Lunch & Learn: Pay Equity Is Getting More “Comp”licated – Part II

In the second of a two-part webinar series, join FortneyScott pay equity experts Mickey Silberman and Consuela Pinto on Wednesday, October 17 at 12:00 pm ET for a timely discussion on new and developing issues in pay equity, including:

  • OFCCP’s new compensation directive;
  • The growth in international equal pay laws;
  • How to conduct an effective proactive pay equity analysis in a constantly-changing legal landscape;
  • …And more!

This webinar will build on the lessons from Part I, which discussed the “patchwork” of new state equal pay laws, aggressive agency enforcement,  recent equal pay litigation, and activist shareholder calls for pay parity. Click here to register now!

Lunch & Learn: It’s Bid Protest Season – Are You Ready?

As the Federal government’s fiscal year draws to a close on September 30th, Federal agencies will be spending significant portions of their annually appropriated funds to enter into new contracts and orders, and to exercise options under existing ones. With this flurry of procurement activity comes an inevitable wave of bid protests, as contractors seek to challenge lost opportunities or to defend their hard-won awards. The bid protest process may involve multiple forums and any number of complex issues.  Successful handling of this process requires knowledge of the process, its benefits and risks, and sound decision-making, often under tight deadlines. Will your organization be ready?

Join Susan Warshaw Ebner, Esq. and Sean D. Lee, Esq. of FortneyScott on Wednesday, September 26 at 12:00pm ET for a timely discussion about the fundamentals of bid protests, including:

  • When can you request a “required debriefing?” Are you eligible to receive an “enhanced debriefing”?
  • Who can protest?
  • What kinds of issues can be protested?
  • What are the different forums for bringing a protest?
  • Will contract performance be stayed during the protest?
  • Important timing concerns
  • Special types of protests, such as Small Business size protests

This webinar will provide government contractors, including their in-house counsel, executives, program managers, business developers, and contract management professionals, tools for navigating the bid protest process.

Click here to register now and prepare yourself for bid protest season!

Lunch & Learn: Preventing and Investigating Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era – Part Two

The #MeToo movement continues to impact workplaces across the nation and around the world.  Employers now, more than ever, need to effectively respond to claims that arise.

In the second of a two-part webinar series, Leslie Silverman, former Vice Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Shareholder at FortneyScott, and Nita Beecher of FortneyScott and Workplace HR will discuss best practices for investigating and resolving complaints of sexual harassment, including:

  • Selecting the right person to do the investigation;
  • Maintaining  confidentiality;
  • Handling uncooperative witnesses;
  • Applying effective, appropriate discipline; and
  • Managing dilemmas and “sticky situations.”

This webinar will build upon lessons from Part 1, which provided an overview of sexual harassment law and best practices for preventing sexual harassment.  The webinar is geared for all employer representatives with responsibility for workplace and EEO compliance, including human resources, legal, compliance, inclusion and diversity, and related functions.

Click here to register now to learn the latest updates and practical tips to prevent and to investigate sexual harassment.

Lunch & Learn: Preventing and Investigating Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era —A Two-Part Webinar

The #MeToo movement continues to impact workplaces across the nation and around the world. Employers now, more than ever, need to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, and to effectively investigate claims that arise. This timely two-part webinar is presented by the highly experienced attorneys and human resource consultants at FortneyScott and WorkPlace HR, and will provide attendees with practical tips that they can use in their organizations in their efforts to prevent and to investigate sexual harassment.

  • In the first webinar, Sean Lee and Nita Beecher of FortneyScott and Workplace HR will provide attendees with an overview of sexual harassment law, recommendations from the EEOC’s recently reconvened Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace, and best practices for preventing sexual harassment.
  • In in the second webinar, Leslie Silverman, former Vice Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Shareholder at FortneyScott, and Nita Beecher will discuss best practices for investigating complaints of sexual harassment, including tips for selecting the right person to do the investigation, maintaining confidentiality, and handling uncooperative witnesses.

The webinar is geared for all employer representatives with responsibility for workplace and EEO compliance, including human resources, legal, compliance, inclusion and diversity, and related functions. Click here to register now for this two-part webinar to learn the latest updates and practical tips to prevent and to investigate sexual harassment.

ABA Harassment & Bullying Investigations: What to Know When Conducting Effective Investigations

The best way to protect your organization from being sued for a hostile work environment is to work swiftly and efficiently to investigate the claims. Numerous issues may arise in the course of an investigation of a workplace complaint, particularly a complaint about acts that might violate Title VII, ADA, ADEA, or other equal employment opportunity laws.

Discrimination based on a protected category such as race or sexual harassment may create a hostile work environment. An employee may also experience a hostile work environment after attempting or threatening to report illegal conduct, such as age discrimination.

