Employment Documentation: Avoid Costly Mistakes With Defensible Drafting Strategies
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What's one of HR's secret weapons for defending discrimination or retaliation charges? The answer is well-written, objective HR documentation that accurately and succinctly chronicles the employee's performance, conduct, or attendance issues. Just ask any labor and employment attorney, and they'll tell you that one of the keys to being able to defend litigation rests in sound HR documentation practices.
Discrimination charges are on the rise, according to recent EEOC stats. The DOL is cracking down on wage and hour violations, and auditors with ICE are singling out businesses and poring over I-9s and other employment records, looking for mistakes in documentation.
Consider this example: The town of Elkton, Maryland, will pay $235,000 to settle an age discrimination case in which the EEOC concluded that "a loyal and successful" employee was fired because of his age.
This case clearly illustrates that arbitrary decisions to terminate or take adverse employment actions against protected class members will be closely scrutinized - and if you don't have evidence to back up your decision, you could face similar penalties. Learn the latest documentation strategies and techniques so you can stay informed and in compliance.
Participate in this interactive webinar, and you'll learn:
- The key components that all good progressive-discipline documents, including warnings, disciplinary notices, or termination letters, share
- The practices you should put in place so your employment documentation is consistent and fair
- How to accurately convey employment objectives, expectations, and policy violations, as well as the consequences of not improving on performance issues
- Language to use so employees are being held accountable for improving their own performance or conduct
- How to document attendance issues following the expiration of workers' protected leave under federal leave laws
- How to handle a situation where there may be a medical or psychological reason behind a worker's performance or conduct-related issues so you don't violate the ADA
- Examples of how poor documentation practices could come back to bite your organization
- And much more!
In just 90 minutes, you'll learn how to draft legally defensible employment documents to help protect you against lawsuits. Register now for this timely event risk-free.
About your presenter:
Ann Bowden-Hollis is an attorney in the Gulf Coast office of Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens and Cannada, PLLC where she provides her clients with employment compliance counseling and training, business and contractual analysis, and problem-solving guidance. A former outside mediator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Ms. Bowden-Hollis has been recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law- Management. She has conducted management trainings on discipline, evaluation, and documentation, strategies for avoiding FMLA claims, sexual harassment, dealing with difficult employees, and employer dos and don'ts, in addition to writing numerous articles on topics including overtime exemptions, the Affordable Care Act, and employment v. independent contractor status.
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HR documentation, discipline, documenting, attendance problems, workplace conduct, employment objectives
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