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Employment Decisions–The Current Legal and Ethical Landscape

  • Thursday, November 01, 2018
  • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Novelis HQ, Two Alliance Center, Suite 2000, 3560 Lenox Rd., Atlanta, GA 30326


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The legal landscape around 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 and 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 legally-defensible employment decisions.

Learning Objectives:

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

Intended Audience: 

This session is intended for professionals who are seeking to update their knowledge of employment-related court decisions and regulations at a post-graduate level. Basic knowledge of the development and validation of selection, performance management, and other HR practices is recommended.


Toni S. Locklear, PhD is the Vice President of APTMetrics Southern Region and the firm’s Litigation Practice Leader. Toni provides consultation in the areas of job analysis, selection procedure development/validation, performance management, 360-degree feedback, compensation, and HR policies/procedure to clients ranging from Fortune® 100 companies to public sector employers and nonprofit organizations across a broad range of industries. She works with organizations to design and implement fair, valid, and legally defensible HR processes. Toni also serves as an expert witness and consultant to counsel in employment discrimination, harassment, and wage-hour cases for both defendants and plaintiffs. She received her doctorate in industrial-organizational psychology from Auburn University and has 25 years of experience in the field of human resources management, having held positions in both industry and consulting. Toni recently co-authored a book chapter on the proactive monitoring of employment disparities for the text, Adverse Impact Analysis: Understanding Data, Statistics and Risk.

Katey E. Foster, Ph.D. is a Director and Litigation Associate Practice Leader with APTMetrics. She provides consulting services in the areas of litigation support, assessment development and validation, job analysis, and competency modeling. She has consulted with Fortune® 100 clients across industries, including financial, pharmaceutical, retail, technology, hospitality, and healthcare, as well as with state and federal government agencies. Katey has supported expert witness and consulting work in employment discrimination cases for both defendants and plaintiffs. Prior to joining APTMetrics, she gained experience in performance management, 360-degree feedback assessments, training, and survey work with The Timken Company. Katey earned her Ph.D. from the University of Akron’s industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology program, where she also held teaching and research positions. She recently co-authored a book chapter on the legal environment for 360-degree feedback, which is slated to be published in the text Handbook of Strategic 360 Feedback in 2019.

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