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Workplace Violence Prevention Symposium 2017

Workplace Violence Prevention Symposium 2017

Product Code: WV17FL-
Learn tactical strategies to reduce your risk of workplace violence and limit your legal liability. Stay tuned for 2018!

Workplace Violence Prevention Symposium 2017 has concluded!

Thank you to all of our attendees for coming to Workplace Violence Prevention Symposium 2017, the nation’s leading workplace violence prevention conference. This year's event featured an all-new agenda outlining tactical strategies for reducing the risk of security breaches, workplace violence, and legal liabilities through powerful keynotes, substantive breakout sessions, and skills-building workshops.

Workplace Violence Prevention Symposium 2017 covered:

  • Managing real-life situations and address employer responsibilities under OSHA's General Duty Clause
  • Developing comprehensive workplace violence prevention plans including policies, recordkeeping, and response strategies
  • De-escalating and minimize violent outbursts
  • Reducing security risks in your workplace--across all work sites
  • Screening new hires using integrity and personality tests (legally)
  • Understanding your potential legal obligations under ADA, FMLA, and other laws concerning mental health issues
  • Mitigating the risks of workplace violence related to intimate partner violence
  • Defusing active shooter incidents using proven table-top exercises

Stay tuned for 2018!

2017 Agenda

NOTE: Continental Breakfast provided both days. Morning and Afternoon breaks provided. Boxed Lunch included on Thursday (Day 1) only.


Registration and Breakfast
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks
8:00 a.m. – 8:05 a.m.

Liable or Not Liable? Examining an Employer’s Risk of Legal Liabilities Under OSHA’s General Duty Clause and Other Laws
8:05 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.
Presented by: Eric Conn., Esq., Conn Maciel Carey LLP
“Liable or not liable?” That’s the question as your presenter walks you through an employer’s obligations to maintain a safe and healthful work environment under OSHA’s general duty clause. You’ll be presented with a series of real-life scenarios designed to illustrate what the employers in the fact patterns did right, wrong, or not at all to contribute to their liability under OSHA’s general duty clause. You’ll examine stories involving warning signs of violence, unsecure worksites, and more to determine whether the employer in the legal hot seat is likely to be held liable for OSHA violations. Through the discussion, you’ll also learn how negligent hiring and retention, emotional distress, and other related claims may arise.

Predicting Violent Behavior: Legal Tools—and Legal Limits—of Personality Assessments and Integrity Tests
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Presented by: Katheen Bonczyk, Esq., MBA of Kathleen M. Bonczyk, LLC
Integrity tests and other personality assessments may be helpful for determining whether it’s more probable or not that an employee could head in a direction that leads to violence.  But, where’s the legal line in evaluating potential hires or current employees’ character traits? This session will delve into your legal rights and limits on using the latest predictive tests in your workplace to include an overview of legally compliant and effective behavioral-based interviewing techniques which helps eliminate the “guess work” from the hiring process.

Refreshments & Networking Break
10:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.

Plugging the Holes: How to Evaluate and Remove Security Risks from Your Workplace and Across All Worksites
10:35 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.
Presented by William Coffey, CSP, CPEA, WRC Safety & Risk Consultants
Listen as a workplace safety and security expert shares multiple worksites for a major manufacturing corporation shares ways to identify security risks, close security gaps using various security controls, and design and implement security training that includes routine tactical prevention activities, across your workplace—whether you’ve got one office or several worksites. Plus, he’ll reveal tips on how to monitor your workplace security program to evaluate what’s working and what needs improvement, the importance of local demographic awareness, and more.

Strategy Power Lunch: How to Make Workplace Violence Prevention a Part of Your Safety Program
11:50 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Presented by: Jill James, Vivid Learning Systems
Listen as Jill James connects stories from a 20-year career in safety as an OSHA investigator and private sector EH&S professional, with insights to help you incorporate workplace violence prevention into traditional safety and training programs. This strategy focused lunch & learn will foster discussion on how to approach workplace violence prevention and react to incidents within the common framework of EH&S activity. You’ll learn why workplace violence prevention matters across all industries, get insights on building support for preventive efforts, and tools you can leverage for training.

