Equal Opportunity is the Law

OUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES

As part of our Professional Development Series, we offer certificate-based webcast courses designed to help policymakers and professionals in the areas of equal opportunity, compliance, and complaint investigations gain a better understanding of the requirements of applicable federal civil rights laws. Currently, we offer the following webcasts:

  • » Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act: An Overview
  • » Discrimination Complaint Investigations
  • » Compliance with the Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: A Comprehensive Overview


Comments for our webcasts include "I thoroughly enjoyed them," "extremely informative," "outstanding," "highly relevant," and "very impressive."  

Because the webcasts are on-demand and certificate-based, they provide a convenient and inexpensive way to acquire and document training in the areas of compliance with WIA/WIOA Section 188, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, and conducting discrimination complaint investigations. Detailed PowerPoint presentations, including a WIOA Section 188 presentation updated after promulgation of the regulations at 29 C.F.R. Part 38, are available for viewers of these webcasts.

OUR ON-DEMAND WEBCASTS ARE: 

Convenient.  Watch the webcast of your choice at a time and place convenient to you.

Cost-effective.  At a cost of only $29.00 per webcast, you'll find no more cost-effective solution to your training needs. There are no travel costs, and no lost time from work. These webcasts are the best value for your dollar!  

Content-rich.  Each webcast is packed with useful information, guidance, and helpful tips. Participants state that our webcasts are "excellent," "very informative," and "highly-organized." Participants will receive a copy of the PowerPoint presentation used for the webcast.

Certificate-based.  Within three to five weeks, each participant who registers and attends the webcast will receive a personalized, signed "Certificate of Completion" to document the training.

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Title: Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act: An Overview

Date: AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND NOW!

Description: 
This popular webcast provides an informative overview of how to comply with the nondiscrimination mandates of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VI applies to the administration, oversight, and delivery process of all state and local programs and activities that are federally-assisted. In this webcast, we'll focus on the scope and meaning of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, and we will touch on a variety of compliance-related issues, including environmental justice, serving limited English proficient populations, contracting and procurement, discrimination complaints, harassment and hostile environment, training, monitoring, and data collection. Participants will understand the meaning of race, color, and national origin-based discrimination through Ms. Foster's use of a variety of easy-to-understand examples. And, participants will learn about surprising federal enforcement policies to include certain types of religious-based discrimination as prohibited under Title VI.

Developed for: Whether you are new to the field, or need refresher training, this webcast is designed for state and local government officials from any size agency or department, such as equal opportunity officers, Title VI liaisons, Title VI compliance officers, Title VI coordinators, agency heads, legal counsel, and contracting and procurement personnel. Also, management and equal opportunity professionals for private companies and other organizations that contract with state and local governments to operate federally-assisted programs and activities will find this webcast extremely useful. Whether you receive funding directly from a federal agency, or indirectly through a state or local agency, the federal civil rights requirements discussed in the webcast apply to you.

Once you have completed this webcast and understand the requirements of the federal civil rights laws that apply to your programs, and if you are responsible for conducting discrimination complaint investigations in these programs, we recommend that you take our course titled, "Discrimination Complaint Investigations under the Workforce Investment Act: Proper Process and Technique." The sound investigative processes and techniques discussed in this webcast are easily applied to discrimination complaint investigations conducted in any federally-assisted program or activity.

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Title: Discrimination Complaint Investigations under the Workforce Investment Act: Proper Process and Technique

Date: AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND NOW!

Description: 
This webcast covers the discrimination complaint investigation process from start to finish, including determining jurisdiction, developing a complaint investigation plan, framing the issue of an investigation, developing interrogatories, preparing a letter of acceptance, gathering and analyzing information, interviewing the parties and witnesses, and writing the notice of final action. Each participant of this webcast will receive a set of templates that they may customize and use for their investigations, including a jurisdiction checklist, sample complaint investigation plans, sample notices rejecting a complaint, a sample letter of acceptance, and a sample notice of final action. Moreover, participants are entitled to purchase our book titled, Discrimination Complaint Investigations under the Workforce Investment Act and other Title VI-Related Laws: From Intake to Final Determination, at a discounted rate of $40.00 plus $3.50 shipping/handling per book.

While this webcast uses the nondiscrimination provisions of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014) as the source of examples, the material in this webcast is equally applicable when conducting discrimination complaint investigations in any federally-assisted program or activity.  This discount is available only for participants of our webcast on "Discrimination Complaint Investigations under the Workforce Investment Act: Proper Process and Technique."

Developed for: WIOA Equal Opportunity (EO) officers, Title VI coordinators, Title VI compliance officers, Title VI liaisons, and any other equal opportunity professionals responsible for conducting investigations of, and resolving, discrimination complaints involving federally-assisted programs and activities.

