Employee Discharge and Documentation in New York (4/16/08)

February 1, 2008

Sponsored by
Lorman Education Services

This one-day seminar is designed for human resource and payroll professionals, business managers, office managers, directors, presidents, vice presidents, CFOs, controllers, accountants and attorneys.

When can flawed documentation be worse than none at all?
Whether supervising one employee or dozens, documenting performance and conduct issues is often a manager's worst nightmare. Many managers feel that it is too time-consuming, burdensome or just plain distasteful - especially when an employee's performance or conduct falls short of company expectations. Although documenting is not a legal requirement, here are three good reasons why managers need to take the time to properly document significant concerns: you can see whether a manager has been proactive in addressing issues with underperforming employees; you can show that you had legitimate business reasons for disciplining or terminating an employee; and you can minimize - sometimes even avoid - liability for wrongful termination.

Attend this seminar and you will learn what needs to be documented and just how to do it. You'll walk away with practical tips and guidelines for effective and lawful employee discharge and documentation.

Benefits for You

  • Prevent claims of wrongful discharge
  • Avoid - and cope with - disability discrimination claims
  • Implement progressive discipline strategies
  • Tips on conducting workplace investigations
  • Find out how to avoid violent responses to disciplinary action


BS&K Speakers
James J. Rooney
Mark A. Moldenhauer

8:30 am - 9:40 am
Discrimination Overview
Title VII
Age Discrimination in Employment Act
New York Human Rights Law
New York Labor Law §201-d

9:40 am - 10:40 am
Avoiding and Coping With Disability Discrimination Claims
Who Is an Individual With a Disability?
-Under the Americans With Disabilities Act
-Under the NYHRL
The Duty to Make Reasonable Accommodations
-According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
-According to the New York State Division of Human Rights
Recent Developments

10:40 am - 10:50 am

10:50 am - 12:15 pm
Handling Harassment Claims
Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Environment
Developing an Effective Policy
Responding to a Complaint

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Lunch (On Your Own)

1:15 pm - 2:50 pm
Workplace Investigations
Preparing for an Investigation
Investigation Techniques
Legal Restrictions on Investigative Techniques
-Federal Statutes
-New York Statutes
-Common-law Privacy Concerns
Defamation and Workplace Investigations
Protecting the Content and Results of Workplace Investigations
-Attorney-client Privilege
-Self-critical Analysis Privilege

2:50 pm - 3:00 pm

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Progressive Discipline Strategies
Written Warnings
Disciplinary Probation
Last Chance Agreements

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Workplace Violence - Avoiding Violent Responses to Disciplinary Action

Registration Fee
$329 for a single registrant
$319 each for two or more from the same organization

For more information
Lorman Education Services
Phone: 866-352-9539
Fax: 715-833-3953