Organizations are liable for the actions of employees that create hostile work environments through their actions, or rather inaction. Join Leslie E. Silverman, Esq. and other expert panelists as they discuss:

  • The importance of conducting a prompt investigation
  • Goals of complainant’s interview
  • The necessity of revealing details to the respondent
  • Prevention and intervention strategies

 

You must register for this event.  Please click here for more information.

NDIA – Beyond the Hype: Industry’s Experience with OTAs

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is hosting a panel discussion and reception on July 17, 2018, from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm in Arlington, VA. Join Susan Warshaw Ebner, Esq. and other panelists as they discuss the Federal government’s emerging uses of Other Transaction Agreements, or OTAs.  OTAs are being used with increasing frequency as the Defense Department looks to bring in industry and academia for a broad range of research and prototyping activities.  The panel will discuss their experiences with, and insights into, the uses of OTAs, their advantages when compared to traditional contract vehicles, as well as areas to watch out for when using these contract vehicles.  Panelists include: Jon Etherton, President, Etherton & Associates (Moderator), Ben Fitzgerald, Director, Office of Strategy & Design, Office of Secretary of Defense, Charlie McBride, Chairman & President, Consortium Management Group, Inc., and Camron Gorguinpour, Principal, Woden, LLC. A networking reception and light refreshments will follow the panel discussion.

You must register for this event.  Please click here for more information.

Lunch & Learn: Pay Equity is Getting More “Comp”licated

A “patchwork” of new state equal pay laws, aggressive OFCCP enforcement and multimillion dollars settlements, a rising tide of class-action equal pay litigation, and activist shareholders demanding companies achieve equal pay, now. Those are just a few of the Pay Equity challenges employers face today. The rules are changing. Fast.

Join Mickey Silberman, Esq. and Consuela A. Pinto, Esq. on Wednesday, July 11 at 12:00pm ET as they discuss the changes and tell you what you can do to protect your organization.

Don’t miss this webinar! Please click here to register for our upcoming webinar entitled “Lunch & Learn: Pay Equity is Getting More “Comp”licated”.

Stay tuned for more upcoming FortneyScott Lunch & Learn webinars!

The Institute’s 2018 Spring Conference

What will 2018 bring for employers? Join The Institute for Workplace Equality’s Co-Chairs and its outstanding faculty for insights and updates about the important enforcement trends and changes emerging in 2018 from EEOC and OFCCP and the latest developments in Pay Equity and the growing #MeToo movement. Choose from their 1/2 Day, 2-Day, 2 1/2 Days, and virtual registration options.

Co-Chairs:

  • David B. Cohen from DCI Consulting Group in Washington, DC
  • David S. Fortney from FortneyScott in Washington, DC
  • Mickey Silberman from FortneyScott in Denver, CO

Faculty and guest speakers:

  • Ondray T. Harris, OFCCP Director in Washington, DC
  • Victoria Lipnic, Acting EEOC Chair in Washington, DC
  • Lynn Clements, from Berkshire Associates in Columbia, MD
  • Kenneth Gage from Paul Hastings in New York, NY and Chicago, IL
  • Shafeeqa Watkins Giarratani from Ogletree Deakins in Austin, TX
  • Valerie Hoffman from Seyfarth Shaw in Chicago, IL
  • Christy E. Kiely from Hunton & Williams in Richmond, VA
  • Gary R. Siniscalco from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in San Francisco, CA

Some of the topics covered during these programs include:

  • #MeToo and the current focus on harassment
  • New Wave of CSALs and Audit Letters
  • State Pay Equity Laws
  • Shareholder Wage Gap Analysis

What You Need to Know Now: Law, Diversity, Technology, Selection, Leadership Updates

Join Elizabeth B. Bradley, Esq and other co-presenters at the 2018 Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference in the spring.  This symposium provides updates on 5 major areas of I-O psychology that have rapidly changed over the past 10 years: EEOC law interpretations, managing diversity, technology’s impact on human resources, trends in employee selection and a network perspective on leadership development. Papers cover recent changes, suggestions for future research and recommendations for practice.

Special Lunch & Learn Webinar: Final Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulations

The long-awaited final rule implementing the Fair Pay and
Safe Workplaces (a.k.a. “Blacklisting”) Executive Order and corresponding DOL
guidance
have arrived.  The new rule is effective October 25, 2016.

FAIR PAY AND SAFE WORKPLACES WEBINAR:

Join FortneyScott attorneys for a complimentary Lunch &
Learn webinar on August 30, 2016 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. (Eastern) to learn about the key changes in the final rule and
the new compliance obligations faced by federal contractors. Topics include:

  • Broad-based self-reporting of labor law violations;
  • Multiple phase-in periods for compliance;
  • Changes in subcontractor reporting obligations;
  • The revised scope of reportable violations;
  • New Pay Transparency requirements;
  • And more!

REGISTER HERE for the Lunch & Learn.