Wright Labor and Employment Attorneys Hold Seminar to Discuss Workplace Violence

Wright Labor and Employment Attorneys Hold Seminar to Discuss Workplace Violence

2/15/2008
Dickinson Wright PLLC experts in Labor and Employment law will present a seminar, "Risky Business: Preventing, Assessing, and Responding to Violence in the Workplace" on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at Automation Alley in Troy, Michigan. Tragedy in the workplace at the hands of an employee, a family member of an employee, or even a customer is an all-too-familiar sight in today's news. Aside from the emotional and economic impact of such an event, employers are increasingly facing legal actions against them in the wake of such tragedies. Employers today must be proactive in establishing policies and procedures aimed at properly assessing and preventing workplace violence, as well as assisting employees as they cope with acts of violence after they occur. This seminar will focus on the following aspects of a comprehensive workplace violence policy: - Legal theories through which an employer may be held liable for acts of workplace violence, including OSHA's general duty clause; claims under workers' compensation laws; premises liability; and negligent retention, hiring and supervision suits - Measures employers can undertake to prevent or reduce workplace violence, including drug and alcohol testing, background checks, workplace searches, and surveillance and monitoring - Written workplace violence policies and employee training, including complaint and investigation procedures and weapons policies - Responding properly to threats in the workplace, including the optimum protocol for terminating an employee and when and how to involve law enforcement - Assisting employees in their efforts to overcome workplace violence issues by offering support in the form of leave time, reasonable accommodations and employee assistance counseling The seminar will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., preceded by an 8:30 a.m. breakfast. There is a $25 fee to attend, payable at the door. For more information or to register, please contact Taline Hagopian at thagopian@dickinsonwright.com, or by phone at (313) 223-3785. About the Speakers Sheryl A. Laughren, is a Member in Dickinson Wright's Detroit office. Her areas of practice expertise are labor and employment relations, commercial and business litigation and alternative dispute resolution. She is experienced in complex labor and employment litigation, collective bargaining, contract administration and arbitrations, and has represented employers before the National Labor Relations Board and various State Labor Boards. Sheryl serves as a facilitator and mediator in employment disputes, and is a member of the Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Sections of both the Michigan Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Tiffany A. Buckley, Tiffany A. Buckley is an Associate in Dickinson Wright's Detroit office. Her areas of practice expertise are labor and employment relations and commercial and business litigation. She has experience defending against various employment suits, including discrimination claims on the basis of age, sex, race, and disability, and also has experience in construction lien foreclosure proceedings. Tiffany is a member of the American Bar Association, the Wolverine Bar Association, and the Hispanic Bar Association of Michigan, and has authored articles on labor and employment law. Kent Sharkey has continuously provided management consultations and training for more than a decade to some of the largest organizations in the country, including Lear Corporation, ArvinMeritor, Little Caesars and Carhartt. As founder, President and CEO of Total Employee Assistance & Management, Inc. (TEAM), Kent is an expert in workplace and workforce issues, including managing/reducing behavioral healthcare costs; resolving personal and performance problems; violence and conflict in the workplace; managing workplace grief, loss and death; organizational development-effectiveness; workforce downsizing and restructuring; anxiety and stress management; suicide and workplace depression; relationship/couple issues; workplace alcohol and drug use; and executive coaching. He is a member of the Human Resource Management Group, Inc. (a subsidiary of American Society of Employers), the Michigan Labor-Management Association and the Troy Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Dickinson Wright PLLC, please visit www.dickinsonwright.com.
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