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    Transgender in the Workplace

    Date: September 13, 2017, 11:00am – 12:00pm
    Fran Baze, VP Professional Development
    Rockford Public Library, East Branch
    6685 East State Street
    Rockford, IL 61108
    Go past the customer service desk and turn left (before the kids area). Conference Room is at the end of the hall.
    No Cost for Rockford Area SHRM Members/$50.00 for Non-Members
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    • 10:30-11:00 - Registration 
    • 11:00-12:00 - Presentation (details below)
    • 12:00-1:00 - box lunch (stay and visit or grab and go)

    Session Summary:

    Recent developments have significantly changed the landscape for transgender employees in the workplace. Learn what employers need to know and do in order to protect their organizations as well as their employees. In this briefing, Ms. Shah will provide an overview of the status of transgender employees, applicable federal and state employment laws (including Title VII and the Illinois Human Rights Act), discuss the cases that have set the stage for the current shift in position and policy, and discuss best practices for handling the difficult situation facing employers, including providing accommodations related to the use of restrooms and locker rooms.

    Learning Objectives:

    After attending this session, employees will have a better understanding of the status of transgender individuals, the latest legal developments related to transgender employees, understand what to do if they have a transgender individual (or someone that is transitioning) in the workplace and learn how to protect themselves and their organization from legal liability.

    About the Speaker:

    Sonal Shah, JD, is senior employment counsel for the Management Association, a professional organization providing human resource solutions for member organizations for over 100 years. As part of her practice, Sonal has represented employers against wrongful discharge and discrimination claims in front of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights and in state and federal court. Sonal also has significant experience counseling employers on properly complying with the law and managing their workforce; preparing employment and severance agreements; drafting/revising disciplinary and termination notices; and crafting employment policies and handbooks.

    Sonal has a B.S. in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.

    Approvals for HRCI & SHRM Continuing Education Credits are pending.

    Online registration for this event is closed, but it's not too late to register!  If you'd like to attend, please send an email to Jennifer Topping at by September 11th.