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Update on Legal Context for Employment Decisions

  • Wednesday, August 17, 2016
  • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Emory University, 1599 Clifton Road


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The legal context for employment decisions continues to evolve. The purpose of this session is to provide an update on those changes with significant implications for HR practices. Participants will learn about recent court cases, new or updated employment regulations, and the current priorities of regulatory agencies. The session will also include a discussion of best practices in the development and validation of procedures for making ethical and legally-defensible employment decisions.

Note the following from the Continuing Education Requirements for psychologists licensed in Georgia:

"The content of the ethics CE requirement must be related to ethical, legal, statutory or regulatory policies, guidelines, and/or standards that impact psychology and must be postdoctoral in nature."  Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 510-8-.02(2).

Learning Objectives 

Based on the content of the session, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the recent court cases with major implications for employment decisions;
  2. Identify significant changes to employment regulations;
  3. Identify current priorities of regulatory agencies; and
  4. Apply knowledge to inform relevant areas of practice (e.g., development or validation of selection tools) or prioritize efforts toward compliance


Toni S. Locklear is the Vice President of APTMetrics Southern Region and Litigation Practice Leader. Toni is an industrial-organizational (I-O) psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in the field of human resources management, having held positions in both industry and consulting. As the firm’s Litigation Practice Leader, Dr. Locklear works with organizations to design and implement fair, valid, and legally defensible HR processes. She also serves as an expert witness and consultant to counsel in employment discrimination, harassment and wage-hour cases for both defendants and plaintiffs. As part of her consultant role, Toni works with organizations in a proactive capacity to help them avoid litigation, conducting HR process audits to identify gaps between a client’s current practices and industry best practices. She provides consultation in the areas of job analysis, test validation, employee selection procedures, performance management, 360-degree feedback, and HR policies/procedures to clients ranging from Fortune® 100 companies to public sector employers and nonprofit organizations across a broad range of industries. Prior to joining APTMetrics, Dr. Locklear managed The Boeing Company's assessment services group where she was responsible for the development, validation and implementation of pre-employment tests and the management assessment center, as well as other assessment tools. In this capacity, she led the development and implementation of a 360-degree assessment process for all Boeing managers. Toni received her doctorate in Industrial-Organizational psychology from Auburn University. She recently authored a book chapter on the proactive monitoring of employment disparities for the soon to be published text, Adverse Impact Analysis: Understanding Data, Statistics and Risk.

Jessica Keeney is a Manager of Selection and Assessment Strategy at Verizon where she leads initiatives and strategies in the in the areas of selection and assessment, legal/OFCCP compliance, and recruiter effectiveness. Prior to her role at Verizon, Jessica served as an external consultant at APTMetrics where she provided talent management solutions to Fortune® 100 companies across a range of industries in the areas of employee selection and assessment, leadership assessment and development, job analysis, competency modeling, performance management, litigation support, and organizational surveys. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Michigan State University. She has authored book chapters in the Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship, Research in Careers, and the Oxford Handbook of Personnel Psychology. Her research has been published in Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Journal of Business and Psychology.  

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