Workplace Violence Prevention Drafting Workshop: Essential Policies, Recordkeeping, and Response Strategies
12:35 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.
Presented by: Stuart Silverman, Esq., Law Offices of Stuart M. Silverman, P.A. and Felix Nater, Nater Associates, Ltd.
Under OSHA’s general duty clause, you have a fundamental duty to protect your employees—and your premises—from threats of violence. During this intensive session, you’ll learn how to evaluate what to include in your organization’s workplace violence prevention plan, based on your industry, worksite(s), and work environment. You’ll learn:

  • Who should manage and maintain the organization’s workplace violence prevention policy and who should serve as the internal investigator of incidents, such as bullying or harassment, that could escalate into workplace violence
  • The many moving parts of assessing your workplace to determine potential threats, including the nature of the work performed, who you employ, and who your workers interact with on a daily basis, the physical work environment, and more
  • Examples of zero-policy statements that underscore employers’ commitment to keeping employees safe
  • Essential workplace violence prevention procedures to include in your policy
  • What your employee training on your workplace violence prevention policy should include
  • The outline of response plan steps to take in the event of an incident of workplace violence
  • Sample policy language and forms you can customize for your workplace, such as:
    • workplace violence prevention policy language
    • risk assessment questionnaires
    • workplace violence incident report forms

Refreshments & Networking Break
2:35 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Termination Protocol: Pre- and Post-Discharge Action Plans for Minimizing Risks of Violence
2:50 – 3:50 p.m.
Presented by: Stuart Silverman, Esq., Law Offices of Stuart M. Silverman, P.A.

The time leading up to, during, and following a termination can prove be highly charged and potentially violent. Tempers may flare, and a worker who’s losing his or her job may feel he or she has nothing left to lose—and allowing anger, depression, and frustration to manifest into potentially violent tendencies. It’s imperative for employers—and their supervisors and managers—to understand how to avoid trigger points that could lead a worker who’s been terminated from lashing out when learning the news or returning to the workplace at a later time seeking retribution. During this session, you’ll learn:

  • Procedures to put in place to reduce the risk of violence when disciplining or discharging workers
  • Essential training to provide to supervisors on how to handle terminations to minimize the risk of violence 
  • What not to say or do during any portion of the termination

Workplace Culture’s Impact on Violence: How to Achieve a Robust, Agile, and Proactive Mindset to Better Manage Risks
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Presented by: Felix Nater of Nater Associates, Ltd.
Health-care facilities, late-night retail operations, and social services are some of the most vulnerable places for workplace violence. Nurses, in particular, can be targets of incivility and bullying, according to the American Nurses Association, which can be precursors to physical violence. Often the challenges hospitals, nursing homes, and other health-care related organizations face lies in leadership’s resistance to the notion to that by the nature of their business their employees are at greater risk potentially for workplace violence. If the workplace culture doesn’t aggressively promote responsibility, accountability and consequences, the workplace will be more vulnerable to violence. During this insightful session, former U.S. Postal Inspector and Violence Prevention & Response Consultant Felix Nater will share:

  • What OSHA’s directive, Enforcement Procedures for Investigating or Inspecting Incidents of Workplace Violence, recommends for conducting inspections in late-night retail workplaces, health care, and social service settings—where workplace violence risks may be higher
  • Methodologies that can help your organization take measured approach and response to workplace violence threats
  • How a culture of connectivity works to minimize workplace violence risks
  • And more!

Agenda and speakers subject to change. 


7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast & Learn | Tools for Implementing Workplace Violence Prevention Once You Get Back to Work: &
7:30 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.

