DISCIPLINE & DISCHARGE HANDBOOK
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ITEM #:  50090914   |   PUBLISHED:  MAY 19, 2014
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Discipline and Discharge Handbook, 2nd Edition

Edited by Robert C. Boisvert, Jr., Penelope J. Phillips & Melissa Raphan

Employment discipline and discharge is a big deal and how to do it is of paramount importance. This book serves as a roadmap to the key legal and human resources considerations related to this tough subject. As two of its authors observe, “Navigating the obstacles to a smooth discipline or termination event is both an art and a science.” The Discipline and Discharge Handbook’s goal is to provide you with a full set of tools for the journey.

CHAPTER 1
Overview

CHAPTER 2
The Four Rules of Disciplinary Documentation
Rule #1: Do It; Rule #2: Know Your Audience; Rule #3: Follow the Rules; Rule #4: Tell the Story
– Robert C. Boisvert, Jr. 

CHAPTER 3
Discipline and Termination: A Practical Guide to Drafting Employee Disciplinary Memos
Introduction; Practical Tips for Drafting Disciplinary Memos; Pitfalls of Drafting Disciplinary Memos; Putting it All Together; Sample Disciplinary Memos and Editorial Commentary
– Penelope J. Phillips & Grant T. Collins

CHAPTER 4
Contracts, Handbooks, and Other Employment Documents
The Importance of Contracts, Handbooks and Offer Letters; Background: Employment At-Will; Employee Handbooks; Employment Contracts
– Joseph G. Schmitt 

CHAPTER 5
Fact-Gathering, Including Investigating Alleged Misconduct and Inappropriate Behavior
Introduction; Goals of an Investigation; Preliminary Steps; Choosing an Investigator; The Investigation Process; The Investigator’s Report; Responding to the Investigation Findings; Responding to Investigation Problems
– Mary M. Krakow 

CHAPTER 6
Making the Discipline or Discharge Decision
Introduction; Managing Performance Issues; Addressing Misconduct Issues Requires Thoughtful Decision-Making; Addressing the “Problem Employee”; Factors to Consider to Minimize the Risk of Litigation; Special Considerations to Evaluate When Deciding Whether to Discipline or Discharge an Employee; Conclusion
– Melissa Raphan & Bobbi A. Leal

CHAPTER 7
The Termination Meeting
Preparation for the Termination Meeting; Handling the Actual Termination Meeting; Conclusion; Appendix A – Personnel Records Under Minnesota Law; Appendix B – Departing Employee Checklist; Appendix C – Employee Risk Assessment; Appendix D – Sample Follow-Up Letter
– Sheila Engelmeier & Thomas E. Marshall

CHAPTER 8
Separation Agreements and Releases
Introduction; Separation Agreement Terms and Conditions; Releases; Conclusion
– Ellen G. Sampson, Kristin Berger Parker & Liane M. Wong 

CHAPTER 9
Post-Termination Issues
Introduction; Final Payment of Wages; Benefits Continuation; Personnel Files; Rights to Written Reason for Termination and Employment References; Post-Termination Obligations of the Employee; Responding to Unemployment Compensation Claims; Preservation of Evidence; Conclusion
– Kathlyn E. Noecker & Kyle T. Fogt

CHAPTER 10
Special Labor Law Considerations in Discipline and Termination
Introduction; Collective Bargaining Agreement as Exception to Employment At-Will Doctrine; Discipline and Discharge Under Collective Bargaining Agreements; Grievance of Disciplinary Actions; Arbitration of Disciplinary Disputes; Discrimination or Retaliation for Section 7 Conduct – Whether by a Union or Non-Union Employee
– Douglas R. Christensen & Jessie E.R. Mischke

CHAPTER 11
Special Issues Regarding Discipline or Termination of Public Employees
Introduction and Scope of Chapter; Constitutional Issues; Data Privacy, Disclosure and Retention; “Sunshine” / Open Meeting Laws; Special Public Employee Groups; Limited Judicial Review
– Patricia Y. Beety 

CHAPTER 12
State Law Considerations: A Checklist Approach
Legal Prohibitions Against Termination; Employment Contracts; Substantive Rights and Obligations in Terminations; Severance Pay/Separation Agreements; Unemployment Compensation; Record Retention
– Dennis J. Merley 

CHAPTER 13
Employer Mistakes
Introduction; Pre-Discharge Mistakes; Mistakes at Discharge; Mistakes After Discharge; Mistakes After Discharge (by Employers’ Counsel); Conclusion
– M. William O’Brien & Howard L. Bolter

Statutes Index
Case Index
Subject Index

  • Departing Employee Checklist  (Chapter 7)
  • Documentation Checklist (Chapter 2)
  • Employee Contract Issues Checklist (Chapter 4)
  • Employee Handbook Checklist  (Chapter 4)
  • Employee Risk Assessment (Chapter 7)
  • Garrity Warning (Chapter 11) 
  • Just Cause Checklist (Chapter 10)
  • Legal Hold Notice (Chapter 9)
  • Pre-Interview Checklist (Chapter 5)
  • Procedural Due Process Checklist for Public Employers (Chapter 11)
  • Tennessen Advisory – Involuntary Statement (Chapter 11)
  • Tennessen Advisory – Voluntary Statement (Chapter 11)
  • Termination Follow-Up Letter  (Chapter 7)
  • Veterans Preference Termination Notice (Chapter 11)

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