Spencer Fane Labor and Employment attorneys offer training programs for employees at all levels of a company, providing needed guidance to businesses of all sizes on best practices for reducing conflict when dealing with potential workplace issues, and reducing the potential for employment-related litigation.
Our partners work directly with employees, managers, and HR professionals on a proactive approach to distill significant labor and employment law experience into training programs that help companies set expectations, implement relevant policies, and educate all employees on how to report potential infractions of company policies. We offer various levels of annual training programs that can be targeted to different audiences within the workplace environment, and we work with HR departments and organization leaders to identify issues specific to the client’s company that necessitate specialized programming.
For nonsupervisory employees, we provide the basics to make them aware of their rights regarding employment, discrimination, harassment, FMLA, and ADA accommodations. We discuss reporting procedures for potential infractions or requests. We also cover company-specific policies set forth in the client’s handbook and conduct expectations.
For supervisory employees, our trainings go in-depth on issues of discrimination, harassment issues, wages, exempt and nonexempt classification, managing remote employees, civility standards, and setting and maintaining expectations for employees. We educate managers on the protections and employer obligations of FMLA and ADA, as well as how to identify and properly report and document requests in these cases. We teach managers how to proactively identify issues early, respond as a representative of the company, and escalate concerns through the proper channels of reporting when necessary. Trainings also cover disciplinary actions, documentation of performance issues, and adjusting communication styles to manage people effectively. The training instills the importance of following policies, risks of making exceptions to policies, and how a manager’s conduct or lack of action can create legal risk for an organization.