Time: 1 pm eastern
Run Time: 90 minutes including Q & A session
Leader: Bob Gregg, Attorney at Law, Boardman & Clark
Credits: Awarded 1.5 credit hours by HRCI and 1.5 PDCs by SHRM
Price: Webinar $295; Webinar + Download $349 (Share the download with your colleagues)
Audience: HR, managers and supervisors, CEOs, business owners, in-house counsel, etc.
Employees are becoming increasingly litigious. This is bad news for human resources. HR is stuck in the middle, on the one hand, responsible for implementing management’s plans, and achieving a “new normal in the workplace, and, on the other hand, the workforce itself which doesn’t always understand or necessarily agree with management’s plans.
Beware and be aware! All of this means your employees are increasingly looking for the courts and the regulators to protect them from what they believe are the arbitrary actions of management. Every lawsuit against an employer may also result in potential personal liability for HR, managers and supervisors, company executives, and business owners. Personal liability means, in the event the employee wins in court, that legal damages are collected from the individual’s personal bank account, retirement fund and/or sale of personal property (car, home, collectibles, etc.).
Usually, the employer is sued as an entity. In a growing number of cases, however, plaintiffs, your employees, are naming both the employer as well as the individual(s) accused of committing the violation. Under several laws, “intent” is not required for personal liability. Some laws can impose criminal sanctions – you go to jail! In these cases, the court may award damages against both the organization and the individual manager. In some cases, the plaintiff can elect to collect from either, or both.
There are ways. however, to protect yourself and reduce your risk. Please join Bob Gregg, attorney at law as he discusses the danger areas, and the risk reduction measures you can take including insurance coverage issues, and preventative practices in this increasingly complex area.
During this important webinar Mr. Gregg will discuss:
- Personal liability—what it is and why you can potentially be singled out
- Different types of personal liability—laws, civil suits, contribution contracts
- Relevant state court decisions
- Protecting yourself and your managers—qualified privilege and protective steps you should take to minimize your potential risk and liability
- Effective insurance coverage
Bob Gregg is an attorney at Boardman & Clark LLP in Madison, Wisconsin. He is an employment relations attorney with over 30 years of legal, speaking and training experience. Bob litigates employment cases, representing employers in discrimination, FLSA, FMLA and all other areas of employment law. His main emphasis is helping employers achieve enhanced productivity, creating positive work environments, and resolving employment problems before they generate lawsuits. Bob’s career has included canoe guide, carpenter, laborer, Army Sergeant, beer taster, social worker, educator, business owner, Equal Employment Opportunity officer, and employment relations attorney. Bob has conducted over 3,000 seminars throughout the United States and authored numerous articles on practical employment issues. He is a nationally recognized authority on workplace issues.
Bob’s dynamic and engaging presentations turn legal concepts into easily understood practical advice that any organization can apply to positively take control before the situation controls them. Bob is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the National Speakers Association, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Department of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute Foundation.