Meeting of January 14, 2015 - Workplace Harassment
Jane Kow has practiced employment law and provided human resources consulting services for employers for over 20 years. Following graduation from NYU School of Law in 1993, she practiced at various law firms, where she advised and represented employers of all sizes and across industries in employment disputes. She also served as Senior Counsel and the sole employment lawyer at a Silicon Valley based company with 75 locations worldwide, before founding HR Law Consultants in 2002. Her firm focuses on advising, training, auditing and investigating workplaces to ensure compliance with federal, state and local workplace laws. Jane Kow regularly advises and trains HR and employee relations professionals, managers, lawyers, and judges on a wide array of topics, including: legal issues of supervision, workplace harassment and social media, investigating and resolving workplace harassment claims, documenting employee misconduct and performance issues, medical leaves and reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities, and other employment law compliance topics. She is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences sponsored by human resources, legal, disability organizations, as well as government agencies such as the California Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts, State Bar of California, American Bar Association, DOL and EEOC. She has appeared on "Know Your Rights" program on KALW 91.7 FM local radio (part of the NPR digital network), discussing employer obligations to engage in the "interactive process" and provide reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities, employees' right to medical privacy under the ADA and GINA, among other hot button issues related to workplace disability accommodations.