Long Beach - Avoiding Harassment Liability in the #MeToo Era
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Long Beach - Avoiding Harassment Liability in the #MeToo Era

When: Thursday, February 21, 2019
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Where: The Grand Long Beach
4101 Willow Ave
Long Beach, California  90815
United States
Presenter: James J. McDonald, Jr.
Contact: Janet Vreeland

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PIHRA Long Beach

Avoiding Harassment Liability in the #MeToo Era
presented by James J. McDonald, Jr.


Recent focus on sexual harassment in media, entertainment and government will likely bring a new wave of sexual harassment lawsuits against employers of all types. This presentation will take you beyond the basics and show you how to write an effective policy against harassment, how to train managers and supervisors to avoid seemingly innocent situations that often lead to harassment claims, and how to respond effectively to complaints to prevent them from becoming lawsuits. The non-deductibility of confidential settlements of harassment claims under the new tax law will be addressed too.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to draft a policy against harassment that is compliant but not too broad.
  • Learn how to train managers not just to avoid harassing employees but to avoid the use of poor judgment that often leads to harassment claims.
  • Learn how to conduct an objective, effective and unbiased investigation of harassment complaints.
  • Learn how to tailor the punishment for violation of your harassment to the seriousness of the misconduct.


Program Agenda

11:00am - 11:30am Networking
11:30am - 11:45am Buffet Lunch/Seating
11:45am - 12:00pm PIHRA Business and Introductions of Guests
12:00pm - 1:15pm Speaker Presentation
  1:15pm - 1:30pm Opportunity Drawings and Closing




James J. McDonald, Jr., J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP is managing partner of the Irvine, California office of the national labor and employment law firm of Fisher & Phillips LLP. Jim has practiced labor and employment law representing management for more than 30 years. He is author of California Employment Law: An Employer’s Guide, published by the Society for Human Resource Management, and he teaches labor and employment law in the Human Resources Management Program at the University of California, Irvine. He received his law degree cum laude from Georgetown University and is a member of the California and Georgia Bars. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute and he holds the SHRM-SCP certification from the Society of Human Resource Management. He may be reached at (949) 851-2424 or jmcdonald@fisherphillips.com.




This program is valid for 1.25 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.

Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.

This program has been approved for 1.25 HR (General) recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute homepage at www.hrci.org.

The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.


Registration Rates

Category Pre-Registration Onsite
PIHRA Member $30 $40
Guest/Nonmember $45 $55
PIHRA Member In-Transition $25 $35
PIHRA Student Member $25 $35

Online registration closes on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 8:00pm. Registrations after this date will only be taken onsite.


Cancellation Policy

There will be a 50% administration fee for any cancellation. If you need to cancel, we must receive it in writing (email or fax) 2 business days prior to an event during normal business hours. Refunds will not be given to no-shows. Credits will not be issued for use towards future PIHRA events.


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