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.


  • 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
have arrived.  The new rule is effective October 25, 2016.


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.

Lunch & Learn Webinar ? 2nd Offering Complying with EO 13673: Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

to the many requests we received, we again are offering our complimentary Lunch
& Learn webinar on the new Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule on
Wednesday September 7th from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. (Eastern).

FortneyScott will present a detailed PowerPoint addressing the Final Rule,
including the self-reporting requirements for Labor Law violations, how the new
requirements are being implemented, and additional new compliance obligations.  You also can
include others from your team who are interested in attending.

Attendees must register in advance.  PLEASE CLICK HERE to do so.

We look forward to you joining our briefing on these very significant government contracting
compliance matters on September 7th.

Register for FortneyScott?s L&L Series on Complying with the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Final Rule

To assist federal contractors in understanding the FPSW
requirements and the latest developments, FortneyScott is offering three complimentary
Lunch & Learn webinars
on complying with the new FPSW final rule which is
scheduled to become effective on October 25, 2016.

1.  Overview and Introduction  (Wednesday
September 28, 12:00 to 1:30 PM Eastern) CLICK HERE

  • Topics Covered: A detailed briefing on the FPSW final rule
    (FAR regulations and DOL guidance), including the self-reporting requirements
    for labor law violations; how the new requirements are being implemented; the
    role of Agency Labor Compliance Advisors and Labor Compliance Agreements; and
    additional new compliance obligations involving paycheck transparency and
    pre-dispute arbitration.
  • Who should attend? All federal contractor representatives who
    are responsible for compliance with the final rule, including representatives
    with legal, compliance, government contracting and subcontracting/purchasing,
    HR and EEO, health and safety, and/or labor responsibilities.


2.  Reportable Labor
Law Violations and Paycheck Transparency
October 5, 12:00 to 1:00 PM Eastern) CLICK HERE

  • Topics Covered: Review of the reportable labor law violations,
    with a special focus on “administrative merits determinations;” how Labor
    Compliance Agreements may operate; the impact of reportable violations on
    agency investigations and audits; and practical concerns on meeting the
    paycheck transparency requirements by the January 1, 2017 effective date.
  • Who Should Attend? Federal contractor representatives
    responsible for compiling or addressing the labor law violations and meeting
    the pay transparency requirements, including representatives with legal,
    compliance, HR and EEO, compensation, health and safety, and labor


3.  Addressing Implementation
of FPSW Requirements under the Government Contracting Process
  (Wednesday, October 19, 12:00 to 1:00 PM
Eastern) CLICK

  • Topics Covered: Overview of the federal procurement process;
    how labor law violations and mitigating information will be reported in the SAM
    database; the role of Agency Labor Compliance Advisors and the consequences of
    their assessments; challenging adverse determinations; the responsibilities of
    prime contractors in assessing subcontractor responsibility; and semi-annual
    reporting requirements.
  • Who Should Attend: Federal contractor personnel responsible for
    compiling and addressing the consequences of the labor law violations in
    Federal prime or subcontracting, including representatives with legal,
    compliance, government contracting or subcontracting/purchasing responsibilities.

Attendees must register in advance.  Please CLICK
to register for all three.

We look forward to having you attend our three webinars on September 28,
October 5 and 19 starting at 12:00 noon (Eastern) on these very significant
government contracting compliance matters.