Training & Workshops - Small Business       

Prevent Disability Discrimination Disasters: In the Intersection of California Workers Comp and FEHA. If you have five or more employees in California — you're at risk. The only question is how are you going to minimize it - and protect your company?

Many small business owners today are unaware of the legal landmines created by the Fair Employment & Housing Act (FEHA). Worse yet, those who are informed are often pressured into keeping unproductive employees in their positions due to fear of lawsuits. The costs of doing business are increasing due to uninformed or unfocused management. These problems can be elimiénated or controlled through a one-of-a-kind proactive program designed to meet the unique needs of businesses with 5 to 49 employees.

Workshop Description
In-Depth two hour workshop featuring the Small Business Interactive Process Guide™. Breathtaking changes to California law have made disability discrimination the newest "bet the company" litigation. Did you know that you can be sued successfully for simply failing to "interact" with a disabled employee to consider potential reasonable accommodations? Do you know how to conduct this legally mandated "interactive process?" Are you confident that you can handle reasonable accommodation decisions properly when the need arises? Will your documentation work for or against your business in the courtroom?

Will you even recognize potential legal landmines before they explode into lawsuits? As a small business owner, you just can't ignore the changing legal climate in California. Here's why:

What you will Learn ˝ in Plain English
How to recognize the legal risks facing even the smallest California employers and individual supervisors or managers, by focusing on precisely how to handle return-to-work decisions, modified duty assignments and common reasonable accommodation issues in for employees with work-related injuries or non occupational disabilities.

Recognize how you could lose a FEHA lawsuit when if you don't conduct a timely, good faith interactive process, even if you ultimately couldn't accommodation the work restrictions. Receive step-by-step instruction on how to conduct a legally defensible interactive process and investigate retaliation claims ˝ designed especially for small businesses — so that you can prevent crippling lawsuits.

How to identify areas where you must develop or update your personnel policies and procedures so that you can spend your time managing, not litigating.

Follow nine simple principles of effective documentation, so that business communications work for you ˝ not against the organization ˝ in a legal dispute.

Materials to Help Quickly Implement Defensible Procedures
We realize that legal compliance is just one of many competing demands on your time. You need accurate but uncomplicated tools that you can use immediately. The Small Business Interactive Process Guide™ introduces an easy to implement, one-of-a-kind, system designed exclusively for small businesses that don't have managers or HR staff dedicated to risk management. It will help you meet your legal responsibilities and craft the best prospect for defending against unavoidable claims.

This straightforward tool is designed for the small business owner who needs seamless procedures that cover what you need to know and do ˝ without needless complication. It includes: