testing policies.

About the Presenter:
Keith Wertz is Vice President of Loss Control at Midwestern Insurance Alliance, a workers’ compensation provider with a strong trucking industry focus, and host of the website TruckingWorkersComp.com. Keith is also co-author of “Managing Workers’ Compensation: A Guide to Injury Reduction and Effective Claim Management” and “Chomp Comp: The Small Guide to Lower Workers’ Compensation Premiums.
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How to Handle Bullying, Discipline & Other Student Issues in a World of Social Media
October 24, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Rebecca Bailey

About the Presenter:
Rebecca Bailey is an attorney at Thompson & Horton, where she represents and counsels public school districts, junior and community colleges, universities and other governmental entities concerning all areas of education and government law including labor and employment matters, special education law, student discipline concerns, employee grievances and terminations, contracts and service agreements, governmental immunity, civil rights matters, and state and federal litigation. She advocates for her clients before the Texas Education Agency, the EEOC, the Office for Civil Rights, and other administrative and regulatory agencies. Ms. Bailey also handles employment discrimination and civil rights cases, including claims brought under the First and Fourteenth Amendments, Title VII, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).

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A Step-By-Step Guide to Workplace Investigations
October 26, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Dustin Paschal

Every HR professional must know how to conduct an investigation. In this webinar, attendees will be presetned with a step-by-step guide for conducting workplace investigations and leave with the know-how and information to create investigation files and conduct effective and through workplace investigations.

About the Presenter:
Dustin Paschal is an attorney at Simon & Paschal. He has always had a passion for employment law Dallas TX. He attended Baylor University where he graduated in 2002 with a B.B.A. in Human Resource Management. While at Baylor, Dustin interned with the Vice President of Human Resources at a national manufacturing company where he experienced first-hand the employment issues facing companies and individuals today. After graduating from Baylor, Dustin attended Baylor School of Law and graduated with a J.D. in 2005. Since graduating, Dustin has practiced exclusively in the area of Employment Law and Business Law.

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Avoiding Legal Pitfalls Around In-Cab Technology
November 16, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Mike Bassett

Trucking companies are increasingly making use of in-cab technology for everything from electronic logs to monitoring driver performance through in-cab cameras. But what are the legal issues carriers should consider before installing these new technologies?

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. Are you in compliance with the new ELD mandate coming in December 2017
2. How can technology help your company avoid frivolous and time-consuming lawsuits?
3. What information captured by technology is “discoverable information” during litigation?
4. What policies should you have in place for in-cab technology?

Plus, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about their in-cab technology polices and experiences.

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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When School Staff Go Viral – Balancing First Amendment Rights
December 12, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Les Black

A member of your faculty or staff posts a seemingly innocuous online expression, and all of a sudden you have a PR nightmare on your hands when the community finds out about it. Balancing your school district’s efficacy against the First Amendment Rights of faculty and staff in the age of social media can be a daunting task. Should you ask your staff not to post images of them holding wine and beer or posing in what may seem like immoral outfits? These are just two of the many questions school administrators must answer on a daily basis.

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. How does Pickering v. Board of Education impact Freedom of Speech for employees in public education?
2. When can a school district take adverse employment action against staff on the basis of speech
that is posted online, and under what circumstances is that speech protected?
3. How can public school administrators reach legally and ethically defensible
decisions in widely divergent cases?
4. How can school districts protect the efficacy of their school systems while still respecting the First Amendment rights of their employees?

Plus, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about their district’s policies on what faculty and staff can and cannot post on social media.

About the Presenter:
Les Black, Ph.D., is a Clinical Associate Professor at Southern Methodist University. Prior to joining the SMU faculty, Les had a 26-year career in public schools, beginning as a foreign language teacher and culminating with an 8-year tenure as principal at Blalack Middle School in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. Dr. Black joined SMU as an adjunct professor in 2009, teaching campus level law and ethics. Since that time, his teaching role within both the Accelerated School Leadership Program and the Educational Entrepreneurial Center has slowly expanded

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