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Ironclad Employment Documentation: How to Legally Support Your Actions and Minimize Risks

Date:  May 25, 2017

Firm:  Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.

Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., is pleased to announce that Susan G. Fentin, in conjunction with BLR®, will be presenting:
Ironclad Employment Documentation: How to Legally Support Your Actions and Minimize Risks
Thursday, May 25, 2017
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
You fire an employee for poor performance. He says the termination was in retaliation for filing a race discrimination claim against the company. Will you have the employment documentation to back up your decision and avoid a costly lawsuit?

Whether it's a discrimination case, a retaliation claim, or both, the story is the same. It's your word against the word of the employee - unless you have solid employment documentation to support the reasons for your decision. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a judge, or the jury will want to examine your records of the steps and actions that led to the firing, discipline, or other adverse employment action.

Even if you have written documentation, it may not help if it hints at subjectivity or makes you seem unreasonable. While it's always important to show what you did, it's even more important that you be able to prove why you did it.

Here's where good documentation comes in. But, what makes it work? What should you include in any write-up and what should you never say?

Join us on May 25th, when Attorney Susan Fentin will teach you practical tips on how to create written employment documentation for performance, conduct, and disciplinary issues in a way that's objective and, most importantly, legally defensible.

You'll learn how to:
•    Master the toughest aspects of employment documentation
•    Address performance and conduct-based issues with actionable language that focuses on the behavior, not the person
•    Include the right amount of detail in describing the employee's actions
•    Follow-up with the employee to evaluate whether necessary progress has been made
•    Plan the next steps if the employment issue isn't improving, and how to document your decisions
•    And much more!

To register and for more details about this class, please e-mail or call (800) 274-6774.
The standard fee is $249.00, but because of Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.'s affiliation with BLR®, we've made special arrangements for clients of the firm to attend this webinar at a 50% discount from the normal charge. If you are a client of the firm, please email Melissa Theriaque ( for the discount code.
This webinar qualifies for 0.15 Recertification Points for CSPs, CHSTs, OHSTs, 1 CMP credit for CHMMs, and eligible for CM credits for CIHs who attend. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) or Continuing Education Credits/Units (CECs/CEUs) may also be available for environmental managers participating in this webinar (please note that webinar participants are responsible for exploring their state requirements to have their educational credits approved for credit).