In today’s workplace, one in five supervisors or managers can expect to be named in some form of employment-related charge or litigation. Often, these employment-related claims result in employer liability as well as substantial legal expense. It may not be possible to eliminate all potential employment litigation; however, all managers and supervisors can take steps to reduce legal exposure. In this session, we’ll cover these six legal pitfalls to avoid: (1) Interviewing & Hiring, (2)Poor Documentation, (3) Inaccurate or Inflated Appraisals, (4) Privacy/Confidentiality Breaches, (5) Inappropriate Social Media or Cell Phone Use, and (6) Incorrect Employee Discipline.
You will learn to:
- Ask only proper questions, and understand the ins and outs of what it means to legally select and interview candidates.
- Maintain airtight documentation of interviews, warnings, and disciplinary actions (including how to avoid documentation errors that expose you and the organization to increased legal liability).
- Set goals and expectations fairly and be honest in your ratings/conversations with your employees.
- Protect employee privacy rights and prevent confidentiality breaches.
- Determine what would constitute cell phone overuse, and what can/can’t be said on social media.
- Deal confidently, fairly, consistently, and decisively with unacceptable employee conduct or performance.