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How to Stop New Drivers From Leaving You in the First 90 Days
January 19, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Dan Baker
Industry studies show most new drivers decide to leave their jobs within the first 60 to 90 days, but companies are discovering a secret key to combat this turnover … a well thought out driver mentor program.

Driver mentors create a positive first impression of the company’s driving experience through one-on-one training, mentoring and team building. Additionally, driver mentors can offer follow-up or remedial training for existing drivers to save lower performers whenever feasible.

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. What Makes an Effective Driver Mentor
2. How to Create a First Impression that Captivates
3. Understanding How People Learn
4. Building the Relationship Between Drivers & Mentors
5. Tracking the ROI of a Driver Mentor Program

About the Presenter:
Dan Baker is a nationally known speaker, teacher and consultant to the trucking industry. He travels extensively throughout the US and Canada, working with numerous trucking companies of all sizes and types. He speaks at meetings and gatherings of all kinds, from driver safety meetings, to award dinners, state and national conventions, to in-company seminars and symposiums. Dan will still tell you that all the roads and the loads and the routes and the rates and the maps and the phones and the fuel take second place to the mamas and daddies and husbands and wives and sons and daughters who give us our meaning and make it all happen. He is affectionately known as the most “asked back” speaker in the industry.
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The Revised Form I-9: Understanding the Changes
January 26, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Angela Lopez

In November, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised Form I -9 which all employers must implement in their workplace starting January 22, 2017.

This webinar will discuss the following:
1. Revisions and changes to the current Form I-9
2. What to expect as you transition to the new form
3. Missteps to avoid during the transition
4. Common mistakes made with Form I-9

Plus attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about Form I-9 and immigration policies at the end of the webinar.
About the Presenter:
Angela Lopez is an attorney at the Cowles Thompson firm in Dallas, where she serves in the Immigration Practice Group. She has developed a
large national practice representing numerous foreign nationals and their employers in obtaining temporary employment nonimmigrant visas and permanent residence.
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How to Avoid Common Legal Risks in Fleet Maintenance
February 16, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Mike Bassett
Keeping a well maintained fleet on the road is important to the safety of your drivers and the motoring public. Taking vehicles off the road for repair costs your company money, but there’s an even more costly thing to consider. Poorly maintained trucks can become unsafe to drive, and if the driver or maintenance department isn’t aware repairs are needed, small problems can quickly become big problems.

In this webinar, attorney Mike Bassett will share real life examples of cases where failures made by transportation companies leading up to accidents led to negligence claims. He’ll share the steps trucking companies can take to avoid similar mistakes.

This webinar will cover:
1. A Real Life Horror Story with Important Lessons
2. The Role Fleet Maintenance Plays After Litigation
3. How Fleet Maintenance Gets Involved in Litigation
4. What Plaintiff’s Lawyers Have to Say About Maintenance
5. 3 Things You Must Do to Mitigate Risk

The failure to follow these small steps can cause massive losses to a trucking company. Any shortcomings in fleet maintenance will be blown out of proportion by Plaintiff’s counsel who will characterize the company’s actions to the jury as careless, lazy, and focused on making money at the expense of the safety of the public.

About the Presenter:
Mike H. Bassett, J.D., is the founder of The Bassett Firm, where he practices in the areas of transportation litigation, products liability, personal injury, premises liability, professional liability and employment litigation. He received his B.B.A. degree, Cum Laude, from The University of Texas at El Paso and his J.D. degree, with distinction, from St. Mary’s University School of Law. Mr. Bassett was a former briefing attorney for Justice Ted Z. Robertson of the Texas Supreme Court, and he is also a certified mediator and neutral. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section, the Dallas Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute’s Transportation Committee and Trucking Subcommittee, the American Trucking Associations and the American Transportation Lawyers Association. Mr. Bassett was also a Texas Super Lawyer in 2006.
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Hit With an EEOC Claim, Now What?
February 23, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Greg McAllister
Your company’s initial response to an EEOC complaint can often mean the difference between a successful and quick defense and a legal horror story. No matter the reason why a disgruntled employee files a complaint with the EEOC, it’s going to cost you … time, sweat, legal bills, and possibly loss of reputation and costly judgements. Last year alone, the EEOC secured more than $482.1 million for victims of discrimination.

It is important for you to remember that how you respond to a complaint initially may be used against you in a court a law. It’s also important to remember even the best managers may find themselves at the center of an EEOC investigation. The good news is, there are steps you can take to protect your company.

In this hour-long webinar, you will learn:
1. What things you should do immediately after receving a complaint to avoid problems later
2. Which documents you should gather and keep safe after receving a complaint
3. How to respond to media requests surrounding a complaint
4. How to interact – and even negotiate – with the investigator

Plus, attendees will have the opportunity at the end of the webinar to ask questions about EEOC claims.

About the Presenter:
Greg McAllister practices for Littler Mendelson in Dallas, Texas, where he advises employers regarding overtime, noncompetition/nonsolicitation, trade secrets, independent contractor classification, and executive compensation. He has been successful in responding to charges by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), including winning reversals. Among his many accomplishments, he has also obtained two unanimous defense jury verdicts in class/collective action lawsuits regarding overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Vertical Alliance Group, Inc. is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. This program is valid for 1 PDC for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
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Where’s Everyone Going? Keys to Reducing Unnecessary Turnover
March 16, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Leah Brown
For most products, yesterday’s luxury items have become today’s standard features. It’s no different with expectations. As times change, employees will no longer stick around for just a paycheck and stability. Instead, they expect (and often demand) more from their employers, including a positive culture, flexibility, transparency, empowerment, meaningful work and opportunities for advancement.