Catalysts for Workplace Violence and What Employers Can Do to Create a Work Environment that Reduces the Propensity for Employee Revenge
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. 
Presented by: Susan Hosage, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Dramatic increases in the frequency of workplace violence and acts of aggression have caused many employers to take a hard look at the root causes of employee rage.  Day 2 kicks off with Sr. Human Resources Consultant Susan Hosage sharing insights into 3 catalysts that can fuel employee anger and offers proactive strategies to help management create an environment that minimizes conflict while addressing the common workplace triggers before they result in vengeful behaviors.

Legal Prevention and Intervention Strategies for Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in the Workplace
8:50 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.
Presented by: Katheen Bonczyk, Esq., MBA of Kathleen M. Bonczyk, LLC and Felix Nater of Nater Associates, Ltd.
According to the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence (CAEPV), domestic violence results in economic losses over $8.3 billion here in the United States, resulting from lost productivity and mental health and other health care costs. CAEPV notes that more than 50% of workplace homicides by intimate partners occurred in public settings, including parking lots. Employers should have specific policies and protocols in place to minimize the risks of intimate partner violence (IPV) in their workplaces. This starts by formulating and following through on IPV prevention and response-based strategies. During this session you’ll learn:

  • The many signs—both obvious and opaque—of domestic violence
  • Best practices for designing your IPV prevention and intervention policy 
  • How to train supervisors and managers to respond to situations involving domestic violence
  • Your legal responsibilities and rights when a protective order has been issued 
  • Steps you can take to potentially save an employee or other’s life from a violent attack at the hands of a domestic violence offender

Refreshments & Networking Break

9:35 – 9:50 a.m.

Closing Workshop: Active Shooter Table Top Exercises
9:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presented by: Kevlon Kirkpatrick and Audra Rigby, Certified Crime Prevention Consultants, LLC
Walk through the “why now” prevalence of workplace violence with two seasoned crime prevention experts during the first hour of this intensive workshop. Then, spend the second hour in small groups performing an active shooter table top exercise where you’ll be provided a scenario, based on the conference location and its surrounding area.

Conference adjourns
12:00 p.m.

Agenda and speakers subject to change. 

2017 Speakers

Kathleen BoncyzkKathleen Bonczyk, Esq., MBA
Kathleen M. Bonczyk, LLC

Kathleen M. Bonczyk, MBA, Esq. is an attorney licensed to practice law in the states of Florida and New Jersey. She is also a past human resources executive, lecturer, author and workplace violence prevention activist. In 2016, Ms. Bonczyk founded the interdisciplinary Workplace Violence Prevention Institute, an organization that offers preventative solutions intended to eliminate the risk of workplace violence.  Her current research project is entitled “The Killer in the Next Cubicle,” which addresses 34 occupational employee-on-employee murders that occurred across America in the 18 months preceding September 2016.

William CoffeyWilliam Coffey, CSP, CPEA
WRC Safety & Risk Consultants

William “Bob” Coffey of WRC Safety & Risk Consultants has worked in industries including pharmaceutical, specialty chemical, heavy manufacturing and paper manufacturing. He holds both the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA) designations. He is also a Department of Homeland Security Instructor and has developed workplace violence, suspicious package, active shooter, and emergency risk assessments programs/training for multiple industries. He has presented on security issues to various private groups, as well at the ASSE (American Society of Safety Engineers) National Conference.  His work has been instrumental in creating safe and secure workplaces and his training has reached thousands. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook and holds degrees in chemistry and psychology.

Eric ConnEric J. Conn, Esq.
Founding Partner, OSHA Workplace Safety Practice Group Chair 
Conn Maciel Carey LLP

Eric Conn, a founding partner of Conn Maciel Carey and chair of the firm’s national OSHA Workplace Safety Practice Group, focuses his exclusively on issues involving occupational safety and health law. Mr. Conn develops safety and health regulatory strategies for his clients across all industries with a particular emphasis in advising and representing clients concerning inspections, investigations and enforcement actions involving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), and state and local regulators.

