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Workshop 3: Update on Legal Context for Employment Decisions

Sunday, September 04, 2016 2:41 PM | Nita French

Did you know?

  • The EEOC and OFCCP plan to begin collecting employer compensation data in 2017.
  • The existence of excessive discretion in employment decisions is not illegal per se unless a specific common practice is identified and shown to have adverse impact.
  • Big data can serve to perpetuate bias.
  • Employers can use job analysis to help validate background screens.

Toni Locklear, Vice President of APTMetrics Southern Region and Litigation Practice Leader, and Jessica Keeney, Manager of Selection and Assessment Strategy at Verizon conducted an informative, thought-provoking August 17 workshop on the current US legal environment for employment decisions.  Their overview included recent related court cases, federal employment regulations, and regulatory agency priorities.  Legal update workshops can be stuffy, arcane or, at worst, mind-numbing, but this session was a wonderful exception.  In fact, it was so engaging that the Q&A and conversations continued through the break and drew in even those participants whose practice rarely involves employment decisions.   

One reason for the workshop’s success was that Toni and Jessica are so well qualified to address and interpret the legal implications of employment decisions.  Both have extensive consulting experience in multiple industries as both internal and external advisors.  Toni also has considerable experience as a consulting and testifying expert in many cases related to employment, harassment and wage-hour disputes.  They discussed the implications of cases and highlighted areas of I-O practice that could be affected.  In addition, their informal presentation style and use of case studies and client examples brought the legal landscape to life for the 23 participants in GAIOP’s third workshop of 2016.


You missed it?  Be sure to make your calendar (and register for) GAIOP’s final two CE workshops of 2016.

September 22Best Practices in Organizational Mentoring, presented by Lilian Eby, Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology at UGA and noted expert on workforce development and mentoring.

November 10:  Technology-Enabled Assessment: Current and Future Directions, presented by A. James Illingworth, Assistant Professor of I-O Psychology at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and founder of talent management consulting firm Geode People, and Betsir Zemen, a doctoral student in the I-O Psychology program at UCF. 


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