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- How job descriptions matter when it comes to the law
- Offer letters, contracts, and agreements
- Questions you can't ask job applicants
- Test and assessment instruments
- Managing employee leave
- Harassment and discrimination laws
- Handling bullies in the workplace
- Employee discipline
Skill Level Intermediate
- I want you to imagine yourself in a large conference room full of attorneys. A court reporter's present taking down your every word. You are under oath, and a lawyer for the employee you used to manage is grilling you about how you responded to a complaint the employee made. He is examining you on your understanding of the law and the steps you took in light of that understanding. He's asking you why you failed to document your concerns.
This is one of the most uncomfortable feelings you can ever have. There are dozens of managers and human resource professionals going through this exact scenario every day in this country. Hundreds of thousands of claims are made every year against employers and their managers. The average employment law verdict exceeds $200,000, and that does not include lawyers' fees, aggravation, or even brand damage.
There are dozens of laws and hundreds of regulations that apply to the workplace. I can tell you that it's very often the unaware manager that gets the company sued and their career damaged. Hi, I'm Don Phin. I've been an employment lawyer since 1983, and I actively litigated cases for 17 years. I've seen everything from sexual harassment to wrongful termination to whistle blower claims. I quit litigation because I realized how nobody gains from fighting a lawsuit.
Nobody. Not the claimants, the companies, or the attorneys. Litigation is a lose lose game for all involved. Now I spend my time helping companies to avoid claims by adopting good compliance practices and tools. In this course, I will focus on giving you the framework of the law from hire to fire so you have an awareness of potential issues and don't get yourself and the company in legal trouble.
I will focus on all aspects of hiring from job descriptions to fit for duty exams. We will discuss internal policies and procedures including employee handbooks. Last, I will discuss the day to day laws you should know as well as how to manage employee discipline and documentation. We have got a lot of ground to cover, so let's get started.