The contrast between Georgia's traditional 'employment at-will' doctrine and the increasing tendency of employers to require the arbitration of employment disputes as a condition of employment is a hot topic for human resource departments. Over the years, the Georgia courts have adhered to a very strict interpretation of the 'at-will' rule. The strength of this doctrine has led most Georgia employers to avoid entering into anything that resembles an employment contract. Nevertheless, the Eleventh Circuit has issued a series of decisions that make it relatively easy for employers to require the arbitration of federal claims, such as those for sexual harassment and race discrimination. To accomplish this, some kind of agreement or contract is necessary. This seminar would address both of these topics and any tension that might exist between them.
Topics will include:
Employment At-Will Rule
Employee Handbooks And Personnel Policies
Top 10 Strategies For Avoiding Litigation
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
I. Summary Of Major Employment Laws
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
II. Arbitration: An Alternative To The Courtroom
10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
10:10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
III. Arbitration Procedures In Employment Disputes