Legal Responsibilities of Managers and Supervisors: Avoiding Legal Landmines
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.
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. The webinar includes video segments show how easy it is for people with good management skills to overlook important management responsibilities. After watching each of the segments, focus on actions that the manager might have taken to avert some of these problems. Positive conduct is suggested throughout the video; however, awareness of the problem is the shortest road to avoiding the problem in the first place – stepping across the landmine.
Learn the 9 common legal landmines in HR and employment, and how to avoid them:
- Failure to Properly Document
- Failure to Train
- Failure to Keep Evidence
- Grade Inflation
- Failure to Consult Human Resources
- Inappropriate Electronic Messages
- Inconsistent Treatment
- Inappropriate Talk about Ex-employees
- Uncontrolled References
Course Level - Intermediate - Advanced
Who should attend
- HR professionals
- Business owners
- Team leaders
Why Should You 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 many legal landmines you face in human resources and employment law.
Some reports indicate 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 basic employment law landmines were avoided to begin with.