Termination Polices & Documentation: Avoiding Employee Lawsuits
If your organization or one of your clients was sued today for wrongfully discharging an employee, would you be ready? Have you established appropriate procedures for handling misconduct or poor performance without violating the rights of a protected class of individuals?
Wrongful termination lawsuits have risen 400 percent in the last 20 years, and 50-70 percent of these cases are won by the former employee. Don't become another statistic - aggressive litigation puts your clients on the defense, but the right policies and documentation will reduce risk of exposure and costly fines. Join us for a live, 90-minute webinar to discover:
- Policies to prevent, win or settle wrongful termination charges
- What documentation you should have to justify firing
- Tactics for creating releases and severance agreements
- Critical impacts of Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs)
- Guidelines for conducting the oral, written and final warnings
- How to ensure compliance with federal laws during termination
What's Required by Law When Terminating Employees
- Critical policy elements courts look for in your personnel policies
- Ensure a termination is for legitimate, nondiscriminatory and business-related reasons
- Steps to avoid employee retaliation and define grounds for termination
- Laws you must follow when terminating employees with protected status
Documentation Guidelines and Policies that Protect Employers
- How employee handbooks can help - or hurt - your case
- Guidelines to write clear disciplinary policies and procedures
- Key elements in documenting misconduct and poor performance
- The one thing your documentation must NOT do
- Legal ins and outs of drafting and using job descriptions
Firing the Employee: Best Practices to Avoid Legal Repercussions
- How to handle terminations that aren’t performance based
- Tips for delivering warnings: verbal and final
- What you should & shouldn't say when conducting exit interviews
- Drafting effective, fair and legal release and severance agreements
Live Question & Answer Session - Get expert answers to your questions!
About the Speaker
Max Muller has more than 39 years of business experience as an attorney in both the private and government sectors, businessman and professional trainer. He is the author of several books like:
- "The Manager's Guide to HR: Hiring, Firing, Performance Evaluations, Documentation, Benefits, and Everything Else You Need to Know, Second Edition," HarperCollins Publishing Focus (formerly AMACOM Books) and SHRM, New York City, August 2013.
- “The Legal Side of HR Practice,” AMACOM Books, New York City, January 2012.
- In 1990, drawing on his diverse background, he began a consulting practice focusing on providing practical solutions in the areas of workplace legalities, e.g., equal employment opportunity, sexual harassment, FMLA, ADA, COBRA, FLSA, ADEA, etc.; as well as safety and health regulatory compliance (OSHA).
If and when a disgruntled employee brings a suit against their employer, it will fall to you to protect that company from costly settlements and court fees. Discover how to draft and employ termination policies that will help you - not hurt you.