Effective Discipline and Lawsuit-Proof Termination: How to Remedy Performance and Conduct Problems While Minimizing Your Legal Risks

Instructor: Dr. Joni E Johnston
Product ID: 701777
  • Duration: 90 Min

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In this progressive discipline and employee termination webinar understand the best practices of creating performance improvement plans, and how to avoid mistakes while disciplining or terminating employees (including older and protected class workers).

Why Should You Attend:

Disciplining and terminating workers who are underperforming or breaking the rules is stressful for even the most skilled manager. Even worse, there are so many ways to get it wrong; failing to document all incidents regarding a discharge, firing an employee who has health or personal problems, or waiting until the employee’s performance has deteriorated past the point of no return to address it.

Join us for this highly informative 90 minute webinar to learn about current legal – and practical - dos and don'ts of employee discipline and termination. Understand the best practices for preparing, communicating, and documenting performance improvement plans for your workers. This session will also help you learn how to avoid or defend yourself against bias and retaliation claims made by departing employees.

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

  • How to turn problem employees around.
  • How to decide when it's time to stop coaching and start disciplining individual employees.
  • How to determine what is appropriate discipline.
  • Best practices for preparing, communicating, and documenting performance improvement plans for your workers.
  • The most common mistakes employers make with progressive discipline (and how you can avoid repeating them).
  • The step-by-step procedures you should always follow when discharging an employee.
  • What you should always say - and what you must never say - when letting an employee go.
  • How to handle the termination meeting - who should attend, and what to say and do.
  • The legal thresholds you must meet when firing workers based on bad behavior or poor performance.
  • How to avoid (and defend yourself against) bias and retaliation claims made by departing employees.
  • How to avoid making mistakes when disciplining or terminating older workers and other "protected class" employees.
  • The special challenges presented by workers out on leave, from FMLA and USERRA to workers comp.

Who Will Benefit:

  • HR managers
  • Department heads and supervisors
  • Owners and managers of small businesses
  • HR professionals
  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Employee Relations Professionals
  • HR Administrators

Instructor Profile:

Dr. Joni E. Johnston, is the founder and CEO of Work Relationships, a corporate training and consulting company specializing in workplace mental health problems as well as employee conduct issues including workplace harassment, workplace violence, and effective discipline/termination. Dr. Johnston has been performing human resource seminars for professional groups and industry associations since she founded her HR/employee relations consulting and training firm in 1991, and has personally trained over 50,000 managers and supervisors. She has worked extensively in the biotech and life sciences industry.

A forensic psychologist, Dr. Johnston has written monthly columns for LexisNexis, HR.Com and HRGateway. She is an adjunct professor in Tiffin University's criminal justice program and has authored three books, including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Psychology. She has also served as an expert witness in numerous employment-related lawsuits.

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