This presentation will use case studies and real-world examples to illustrate and discuss best practices for mitigating the legal risks inherent in hiring, disciplining, and terminating employees. With respect to recruiting and hiring, in addition to discussing recent legal developments to be mindful of, we will also discuss best practices for ensuring every step of the hiring process is conducted in a compliant manner — from developing job descriptions to interviewing candidates to onboarding. The second part of this program will cover employee discipline, performance issues, and misconduct, with an emphasis on how to develop and implement policies and procedures that foster a positive workplace culture. Finally, the last part of this program will focus on legal considerations and best practices for terminating employees, including risks associated with termination and techniques for handling post-termination issues.
This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.
Key topics to be discussed:
Hiring and Onboarding Employees
Date: June 30, 2023
Kristine J. Beaudoin | Perkins Coie LLP
Kristine Beaudoin counsels clients on employment and commercial matters, from early advice and workplace investigations up through litigation. Kristie regularly helps companies navigate internal employment issues, and clients trust her to handle sensitive matters. A litigator by training, Kristie has experience with all stages of civil litigation in a wide range of industries. In connection with her litigation practice, Kristie frequently assists clients with investigating complaints of wrongdoing, from employee misconduct to compliance issues and whistleblower complaints.
I. Hiring and Onboarding Employees | 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Importance of creating a hiring process that complies with relevant laws
Best practices for drafting job descriptions and posting job openings
Pay transparency laws require salaries to be posted in many states
Other state-specific laws that may be worth reviewing
Strategies for conducting effective and compliant interviews and background checks
What are some “off limits” questions and topics?
Background check complications to be aware of
Offer letters and/or employment contracts, at-will employment, etc.
Break | 3:00pm – 3:10pm
II. Employee Discipline | 3:10pm – 3:40pm
The role of attorneys and legal-driven policies in maintaining a positive workplace culture
Creating and implementing employee policies and procedures
Strategies for addressing employee performance issues and misconduct
Techniques for documenting and communicating disciplinary actions
III. Terminating Employees | 3:40pm – 4:10pm
Legal requirements and best practices for terminating employees
Tips for conducting termination meetings
Strategies for minimizing legal risks associated with employee termination
When are severance offers/agreements appropriate? What should they include?
Is there a solution to the problem that doesn’t involve termination?