April 25, 2013

Register now for Employment Law Update!

Posted in Affordable Care Act, National Labor Relations Act, Training, Workplace Violence tagged , , , , , , at 10:14 am by Tom Jacobson

Registration is now open for the 2013 West Central Minnesota Employment Law Update.  The event will be held on Thursday, June 6 at Alexandria Technical and Community College. The line-up will include:

  • Hot off the Press – the latest in employment law developments, presented by yours truly
  • What employers need to know about the Affordable Care Act, presented by attorney Dorraine Larison
  • Legal implications of workplace violence & bullying,  presented by attorney Sara Gullickson McGrane
  • What all employers need to know about labor law, presented by attorney Mike Moberg
  • Panel discussion with presenter Q&A

Click here for the full agenda. Seating is limited, so click here to register early!

Some comments from prior updates:

  • Great information
  • Loved the knowledge and collaboration
  • Loved the panel discussions
  • All the professionals were “on the spot”

Continuing education credit will be available.

For more information, contact me at alexandriamnlaw.com or  taj@alexandriamnlaw.com. This will be our 10th annual update, and we hope that you can join us!

The comments posted in this blog are for general informational purposes only. They are not to be considered as legal advice, and they do not establish an attorney-client relationship. For legal advice regarding your specific situation, please consult your attorney.

Copyright 2013 Swenson Lervick Syverson Trosvig Jacobson Schultz, PA

March 20, 2013

Save the date!

Posted in Affordable Care Act, National Labor Relations Act, Training, Workplace Violence tagged , , , , , at 9:31 am by Tom Jacobson

Save the DateThe 2013 West Central Minnesota Employment Law Update will be held on Thursday, June 6 at Alexandria Technical and Community College. The line-up will include:

  • Hot off the Press – the latest in employment law developments, presented by yours truly
  • What employers need to know about the Affordable Care Act, presented by attorney Dorraine Larison
  • Legal implications of workplace violence & bullying,  presented by attorney Sara Gullickson McGrane
  • What all employers need to know about labor law, presented by attorney Mike Moberg
  • Panel discussion with presenter Q&A

Some comments from prior updates:

  • Great information
  • Loved the knowledge and collaboration
  • Loved the panel discussions
  • All the professionals were “on the spot”

Continuing education credit will be available. Additional details and registration information will be published soon, so check back here often, or contact me at alexandriamnlaw.com or  taj@alexandriamnlaw.com for additional details. This will be our 10th annual update, and we hope that you can join us!

The comments posted in this blog are for general informational purposes only. They are not to be considered as legal advice, and they do not establish an attorney-client relationship. For legal advice regarding your specific situation, please consult your attorney.

Copyright 2013 Swenson Lervick Syverson Trosvig Jacobson Schultz, PA

October 6, 2010

Tyler Clementi suicide: lessons for HR – and for us all

Posted in Bullying, Discrimination, Harassment, Harassment, Sexual Orientation, Workplace Violence tagged , , , , , at 8:55 am by Tom Jacobson

Tyler Clementi took his own life last month. He was an 18 year old student at Rutgers University.  He was also gay, and after a sexual encounter between him and another man was secretly broadcast over the internet (allegedly by his roommate using a webcam), he jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge.

When I read the reports of this tragedy, I was reminded of the question posted on a Society for Human Resource Management discussion forum, “Workplace bullying:  is it HR’s responsibility to control?”  That question was posted months ago, and to date it has generated well over 600 comments.

So what does the suicide of an 18 year old college freshman have to do with HR?  It’s quite simple.  Tyler Clementi is really no different than any employee who has suffered the humiliation of workplace bullying.  One does not have to dig too deep to find similar examples of disgruntled workers who have harmed — and even killed — themselves and others after being harassed, bullied or otherwise disrespected on the job.

What are the lessons for HR?  First, anti-harassment policies are critically important.  They need to clearly spell out the types of harassment that are prohibited in the workplace.

These policies also need to clearly describe how victims can report their concerns, and employees (especially supervisors and managers) need to be trained on what the policies mean and how they are to be applied.  Some reports on Tyler Clementi’s death indicate that after this sexual encounter was broadcast, he reported it to his resident assistant, but that process did not save Clementi.  Comparing this to HR, I wonder if Rutgers had told Clementi where he could go for help and whether the university had trained the RA on how to deal with Clementi’s concerns.

Surely, to allow bullying to exist in the workplace will expose any company to liability, especially it is based on an employee’s legally-protected characteristic.  But the lesson for us all is that regardless of our beliefs and attitudes about another’s lifestyle and traits, every person has a right to be treated with dignity and respect.

The comments posted in this blog are for general informational purposes only. They are not to be considered as legal advice, and they do not establish an attorney-client relationship. For legal advice regarding your specific situation, please consult your attorney.  Also, the views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Swenson Lervick Syverson Trosvig Jacobson, PA.

July 28, 2010

Workplace Bullying — is it really that big of a deal?

Posted in Bullying, Harassment, Workplace Violence tagged , , , , at 9:21 am by Tom Jacobson

Several months ago, the following question was posted on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) discussion group on LinkedIn:  Workplace bullying:  Is this HR’s responsibility to control?  To date, the question has prompted 510 comments, far more than any other question currently circulating among the group.

Undoubtedly, stopping the workplace bully is important for any number of reasons.  Bullying diminishes productivity, hurts morale and could lead to liability under several legal theories. 

But, the SHRM discussion makes me wonder:  is workplace bullying really that big of a deal?  What do you think?

The comments posted in this blog are for general informational purposes only. They are not to be considered as legal advice, and they do not establish an attorney-client relationship. For legal advice regarding your specific situation, please consult your attorney.

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