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New Online Training System Helps Prevent Employment Law Violations

Nashville, TN (June 23, 2009) - M. Lee Smith Publishers announces the launch of Training Today, the new online employment law training system for supervisors and employees. Training Today helps Human Resources professionals reduce the risk of lawsuits and workplace conflict arising from claims of discrimination, harassment, overtime misclassification, FMLA abuse, and other violations.

The system's courses, available at, each consist of a 30 minute video presentation that couples dramatized workplace situations with commentary from practicing employment law attorneys. The courses each focus on a single legal hot spot, such as sexual harassment prevention, discipline, discrimination, documentation, firing, hiring, diversity, privacy, wage & hour law, workplace violence intervention, Family and Medical Leave Act compliance, performance evaluations, and other potentially tricky management responsibilities.

"Training Today is a fresh approach to employment law instruction. The courses resonate with trainees because the scenarios are completely believable and up-to-date with the workplace of 2009, and the instructors never talk down their audience," says M. Lee Smith Publishers president Dan Oswald. "And as the courses are only 30 minutes each and available 24/7, it's perfect for working into a busy supervisor's schedule."

Each course also includes an interactive quiz to test the trainee's retention level. The quizzes can become an important part of creating an affirmative defense to employment law charges should such a situation arise.

Training Today is SCORM-compliant, meaning that it can be integrated into existing corporate LMS (Learning Management System) applications. It also comes with its own LMS should the user need one, requiring only that the HR or training manager assign courses to individual supervisors using the system's online interface. Training Today then sends notices and reminders, and reports back on trainee completion success and quiz performance.

Hosting each Training Today course are employment law attorneys Mark Schickman and Linda Walton. Mark practices with the firm of Freeland Cooper and Foreman in San Francisco. For the past 30 years, he has concentrated on employment and labor law, litigating every type of employment matter and providing advice in avoiding liability for discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, union related charges and all other aspects of the employment relationship.

Linda is of counsel with the law firm of Perkins Coie in Seattle, where she devotes a significant part of her practice to providing preventative counseling to employers in a variety of contexts, including day-to-day advice on a wide range of employment law compliance matters, and the design and presentation of employment law training programs for managers, supervisors and human resources personnel.

About M. Lee Smith Publishers LLC

Brentwood, Tennessee-based M. Lee Smith Publishers LLC is a 35-year-old provider of information resources to the corporate Human Resources and legal markets. Their list of largest clients closely matches the FORTUNE 500 while their overall customer base includes managers in every industry sector.

Publications include Federal Employment Law Insider and 50 state-specific Employment Law Letter newsletters, the online information service, and the DVD-based training system for supervisors, First Line of Defense. .

Contact: Pete McPherson, 615-661-0249, ext. 8057 or


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