EEO Professionals Certificate

HCD's EEO Professionals Certificate provides practitioners with the foundation to develop skills in employment law and build expertise to effectively handle employee concerns.

The Law of EEO can be applied to this certificate if also completed for the Diversity and Inclusion Professionals Certificate. Other workshops may only be applied towards this certificate.

Workshop Descriptions

The Law of Equal Employment Opportunity

Gain the latest in-depth information on federal, state and local EEO and AA laws, guidelines and court decisions. Discuss the impact of discrimination, resonable accomodations, harassment and retalitaion on an organization’s policies, procedures and daily operations. Learn about the interplay of EEO, AA and diversity and medical conditions and leaves.

Affirmative Action Programs

Develop current and essential  knowledge of legal requirements, OFCCP regulations and initiatives related to required/voluntary AA programs. Through case-studies identify methods for implementing  AA programs, creating unique action oriented programs and handling the compliance review and evaluation process. Gain practical tips from legal experts.

Harassment Prevention in the Workplace

Examine current legal and policy concerns  and best practices related to preventing harassment  and retaliation. Learn HR, managers and employee approaches for  responding to inappropriate behaviors. Practice prevention strategies for creating a  respectful workplace. including providing individual feedback. Review requirements for training and explore preventive training options beyond legal standards.

Internal Investigations: Part I

Obtain a step-by-step model for conducting fair and through investigations. Acquire skills knowledge from expert investigators. Using real employee complaints and role plays, participants will practice interviewing, policy and legal analysis and methods for gathering information. Receive extensive content on intake interview, planning/conducting the investigation and investigatory interviews.

Advanced Internal Investigations: Part II

Develop advanced skills and practical information  for investigating complex situations and serious policy violations. Obtain feedback and skills from legal experts and internal investigators related to  interviewing and investigation techniques, determining credibility, managing bias, reaching conclusions and implementing outcomes. This intensive class will further expand on the Part I model.

Advanced Internal Investigations Reports

Learn methods for capturing key information, maintaining documentation and writing fair, neutral and effective reports. Practice taking notes, developing documentation, avoiding advocacy language, addressing comparators/credibility and writing sound conclusions. Considerations include ethical issues and attorney/client privileges.  Receive a report template that will uphold findings and withstand heightened scrutiny.