Date and Time: 12/17/2020 at 1 pm eastern
Run Time: 120 minutes including Q & A session
Leader: Bob Gregg, Attorney at Law, Boardman Clark Law Firm
Credits: Awarded 1.5 credit hours by HRCI
Price: Webinar $295; Webinar + Download $349 (Share the download with your colleagues)
Audience: HR, supervisors, managers, in-house counsel
Disciplining or terminating an employee, even in “normal times,” is not easy. Because of the Pandemic more employees are working from home and those who are back in the workplace are feeling on edge because of uncertainties about what comes next. This makes for a work environment in which discipline and termination become more challenging and complicated. Employers need to make sure that all of their disciplinary actions and terminations are done in accordance with legal requirements. But it is also essential that documentation is thorough and accurate in case your decisions are challenged.
The need to terminate an employee can arise despite your best efforts to avoid doing so, and by then it may already be too late to “do it properly.” That may be even more the case during the Pandemic. To avoid costly errors, you need to know how to legally terminate or discipline an employee. You should not automatically assume, however, that your only choice is termination. Disciplinary situations should be approached with the goal of solving problems and avoiding terminations where you can. Supervisors should understand practical techniques to use within the legal framework of employment laws and how to use discipline as a way of correcting a problem before it gets to the point where termination is the only option.
Throughout any disciplinary or termination processes you need to document your actions fairly and accurately so your decisions will not expose you to additional legal liability. Proper documentation is an effective tool in making decisions and being sure those decisions are legally sound. Improper documentation, though, can be even worse than none.
Please join Bob Gregg, attorney at law, as he discusses best practices for how to legally discipline and terminate an employee during these highly uncertain economic times. He will be providing guidance based on his experience gained over decades advising his clients. In addition, he will be covering the legal framework for disciplining and terminating an employee and will also focus on the underlying documentation you need to have if your decisions are challenged.
During this informative and timely webinar Mr. Gregg will discuss:
- Basic employment laws affecting discharge
- Deciding to discharge. How do you know it is time to discharge an employee?
- Understanding the different documentary foundations for discharge. What is documentation?
- Can you either discipline or terminate an employee who refuses to follow health protocols during the Pandemic? Matching the discipline to the violation.
- It’s not over when it’s over (post termination pay, benefits, references)
- The legal framework supervisors operate within and how to avoid going “over the edge.
- Easy-to-understand principles to guide you in difficult situations.
- The principles of fair discipline and documentation so you can take a stand on your decisions and withstand challenges.
- How to document the actual firing
- Documenting your good deeds – not just discipline
- Knowing the differing elements for performance, conduct, and other forms of fair documentation
- The Discipline Checklist
- Handling the termination meeting. Should there even be a physical meeting especially during the Pandemic
Mr. Bob Gregg is a partner in the Madison, Wisconsin based law firm, Boardman and Clark. He brings decades of employment law experience to offer strategies to identify and resolve problems before they generate lawsuits. Bob’s dynamic and engaging presentations turn legal concepts into easily understood practical, effective advice that any organization can apply to positively take control before the situations controls you. His main emphasis is on helping employers achieve enhanced productivity, creating positive work environments. A recognized educator and trainer, Bob has conducted over 3,000 seminars throughout the United States and authored numerous articles on practical employment issues. His career has encompassed canoe guide, carpenter, laborer, army sergeant, social worker, educator, business owner, Equal Employment Opportunity officer, and employment relations attorney. He has the background to address a wide range of employment issues in a straightforward, easy-to-understand style.
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