How to Terminate Poor Performers and Insubordinates Without Provoking a Lawsuit

Duration: 60 minutes

Many supervisors fear that they can't fire an insubordinate or poor-performing employee because they're vulnerable to getting sued. They are not wrong. Due to an increasingly wide range of pro-employee legislation and case law, nearly every fired employee can find a reason to claim discrimination, retaliation, or even breach of contract. In this 60-minute information-packed webinar, attorney Linda Hollinshead of Duane Morris will cover what HR pros, supervisors and managers need to know when terminating employees. (more details below)


WHY ATTEND

Terminating an employee for poor performance seems like a no-brainer. It’s nothing personal. The worker just isn’t getting the job done and would be better off in another job. But even when the termination is 100% justifiable, managers must be extremely careful how they conduct themselves.

Likewise, firing workers who are blatantly insubordinate should be a simple decision. If they refuse to do what you need them to do or openly challenges your authority, you should be able to fire them on the spot, right? Not so fast. There’s more risk than you might expect. Acting rashly can bring on a world of legal trouble. Employees fired abruptly are far more likely to sue than any other terminated employee.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The session will cover how to handle these situations and more. You’ll learn:

  • The most common reasons terminated employees sue and how to avoid them
  • The #1 managerial mistake that gives terminated employees traction in a lawsuit
  • The very few cases when firing an employee on the spot is recommended (for example, when the physical safety of other employees is in question)
  • How to avoid traps managers fall into that lead to “knee-jerk” terminations
  • The one thing you must never do when terminating an insubordinate employee
  • A common mistake HR professionals and supervisors make during the actual termination conversation
  • A blueprint for terminating employees in a way vastly reducing the likelihood you’ll get sued

                                              ABOUT THE SPEAKER

                                              Linda Hollinshead, Esq., is an employment law attorney at Duane Morris, LLP. She trains and counsels employees on FMLA compliance, medical and religious accommodations, leaves of absence policies, harassment and discrimination prevention, responding to harassment and discrimination claims, business diversity, termination of employees, hiring practices, performance appraisals and performance management. She also conducts employee complaint investigations and assists clients in drafting employee policies and handbooks, confidentiality and non-compete agreements, employment agreements, termination and severance agreements as well as independent contractor agreements.

                                              Certification

                                              This program has been approved for 1.0 recertification credit hour(s) through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) & Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

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