February 2019
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February 2019


Welcome February…unbelievable that we can see the end of the school year on the horizon already! This month, we have two specific items to which we would like to draw your attention:

HUB at the 2019 Colorado Charter School Conference

Be sure to stop by the HUB Lounge or HUB booth! Great place to mingle, work and:

  • Talk to Michael Goldfarb, Employment Attorney and President of GuardianHR. He will be providing brief legal summaries on particular laws and policies with which charter schools struggle at the top of each hour. Come get some free legal advice and learn more about how to best protect your school!
  • Rising health insurance costs are threatening charter school budgets and other areas of school operation. Come learn more about how HUB is changing the conversation around health insurance in the Colorado charter community through HUB’s exclusive charter school health insurance program now available to charter schools in Colorado!

Sexual Harassment/Inappropriate relationships

HUB has seen a spike in claims among charter schools recently in relation to sexual harassment or inappropriate teacher-student relationships. This is an area in which charter schools must have clearly defined policies, procedures and employee expectations. Damage from these types of instances go well beyond the financial cost to areas such as school reputation, enrollment impact and more. Read more below regarding both internal procedures and best practices when it comes to notification.

As always, thank you for your trust and partnership. If you need assistance or want to learn more, contact us at the info below. Thanks!

 

Zero to Sixty: What the Legalization of Marijuana Means for You

 As substance use increases, so does your responsibility as an employer to address workplace safety and comply with drug testing regulations.  Find out more in this one minute video from HUB. 

 
Best Practice for Successfully Navigating the Claims Process


The frequency and cost of claims have increased significantly. From health care to property damage and beyond, you’re likely to experience multiple claim types in the near future.

Learn the best practices for successfully navigating claims in your organization.  Click here to read more. 

 

Preventing Sexual Harassment Claims in the Workplace

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), employers have a duty to investigate sexual harassment complaints and must take actions to prevent the recurrence of such offensive conduct in their workplace. In addition to these actions, an employer should have a sexual harassment policy in place outlining the company’s intolerance for sexual harassment.
Policy Considerations
Sexual harassment policies should contain the following items:

  • Make clear what behaviors, both verbal and physical, constitute sexual
    harassment, and stress that the company has a strict no-tolerance policy.
  • Encourage employees to bring forth claims of harassment so that the company 
    can investigate, take appropriate action and take necessary steps to prevent 
    future harassment.
  • Guidelines for how to report sexual harassment
  • A complaint procedure and a response to the complaints procedure for 
    management personnel

Here are some other things to consider in preventing sexual harassment in the workplace:
  • Provide employees with at least two separate resources for reporting sexual 
    harassment complaints. This protects the employer in case the alleged harasser
    is the employee’s direct supervisor.
  • Designate a female and male staff member from Human Resources to receive 
    sexual harassment claims, preferably individuals with experience in dealing
    with discrimination and harassment.
  • Outline in your policy that employees found guilty of sexual harassment will be 
    subject to disciplinary action, including termination. The disciplinary action
    should eliminate the harassment and should ensure that the victim feels 
    unthreatened once again. In addition, preventive action should be taken to ensure that a recurrence of the harassment does not occur.
  • Discipline for sexual harassment should be as severe as the actions that took 
    place. Punishments should also be consistent for similar actions by different 
    harassers.
  • Emphasize that victims will receive no backlash or repercussions if they report
    sexual harassment. Do not punish the victim for the harassment by removing him or her from their job, department or role within the company.
Overall, if employers take the necessary actions to prevent sexual harassment in their workplace, they should not be found liable for the behavior, should it result in litigation.
 
Meet your Charter School Practice Team
Gary Clark
Charter School Practice Leader
Employee Benefits 
HUB Colorado

gary.clark@hubinternational.com
303-808-2942
Eric Slinger
Charter School Practice Leader
Property & Casualty 
HUB Colorado

eric.slinger@hubinternational.com
720-331-9131