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    Workplace Diversity and Gender: What the Department of Education, Black Lives Matter, Me Too, and the Pandemic Have to Tell Us about 2021

    Date: October 14, 2020, 7:15am
    Mid-Valley SHRM
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    Join us as Paula Barran presents our October Mid-Valley SHRM meeting: 

    Workplace Diversity and Gender: What the Department of Education, Black Lives Matter, Me Too, and the Pandemic Have To Tell Us About 2021.

    You probably aren’t thinking about carefully planned HR initiatives for the next year when you are still thinking about how you don’t even know what your headcount might be. You can, however, think about how to look broadly into the forces that are shaping society and how to make room for them in the workplace, particular where diversity, inclusion and gender issues are important.

    Two big movements, Black Lives Matter and Me Too have a lot to say to society and marginalization but, but lessons can be learned about the kinds of behaviors that can be rooted in workplaces and can present obstacles to true inclusion.

    The Department of Education just issued its first regulatory package in decades (on sexual misconduct). It hasn’t gotten the greatest press, but the new rules have a lot to say about fundamental fairness in gender issues.

    And finally, we are months into a pandemic and while the biggest issues have been survival, safety, payroll, protected leave and where to buy essential products, its time to worry about whether we are going to see backsliding after years of progress in gender roles and whether there is anything we can do about it.

    Paula Barran, a founding Partner at Barran Liebman LLP, has been practicing law since 1980 with concentrations in labor and employment law and the law of higher education. She has written extensively on management law, higher education, investigative processes, and is a national speaker and trainer. She handles litigation in labor and employment and higher education, in state and federal courts, as well as employment and labor arbitrations. Additionally, she develops and presents “train the trainer” programs to introduce comprehensive and cost effective training programs into workplaces and educational institutions. Since the first publication of the Oregon Super Lawyers Magazine in 2006, Paula has repeatedly been named as a “Top Ten Lawyer” in Oregon. In 2008, 2010, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020, she was honored as the “Top Point Getter” for the year and was honored as the #2 Top Point Getter in 2016. Since 2003, Paula has been ranked #1 (with partners Ed Harnden and Rick Liebman) for Labor and Employment Law defense in the State of Oregon by Chambers & Partners USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers. She is also a fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and has been named in The Best Lawyers in America directory since 2001. She is admitted to practice in Oregon, Washington and before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, U.S. District Court, District of Oregon and U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington.

    Paula received her B.A. from the College of William and Mary, M.A. from Cornell University, Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, J.D., with honors, from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, and M.B.A. degree from the University of Oregon, Oregon Executive M.B.A. program. Paula has also earned an Association of Title IX Administrators Title IX Coordinator Certificate. In addition to her labor and employment practice, she represents colleges and universities on wide ranging compliance issues, including institutional obligations under Title VI, Title IX, and Violence Against Women Act.

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