(Recorded Webinar) Best Practices for Terminating the Employment Relationship, Minimizing Legal Risk and Avoiding Litigation
For many managers, the decision to terminate an employee is one of the most difficult and unpleasant challenges they face in performing their job. Regardless of how justified or necessary letting someone go may be, it is rarely an easy task. Not only are terminations stressful and emotionally taxing, they require managers to walk a path filled with legal landmines which, if detonated, can expose the organization to substantial risk and liability.
Fortunately, businesses can significantly minimize their potential legal exposure by avoiding common pitfalls. This process starts with laying the proper groundwork from the employee’s very first day on the job. It requires setting quantifiable and objective benchmarks; annually updating job descriptions to more accurately reflect the tasks the employee is performing at that time; consistently enforcing workplace policies; implementing a progressive discipline framework; documenting performance-related conversations; establishing channels of communication and feedback; and, more. The later a business waits to begin planning a termination, the higher the probability that the termination will result in the employee pursuing legal action.
In this webinar, we will discuss the steps you can take to reduce your organization’s legal risk when terminating an employee. Specifically, we will guide you through the best practices for minimizing potential legal action such as wrongful termination and retaliation claims. We will also help you navigate common issues that arise during the termination process. And, we will discuss how you can use severance agreements to completely avoid litigation.
Please note: This webinar is offered as a complimentary product to all Employment Law and Human Resources Compliance and Training Package holders. For more information on the training package, click here or Contact Us.
- Human Resources Managers and Staff
- “C-Suite” Leadership: CEOs, CFOs, CMOs, COOs, and CCOs
- Directors and Supervisors
- Compliance Officers
- Risk Managers
- In-House Legal Counsel
After this webinar, you will be able to:
- Identify the common pitfalls that organizations should avoid during the termination process in order to avoid wrongful termination actions
- Identify the best practices that organizations should follow for minimizing risks arising from termination
- Ensure that your organization’s policies are properly drafted, implemented, and enforced to reduce termination issues
- Understand how job descriptions, communication, and progressive discipline systems can simplify the termination process
- Identify the best practices for documenting terminations and informing an employee of a termination decision
- Understand how to draft effective severance agreements to avoid lawsuits
H. SCOTT JOHNSON, JR.
A Senior Counsel with the firm in the Government Contracts, Litigation, Federal Grants, and Health Law practice groups, Scott maintains an active practice advising business and institutional clients on employment matters, commercial agreements, government contracts, and risk management. In addition to his corporate practice, Scott is also well-regarded for his employment and complex civil litigation practice. His complex civil litigation experience includes representing businesses in a wide variety of contract disputes and business torts including tortious interference, breach of fiduciary duty, civil conspiracy, defamation, fraud, and misappropriation of trade secrets. [Full Bio]
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