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. What the top reasons are for employees leaving their organizations
2. How much it costs to have unnecessary revolving door positions
3. Which are the key areas of your business that need focus and improvement
4. How to better “tune in” to your employees’ expectations

Plus, attendees to the live webinar will receive a free ebook on The Millennial Mindset.
About the Presenter:
Leah Brown is a Talent Retention Strategist for Crescendo Strategies, a Louisville, Kentucky-based firm committed to reducing unnecessary employee turnover for clients across multiple industries. Leah has 25 years of experience teaching, training, and facilitating improved leadership performance through organizations such as Dale Carnegie, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the International Center for Corporate Learning at Sullivan University. Leah was recognized for her professional impact when Louisville’s Business First Magazine included her in their “20 People to Know in Education/Workforce Development” list in 2015.
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Asleep At the Wheel – It’s More Common Than You Think & Could Cost Your Company Millions
March 23, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Mike BassettIn 2009, 10 people were killed when a truck driver was “functionally asleep” behind the wheel and did not see stopped cars on an Oklahoma turnpike as he slammed into them. After an investigation, the NTSB found the cause of the accident to be fatigue due to acute sleep loss, circadian disruption associated with his work schedule, and mild sleep apnea.

The trucking company settled for $62.7 million in a lawsuit alleging their fault, in part because they couldn’t prove they had adequately trained their driver about sleep patterns.

This webinar will teach you about the following topics:
1. How Shift Work Affects Employees
2. Understanding Circadian Rhythms & Educating Your Employees
3. Recognizing the Dangers of Sleep Deprivation
4. How Shift Work Effects Safety in the Transportation Industry

Join us on Thursday, March 23rd for a free webinar designed to teach you about shift work, circadian rhythms, sleep deprivation and their effects on the industry and safety.

About the Presenter:
Delia E. Treaster, Ph.D, CPE, is an Ergonomic Consultant with the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation Office.
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Work Opportunity Tax Credits: Are you leaving money on the table?
April 20, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Clarus Solutions
It’s estimated that over $3,000,000,000 in work opportunity tax credits went unclaimed by companies just like yours in 2016. In working with motor carriers, most don’t know about this tax credit opportunity or don’t believe they hire from the target groups that are eligible. When actually, 1 in 5 new hires generally are eligible for the motor carrier to receive the tax credit.

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1, What is the work opportunity tax credit?
2. Who qualifies for these credits?
3, How can a motor carrier claim these credits?

Whether you are already capturing these credits or not, attendees will gain greater insights to optimize their work opportunity tax credit process and ensure they’re maximizing the amount of credits they’re receiving.

About the Presenter:
Clarus Solutions is dedicated solely to helping businesses take advantage of the work opportunity tax credit (WOTC). Featuring an unmatched complete end-to-end solution to screen and capture WOTC, Clarus will do all the heavy lifting and virtually eliminate the time and resources needed from your company to take advantage of the credit. Their team of CPAs, tax attorneys, and dedicated tax credit consultants are there to ensure the process stays simple for you while maximizing your economic results.
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Social Firing! Avoiding Liability Regarding Social Media in the Workplace
April 27, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Monica Narvaez
The NLRB has taken a very agressive stance against employers who terminate employees because of what they do or say on social media. But it’s not just firing an employee for what they posted on social media that can get your company in trouble.
In addition to the NLRB, there are numerous other laws employers need to be concerned about when reviewing an employees’ or an applicant’s activity on social media activity

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. What Should Be Included in a Social Media Policy and What Will Get You In Hot Water
2. The Dangers of Failing to Draft a Social Media Policy
3. Tips For Managing the Risks of Social Media Technology
4. How to Train Your Employees on Your Social Media Policy

Plus, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about social media in the workplace at the end of the webinar.
About the Presenter:
Monica Narvaez focuses her practice on providing labor and employment advice to employers of all sizes. Before joining the Cowles Thompson firm, she developed a strong regulatory background while defending state and county agencies as well as universities as an Assistant Ohio Attorney General and as a Policy Attorney for the State of Ohio. Ms. Narvaez has a high level of experience as a Human Resource and Labor Relations Director and holds the SPHR and SHRM-SCP Certifications.
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Do Not Pass Go: What To Do When an Employee Gets Arrested
July 27, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Mike Coffey
Are you aware of the legal limitations your company may face if one of your employees gets arrested? Since your employee is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, there are policies your company should have in place well ahead of time, or you may end up in hot water, too. Many companies do not have the proper steps in place, or worse yet, they have them in place, but management and employees aren’t properly trained on the right steps in place before taking discipline action.

Is your company prepared to protect your assets from an employee with an arrest record who has yet to be convicted?

In this hour-long webinar, you will learn:
1. What issues you must consider while investigating an employee’s arrest
2. How to appropriately responded when an employee is arrested
3. Which policies you should have in place to
4. Why it is best practice to ensure employees self-report arrests
5. How often to schedule background checks on current employees

Plus, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the webinar about writing policies related to employee arrests, and receive a copy of the ebook, “Seven Steps to Making Confident Hiring Decisions.”

About the Presenter:
Mike Coffey is president of Imperative, an employment background investigations firm based in Fort Worth, Texas.

An experienced HR professional with roots in aerospace, healthcare, and the service industry, Mike is a District Director for Texas SHRM and a board member of the Texas Association of Business (TAB).

Mike has been a licensed private investigator since 1998, and has served the investigative community as a past director of the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators (TALI) and the National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI).
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