Insider Tips: Ten Things You Must Do When Disciplining or Discha


Presented by: Gerard Panaro

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If you want to avoid lawsuits altogether, or at least give yourself the strongest defense; if you want to put yourself in the best position to negotiate a fair severance agreement; and/or if you want to cover your own bases so that if there is a lawsuit, no one will blame your errors or omissions for causing it or losing it; here are ten or 12 important insider tips (depending on how you count them) that you can use to achieve your objectives, whenever you discipline an employee, but especially in the case of discharge.

The elements of a successful disciplinary/discharge strategy include:
  1. Be uniform and consistent in your own practices: treat like cases alike
  2. Do an adequate investigation to justify the action
  3. Accord the employee due process
  4. Employee representation (in collective bargaining)
  5. Use progressive discipline, if possible, even if you are at "at will" employer
  6. Make sure your action doesn't violate internal policy or external law
  7. Give reasons, explanations and rationales for your actions
  8. Conduct exit interviews
  9. Document your file ("negative" and affirmative documentation)
  10. Consider the potential for violence and plan for it
BOL's "Insider Tips" series seminar on "Disciplining or Dismissing Employees," presented by Gerard P. Panaro of the Washington DC law firm of Howe & Hutton Ltd., will cover and explain all these points and more.

Moreover, given Mr. Panaro's previous experience doing webinars for BOL subscribers, his 30 years' experience practicing employment law, and his skills as a published author, speaker and trainer, this webinar will not be merely a dry citation of statutes or hard-to-follow recitation of cases.

Although the law as expressed in statutes and court cases is the authority for much of what this webinar will present, the information will be presented in an easy-to-follow and easy-to-question format, with plenty of real and practical illustrations from Mr. Panaro's own practice. The webinar will not merely be a "do this" list, but will discuss options, rationales and the pros and cons for a variety of situations and invite attendees' questions, to be answered during the live session or in a Q&A document that will be available within two weeks of the presentation.

About the Speaker: Gerard P. Panaro is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, admitted in D.C. and Maryland, and holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston College. He is resident in the D.C. office of Howe & Hutton, a Chicago law firm with another office in St. Louis, Missouri.

Mr. Panaro has focused on employment law for nearly the entire 25 years he has been an attorney. He is the author of a nationally recognized treatise on employment law, Employment Law Manual, a 1500-page volume that was first published in 1990. He is also a regular contributor of articles to numerous HR magazines and publications, and a speaker and trainer. He is a Bankersonline Guru.

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