1. Disciplining (or Terminating) an Employee

Disciplining (or Terminating) an Employee

Event ID: 2178796
Duration: Scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer period.
Presenter(s): Janette Levey Frisch, Attorney at Law
Credits: 1.5 HRCI, 1.5 SHRM

Disciplining (or Terminating) an Employee: What to Do – and What Not to Do

It’s inevitable: At some point, you will have to discipline, or even terminate an employee. Establishing the necessary groundwork is critical in both instances. An unfair or poorly handled termination could put your business at significant risk and legal liability. Thorough preparation, documentation and execution work in your favor when you do it right (and against you when you don’t).

Even the most skilled experienced employers will find disciplining and terminating workers who are underperforming or breaking the rules. The path to effective, appropriate discipline is strewn with so many pitfalls that often prove to be a trap for the unwary, including without limitation, failing to document all incidents regarding a discharge, firing an employee who has health or personal problems, or waiting until the employee’s performance has deteriorated past the point of no return to address it.

Please join attorney Janette Levey-Frisch as she helps you learn and understand best practices of performance improvement plans, discipline, and termination in connection with performance or conduct issues. In this webinar, you will learn about current legal – and practical - dos and don'ts of employee discipline and termination. You will leave this webinar with useful tools, including best practices for preparing, communicating, and documenting performance improvement plans for your workers. You will also learn how to avoid or defend yourself against bias and retaliation claims made by departing employees.

Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Steps and precautions to take before the termination
  • Practical guidelines for avoiding legal pitfalls
  • Ways to conduct a proper, pain-free termination meeting
  • Post-termination considerations
  • The legal thresholds you must meet when firing workers based on bad behavior or poor performance
  • How to avoid (and defend yourself against) bias and retaliation claims made by departing employees
  • How to avoid making mistakes when disciplining or terminating older workers and other "protected class" employees
  • The special challenges presented by workers out on leave, from FMLA and USERRA to workers comp
  • Best practices for writing disciplinary and termination documents
  • Best practices for implementing discipline and termination
  • Documenting discipline and termination meetings
  • Post-termination considerations

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