Maslon is pleased to again be a sponsor of the 26th Annual Forum on Workplace Inclusion, presented by the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas from March 18-20, 2014. The Forum on Workplace Inclusion (formerly The Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity) is one of the largest diversity and inclusion conferences in the country. The purpose of The Forum is to provide a compelling learning experience fostering business and thought leadership in workplace diversity and inclusion. Maslon has served as a sponsor, and Maslon Partner Howard Tarkow has been a planner and presenter for The Forum's legal track since 2006. Howard also serves on the Forum's planning committee.
A partner in Maslon’s Labor & Employment Group, Howard will co-present a morning workshop on day three of The Forum titled "Catching Up on Workplace Law Developments that are Breaking New Ground." Participants will learn about key cases in very busy courts that are interpreting what the anti-discrimination statutes do and do not permit, and will understand how court decisions affect traditional thinking of just who is "protected." They will also have an opportunity to ask questions about the laws and what is and is not legal. That afternoon, during a session titled "Strategies of the Enforcers of Federal and State Workplace Anti-Discrimination Laws," Howard will facilitate a panel discussion on government enforcement strategies of the anti-discrimination laws, featuring the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and a trial lawyer for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Later that day, Howard will co-present with two other experienced lawyers during a session titled "Discussion on Reasonable Accommodations for Physical Disabilities, Veterans and Mental Illness in the Workplace," on the need for employers to understand reasonable accommodations for physical disabilities, veterans, and mental illness.
Conference highlights for this year's theme, Breaking New Ground, will push boundaries and challenge old paradigms, help participants to rethink diversity and inclusion practices and disrupt the status quo, and explore the illusion of inclusion and new directions for diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The three-day event features roundtable discussions, diversity and inclusion workshops and training, and career and vendor exhibitors.
Howard Tarkow focuses on representing employers on their workplace issues and concerns. For more than 30 years, Howard has advised Maslon's business and nonprofit clients to help them maintain positive employee relations and minimize the risk of expensive and disruptive legal claims.
For more information, or to register, go to The Forum on Workplace Inclusion.