On January 1, 2015, Colorado’s employers will begin feeling the full impact of HB-1136, which ratchets up remedies available for employees alleging workplace discrimination or harassment. HB-1136 passed largely along party lines in 2013, against the appeals of the business community. Though discrimination may be extremely difficult to prove, employers argued, it is extremely easy to allege, and under HB-1136, employers losing start big money in non-recoverable defense fees as soon as the allegation arises. And, given the ever-increasing cost of defense, the cost to disprove discrimination has never been higher.
Employers can, however, take affirmative steps to minimize the impact of HB-1136 by building strong preventive infrastructure within their workplaces. This recorded webinar features Julie Pate, Esq., SPHR of Employment Compliance Solutions and Merrily Archer, Esq., M.S.W. of EEO Legal Solutions. They offer practical tools for building and fortifying compliance infrastructure, including tips on screening, managing performance, training, documenting, rehabilitating, and finally, terminating employment.