31st Annual Governor's EEO Conference

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The Kentucky Personnel Cabinet’s Office of Diversity, Equality, and Training presented the 31st Annual Governor’s Equal Employment Opportunity Conference on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. The conference was held at The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Here are some pictures from the event. EEO Conference photos.

 

Please note: The program has been approved for 5 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credit, to include 1 hour of Ethics.  

 Workshop Presentations

A. Implicit Bias: You Can’t Help It, but You Can Change It, Part II
This session will be a continuation from the Morning General Session. This will allow for more in-depth discussion and engagement.

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B.  Oh No… Please Tell Me You Didn’t
Following a brief explanation of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and its role in preventing discrimination in the workplace and an overview of compliance concerns and issues from the perspective of the employer, the workshop participants will be presented with three virtually unscripted vignettes of several of the EEOC's "hot topics". These vignettes will feature employees, Human Resources professionals, Supervisors/Managers and/or EEOC Investigators. Each will include a lively discussion of the pros and cons of the scene related to the proper way the topic might be handled. Laws, regulations and practical applications will conclude each vignette.

Presentation Part 1

Presentation Part 2

  

C.  ADA Accommodations/ Discrimination Based on Mental Disabilities
Introduction to understanding Mental Illness by exploring myths and groupings to help participants understand differences in mental health and illness. Strategies for effective communication are presented along with dos and don’ts of effective resolution to common communication issues.

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D.  It’s Time to Investigate! …. What do I do now?!
Conducting a thorough investigation can be a daunting task. In addition to the 5 W’s (Who, What, When, Where, and Why), effective investigations, particularly those that occur in the context of state government regulations and statues, require a set of basic knowledge and skills that even the most seasoned investigator hasn’t always mastered. The panelists, each with varying levels of experience and areas of investigative expertise, will guide you through their recommendations for best practices, including critical do’s and don’ts that could make or break your case. You will also have an opportunity to engage the panelists in a thoughtful discussion. Bring your burning questions or comments!

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E. Social Media in the Workplace: Examining Implications and Managing Risk
We will begin by identifying the dangers in relying on social media contents to make employment-related decisions. We will then discuss how various government agencies, such as the National Labor Relations Board, have scrutinized employers for their social media policies and practices. Last, we will talk through best practices that will help you minimize the risks of claims and litigation.

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   F.  EEOC/Legal Updates: Recent Developments with the EEOC and in EEO Law
Attendees will hear from the EEOC’s Louisville Area Office Director and EEOC Senior Trial Attorney about key issues and developments within the EEOC, and emerging decisions from the courts.

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   G.  ADA Accommodations/ Discrimination Based on Mental Disabilities
Introduction to understanding Mental Illness by exploring myths and groupings to help participants understand differences in mental health and illness. Strategies for effective communication are presented along with dos and don’ts of effective resolution to common communication issues.

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New This Year: The Governor’s EEO Conference Mobile App

This year, we are excited to introduce the Governor’s EEO Conference mobile app! In addition to keeping you up to date with all the necessary conference information and announcements, this app will include scheduling information, speaker bios, and maps of the Ali Center. It is compatible with both Apple and Android phones.

 

Payment:

EMARS:  Please include your EMARS billing information in your registration.  Your billing information will be processed by the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet.

Check:  Please make the check payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer.  Please include "EEO Conference" and the registrant's name in the check's memo line.  

Checks should be sent to: 

Office of Diversity, Equality, and Training 
Kentucky Personnel Cabinet
501 High Street, 1st Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601 

 

Registration Cancellations/Substitutions:

Registration cancellations or substitutions must be requested prior to 1 PM (EST), Friday, November 3.  The full conference fee will be assessed to all registrants after that time.  

 

More information:

If you have any additional questions regarding the 31st Annual Governor's EEO Conference, please contact the Office of Diversity, Equality, and Training at 502.564.8000.  You can also email Colene Elridge at ColeneH.Elridge@ky.gov or Singer Buchanan at Singer.Buchanan@ky.gov.