LawRoom Relaunches Workplace Violence, FERPA, Social Media, and Injury & Illness Prevention Training Courses
LawRoom believes in developing fresh, accurate courses that educate businesses and institutions about the most pressing topics facing the workplace today. To put words to action, its content team has recently refreshed and redesigned some of its most popular courses. Whether you are a university who has to comply with Title IX regulations, or a business that wants to protect its employees from injury, you will find the following four courses relevant.
The administrative burden placed on colleges and universities across the nation by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) “must not be understated,” and FERPA has been described this way: “the law was enacted hastily, poorly written, and, from its adoption, has begged review.” Salzwedel, M. & Ericson, J. “Cleaning Up Buckley.” Wisconsin Law Review, 2003: 1053, 1065. The stakes are also high: federal funds may be withdrawn from a school that has a “policy or practice” of releasing a student’s education records.
To help higher education avoid FERPA violations and ease its administrative burden, CampusClarity just released an updated version of its FERPA Basics course with a new instructional design to help explain the law’s fundamental requirements to protect student privacy, as well as more interactions so faculty and staff can apply what they’ve learned in a wide range of daily school activities.
A recent case emphasizes the complexity of applying FERPA regulations and the importance of FERPA training. In an op-ed piece in the New York Times Magazine, Jon Krakauer, author of Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town,described his lawsuit against Montana’s Commissioner of Higher Education to force the release of education records from a disciplinary proceeding involving sexual assault allegations against a University of Montana football player.
But the issues involved are broader than Krakauer’s research for a new book. The US Department of Education filed an amicus brief in the Krakauer case to clarify FERPA principles at issue in the case, and journalists and news media organizations filed an amicus brief to defend freedom of the press. Krakauer’s lawsuit challenges the school’s interpretation of FERPA — the University claims FERPA prohibits disclosing the football player’s private education records. Krakauer’s case will be heard by the Montana Supreme Court on April 27th and the court’s decision will provide a rare high court interpretation of the labyrinth of FERPA regulations which school administrators, faculty, and staff must wade through.
Educating employees about basic FERPA principles allows them to recognize FERPA issues when handling education records, protect student privacy rights, and help schools comply with FERPA.
Social Media & Your Job
Social media is a rapidly expanding part of our social landscape, and the rules of engagement are only getting more complicated. What we say and do online can have real consequences at work. Employees should understand the important of maintaining clear boundaries between their personal and professional lives while online. Social media can be a powerful tool to help your business connect to people, and knowing how to use it thoughtfully is of utmost importance now more than ever.
LawRoom is proud to present our updated Social Media & Your Job course that teaches users how to avoid inappropriate conduct on social media that may negatively impact the workplace. This course is designed for non-supervisory employees, ranging from those with little to no social media experience, to everyday users who may be unaware of the various laws that apply to social media use.
The course also educates users about specific laws affecting social media use and employment, and offers helpful tips for responsible social media use. Vivid images bring to life concepts such as privacy, disclosure, and damage control, while real cases and immersive interactions allow employees to practice making responsible decisions in realistic contexts.
Injury & Illness Prevention
Workplace injuries and illnesses have a devastating effect on your organization and employees. They reduce productivity, erode your employees’ personal and professional well being, and are expensive. We hear stories about workers falling 53 stories to their death and similarly tragic news of workplace shootings. Injury comes in other forms, like desk ergonomics and chronic stress.
Practically all employers in the US have a legal duty to make their workplaces safe by preventing these and other hazards from occurring. According to the US Occupational Health and Safety Administration, “[t[he most effective solution is . . . to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses from occurring the first place.” This isn’t always easy to accomplish, however. There are real costs of doing business, and customers want better products, faster. This means packed schedules, adding job responsibilities, hiring less expensive workers, and cutting budgets. One result? More workers are more likely to get hurt on the job than before.
LawRoom’s Injury and Illness Prevention course does more than summarize up-to-date OSHA regulations and guidance. This course covers: (1) the prevalence and harm of illnesses and injuries in the workplace, (2) common sources and serious consequences of workplace hazards, and (3) how to respond to workplace accidents and emergencies. By focusing content on what employees can do to protect themselves against hazards, it takes a realistic and harm-reduction approach to training. Injury & Illness Prevention helps businesses promote a safe workplace, prevent injuries and illnesses, and reduce accidents by giving employees from any industry the ability to think and to prepare.
Workplace Violence Prevention
According to OSHA, nearly 2 million American workers report being victims of workplace violence each year, and many more cases go unreported. Employees might worry about workplace violence, but they don’t always realize that there are things they can do to help make their workplace safe. This course will raise their awareness of workplace violence. It will let them know the warning signs that may identify potential assailants, the workplace factors that may lead to a higher risk of violence, and how employees can reduce the risk of injury during a violent situation.
The course applies to employees in most work environments. It uses interactions to discuss employees’ roles in creating a safe workplace, how to recognize certain characteristics and behaviors that they should report, the causes and triggers of workplace violence, how to respond in a violent situation, and what should be done in the aftermath of a violent situation. It provides information concerning workplace violence statistics and the impact that violence has on employees. It also addresses issues like bullying and how domestic violence can affect the workplace. Employees who are aware of the warning signs for potential violence have a better chance to keep their workplace and their coworkers safe.
For more information, or for questions about other course topics, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.