“Ask yourself: Could every disciplinary decision you make withstand the scrutiny of a judge, arbitrator, or jury?

When it comes to disciplinary decisions, even the smallest judgment calls can have major ramifications for an organization when viewed through the lens of a judge, arbitrator or juror. In this highly interactive program, we will track a mock employee’s discipline as it proceeds through the key phases of (1) discovering and investigating the misconduct, (2) making and documenting the decision, and (3) defending that decision upon direct- and cross-examination. Each phase highlights the need for collaboration among the organization’s senior leadership, human resources personnel and front-line managers. You will learn how to coordinate the roles of each player in the decision-making process so as to maximize your likelihood of success while also improving the operations of your organization.”

About our speaker, Kathryn Brown:

Ms. Brown advises employers on a range of workplace issues, including compliance with federal, state and local laws governing the workplace. Ms. Brown counsels clients in various sectors including higher education, healthcare, energy, pharmaceuticals, financial services and construction.

Ms. Brown represents employers in litigation and before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration with respect to charges, audits and investigations.

She provides guidance and training on matters including; hiring and onboarding; managing risks in employee discipline and terminations; workplace investigations of alleged harassment or discrimination; wage and hour compliance; independent contractor and exempt/non-exempt classification; leaves of absence; the interactive process of medical and religious accommodations; and implementing reductions in force, including by drafting severance agreements and advising on employee relations issues concerning the transition of departing and remaining employees.

Ms. Brown prepares employee handbooks and policies for use in multiple jurisdictions and tailored to the needs of the employer’s industry and workforce.

During 2013, Ms. Brown served as law clerk to the Hon. Gene E.K. Pratter of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, for which she volunteers as an alumni interviewer, and the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a B.A. in History, magna cum laude.”



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