Helping Employees Through Difficult Times: How HR And Your Business Can And Should Respond—Legally And With Compassion

Webinar: ID# 1026322
Recorded On-Demand
About This Course:
An employee loses a close relative in a terrible accident. A spouse dies after a long battle with cancer. A worker goes through a heart-wrenching divorce.

HR can help its company’s workers cope with painful, life-changing losses like these, but it also must walk a fine line.

On the one hand, you want to show your compassion and sensitivity. But you also must ensure professionalism, productivity, and consistency with the law and company policy. Leave laws such as the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) can come into play, as well as company bereavement policies. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may also be triggered.

Join us for an in-depth webinar on how to address personal and legal issues that can surface when an employee encounters a significant loss. Our speakers, Attorney KrisAnn Norby-Jahner of Vogel Law Firm and Alison W. Magee, LICSW of KGA, will provide much-needed guidance on how to support employees who have suffered a loss with compassion and professionalism, while avoiding legal missteps.

You’ll learn how to:
  • Ensure your managers can provide grieving employees with understanding and compassion when they are facing difficult situations
  • Craft or update a bereavement policy addressing situations of loss among workers
  • Provide clear parameters on how much time off is allowed, and under what circumstances
  • Define the policy to identify what types of loss will be considered—close relatives, in-laws, etc.
  • Be sensitive to individual employee needs and confidentiality concerns
  • Provide training for managers and HR to understand how to handle situations where an employee encounters tragic loss
  • Avoid triggering legal issues that might arise
  • And much more!
BONUS: In addition to receiving a comprehensive slide deck, you’ll also receive KGA handouts on how to handle when a grieving coworker returns to work, support you can provide to a grieving person, what to do if an employee dies, and how to manage stress by building resilience.

About Your Presenters:

KrisAnn Norby-Jahner, Esq.
Vogel Law Firm

KrisAnn Norby-Jahner concentrates her practice in employment and labor law and ERISA compliance and litigation, where she represents employers in a variety of litigation matters. In her employment law practice, Ms. Norby-Jahner provides employers with legal counsel involving a variety of workplace issues, including general employee and workplace management; employment policies and handbook reviews; discrimination and retaliation; whistleblower issues; wage and hour law compliance; hiring and termination; neutral investigations; employment contract reviews; separation agreements; confidentiality agreements; unemployment benefits hearings; and employee benefits. She also offers employers legal compliance training seminars and has lectured on employment law considerations for both small and large business owners, supervisors, and human resource professionals. Ms. Norby-Jahner is a co-editor of the North Dakota Employment Law Letter and contributor to the 50 Employment Laws in 50 States publication.

Alison W. Magee, LICSW
Senior Vice President, Clinical Services

Alison W. Magee, LICSW, is senior vice president of clinical services at KGA, a human resources services firm that helps organizations create and sustain a healthy, engaged, and productive workforce. KGA's services are tailored to each client’s distinct needs and include a robust employee assistance program (EAP) and work-life program, training, crisis management, well-being services, and other essential HR solutions and in her role, Ms. Magee oversees the counseling, consultation, crisis response, and work life services provided by KGA’s staff. She has 30 years of clinical, and management experience with a specialization in the area of substance abuse. Additionally, she was a faculty advisor to graduate interns at Boston University School of Social Work for over 20 years. Prior to joining KGA in 2012, she was vice president of clinical services for E4Health where she managed the clinical service delivery for the EAP. She received her MSW from Boston University.
Helping Employees Through Difficult Times: How HR And Your Business Can And Should Respond—Legally And With Compassion
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