How to Write Workplace Documentation to Stand Up in Court

Duration: 60 Minutes
This webinar contains guidelines to help you document employee performance and behavior that can stand up in court. Examples for such Issues include: Sexual harassment, misconduct, performance evaluations, and tardiness. This webinar is meant to help employers avoid expensive litigation by being prepared.
Writing Documents
Instructor: Vanessa G Nelson
Product ID: 501310
Objectives of the Presentation
Documenting employee performance helps organizations to:
  • Address performance issues and misconduct
  • Justify employment actions, such as terminations
  • Support company objectives, i.e. policies, conduct rules
  • Ensure adequate performance evaluations
  • Aid in efficiently contesting unemployment claims
  • Properly document investigations and complaints
Why Should you Attend
Workplace litigation is at record high levels. The average lawsuit settlement is $165,000 and if the case goes to a jury, the cost can soar to over $1,000,000. Failing to appropriately document employee behavior and performance is one of the top reasons businesses lose money in litigation and settlement awards. In order to protect your company from expensive litigation due to discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, etc., employers must document workplace issues appropriately.

Inappropriate documentation of performance, misbehavior and/or misconduct carries the same effect as trying to avoid or ignore the issues. Additionally, poorly written documentation can mean the difference between a good defense and no defense at all when faced with litigation. It is crucial that employers document performance, misbehavior, and misconduct appropriately.

This webinar will assist in ensuring employers are documenting issues appropriately to protect their assets as well as not spend valuable time dealing with unnecessary litigation.

Areas Covered
  • Progressive discipline overview
  • When and why to document
  • What to include in the documentation
  • Words to avoid in documentation
  • How to communicate the documentation
  • Sample step-by-step analogy regarding documentation of employee misconduct and performance at a company involving 3 employees
Who can Benefit
  • Directors
  • VPs
  • CFOs
  • Business Owners
  • Managers
  • HR Representatives
  • HR Consultants
  • Managers
  • Supervisors
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Instructor Profile:
Vanessa G. Nelson, MSA, SPHR, CLRL is founder and President of award-winning Expert Human Resources, which she founded to help companies maintain employment law compliance, avoid workplace litigation, reduce costs, and increase revenue.

Vanessa established Expert Human Resources in 2009, after observing companies' frustrations in complying with constantly changing employment laws as well as continually dealing with workplace litigations and fines. Vanessa realized that a lot of the litigious situations that businesses encountered could be avoided by their being proactive and implementing updated polices and applying them correctly. Vanessa also recognized that many companies could not afford a full-time HR person, or department, to assist in maintaining compliance with employment laws, as well as applying policies and practices correctly; therefore she established a "portable HR" to accommodate those businesses.

Vanessa is a results-oriented HR Consultant with a unique background in business management, spanning over 29 years at two major medical centers in Michigan. Her expertise includes: HR audits, labor relations, employment laws, employee relations, workplace investigations, and policies and procedures. Additionally, Ms. Nelson has worked with companies to implement processes to improve conflict management and employee relations and conducted harassment training to improve company efficiencies. She has helped companies save hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Ms. Nelson received her Master of Science in Administration/Human Resources Management from Central Michigan University, and a Bachelor in Business Management from Northwood University. She holds the Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) credential from Human Resources Certification Institute, Certified Labor Relations Leader (CLRL) from Michigan State University, and is Six Sigma White Belt certified.


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