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In Fundamentals of Personnel Law for Managers and Supervisors, participants will learn...

  • How to deal confidently and decisively with unacceptable employee conduct or performance
  • What records of disciplinary meetings must be kept
  • How to avoid comments and actions that can lead to sexual harassment claims
  • Which workers fall into “protected” classes
  • How to control tardiness and absenteeism and boost productivity—lawfully
  • Facts about exempt, nonexempt, overtime and other wage and hour issues
  • How to conduct legally sound performance appraisals
  • How to maintain airtight documentation of interviews, warnings and disciplinary actions
  • How to terminate without inviting a lawsuit

There’s no denying that the threat of employee lawsuits is more real today than ever, and managers and supervisors increasingly find themselves making personnel decisions in what can be a legal minefield. With a rapidly growing body of government regulations to keep track of and more workers who are concerned about their job rights—and more inclined than ever to enforce them in the courtroom—expensive legal consequences are possible at every step.

But most lawsuits, claims and charges are preventable if employees are armed with a basic knowledge of key issues in employment law. In our intensive training course Fundamentals of Personnel Law for Managers and Supervisors, your organization’s managers and supervisors will learn where the potential for costly mistakes exists, and they’ll be equipped with practical guidelines for treating employees fairly and staying out of court.

Who will benefit from this training

Business owners
Personnel and human resource managers
Anyone with responsibilities including hiring, firing, discipline or employee issues

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    Lawful interviewing and hiring

    • 3 tips for avoiding discrimination suits stemming from unfair recruitment and selection practices
    • How to avoid making implied promises, offer letters and oral contracts that can be considered legally binding and ultimately jeopardize a company’s right to fire at will
    • How to avoid the legal pitfalls unwary managers sometimes encounter when writing job descriptions and advertisements
    • How to develop legally safe interview questions that focus on an applicant’s ability to perform job duties
    • Proven—and legal—techniques for gathering accurate and candid information when conducting background checks on or verifying the references of job candidates

    Wage and hour laws, benefits and leave issues managers and supervisors must understand

    • Scheduling leave for workers covered by the provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act—and how the law protects the worker’s right to return to work
    • The penalties for bending the rules governing the differences between exempt and nonexempt employees
    • Understanding the regulations governing overtime, minimum wage, compensatory time and other issues affecting workers’ wages and benefits
    • A 20-point test for determining the difference between an employee and an independent contractor
    • How to lawfully deal with workers suspected of having drug, alcohol or other personal problems that may require an outside assistance program

    Disciplinary actions, performance appraisals and annual reviews

    • Guidelines for conducting legally defensible performance evaluations
    • The legal significance of using specific, clear and direct language when communicating with an employee about a performance problem
    • How to avoid making emotionally charged statements that trigger a negative response during a discipline session—and lay the foundation for a lawsuit
    • 6 actions to take during disciplinary proceedings to reduce the risk of unfavorable legal action
    • 4 guidelines for staying out of court when enforcing an organization’s personnel policies
    • How to provide airtight documentation for any disciplinary problem
    • Understanding legal options when dealing with employees who abuse sick leave

    Maintaining personnel records, paperwork and other documentation

    • The key information every employee file should contain to safeguard an organization against wrongful discharge, discrimination and negligent hiring suits
    • Understanding federal and state statutes regarding employees’ rights to access personnel files
    • Guidelines for maintaining the confidentiality of personnel files—particularly satellite files
    • How to determine how long to keep personnel records and forms
    • Documentation can be a two-edged sword when an employee takes an organization to court—how to avoid the record-keeping and paperwork mistakes

    How to avoid retaliatory and wrongful termination lawsuits

    • The most common ways managers and supervisors bungle the firing process—and how to avoid them
    • Understanding the major exceptions to “employment at will”—and how to keep them from becoming the basis for a wrongful discharge suit
    • Actions to head off potential legal trouble after terminating an employee
    • How to conduct a termination meeting that’s legally defensible in court

    Avoiding discrimination in daily interactions with workers

    • Understanding the various antidiscrimination laws and who the protected groups are
    • Distinguishing between disparate treatment and disparate impact
    • Understanding how the provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act affects how your organization supervises employees with disabilities
    • Practical tips for avoiding age discrimination claims when supervising older workers
    • Understanding what sexual harassment is—and EEOC guidelines for preventing it in the workplace
    • Insightful individual and group exercises for developing an awareness of what constitutes sexual harassment

    Understanding workers’ privacy rights

    • What the law says about employee defamation and violation of confidentiality rights—and the legal impact of a chance remark to another worker or supervisor
    • Monitoring mail and telephone calls, reading e-mail and computer files and searching lockers and offices—how it can overstep the law
    • The legal do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when enforcing a company’s dress code
    • An overview of EEOC guidelines for testing employees—including alcohol and drug testing—without invading their privacy rights

    Legal obligations for ensuring worker safety

    • Actions to take as a supervisor or manager to prevent lawsuits stemming from a workplace crisis, violent incident or traumatic event
    • How to prevent the accidents and medical conditions that lead to workers’ compensation claims—and obligations to an employee who files one
    • How to ensure that federal, state and local safety ordinances are adhered to within a department or work unit and how to deal with workers who violate them