Each participant may download the PowerPoint presentation used for the webcast, which will serve as an invaluable resource. Moreover, WIA EO Officers will be able to download a customized set of templates for use at each stage of their investigations. And, a complete set of generic templates are available for download and customization by equal opportunity professionals working in any other type of federally-assisted programs and activities.

Through this webcast, equal opportunity professionals are provided the process and tools they need to get their jobs done efficiently and competently.

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Title: Compliance with the Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: A Comprehensive Overview

Date: AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND NOW!  State Equal Opportunity officers, and leadership of workforce investment boards have required this training of staff, stating it is "very relevant" and delivers "extremely useful guidance."

Description:  This webcast provides a wealth of information, guidance, and tips to help you ensure compliance with the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) and related federal civil rights laws that apply to the administration, oversight, and delivery process for financially assisted programs and activities. In this webcast, we'll cover a broad range of compliance issues, including taglines, assurances, Equal Opportunity officers (their selection and duties, and the recipients' obligations in support of EO officers), serving persons with disabilities, serving LEP populations, differences between program complaints and discrimination complaints, harassment and hostile environment, and data collection, including requirements for the discrimination complaint log and storage of medical information.

Developed for: Whether you are a newly-appointed EO professional, or you are in need refresher training, this webcast is designed for state and local government EO officers, agency heads, legal advisors, contracting and procurement personnel, and other officials involved with issues of compliance with WIOA Section 188. Similarly, management and equal opportunity professionals for private companies and other organizations that contract with state and local governments to operate WIOA Title I-financially assisted programs and activities will find this webcast extremely useful and informative.

 

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Certifications

Within three to five weeks of your completion of one of our webcasts, you'll receive a personalized and signed "Certificate of Completion" to document your participation.

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Payment is made using PayPal, but you are not required to have a PayPal account; PayPal offers the option for your to pay as a "guest." 

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Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related laws prohibit discrimination on certain bases in federally-funded, federally-conducted, or federally-assisted programs and activities. On the bases of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, and certain other bases, you cannot (1) deny program services, aid, benefits, or training, (2) provide different services, aid, benefits or training or provide them in a manner different than they are provided to others, or (3) segregate or separately treat individuals in any manner related to receipt of any service, aid, benefit, or training. Federally-funded and federally-assisted programs and activities cover a wide variety of areas, including:

Elementary, secondary, and higher education
Health care, social services, and public welfare
Public transportation
Natural resources, the environment, and environmental justice
Employment and job training
Housing and community development
Law enforcement
Agriculture and nutrition

This list is not exhaustive, but is intended to give you an idea of the broad reach of Title VI and related laws.

At the federal level, the United States Department of Justice coordinates compliance and technical assistance activities through its Federal Coordination and Compliance Section,www.justice.gov. Federal agencies that fund, or otherwise assist, in the delivery of services, aid, training or benefits to the public, each have civil rights offices dedicated to providing guidance, compliance reviews, and technical assistance under Title VI and related laws. The following lists some, not all, of the federal agencies offering Title VI-related guidance:

 

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Internal Revenue Service
National Endowment for the Arts
U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Housing andUrban Development
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
U.S. Small Business Administration
www.fema.gov
www.irs.gov
www.nea.gov
www.uscg.mil
www.fs.fed.us
www.ed.gov
www.civilrights.energy.gov
www.hhs.gov/ocr
www.hud.gov/offices/fheo
www.dol.gov
www.fhwa.dot.gov/civilrights

www.sba.gov


The federal agency providing funding or assistance for the service, benefit, aid, or training at issue, either directly or indirectly, is your foremost resource for technical assistance. You may also seek advice from the Equal Opportunity leadership in your state as well as your legal staff.

For issues involving persons with Limited English Proficiency, the U.S. Department of Justice has established a centralized website for federal and state agencies to post their policies on delivering services, aid, benefits, and training to LEP persons. This website is located at www.lep.gov.

Some agencies have published sexual harassment policies pertaining to the delivery of federally-funded services, aid, benefits, and training. The U.S. Department of Education offers very helpful insights regarding sexual harassment in the educational context at www.ed.gov.

Ensuring compliance with the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions for persons with disabilities may also be found on the website of the federal agency that is funding the service, aid, benefit, or training at issue. The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy offers a wide variety of resources through its website at www.dol.gov/odep.

NOTICE: The opinions expressed during training and in our resources are our own. They do not reflect the views or positions of any federal, state, or local government authority. We do not provide any legal advice regarding specific cases or circumstances pending before any of our customers. Legal advice should be obtained from the civil rights office of the Federal funding agency, or your Equal Opportunity (EO) leadership.