Mr. Conn manages the full range of litigation against OSHA, including appeals of citations, negotiations of settlements geared to minimize the impact of enforcement actions on wrongful death and personal injury civil cases, and trials before the OSH Review Commission. He has represented employers during U.S. Attorney criminal investigations and prosecutions of alleged OSH Act criminal violations and advises employers’ other attorneys in civil cases stemming from workplace accidents about the overlapping OSHA regulatory issues. Mr. Conn also counsels clients through catastrophic industrial, construction, and manufacturing workplace accidents, including explosions and chemical releases and has developed and audited safety programs and policies. He provides workplace safety training and compliance counseling for employers as well.

Prior to founding Conn Maciel Carey, Mr. Conn was Head of an OSHA practice group that was honored as the “Occupational Health & Safety Law Firm of the Year” by Corporate INTL Magazine in its 2014 Global Awards. In 2013 and 2014, he was named a “Rising Star” by Washington, DC Super Lawyers, and was selected for inclusion in the Washington Post’s Top Rated Lawyers list in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Conn is a prolific writer on all topics OSHA related. He edited a popular OSHA law blog at another firm and authored the chapter “OSHA Inspections” in the Occupational Safety and Health Law Handbook, 2nd ed. (Government Institutes, 2008), and the chapter “Defending Clients Against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Increasingly Severe Enforcement Practices” in Complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Act: Leading Lawyers on Navigating OSHA Investigations and Developing Successful Compliance Strategies (Aspatore, Inside the Minds, 2012).

Mr. Conn is also a popular speaker on OSHA and related legal issues, and is often quoted as a leader in the field. He created the OSHA Defense Report Group on LinkedIn and can be found on twitter as @OSHA_Guy.

Susan HosageSusan Hosage,
Consultant/ Educator/ Executive Coach

Susan Hosage is an HR strategist, consultant, educator, and executive coach.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Master’s degree in Organizational Management from Misericordia University. She also holds a graduate certificate from the University of Texas at Dallas - Naveen Jindal School of Management in Executive and Professional Coaching.  She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and holds a Senior Certified Professional designation from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

Ms. Hosage’s career includes management, strategic planning, and human resources assignments with local, national, and international companies.  She is also a member of Misericordia University’s adjunct graduate faculty and has instructed national SHRM classes through the University of Scranton’s Professional Development Center.

Jill JamesJill James
Chief Safety Officer
Vivid Learning Systems

Vivid's Chief Safety Officer Jill James holds a Masters of Industrial Safety. With 12 years of experience as a Senior OSHA Safety Investigator with the State of Minnesota, and a decade of private sector safety management experience, Ms. James brings an unrivaled perspective on risk, regulation, and liability. She is a passionate advocate for workforce wellbeing and safety through prevention. Having personally worked through each one of OSHA’s regulations related to training and compliance, she’s got a particular talent for unwinding state & federal regulations.

Kevlon KirkpatrickKevlon H. Kirkpatrick, FCPP, FCP, CBI
FCPP, FCP, CBI / Certified Crime Prevention Consultants, LLC

Kevlon H. Kirkpatrick has over eighteen years of experience working as a Law Enforcement Officer and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the College of Staten Island. He is certified by the Office of the Attorney General as a Florida Crime Prevention Practitioner, a Florida Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Practitioner (CPTED), a School Resource Officer (SRO) and Convenience Business Inspector.  The Valencia College Criminal Justice Institute has also certified him as a Physical Fitness Trainer, a General Instructor and a Defensive Tactics Instructor.

Mr. Kirkpatrick has completed such courses as Basic and Advanced CPTED, Basic, Residential and Commercial Crime Prevention, CPTED for Hospitals and Carver Vulnerability Assessment and Autism Awareness Training for Law Enforcement Officers.

Mr. Kirkpatrick is the 2010 American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) Crime Prevention Officer of the Year Award winner and is an active board member of the Central Florida Crime Prevention Association (C.F.C.P.A.) and an active member of Florida Design Out Crime Association (FLDOCA).

