Managing the Stress & Discord of 2020 Webinar

2020 has been an extraordinary year. COVID-19 fear, economic distress, heightened awareness of racial injustice. Is wearing a mask a valid directive or an unacceptable infringement on one’s ‘rights?’ AND it’s an election year! Fear, stress, unrest, resentment and conflicting views have stacked up to create high levels of tension, discord, and even anger in the workplace. Learn how employers can control the divisiveness to maintain an effective, civil workplace and understand where the legal hot spots are. We’ll also review what policies and practices help in times of tension.

‘Political’ expression is not confined to elections and support of candidates. It includes social movements and issue-oriented positions regarding social justice, human or social rights. Black Lives Matter, racial justice is a current issue which clearly impacts the workplace.

Many employers have issued public statements in support of Black Lives Matter, racial justice and committing their company to diversity, racial fairness, equity, etc. Employers devote special efforts to promote these agencies, establish committees, provide training, sponsor public events. Employees show support and advocate for these issues at work, join committees, wear logos or now face masks with BLM messages.

Yet there are employees who disagree. They may not understand and have mischaracterized the social issues. Or they may just disagree. They may wear buttons, logos or face masks with the opposite position.

How does an employer balance the conflicting employee opinions and tensions in the workplace? Some of these challenges are unprecedented, while others put a new spin on existing employment laws. The laws include the EEO discrimination laws protecting ‘political beliefs.’  National Labor Relations Act; privacy rights and in some case the Constitution.

Covered Topics

  • Current major discord issues
  • Get ahead of it! ‘ Foundation policies for maintaining or establishing civility in these tumultuous times
  • Other foundation policies to have in place
  • When employees object and refuse to comply ‘ the array of federal and state laws providing employer control or employee rights. Learn how to effectively balance these and stay in control
  • COVID-19 and masks when employees refuse to comply
  • Is there a ‘right to refuse?
  • ADA disability issues
  • Social-political expression and tensions ‘ allowing or prohibiting logos, display of messaging
  • What if the employer espouses a social-political position and an employee disagrees?
  • Beyond compliance and tolerance, to civility and respectful workplace
  • And more

Who Should Attend?

Human Resources Managers, Safety & Security personnel, Branch Managers, Executives, Supervisors, EEO/AA Officers, Diversity Committee.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits

This webinar is recommended for 2.5 CE Credit Hours. Each attendee will receive a Certificate of Attendance for self-reporting of CE Credits.

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Bob Gregg
Bob Gregg

Bob Gregg, Boardman & Clark Law Firm in Madison, Wisconsin, has been involved in employment relations for more than 30 years. He litigates employment cases, representing employers in employment contra... read more.

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Delivery Options

INCLUDES 7 DAYS OF ONDEMAND PLAYBACK! With this option, you will participate in the webinar (via the internet) as it is being presented. You will login to the webinar on your PC to view the PowerPoint presentation, and you have the option of using your PC speakers or a telephone for the audio. You can type and send your questions to the instructor. Many companies are now running their PC through an LCD projector allowing many employees to participate at the same time. And don’t worry if you miss the webinar, you can still view it for up to seven days after it takes place!

With this option, you will receive an e-mail that contains a link to the PowerPoint slides (to download, print, and copy) as well as a link to the media player where you will view and hear the entire webinar just as it was delivered, featuring the full-color PowerPoint presentation with audio. You can pause, fast-forward and rewind as needed, which makes it an effective training tool. The weblink will be available to you (and anyone else in the company) for up to six months and can be accessed 24/7 as many times as you wish. Delivered via e-mail the day after the webinar takes place.

If you do not have internet access or want to make the webinar part of your training library, the CD-ROM Recording is a great option for viewing a webinar. You can pause, fast-forward and rewind as needed, which makes it an effective training tool. With this option, you will receive a download of the PowerPoint slides and a CD-ROM Recording (featuring PowerPoint presentation with audio) of the webinar via regular mail. Mailed 7 to 10 days after the webinar takes place.

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