Discipline and discharge, along with the necessary documentation, are a headache for managers and a source of liability and lawsuits for employers. Employers can minimize both the likelihood of a lawsuit and the amount of liability by implementing some basic practices and educating human resource and supervisory personnel about employment law including proper hiring, discipline and discharge procedures.
This program will focus on 1) hiring and orienting the 'right' employee to minimize the need for documentation, discipline, and discharge, 2) effective and lawful employment forms, procedures and documentation, and 3) lawful reasons and techniques for discipline and discharge.
Topics to be discussed include the following:
- Background and legal overview
- Recruiting, hiring and orientation procedures
- Employment policies and procedures
- Discipline, discharge, and post-discharge procedures
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
I. Background And Legal Overview
A. At-Will Employment
B. Exceptions To At-Will Employment
C. Trends In Employment Litigation
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Break 10:30 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.)
II. Recruiting, Hiring And Orientation Procedures
B. Selection And Hiring
D. The Introductory Period
III. Employment Policies And Procedures
A. Important Policies
B. Rules Of Conduct
C. Avoiding Harassment
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
A. The Hiring Stage
C. Written Warnings
D. Termination Paperwork
2:15 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.
2:25 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
V. Discipline, Discharge, And Post-Discharge Procedures
A. Overview Of Discipline And Discharge
B. Two Types Of Discipline And Discharge
C. Three-Essential Elements Of Discharge
D. Exit Interview
F. Other Safeguards To Minimize Liability After Discharge