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Research indicates that one in five team leaders or front-line managers can expect to be named in some form of employment-related charge or litigation. At least half of this litigation could be eliminated if supervisors and managers understood what potential legal landmines are out there in the workplace, and how they can be avoided.

Employers throughout the United States are faced with rapid and increasing changes and developments in the area of employment law. Currently there are staggering numbers of employment-related claims being filed in state and federal courts, and with various administrative agencies. Such claims can often result in tremendous employer liability as well as substantial legal expense, causing employers to settle cases that may seem almost frivolous in order to avoid the risk and expense of employment litigation. For the manager and/or supervisor involved, such claims can be extremely upsetting, stressful, and embarrassing. For the employer, the real cost of litigation goes well beyond attorney fees and any settlements paid - the cost of lost productivity and lowered morale are debilitating.

It is virtually impossible for any employer to eliminate all potential employment litigation, but you can minimize the likelihood of these claims by eliminating common mistakes that could have easily been prevented by training for managers and supervisors.

Virtually all decisions inherent in employment law violation lie with under-trained supervisors and managers. In this webinar you will review the federal and state employment laws that impact your role (FLSA, FMLA, ADA, OSHA, and more), and explore strategies for reducing legal risk and potential challenges. This session reviews legal concepts and issues commonly confronting you in the workplace, and which underlie your responsibility under the law.

Why you should Attend

While it is virtually impossible for any employer to eliminate all potential employment litigation, a number of managers and supervisors increase the risk of employment-related claims by committing mistakes that could easily have been prevented by training to avoid the legal landmines that exist in the workplace.

Areas Covered in the Session

  • Avoiding common legal mistakes often made by first-time supervisors
  • Understand the legal responsibilities of managers and supervisors
  • Legal landmines you need to dodge to avoid liability exposure:
    • Inconsistent and inappropriate application of policy
    • Inappropriate electronic messages
    • Neglecting the supervisor's affirmative legal duty to act
    • Incomplete and improper documentation
    • Unintended violation of law or policy
    • Failure to maintain confidentiality
    • Unlawful interviewing practice

Who Will Benefit

  • HR professionals
  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Business Owners
  • Team Leaders

Speaker Profile

Steven G. Meilleur, Ph.D., SPHR – is President, CEO – PRAXIS Management Solutions, LLC, a New Mexico-based management consulting firm specializing in human resources, employee relations, leadership, training & organizational development, organizational research and assessment, strategic & operational planning, and non-profit organization management and governance. Dr. Meilleur has more than 40 years of management and executive-level experience in human resources, risk management, and organizational management in the private non-profit public, and private for-profit sectors.

Dr. Meilleur also serves as Senior Vice-President and Risk Services Consultant for Human Resources and Employment with Poms & Associates, a national risk services and insurance brokerage firm. His previous work experience includes public, private, and nonprofit organizations, in executive and management capacities.

He is also on the faculty of the UNM School of Public Administration in the graduate program, teaching in the areas of human resource management, nonprofit organization management, leadership, dispute resolution, organizational change, and human resource development. He has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops across the country, and is a published author in the areas of human resources, marketing, leadership and management development, organizational change and innovation, non-profit organization management, and board development.

Dr. Meilleur received a BA in English Literature and Education from Bucknell University, an Executive MBA from the University of New Mexico's Anderson Graduate School of Management, and his Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational Learning from UNM. He received his certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Society for Human Resource Management in 1995.