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Why Employers Get Sued: How You Can Stop It

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Why Employers Get Sued: How You Can Stop It

Workshop Description/Agenda

Maximize Lawsuit Protections and Increase Your Professional Value!

When employers get sued, HR is the first line of defense. How sharp is your vision when it comes to spotting lawsuits from a mile away? Moreover, how strong are your strategies for stopping lawsuits in their tracks? This insightful seminar will give you the key tactics you need to mitigate the chances of debilitating lawsuits. You'll gain new insight on strengthening handbooks, improving documentation, disciplining employees and more. You'll leave with heightened skills - and increased value in the eyes of your employer. Register today!

  • Recognize the top reasons why employers get sued.
  • Provide your supervisors with legal literacy that prevents lawsuits.
  • Document employee performance issues in ways that stand up in court.
  • Investigate complaints and take proper steps before employees sue.
  • Avoid legal jeopardy when terminating problem employees.
  • Ensure your handbook safeguards your company from costly litigation.
  • Strengthen litigation protections through strategic use of written agreements.


  1. Prevention Strategy #1: Recognize Top Reasons Why Employers Get Sued (With Real-World Examples)
    9:00 - 9:45, Melissa J. Crump
    1. Sexual Harassment: #MeToo and More
    2. Discrimination: LGBT, Race, National Origin, Gender, Age, etc.
    3. FMLA Leave: Retaliation and Interference
    4. ADA Reasonable Accommodation Claims
    5. FLSA/Wage and Hour: Unpaid Overtime, Misclassification, Equal Pay, etc.
    6. Wrongful Termination Claims
  2. Prevention Strategy #2: Train Your Supervisors to Mitigate Lawsuits
    9:45 - 10:30, L. Scott Miller
    1. Employment Laws: Tips to Make Supervisors Understand
    2. Civility as a Front-Line Defense: Proven Techniques
    3. Diversity Training to Shield Against Lawsuits
    4. Lawsuit Prevention Techniques Your Supervisors Need
    5. Consistent Policy Enforcement Done Right
    6. Setting Expectations and Holding Supervisors Accountable
  3. Prevention Strategy #3: Create Documentation That is a Legal Shield
    10:45 - 12:00, Ruby D. Fenton
    1. Documentation Requirements: Federal and State Law
    2. Knowing When and What to Document
    3. Taking Out Subjectivity and Bringing in Clarity
    4. Performance Concerns: Consequences and Corrective Measures
    5. Disciplinary Issues: Effective Documentation Strategies
    6. Termination Decisions: What Documentation MUST Contain
    7. Avoiding Documentation Red Flags
  4. Prevention Strategy #4: Effectively Investigate and Respond to Employee Complaints
    1:00 - 1:45, L. Scott Miller
    1. Receiving the Complaint: Proven Response Methods
    2. Treating Similarly-Situated Employees Alike
    3. Investigation Strategies That Get Answers
    4. Interim Measures That Protect the Investigation Process
    5. Using Investigation Results to Take Action and Provide Protections
  5. Prevention Strategy #5: Discipline and Terminate Employees the RIGHT Way
    1:45 - 2:30, Barry S. Spurlock
    1. Strategically Using Progressive Discipline Policies
    2. Contentious Meetings: Tips to Mitigate Lawsuits
    3. Same Situation, Different Employee: Avoiding Legal Jeopardy
    4. Checks and Balances on Termination Decisions
  6. Prevention Strategy #6: Maximize Handbook and Policy Protections
    2:45 - 3:30, Ruby D. Fenton
    1. Workplace Conduct: Harassment, Dress Code, etc.
    2. FMLA Leave and Other Absence Policies
    3. Social Media Use and Off-Duty Conduct
    4. Hours Worked, Work from Home and More
    5. Prohibited Conduct and Retaliation
    6. Drug and Alcohol Use and Testing
    7. Protections for Specific Classes: LGBT, ADA, etc.
  7. Prevention Strategy #7: Use Written Agreements as Additional Protections
    3:30 - 4:30, Ruby D. Fenton
    1. Non-Compete and Non-Disclosure Agreements
    2. Arbitration Agreements
    3. Performance Improvement Plans
    4. Release of Claims
    5. Severance Agreements

Who Should Attend

This basic-to-intermediate level seminar is for:

  • HR Professionals
  • Attorneys
  • Corporate Executives
  • Accountants
  • Paralegals

Additional Information

Training Provider: NBI, Inc.

Course Topics: Law Training > Employment/HR Law

Training Course Summary: Why Employers Get Sued: How You Can Stop It

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