Presented by: Mike Coffey
Topic: Drug-Free Workplaces in an Increasingly Tolerant (and Stoned) Society
Marijuana has been partially or fully legalized in a number of states though it remains illegal under federal law. This challenges employers with what to do about employees who “partook” while in a state where marijuana is legal under state law.
Beyond marijuana, the abuse of prescribed medications – particularly opioids – is increasing employers’ workers’ compensation costs, delaying injured employees’ return to work, and creating safety issues on the job.
In this one-hour presentation, Mike Coffey, SPHR, SHRM-SCP will review the legal, scientific, and practical landscape in regard to marijuana, opioids, and other drugs.
The challenges employers face in maintaining workplace safety and drug-free workplace compliance.
1. To understand the science behind drug tests.
2. To understand the overlapping state and federal employment and safety-related legal issues affecting drugs in the workplace.
3. To understand employers' options in drug testing prospective or current employees
Mike Coffey is an entrepreneur, human resources professional, licensed private investigator, and HR consultant.
In 1999, he created Imperative to bring high quality, high tech, and high touch to the employment background screening market.
Today, Imperative serves hundreds of businesses across the US and, through its PFC Caregiver Screening brand, many more private estates, family offices, and personal service agencies.
Mike has been recognized as an Entrepreneur of Excellence and has twice been named HR Professional of the Year. Additionally, Imperative is included in the prestigious Best Places to Work lists for both Fort Worth and Texas and was named the Texas state chamber of commerce’s small business of the year.
Mike maintains his certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the HR Certification Institute. He is also a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).
Mike lives in Fort Worth with his very patient wife and they are one high-school graduation or juvenile court sentencing away from being empty nesters. He practices yoga and maintains a keto diet, about both of which he will gladly tell you way more than you want to know.
Pending Approval for Professional Development Credit (PDC) through SHRM and for Recertification Credit through HRCI
Approved for 1.5 Professional Development Credit (PDC) through SHRM and
approved for 1.5 (General) for Recertification Credit through HRCI
Title: EEOC Mock Mediation
You have heard about the EEOC mediation program and the benefits of attempting the process, but what actually happens on the day of mediation? Join seasoned EEOC staff as they demonstrate a mock mediation which will show you how the EEOC’s mediation program can be your partner in workplace solutions.
Katherine S. Perez, ADR Coordinator-Katherine began her career with the EEOC over 27 years ago. Prior to assuming her current position as the Dallas District Office’s ADR Coordinator, she served as an Investigator, Mediator and ADR Coordinator for the former San Antonio District Office. In her present role, she oversees the EEOC’s mediation programs in the Dallas District Office, the San Antonio Field Office and the El Paso Area Office, which mediate employment discrimination cases throughout Northern, Western and Southern Texas, as well as, Southern New Mexico. Ms. Perez also presents on a myriad of topics relating to employment discrimination and mediation for various universities and organizations.
Ernesto Escobedo has 28 years of federal government service, primarily at the US Air Force and US EEOC, where he has worked as an Investigator, Supervisor, and Mediator. He is certified SPHR and SHRM-SCP.
Ernesto is an Approved Instructor to teach the SHRM PREP-CLASS for the CP & SCP certifications. Ernesto currently serves on the SAHRMA Executive Board & Treasurer Director. He was the previous SAHRMA Workforce Director.
Cecil Warren, ADR Mediator- Cecil Warren has served as an ADR Mediator since 2012. Prior to his role as a Mediator, he held the position of Investigator and State & Local Program Manager with the EEOC.
Gwen Sneed, ADR Mediator-Gwen Sneed joined the EEOC Dallas District Office from the
Department of Justice in approximately 1985 where she transferred and was subsequently
promoted to the position of Federal Investigator in the EEOC Oklahoma City Area Office. She served in that position until approximately 1987 when she transferred to the EEOC Kansas City Area Office in the position of Supervisory CR/TIU Federal Investigator. Ultimately, she returned to the EEOC Oklahoma City Area Office in the position of Senior Federal Investigator where she was later promoted to the Supervisory Enforcement Federal Investigator, and thereafter, in October 2000, transferred to the position of ADR Mediator. She recently joined the EEOC Dallas District Office in the position of ADR Mediator.
Manuel Medina, ADR Mediator-Manuel Medina began his career with the EEOC in 2014. Prior to assuming his current position as the El Paso Area Office’s Mediator, he served as an Investigator for the San Antonio Field Office. In his present role, he mediates employment discrimination cases throughout Northern, Western and Southern Texas, as well as, Southern New Mexico. Mr. Medina also presents on Equal Opportunity topics for the U.S. Army Reserves as he serves as his unit’s Equal Opportunity Leader.
Danita Anderson-Richards, Investigator-Danita E. Anderson-Richards began her career with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2010 as a Legal Technician. She participated in the EEOC Mentoring Program with the intent of someday becoming an Investigator with the agency. In June 2014, Mrs. Anderson-Richards’ hard work and persistence was recognized when she became a Federal Investigator.
Prior to coming to the EEOC, Mrs. Anderson-Richards served 24 years in the United
States Air Force; and four years with Texas Department of Family Protective Services
as a Child Protective Services Investigator.
Keynote Speaker: James L Banks Jr., J.D. General Counsel for SHRM
Title: Washington Outlook: What’s Next for Workplace Public Policy
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