Toxic Staff:  The Vampires at Work
Early Bird rate ends next week

Everybody at work knows who they are. They can list them by name. They talk about them, they are victimized by them, and they may even miss work in order to avoid them. We are talking about Toxic Staff.

What employees really wonder is why their leaders aren't managing the toxic & why they allow them to negatively influence our teams, our companies, & in the end, our bottom lines. In this session, we’ll talk about the power of these vampires, their impact, & what we can do to diminish their influence.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

• Identify the characteristics & skills of the toxic
• Assess the impact of the toxic to the organization, team, & leader reputation
• Discuss 4 major antidotes to toxicity

When: April 20, 2017
715 am - 9:15 am
(Networking continental breakfast from 7:15 am - 8:00 am)


Where: Westwood Club
6200 West Club Lane
Richmond, VA  23226

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There's a New Category of Event at Richmond SHRM
New Member Onboarding Adventure
Get the most out of your membership

Food, fun and info!

Are you new to Richmond SHRM and want to know more about the benefits and the in's and out's of membership?  Learn how at one of 4 New Member Onboarding Adventure events. This new category of event is for anyone who has joined Richmond SHRM in the past 6 months and wants to learn how to get the most out of their  RSHRM membership.

You’ll meet other new members, some ‘seasoned’ members, and get great tips on how to get involved. There is no charge for this event, we just ask that you register for catering purposes.

The inaugural event is tomorrow evening, Thursday April 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Virginia Credit Union, 7500 Boulder View Drive, Richmond, VA 23225. Register here.

Can't make it tomorrow evening?  No worries; there are more events from which to choose!

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Is Gender Identity And Sexual Orientation Employment Discrimination Prohibited?
It Depends On Whom You Ask

By:  Laura D. Windsor, Esq. and Allison Cohan, Esq., Williams Mullen

There have been many news stories over the past couple of years about sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in the workplace and in schools.  Yet, in none of those stories is it ever made clear what the actual current state of the law is.  Frankly, that is because there is no clear answer – it depends on whom you ask, where you are geographically located, and whether you work for a public or private employer.  This deluge of seemingly conflicting court decisions and government agency orders is unlikely to end any time soon, which can make it difficult to stay abreast of the constantly changing landscape.

The EEOC’s Priorities Are Likely to Remain the Same: LGBTQ Discrimination is Illegal

The new presidential administration has brought many changes in policy across all governmental agencies. However, senior representatives of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have stressed that the agency’s strategic enforcement plan (SEP) for 2017-2021, which was released in October 2016, will remain the guidepost for the types of cases and issues on which the EEOC will focus – at least until they are instructed otherwise by the new administration.  One of the areas identified in the SEP was emerging and developing issues, which specifically included the active enforcement of LGBTQ protections in the workplace. 

The EEOC has interpreted Title VII’s prohibition against “sex” discrimination as also prohibiting discrimination against employees who identify as LGBTQ.  Some appeals courts have accepted the EEOC’s interpretation and given it deference, while others have not.  In May 2016, for example, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Richmond) very clearly held that the EEOC’s guidance is not binding on the courts and refused to adopt the EEOC’s interpretation of the law. The Court found that whether gender identity and sexual orientation are covered by Title VII is a matter for Congress to decide; not the courts.

Executive Order for Government Contractors: LGBTQ Discrimination is Illegal

On July 21, 2014, then-President Obama signed Executive Order 13672 which provided that any company that is a contractor or subcontractor of the federal government is prohibited from discriminating against its employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.  The Order also requires covered employers to add sexual orientation and gender identity to their EEO policies and postings. Read more about this topic, including information on State and Local Laws and Practical Issues for HR Professionals.

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Top Workplaces 2017: Is Your Company Represented?

Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance; there are no at-the-door rates.

Join us for fun, food and fotos!

Need more proof that it's a great time?  Click here.

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Diversity & Inclusion Symposium: A Can't Miss Breakout Session:

Religious and Cultural Inclusion: How to Get it Right

In today’s dramatically changing cultural landscape, we live and work with individuals whose beliefs and backgrounds may be very different from our own.  Have you ever wondered how to acknowledge those differences and build common ground?  In this informative and inspiring session, two of RVA’s top citizen advocates will share best practices in the area of religious and cultural inclusion.  More specifically, you will learn how to get things right in your interactions with members of the Muslim community. Consider this a call to action. 

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Upcoming Events

New Member Onboarding
April 20
May 4

Information for new members

Virginia Credit Union

Toxic Staff: The Vampires@Work

Westwood Club

Top Workplaces

Modlin Center for the Arts

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7:15 am - 9:15 am
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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