Vertical Alliance Group believes one of the most important ways to empower the industries we serve is through knowledge.  Each month we host a series of free webinars designed to empower school district administrators, trucking management teams, and human resource professionals with the knowledge they need to be compliant and successful in their industry.

Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

September 26, 2017 - 10:00 AM PDT

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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A Step-By-Step Guide to Workplace Investigations

October 26, 2017 - 10:00 AM PDT

Every HR professional must know how to conduct an investigation. In this webinar, attendees will be presented 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 thorough 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 - 10:00 AM PST

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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When School Staff Go Viral – Balancing First Amendment Rights

December 05, 2017 - 7:34 AM PST

A member of your faculty or staff posts a seemingly innocuous online expression, and all of a sudden you have a PR nightmare on your hands when the community finds out about it. Balancing your school district’s efficacy against the First Amendment Rights of faculty and staff in the age of social media can be a daunting task. Should you ask your staff not to post images of them holding wine and beer or posing in what may seem like immoral outfits? These are just two of the many questions school administrators must answer on a daily basis.

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:

  1. How does Pickering v. Board of Education impact Freedom of Speech for employees in public education?
  2. When can a school district take adverse employment action against staff on the basis of speech that is posted online, and under what circumstances is that speech protected?
  3. How can public school administrators reach legally and ethically defensible decisions in widely divergent cases?
  4. How can school districts protect the efficacy of their school systems while still respecting the First Amendment rights of their employees?

Plus, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about their district’s policies on what faculty and staff can and cannot post on social media.

About the Presenter:

Les Black, Ph.D., is a Clinical Associate Professor at Southern Methodist University. Prior to joining the SMU faculty, Les had a 26-year career in public schools, beginning as a foreign language teacher and culminating with an 8-year tenure as principal at Blalack Middle School in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. Dr. Black joined SMU as an adjunct professor in 2009, teaching campus level law and ethics. Since that time, his teaching role within both the Accelerated School Leadership Program and the Educational Entrepreneurial Center has slowly expanded.

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