In-Person Replay Seminar
ITEM #:  1529902002   |   EVENT CODE:  279873    |   CREDIT STATUS:  APPROVED


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

9:00 AM - 4:35 PM   |   Check-In:  8:30 AM

Minnesota CLE Conference Center

600 Nicollet Mall # 370

3rd Floor, City Center

Minneapolis, MN 55402

Employee Discipline & Discharge

Practical “How-To’s” for Investigating, Documenting & Making Decisions to Address Employee Performance and Behavior Problems

Helpful seminar with tip-filled materials –
Difficult situations need to be addressed with fairness and clarity. Attend this seminar to equip yourself with legal analysis, strategies and practice tips to mitigate risk – or litigate cases!

Learn how employers should –

  • Get the Facts in Workplace Investigations
  • Document to Improve Performance and Prepare for Litigation
  • Deal with Implicit Bias in Disciplinary Decision-Making
  • Prepare for and Run the Termination Meeting
  • Strategically Use Separation Agreements and Releases
  • And More!

Receive tip-filled written materials that include –

  • Checklist of Pre-Investigation Considerations
  • Comparative Examples of Ineffective and Effective Disciplinary Memos
  • Sample Talking Points for Termination Meetings
  • Departing Employee Checklist
  • Sample, Annotated Separation Agreements and Releases
  • And More!

Who should attend –

  • Employment Law Advisors, In-House or in Private Practice
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Employment Litigators – Both Plaintiff- and Defense-Side

Schedule times below are for the live seminar. Please refer to DATES & LOCATIONS for individual replay start times.

8:30 – 8:55 a.m.

8:55 – 9:00 a.m.

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Legal Liability and Other Considerations – Understanding Context for Discipline and Discharge Decision-Making
This session sets the stage for those that follow by identifying the potential legal liabilities and other considerations that employers must keep in mind while weighing discipline and discharge decisions.
– Liane M. Wong, Course Chair; Tennant Company; Minneapolis

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Eliminating Implicit Bias from Investigations and Disciplinary Decision-Making
It goes without saying that intentional bias based on protected class status must not play a role in how an investigation is conducted or disciplinary decisions are made. But what can be done to remove or mitigate the effects of implicit bias? And what are the legal consequences of unintended bias that affect investigations and decision-making?
– Mary M. O’Brien; Ballard Spahr LLP; Minneapolis

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Getting the Facts – Workplace Investigation from Start to Finish
Includes checklist of pre-investigation considerations!

Workplace investigations may be necessary for many reasons – in response to alleged performance issues, or because there’s a complaint of discrimination or harassment, or because a supervisor witnessed behavior that they believe violates a workplace rule … and the list goes on. This session gives a practical overview of workplace investigations, with special emphasis on pre-investigation considerations. Topics will include such critical issues as: how and when to start an investigation, who should conduct the investigation, who should be interviewed and in what order, what questions should be asked, and how to document the investigation’s findings.
– Leonard B. Segal; Seiler Schindel Segal; Minneapolis

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
4 Rules of Discipline Documentation
Includes comparative examples of ineffective and effective disciplinary memos!

A legal “how-to” guide for documenting and communicating employee performance and behavior problems. This fast-paced session is filled with examples of good and bad documentation, plus instruction on how to successfully document to improve performance and prepare for litigation.
– Robert C. Boisvert, Jr.; Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.; Minneapolis

12:15 – 12:30 p.m.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
LUNCH (on your own)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Strategic Use of Separation Agreements and Releases
Includes sample annotated contract provisions!
When and how to use separation agreements to reduce legal risk. How to draft them properly and avoid legal pitfalls.
– Mary L. Knoblauch; Maslon LLP; Minneapolis
– Melissa Muro LaMere; Maslon LLP; Minneapolis

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
The Termination Meeting – A Step-by-Step Guide
Includes helpful checklists!
You know you must terminate; the question is how to do so without inviting lawsuits. This session covers:

  • Planning and executing the termination meeting – including talking points that deter problems and increase comfort and respect, and potential questions and how to answer them;
  • Practical tips on what and how to collect employer property;
  • And more.

– Sheila A. Engelmeier; Engelmeier & Umanah PA; Minneapolis

3:45 – 4:15 p.m.
In Conclusion: Avoiding 10 Discipline and Discharge Mistakes Employers Make – A Plaintiffs’ Attorney Perspective
An experienced plaintiffs’-side employment lawyer wraps up the day sharing 10 important lessons for employers as they handle discipline and discharge matters in the workplace.
– Kaarin Nelson Schaffer; Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP; Minneapolis

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Monday, October 28, 2019
Minnesota CLE Conference Center
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 370
Seventh Street & Nicollet Mall, Third Floor City Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Schedule times for replays may differ from those for the live program. Start times are as indicated below. Please register at least one week in advance to secure your copy of the course materials on the day of the seminar.

Minneapolis – 11/12/19 (Check-In 8:30; Replay 9:00)
Minneapolis – 11/26/19 (Check-In 8:30; Replay 9:00)
Minnesota CLE Conference Center
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 370
Seventh Street and Nicollet Mall, Third Floor City Center

Mankato – 1/10/20 (Check-In 8:15; Replay 8:30)
Farrish Johnson Law Office
1907 Excel Drive

Moorhead – 1/9/20 (Check-In 9:00; Replay 9:15)
Moorhead Public Library
118 Fifth Street South

St. Cloud – 12/17/19 (Check-In 8:15; Replay 8:30)
Rinke Noonan Law Firm
1015 West St. Germain Street

In-Person Live:  $245 MSBA members / $245 paralegals / $295 standard rate
In-Person Replay:  $225 MSBA members / $225 paralegals / $275 standard rate

Other discounts that may apply:

Scholarships available!
Need-based scholarships are available for in-person and online seminars. Most scholarships awarded are 50% off the seminar price. For further information or to obtain a scholarship application, contact us at 800-759-8840 or cservice@minncle.org.

Minnesota CLE is applying to the Minnesota State Board of CLE for 6.0 standard CLE credits. The maximum number of total credits attendees may claim for this program is 6.0 credits. 

Minnesota CLE also is applying to the Minnesota State Bar Association for 6.0 labor and employment specialist credits; and to the Human Resource Certification Institute for 6.0 HR (General) recertification credit hours. 

Minnesota CLE is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for 6.0 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit  www.shrmcertification.org.

Included in registration fee.

Can't attend? The course materials are available for $95 (plus tax and handling). To order, call Minnesota CLE at 651-227-8266 or 800-759-8840. Available in hard copy. Orders will be filled after the live seminar.