From Religion To Romance, Bullying To FMLA Abuse: Avoiding And Handling Thorny Employee Issues

Webinar: ID# 1023358
Recorded CD
About This Course:
Would you know how to respond if one employee feels bullied by another's religious beliefs and actions? Or what to do if you found pictures of an employee snow-skiing - who was out on leave for a medical condition? This material is designed to help you navigate common and growing issues arising in the workplace.

Focused on providing practical tips to avoid problems and prevent their escalation, the topics will include policies and tips to address workplace romances; preventing and responding to workplace bullying and other potential sources of harassment or violence; handling religious accommodations to avoid liability and maintain productivity; and handling issues that frequently arise when employees take leave under the FMLA or ADA.


Relationships in the Workplace
  • Hypotheticals and Legal Implications
  • Policies
  • Discussion Tips
  • Love Contracts
Workplace Bullying
  • Legal Protections and When Bullying Becomes a Hostile Work Environment
  • Avoidance Through Policies
  • Avoidance Through Workplace Culture
  • Responding to Bullying Allegations
  • Dealing With Jerk Employees
Religious Accommodations in the Workplace
  • Hypotheticals and Legal Implications
  • Policies
  • Investigations and Culture Shifts
  • Undue Burden Discussion Tips
Employee Leave Abuse
  • Use or Abuse?
  • Knowing How to Handle Leaves Under the FMLA and ADA
  • Social Media and Employee Leave Investigations
  • What Happens When Leave Keeps Getting Extended?
  • Documenting Your Case of Abuse
About The Presenters

Katherine A. Brooker
  • Trial associate in the Houston office of Baker Botts L.L.P.
  • Represents clients in a broad range of complex civil litigation matters, including construction litigation, corporate investigations, energy litigation, products liability litigation, and labor and employment matters; also counsels employers on a variety of issues, including terminations, reductions in force and reasonable accommodations
  • Publications include 2016 HR Trends & Employment Law Update, August 2016 and Products Liability Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium (2016, 2017)
  • J.D. degree, with honors, The University of Texas School of Law; B.A. degree in political studies, with distinction, Queen’s University
Jennifer M. Trulock
  • Partner at Baker Botts L.L.P. in Dallas, Texas
  • Chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group
  • Counsels companies on how to manage workplace legal issues and prevent employment lawsuits; also is experienced in handling acquisition/divestiture employment issues, including due diligence, pre-merger planning and post-merger integration issues
  • Defends employers against claims of discrimination and harassment based on sex, race, disability, religion, age and national origin; wrongful discharge; wage and hour violations; breach of contract; breach of covenants not to compete; misappropriation of trade secrets; breach of fiduciary duty; and retaliation
  • Board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • J.D. degree, cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center; B.A. degree, Vassar College
From Religion To Romance, Bullying To FMLA Abuse: Avoiding And Handling Thorny Employee Issues
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