Jane Kow, Esq. of HR Law Consultants Presents a Two Part Program on
HOW TO DOCUMENT EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE AND MISCONDUCT ISSUES &
HOW TO CONDUCT EFFECTIVE WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2014
Alameda County Training and Education Center | 125 Twelfth Street – 4th Floor | Oakland, CA
9:30 am – 10:00 am Registration, Coffee, and Networking
10:00 am – 12:00 noon Part I – Best Practices for Documenting Employee Performance and Misconduct Issues
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Boxed Lunch (included for pre-registered attendees)
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Part II – A Step by Step Guide to Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations
This two part training program provides a solid foundation for HR professionals and managers on how to effectively document employee performance and misconduct issues, and also thoroughly investigate workplace misconduct and harassment complaints to ensure that decisions are well documented, fair and defensible. This interactive training is presented by an employment lawyer with two decades of experience advising, counseling and training employers on how to prevent lawsuits and minimize liability with clear and thorough documentation and effective investigations into employee misconduct.
The morning session provides step-by-step instructions on how to prepare disciplinary memos when employees fail to meet expectations or engage in misconduct. The session will provide guidance on how to prepare performance improvement plans when employees need feedback and coaching, and how to craft performance expectation memos when employees are hired or promoted into a new role. Attendees will be provided with easy to use memo templates and a checklist on key Do’s and Don’ts when providing feedback to employees on their performance issues that state clear expectations as well as the consequences when there is no improvement.
The afternoon session will focus on how to conduct a prompt, thorough and objective workplace investigation following a complaint of discrimination or harassment (or when an employee is suspected of engaging in other forms of misconduct), as required by law. This training will provide a roadmap for an investigation, including how to interview the parties involved and reluctant witnesses, weigh credibility, analyze the evidence in an objective manner, reach a conclusion on the merits, and prepare a thorough summary report. Attendees will learn how to navigate typical roadblocks and avoid common mistakes encountered by investigators.
Jane Kow is the founder of HR Law Consultants, an employment law, HR consulting, workplace training and investigation firm, a well sought after speaker on employment law compliance topics.
After receiving her B.S. at Cornell University in 1984 and J.D. at New York University School of Law in 1993, Jane Kow has practiced employment law for the past 20 years. She began her career at the country’s premier law firms and then as Senior Counsel at a Silicon Valley based company with over 75 locations worldwide, before founding HR Law Consultants. She has represented, advised and trained organizations of all sizes and industries, in all kinds of employment disputes. She was an early contributor to the CA Practice Guide on Employment Litigation, published by the Rutter Group, widely relied upon by judges and lawyers. She has taught "Employment Law" at the UC Berkeley’s Extension Program in Human Resources and "Legal Issues of Supervision" at San Jose State University. Over the years, she has provided customized, interactive and practical training for thousands of managers, EEO and human resources professionals on a variety of topics. She has been a featured speaker at conferences sponsored by HR, legal, government, and employer organizations, including the EEOC, Department of Labor, HR Star Conference, Judicial Council of California/Administrative Office of the Courts, NCHRA/HR West Conference, Silicon Valley Women in Human Resources, State Bar of California, and the American Bar Association.
9:30 am – 10:00 am REGISTRATION
10:00 am – 12:00 pm BEST PRACTICES FOR DOCUMENTING EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE AND MISCONDUCT ISSUES
The absence of documentation of employee performance and misconduct issues can hinder managers’ ability to defend decisions when faced with a lawsuit. Documentation that is incomplete, inaccurate or reflect bias on the part of the manager may be just as problematic. Even though employees are presumably employed at-will in CA, these best practices will enable management to effectively communicate concerns and make sound personnel decisions based on a properly documented record, while at minimizing the appearance of harassment, discrimination or unfair treatment. This session will train human resources professionals and managers on the fundamental Do’s and Don’ts of how to appropriately and thoroughly document workplace issues, so that disciplinary and performance improvement memos contain concrete and constructive feedback, set expectations for improvement, and provide notice of consequences. Attendees will be provided an opportunity to practice techniques using templates for different types of disciplinary and counseling memos, which outline areas for performance improvement, create an effective performance improvement plan, issue well documented misconduct warnings and provide notice of disciplinary action, including termination following egregious misconduct. Learn why, what and how to document a range of workplace issues and how to frame feedback when documenting employee performance and misconduct issues.
Handouts include an essential toolkit of checklists and template memos for use in a variety of workplace situations:
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm LUNCH (included)
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm A STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO CONDUCTING EFFECTIVE WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS
This interactive, step by step guide to conducting effective workplace investigations will address how a prompt, thorough and objective investigation following a complaint of harassment or discrimination can minimize the risk of litigation and prevent liability in the event of a lawsuit. Using examples drawn from real workplace scenarios and case law, this program will provide attendees with a set of best practice techniques that will help them avoid common mistakes and navigate around typical roadblocks encountered during an investigation, including how to question the complainant, alleged harasser, reluctant or uncooperative witnesses, weigh credibility, maintain confidentiality over the process, while obtaining useful information from all parties. Attendees will also learn how to objectively analyze and organize the relevant evidence gathered in the course of the investigation, and prepare a thorough well written summary report that contains clear findings, even when there are conflicting witness accounts and there is no direct evidence of discrimination or harassment.
Attendees will learn how to:
Handouts include an essential toolkit of checklists and guidelines, including:
HRCI CREDIT FOR HUMAN RESOURCES PROFESSIONALS
REGISTER EARLY FOR DISCOUNTED RATES!
Before October 15, 2014
After October 15, 2014
10% ATTENDEE LOYALTY DISCOUNT
REGISTRATION, DIRECTIONS AND PARKING CONTACT
Jennifer Torre | HR Law Consultants | Phone: (415) 567-0367 | Email: Jennifer@HRLawConsultants.com