Mr. Kirkpatrick has conducted several hundred residential security surveys, as well as CPTED surveys for commercial institutions.

Mr. Kirkpatrick is an instructor for the Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute (FCPTI) and taught at the Florida Crime Prevention Practitioner Update class (Feb. 2015). He was a speaker at the 17th International Crime Free Conference (July 2015). He was a speaker at the 2014 Church Network Conference (formally called National Association of Church Business Administration) and the 2014 Southern States Crime Prevention Conference. Kevlon also teaches at the Florida Department of Health annual training sessions and at the 2013 Preventing Crime in the Black Community. 

Felix NaterFelix P. Nater, CSC
Security Management Consultant
Nater Associates, Ltd.

Felix P. Nater, CSC a Certified Security Consultant as awarded by the International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC) believes that workplace violence prevention begins with having a robust, agile, proactive (RAP) mindset that avoids being caught by surprise. With over two decades of specialized experience & expertise acquired as a U.S. postal inspector and violence prevention and response consultant, he mentors leaders and trains workforces on how best to mitigate the threat of workplace violence through high-level advice; assistance in the development of multiple intervention strategies and of policy, plans, and training solutions with manufacturing, processing, production firms, and other businesses.

Audra RigbyAudra L. Rigby, FCPP, FCP, CBI         
FCPP, FCP, CBI / Certified Crime Prevention Consultants, LLC

Audra Rigby is a Planner III with the City of Orlando and is assigned to the Orlando Police Department (OPD), Professional Standards Division, Planning and Grant Section. She has 24 years of experience in public safety with OPD, holds a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management with a Minor in Public Safety Telecommunications from Jacksonville State University and is a Certified Public Manager through Florida State University.

Ms. Rigby has completed hundreds of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) plan reviews for development plans submitted to the City and on-site CPTED assessments. She is certified by the Office of the Florida Attorney General as a Florida Crime Prevention Practitioner, and a Florida CPTED Practitioner. She has completed Basic and Advanced CPTED training, CPTED for Hospitals, Basic, Residential and Commercial Crime Prevention applications and Convenience Business Inspector.

As a CPTED and Crime Prevention Practitioner, Ms. Rigby was a speaker at the 17th International Crime Free Conference (July 2015), the 2014 Church Network Conference (formally called National Association of Church Business Administration) and the 2014 Southern States Crime Prevention Conference. She has spoken with or conducted CPTED presentations for a variety of neighborhood, business and community groups.

Stuart SilvermanStuart M. Silverman, Esq.
Law Offices of Stuart M. Silverman, P.A.

Stuart Silverman has been practicing law for almost 30 years and is the principal of the Law Offices of Stuart M. Silverman, P.A., located in Boca Raton, Florida. The emphasis of his practice is in the area of labor and employment law, and business and commercial litigation. Mr. Silverman has represented both private and public employers, as well as individual employees in a whole host of complex business disputes and employment settings at administrative levels, and state and federal trial and appellate courts. Mr. Silverman focuses on helping businesses by taking a proactive approach to their employment and business law needs, and provide assistance with compliance on workforce issues, employment handbooks and policies, employee contracts, non-competition, and non-solicitation agreement, partnership agreements, shareholder agreements, contracts and buyouts and severance issues and commercial leases.

Mr. Silverman is also a member of The Workplace Violence Prevention Institute, a group formed to investigate solutions and strategies from a proactive and systemic perspective to minimize the risk of workplace violence, specifically violence caused by employees or former employees. Mr. Silverman earned his B.A. degree, with high honors, and his J.D. degree from Rutgers University. He is admitted to The Florida Bar and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

2017 Program Location and Dates

When: Thursday, March 2 thru Friday, March 3, 2017
Rosen Centre Hotel 
9840 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819

Room Rate: $179 

Call 1-800-204-7234 
Reference BLR/Workplace Violence Conference room block when making reservation
Reservation cut-off date: February 1, 2017
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