Discipline, Documentation & Discharge
of Problem Employees
You know that the consequences of poor or sloppy disciplinary practices can be disastrous. From claims of harassment to defamation, Jeff Johnson provides incisive, practical pointers on prevention of the most common lawsuits that stem from disciplinary missteps.
Jeff Johnson delivers practical tools for navigating the disciplinary process, including coaching, warnings, performance improvement plans and even last chance agreements. His sharp and entertaining presentation includes sample disciplinary documents and he discusses the pros and cons of different progressive disciplinary systems.
Performance reviews strike fear into the hearts of managers and employees alike, (and frequently their legal counsel too). Johnson teaches tactics to relieve the tension and to create useful tools for the performance management of difficult employees. He details practical tips for creation and completion of written performance reviews and discusses how to avoid the mistakes that managers often make at review time.
How do you proceed when termination seems like the only remaining option? You will receive a invaluable tested legal and practical checklist to use when making the termination decision. You will also learn how to use internal investigations as an important tool prior to this last stage of the disciplinary process.
No event is more fraught with legal danger for the manager (or her counsel) than the actual termination of an employee. Johnson dissects the process from the moment the termination meeting begins, to the time the employee has left the company premises, through the long list of post-termination issues.
Even if you’ve got all the standard bases covered, there are still common but difficult situations in the disciplinary process: the discipline of employees who have complained of discrimination or are injured or disabled; the termination of employees on FMLA leave; the discipline of employees for off-duty conduct that arguably affects the workplace; and the obligations of an employer to grant religious accommodations.
Finally, learn to recognize and avoid the eight “Quick and Easy Ways to Get Sued by Your Problem Employees.” Johnson has spent a highly-acclaimed career helping in-house counsel and human resources professionals successfully prevent and react to all types of employment claims.
Program Outline & Schedule (6 hours)
[Part I: 90 minutes]
What’s the Difference?
- Consequences of poor practices
- The most common lawsuits
- Practical pointers for prevention
The Stages of Discipline
- Coaching, warnings, performance improvement plans and last chance agreements
- Sample disciplinary documents
- Progressive disciplinary systems
[15 minute break]
[Part II: 90 minutes]
- Practical tips for creation and completion of written performance reviews
- Mistakes that managers often make at review time
Making the Termination Decision
- Considerations when all else has failed
- Legal and practical checklist to use when making the termination decision
- Internal investigations as an important tool
[Part III: 120 minutes]
State Law Update (Optional)
Handling the Termination
- The legal danger of the actual termination
- The process from meeting to exit
- The long list of post-termination issues
Documentation of Performance and Behavior Problems
- The what, when and how of documentation
- Common mistakes and best practices
[15 minute break]
[Part IV: 60 minutes]
Difficult Issues in the Disciplinary Process
- Discipline of employees who have complained of discrimination
- Discipline of employees who are injured or disabled
- Termination of employees on FMLA leave
- Discipline of employees for off-duty conduct
- Obligations of an employer to grant religious accommodations
Eight Quick and Easy Ways to Get Sued by Your Problem Employees
If you are not convinced that your understanding of the course topic has
improved after completion of any P.E.G.® seminar, we will refund your course tuition.