MOVING BEYOND TRADITIONAL WORKPLACE TRAININGS
UNIQUE AND EFFECTIVE OPTIONS FOR TRADITIONAL HARASSMENT PREVENTION, BIAS AND SENSITIVITY TRAINING, AND FOR HELPING COMPANIES IMPLEMENT LEGALLY COMPLIANT DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION INITIATIVES
Social issues are at the forefront of our consciousness, and they are filtering into the workplace. Many companies have published statements and made pledges supporting social justice and committing to enacting positive change with diversity, equity and inclusion. We partner with companies to effectively turn words into action. Our training empowers companies to not only comply with the law but improve workplace culture that generally leads to better recruiting and productivity. We assist companies at each stage: (1) providing legal context for, and elimination of, harassment and discrimination; (2) discussing implicit bias, recognizing and appreciating differences, and fostering a culture of inclusion and success; and (3) helping consider, formulate, and implement legally compliant diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, programs, or committees.
what we do
Our unique approach goes beyond simple training and education—we partner with our clients to tailor presentation sessions to meet each client’s individual needs and plans. Topics include:
Our diverse team is well versed in employment laws and the nuances of both the legal and practical application of these laws in the workplace. Our team provides initial comprehensive harassment and discrimination prevention training, and can also provide exactly what your company needs beyond traditional training. This can include sessions generally deemed to be “sensitivity” training: elimination of bias, sensitivity in the workplace, and understanding other viewpoints. We can also work with companies to discuss the business case for diversity, equity and inclusion, and if they are looking to be more aggressive, we can help companies legally and effectively design and implement diversity, equity, and inclusion programs.
Our team collectively brings decades of experience (both legal and personal) to provide unique perspectives, real depth, understanding, and empathy to the training sessions. We provide customized training appropriately geared to each client’s specific organizational needs, and utilize dynamic training styles and hypotheticals in both large or small group sessions. Our understanding of the interplay between the law and the practicalities that arise integrating the law effectively into your organization and with your employees, are at the forefront of our training and programs. Ultimately, we partner with your team in developing effective trainings and guidance that add value to your business and the communities you serve.
Bryan frequently conducts highly interactive public and in-house seminars, workshops, and trainings on various labor and employment related issues. Bryan regularly represents clients in wrongful termination, harassment, and discrimination claims in both federal and state courts, as well as in administrative proceedings before federal and state agencies.
His employment litigation experience includes jury trial success and significant wage and hour class action success in both Utah and California. He provides sound counsel to clients regarding employee relations, employee contracts, and employee handbooks, with extensive background with non-compete and non-solicitation provisions. He also has national experience in advising employers related to the Americans with Disabilities Act and reasonable accommodations, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. Mr. Benard also conducts workplace investigations into employee complaints and potential harassment.
Bryan has experience with several different industries including temporary staffing agencies, start-up and tech companies, health and medical fields, package delivery industry, oil, gas and mining operations, and mortgage/lending institutions.
Mickell represents business owners and management on the full spectrum of employment issues that can impact an enterprise, from offensive guidance, counseling, and strategy to defensive litigation. She provides up-front guidance to help position businesses to effectively mitigate risk and provides training on all aspects of state and federal laws and employment best practices.
When disputes arise, Mickell draws on her substantial experience in state and federal court to defend clients in litigation, administrative and regulatory hearings, and alternative dispute resolution forums.
Mickell brings 20+ years of experience serving as outside General Counsel to certain clients, helping start-ups effectively manage the challenges and opportunities facing nascent businesses, particularly in the food and beverage industry.
Engels is a trial lawyer who represents businesses and individuals in a range of commercial disputes. He draws on over 14 years of courtroom experience when advising clients on risk mitigation, conducting internal investigations, and shaping effective narratives around hotly contested issues.
A first-generation American, he attended law school in between overseas deployments with the United States Army Reserve, and became one of a handful of black, Latinx, or openly LGBTQ+ partners at an AmLaw 200 law firm in Utah. He has dedicated much of his legal career to addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Utah legal and business communities. Among other initiatives, he leads Holland & Hart’s mentoring partnership with the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion, through which over 20 University of Utah and BYU law students primarily from underrepresented groups are paired with two attorney-mentors for an academic year. For his efforts in this area, he received the Utah State Bar’s 2021 Raymond S. Uno Award for the Advancement of Minorities in the Law.
Engels maintains a healthy civil rights practice through the Firm’s pro bono initiative. Among other matters, he recently sought reform of discriminatory practices at a local police department through a civil rights action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. He also represented immigrants seeking asylum in the United States’ southern border.
Engels serves on several business leadership roles, including the boards of trustees at Westminster College and the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, the governing board of Intermountain’s Salt Lake Valley Hospitals, and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at KUER.
Understanding and preventing harassment and discrimination
Recognizing bias, infusing respect and sensitivity in the workplace, and understanding other viewpoints
How to develop fair and balanced diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
Legal parameters for diversity, equity, and inclusion programs
Employment and HR counseling
Compliance, training and risk management regarding accommodations, disabilities leaves, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and litigation
Employment litigation and class actions
Diversity, equity, and inclusion
Employment policies, handbooks, and manuals
Hiring, discipline, performance evaluations, and terminations
Pay practices and independent contractors
Non-Competes, trade secrets and unfair competition
Executive compensation and employment contracts
Litigates wage and hour matters, ADA, FMLA, Title VII, ADEA, and state and federal employment laws
Defends charges before the EEOC including Title VII, ADA, ADEA, retaliation
Litigates non-compete, non-disclosure, trade secrets, and unfair competition cases for clients in state court
Mickell regularly speaks, publishes, and trains on state and federal employment laws, litigation, and relevant employment topics including harassment, discrimination, and DEI.
Bryan Benard and Mickell Jimenez discuss DEI initiatives in the Workplace Human Capital Innovations Podcast, February 2021
Bryan Benard discusses diversity and inclusion in the Workplace on ABC4 Utah, February 2021
Bryan Benard joins Utah Business Industry Roundtable discussing talent acquisition amid pandemic, December 2020
"Diversity Meeting," panelist, Salt Lake SHRM, July 2018
PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Each one-hour presentation is based on the number of presenters and includes pre-discussions to tailor the session to your specific needs.
Engels Tejeda Joins Utah Business Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable Discussing Workforce and Culture, August 2020
PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
publications & speaking engagements
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