When an employee is ill or injured on the job, employers have responsibilities to take care of the employee. It takes savvy to understand the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and worker's compensation law, especially in cases where all three apply, often referred to as the "Triangle of Death."

To learn more about the issues regarding these recordkeeping challenges, the Small Business Safety and Health Center at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute will host a Lunch and Learn on May 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring David Minces. This session will benefit those who deal with workplace injuries and illnesses such as safety professionals, human resources personnel and frontline managers and supervisors.

Minces has been certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in labor and employment law since 2007 and has practiced law for over 15 years. He has successfully assisted individuals and companies in a variety of industries, helping them manage their recordkeeping and compliance related issues.

Lunch is included for those who RSVP by May 9 to Guinn Sharpe at smallbusiness_safety@com.edu or at 409-933-8338. “The Triangle of Death” will be held in Room 112 of the Gulf Coast Safety Institute, 320 Delany Rd. in La Marque.

The Lunch and Learn/Dine and Discuss forums are designed with small businesses in mind. Events will assist small-business owners and managers in gaining timely and insightful information while networking with peers in industry.

The Small Business Safety and Health Center is one of the Centers of Excellence at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute of College of the Mainland. It focuses on providing the resources that small business owners, managers and supervisors need to succeed.

The Gulf Coast Safety Institute is located at College of the Mainland. Established in 2007, the institute focuses on providing safety and health education, training and outreach. For more information on the institute, contact Lewis at 409-933-8495 or clewis1@com.edu or visit www.com.edu/gcsi.