Gregory Powell
Principal Labor Relations Representative for the County of Santa Clara in California
Gregory graduated from Morehouse College ('87) with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. After working several years as a journalist and investigative reporter, he entered law school at the University of Wisconsin ('94) and focused his studies on administrative law (labor and employment law, negotiations, constitutional law, arbitration, litigation, collective bargaining, contract, Litigating Before the NLRB, FLSA, Discrimination and Harassment, OSHA, private [NLRA] and public sector Labor [WERC, PERB] Law), and was a member of Wisconsin's Moot Court Team. After law school, he worked at a boutique labor and employment law firm (management-side) in Memphis for several years, and relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to work in the City's Attorney's office as an Employment and Labor Attorney, representing the City's Municipal Executives (Police Chief, Fire Chief, City Librarian, City's Labor Department, Hospital, City Engineer, Chief of Sanitation). Eventually, he secured a job as an Employment Attorney and Hearing Officer with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), where he worked almost twenty years. Most recently, he worked as the Principal Labor Relations Representative for the County of Santa Clara in California. He currently teaches at Ohio Christian University (William Seymour College).

He earned his Master of Divinity from Regent University (2014), focusing on Executive Coaching, Life Coaching, and Practical Theology. Also, Gregory has earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama ('04), focusing on writing plays and poetry; his first collection of poetry, Tin Ears {Bowie, Maryland: Broad Wing Press, 2016 (ISBN 1-938373-07-3)} was recently published. Also, he is currently writing a cycle of 7 plays that address racial reconciliation, Voting Rights, Civil Rights, Religion, Union, Convict Leasing, Works Songs, and Blues.The first play, Ruby's Harmonicas & Pianos, Incorporated, was premiered by the Aldridge Theatre Company at the Downtown Theatre (Birmingham, Alabama) on 17 April 2016. He has completed two additional plays in the cycle (Beans Bones Blues and No Honey in the Rock); he is currently writing a fourth play, LeviĆ¢??s Processing & Packaging, Incorporated, and recently started researching the fifth play in the cycle, Fire in My Bones, which addresses the genesis of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

He facilitates workshops and seminars relative to labor and employment law, Executive Coaching Seminars, and Creative Writing workshops.
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Mastering the Exit Interview for Maximum Return
The purpose of this webinar is to train human resource professionals how to maximize the information they can glean from Exit Interviews. Such interviews are valuable to your company because the information gathered can point out weaknesses; inform management's decisions relative to bonuses and commissions; sheds light on the company's standing in the community; can assist management in planning; makes sure management stays ahead of the curve relative to employee relations, pay, benefits, compensation, hours, wages, and conditions of employment; supplies feedback on important corporate training, appraisals, rules and policies, contributions to 401 K Plans.
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Affirmative Defenses to Hostile Work Environment Charges
This webinar provides proactive advice to managers, directors and stakeholders regarding affirmative defenses they can raise when both responding to a Charge of Hostile Work Environment and/or Litigating an Allegation of Hostile Work Environment.
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How To Respond To An EEOC Charge?
Responding to the EEOC charges is critical. These steps include preserving evidence that may relate to the allegations in the charge of discrimination, whether you will retain legal counsel, investigating the allegations contained in the charge, and preparing and filing your position statement and other responsive documents.
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Employee Handbooks: Policy Updates for 2018 and How to Avoid Mistakes
Handbook policies should be carefully drafted by avoiding common drafting "traps"' that could lead to legal liability for your company in 2018. This webinar will provide valuable insight on recent and coming changes in the law that may affect their employee handbooks, and guidance on how to effectively prepare for 2018 updates to avoid legal missteps.
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Creating a Helpline for Employee Complaints to Mitigate Allegations of Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation and Other Workplace Regulations!
The purpose of this webinar is to encourage Employers to set-up a Helpline for employee complaints in order to mitigate allegations of harassment, discrimination, retaliation and other workplace regulations.
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Effective and Proactive Strategic Risk Management
Effective Proactive Strategic Risk Management focuses on identifying and resolving client's risk, prior to costing your client's million in your loss revenue, employee productivity, fines from federal agencies, penalties from local and state agencies, punitive damages, and damages from tortious remedies.
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Business Ethics Training for Managers
This webinar will present a 2017 definition for Professional Ethics. It will present the elements that should be included in the ethics of a manager and business person. I will employ a Case Method Approach to apply a Professional Ethic that is real and relevant to today's business climate. Finally Managers and Directors will be able to share what they learn with those they supervise.
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The ABCs of Document Retention & Retrieval
This webinar will focus on the importance of retaining documents; the reasons supporting records retention; the importance of document retention; legal implications and dangers if a company fails to retain documents; formulating a leadership team to discuss which documents should be retained and how; and possible computer systems from which documents could be stored and retrieved.
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