Creating an LGBTQ-Friendly Workplace—Emerging Developments and Challenges

2018 Employment Law & Legislative Conference
Discuss emerging developments in employment laws relating to LGBTQ employees and how those developments impact the creation and maintenance of an LGBTQ-friendly workplace.

Legal protections continue to change for LGBTQ employees. Employers seeking to create an LGBTQ-inclusive workplace face a number of challenges ranging from effectively managing employee relations issues to designing inclusive benefits plans. This session will provide an overview of recent legal developments impacting LGBTQ employees. It will also examine the top compliance challenges for employers and provide practical guidance on developing and implementing workplace policies and practices that address needs and concerns specific to LGBTQ workers, including those relating to harassment and bullying prevention, gender identity-appropriate restroom access, confidentiality, and more. In this session, you will:

  • Examine the changes in employment laws relating to LGBTQ employees and their impact on organizational policies, procedures and practices.
  • Discuss how the emerging developments impact an organization’s ability to maintain an LGBTQ-friendly workplace.]
  • Discuss issues related to potential conflict between religious beliefs and LGBTQ priorities.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, March 12, 2018 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm

Michael S. Cohen, J.D.

Michael S.
Cohen, J.D.

Michael S. Cohen concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law training and counseling. Mr. Cohen has trained and counseled employers throughout the country on subjects including harassment prevention; workplace diversity; discipline and discharge; hiring and recruiting practices; performance evaluations; FMLA, ADA and FLSA compliance; leave of absence policies; performance management; workplace privacy; sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace; substance abuse testing; workplace violence; records retention; conducting background checks; teens in the workplace and managing attendance problems. He has conducted trainings for executives, directors, managers, supervisors and employees in many industries, including financial services, healthcare, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, retail, real estate development, law firms and human services. Mr. Cohen also has conducted trainings for executives, deans and faculty in several institutions of higher education and secondary education. He has conducted more than 150 trainings in the last year.

Follow Michael on Twitter @Cohen_HR_Law.

Location: Mount Vernon Square
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Concurrent Session
HR Expertise
Global & Cultural Effectiveness
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