Employee Hiring and Firing: Legal and Practical Guidance for Employment Counsel
Strategies to Minimize Negligent Hiring or Wrongful Termination Claims
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will provide legal and practical strategies for counsel to employers when hiring and terminating employees to ensure compliance with federal and state laws and minimize litigation risks.
- Overview of laws governing hiring and firing
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Americans with Disabilities Act
- Rehabilitation Act of 1973
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
- Civil Rights Act of 1866, Sections 1981 and 1983
- Equal Pay Act
- Executive Order 11246 for federal contractors
- Fair Credit Reporting Act
- State laws
- Hiring best practices
- Job description/advertising
- Reference and background checks
- Pre-employment testing
- At-will employment
- Drafting the offer letter and employment contract
- Pre-termination and termination strategies
- Employee evaluations
- Progressive discipline
- Documentation (including emails and other e-discovery issues)
- Avoiding discrimination and retaliation claims
The panel will review these and other key questions:
- What federal and state laws govern or are implicated during the hiring and firing processes?
- What are the legal limitations for employers using social networking websites, criminal background checks and credit checks to screen prospective employees?
- How has the introduction of email and e-discovery mandates impacted employers' documentation practices during the hiring and termination processes?
- What best practices should employers and their counsel employ to limit exposure to lawsuits when hiring and firing employees?
John E. Quinn
He represents both organized and unorganized employers in all aspects of employee relations. He has defended employers... | Read More
He represents both organized and unorganized employers in all aspects of employee relations. He has defended employers in wrongful discharge cases and other employment-related matters to include covenants not to compete. He has also defended employers in federal and state courts as well as before city, state and federal agencies in matters involving discrimination allegations.Close
Keith A. Watts
He practices exclusively labor and employment law and has handled a wide variety of matters, including sexual... | Read More
He practices exclusively labor and employment law and has handled a wide variety of matters, including sexual harassment, age discrimination, disability and wrongful termination claims. His practice focuses heavily on the “prevention side” of employment claims and positioning problem employment situations for the best possible defense.Close
Sidney L. Gold
Sidney L. Gold & Associates
His practice is exclusively concentrated in the representation of both employees and employers in all aspects of... | Read More
His practice is exclusively concentrated in the representation of both employees and employers in all aspects of employment related litigation, including claims under federal and state anti-discrimination laws and federal civil rights laws. He has extensive experience counseling employers regarding compliance with Title VII, the ADA, and the ADEA and FMLA.Close