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Balancing Safety Management with Litigation
July 20, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Terry Harmon
Companies have to make decisions daily on how to maintain a proper balance between ensuring a safe and productive workplace and what “level of safety” they can afford.

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. What things to consider when drafting and implementing company safety policies
2. What you’re legally required to have as part of your safety program
3. Best practices in responding to incidents, errors, and accidents that happen
4. How your safety program can help or hinder you during litigation

Plus, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about how to best balance safety management with litigation.

Doug Marcello is an attorney with Marcello & Kivisto, LLC. As a transportation attorney committed to defending the trucking industry, he earned a CDL. For more than 30 years he has litigated cases in Central Pennsylvania and throughout the country. He is admitted as trial counsel in more than 35 states. He is a graduate of Dickinson School of Law and a member of the Penn State-Dickinson School of Law Board of Overseers.

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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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Work Opportunity Tax Credits: Are You Leaving Money on the Table?
August 24, 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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Not Without My Permission: Confidentiality and Release of Information Under the DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Process
September 21, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Megan Early Soppa
It is hard enough hiring a new driver and making sure that everything is in line with the expansive list of Federal Regulations and your company hiring requirements, but it is just as important that your safety department understand the issues regarding what is necessary to access driver “consumer reports.

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. What is a “blanket release” policy and why is it prohibited under the law?
2. What language should be used on your information release form before obtaining past drug test results from employers?
3. What is the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse and how does it change your current drug testing program?
4. What is the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and how do you stay in compliance?

Plus, attendees to the live webinar will have the opportunity to ask questions about their drug testing policies.

About the Presenter:
Megan Early-Soppa is an Associate at Smith Moore Leatherwood, where she practices in the firm’s Transportation Industry Group and is a member of the firm’s cybersecurity and data breach team. She focuses on representing a wide variety of clients in the transportation industry. She focuses on commercial litigation matters, including cargo/freight claims, collections/contract disputes, FMCSA and state regulatory compliance and permitting matters, and insurance coverage cases. Megan is a Greenville native and received her law degree, cum laude, from the Southern University Law Center. She received her undergraduate degree from Wofford College.
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Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
September 26, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Greg McAllister
Sometimes even the most well-meaning of intentions can make employees feel as though they are the subject of sexual harassment. Awareness and prevention training on sexual harassment is critical to ensuring managers and employees understand what is, and what is not, professional conduct in the workplace. Ensuring your managers have an understanding of the law and your company policies can help your company establish a good faith defense if you end up in the middle of a harassment claim.

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. What is and is not considered sexual harassment in the workplace
2. Employer and personal liability for unlawful harassment
3. Best practices for investigating sexual harassment complaints
4. How to train your managers and employees on your company’s harassment policies

Plus, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about unique issues their company faces surrounding sexual harassment in the workplace.

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 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).
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Top 5 Workers Comp Claims in the Trucking Industry and How to Prevent Them
October 19, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Keith Wertz
Workers’ compensation is a significant business expense and must be effectively managed. This webinar will discuss the top five worker’s compensation injuries in the trucking industry and how to help your company avoid them.

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. What are the top 5 workplace injuries in the trucking industry?
2. What are practical steps to take to enhance your employee injury prevention program?
3. How do your actions several years ago affect your workers’ compensation premiums today?
4. How can you manage your claims management efforts to impact your premiums favorably for several years to come?

Plus, attendees to the live webinar will have the opportunity to ask questions about their drug testing policies.

About the Presenter:
Keith Wertz is Vice President of Loss Control at Midwestern Insurance Alliance, a workers’ compensation provider with a strong trucking industry focus, and host of the website TruckingWorkersComp.com. Keith is also co-author of “Managing Workers’ Compensation: A Guide to Injury Reduction and Effective Claim Management” and “Chomp Comp: The Small Guide to Lower Workers’ Compensation Premiums.
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A Step-By-Step Guide to Workplace Investigations
October 26, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Dustin Paschal

Every HR professional must know how to conduct an investigation. In this webinar, attendees will be presetned with a step-by-step guide for conducting workplace investigations and leave with the know-how and information to create investigation files and conduct effective and through workplace investigations.

About the Presenter:
Dustin Paschal is an attorney at Simon & Paschal. He has always had a passion for employment law Dallas TX. He attended Baylor University where he graduated in 2002 with a B.B.A. in Human Resource Management. While at Baylor, Dustin interned with the Vice President of Human Resources at a national manufacturing company where he experienced first-hand the employment issues facing companies and individuals today. After graduating from Baylor, Dustin attended Baylor School of Law and graduated with a J.D. in 2005. Since graduating, Dustin has practiced exclusively in the area of Employment Law and Business Law.

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Avoiding Legal Pitfalls Around In-Cab Technology
November 16, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Mike Bassett

Trucking companies are increasingly making use of in-cab technology for everything from electronic logs to monitoring driver performance through in-cab cameras. But what are the legal issues carriers should consider before installing these new technologies?

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. Are you in compliance with the new ELD mandate coming in December 2017
2. How can technology help your company avoid frivolous and time-consuming lawsuits?
3. What information captured by technology is “discoverable information” during litigation?
4. What policies should you have in place for in-cab technology?

Plus, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about their in-cab technology polices and experiences.

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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