Terminate for the Right Reasons-and Avoid Legal Headaches

01:00 PM ET | 10:00 AM PT | 12:00 PM CT Duration 60 Minutes

How to handle tricky termination decisions


Think “employment at will” protects you from former employees’ claims? Think again. Whistleblowing and discrimination are just two ways you can run into legal trouble when firing workers, and those are headaches you don’t want to invite.

In this comprehensive webinar, labor attorney Susan Desmond will walk you through sound practices for employee termination—ones that can minimize future litigation. Desmond will outline public policy exceptions to the employment-at-will doctrine, as well as whistleblower exceptions, so that you full understand your liability for discrimination, retaliation, and other employee claims.

After attending this instructive session, you will understand your company’s obligations to its employees under federal law. You’ll also know how to handle tricky termination decisions—such as when employees have engaged in protected activity. Don’t mishandle this important task. Arm yourself with the knowledge you need to make a sound termination decision and conduct a proper termination meeting

Areas Covered

This program will teach you how to:

•          Understand the employment-at-will doctrine (and its public policy exceptions)
•          Understand whistleblower exceptions and protections
•          Comply with employer obligations toward employees under federal law
•          Make the right decision to terminate—at the right time
•          Handle terminations when employees have engaged in protected activity
•          Avoid wrongful termination claims
•          Conduct a compliant termination meeting

Who will Benefit

All employers, both public and private

Industries who can attend

This 60-minute online course is intended for professionals in the All industries and companies.

Speaker Profile

Susan Fahey Desmond

Susan Fahey Desmond has been representing management in all areas of labor and employment law since her graduation from the University Of Tennessee School Of Law since 1985. She is a shareholder in a firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group and works from the firm's Gulf Coast office. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi (B.A., 1982) and the University Of Tennessee School Of Law (J.D., 1985). Ms. Desmond is a member of the Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Florida and Colorado Bar Associations. She is also a member of the Federal and American (member, Labor and Employment Law Section; past chair, Labor Committee; Executive Council Coordinator, Young Lawyers Section; member, Torts and Insurance Practice Section; member, Emerging Issues Committee) Bar Associations. Ms. Desmond has served as a director for both The Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers Division and the Jackson Young Lawyers Association.

She is a former secretary of the Mississippi Women's Lawyers Association. Ms. Desmond was named the 1997-98 Outstanding Young Lawyer in Mississippi and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, MidSouth Super Lawyers, and Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law sections.

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