The HR Department And Confidentiality
Michael D. Haberman is a consultant, speaker, writer, and teacher. He is President of Omega HR Consulting, a consulting and services company offering complete human resources solutions. Mike brings 35+ years of experience in dealing with the challenges of Human Resources in the 21st century. He has a Master's in HR and is certified as a Senior HR professional. He has over 18 years’ experience in the class room teaching human resources fundamentals and certification preparation.
Mike is the author of the Human Resources blog found at OmegaHRConsulting.com , which has been recognized as top human resources related blogs. He has also been named a top Digital Influencer in Human Resources.
Mike has gained a reputation as a compliance expert and as an HR futurist. He speaks on a variety of subjects to business associations, human resource associations, and business based civic clubs. He has presented numerous webinars on various HR related issues.
This webinar has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). Please make note of the activity ID number on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.
This webinar will cover confidentiality and the role Human Resources plays in helping the company maintain necessary confidentiality.
Confidentiality is not just a matter of “keeping secrets.” The Human Resources department plays a pivotal role in helping maintain confidential information for the company. As a result, the HR person must be aware of the requirements of federal and state laws and practices of regulatory agencies and court actions. What do you do when an employee says to you “I want you to know but please keep it secret”? Are you aware of what constitutes “protected health information”? Who is your privacy officer? Are you up-to-date on the restrictions the National Labor Relations Board puts on your ability to require employees to keep company information confidential? If you are not aware of the EEOC, HIPAA, and NLRB requirements you may be subject to lawsuits and fines.
There are several laws that have specific requirements on how confidential information is to be dealt with.
Topics will include:
- The EEO and dealing with investigations of sexual harassment and discrimination
- HIPAA and maintaining the integrity of Protected Health Information. Are you considered a “covered entity’?
- We will cover what employees should sign agreements and what type
- Decisions by the National Labor Relations Board that protect some employees from revealing confidential information
- The Human Resources Code of Ethics
Course Level - Basic to Intermediate
Who Should Attend
- Office Managers
- Human Resources Generalists
- HR Administrators
Why Should You Attend
Confidentiality breaches can be very damaging and expensive to defend. Knowing the fundamentals of confidentiality is critical. This saves employee data and company reputation by avoiding confidentiality breaches.