F ive  W orkplace  L egal  P itfalls - Effective Steps to Minimize and Avoid Them Jathan Janove Jathanjanove.com October 6...
#1 CLASSIFICATION   CATASTROPHE <ul><li>“ Hurricane  Brenda” </li></ul>
#2 HAZARDOUS HEALTH LITIGATION <ul><li>“ Tornado Rod” </li></ul>
#3 “UH OH!” EEO ! <ul><li>“ Tsunami Carol” </li></ul>
#4 SOCIAL   MEDIA   MALAISE  <ul><li>“ Tropical Storm Ike” </li></ul>
#5 SUPERVISORS ON THE LOOSE!   <ul><li>“ Thunderstorm Elaine” </li></ul>
#1 CLASSIFICATION   CATASTROPHE <ul><li>“ Hurricane  Brenda” </li></ul>
AUDIT …  CAREFULLY
WORKPLACE RISK ANALYSIS C o s t L i k e l i h o o d M a g n i t u d e = X
Present Three Options
Option 1 C>LM Risk Adverse
Option 2 C=LM Risk Neutral
Option 3 C<LM Risk Taker
#2 HAZARDOUS HEALTH LITIGATION <ul><li>“ Tornado Rod” </li></ul>
INTERACTIVE ACCOUNTABILITY ERA (Expectations, Responsibility, Accountability)
INTERACTIVE ACCOUNTABILITY ERA (Expectations, Responsibility, Accountability)
Mulligan Management
INTERACTIVE ACCOUNTABILITY ERA (Expectations, Responsibility, Accountability)
INTERACTIVE ACCOUNTABILITY ERA (Expectations, Responsibility, Accountability)
INTERACTIVE ACCOUNTABILITY ERA (Expectations, Responsibility, Accountability)
“ WE NEED YOU”
#3 “UH OH!” EEO ! <ul><li>“ Tsunami Carol” </li></ul>
Ask the Three Consistency Questions
Ask the Three Consistency Questions <ul><li>Have similar situations arisen? </li></ul><ul><li>What do the documents say? <...
#4 SOCIAL   MEDIA   MALAISE  <ul><li>“ Tropical Storm Ike” </li></ul>
FIND   YOUR TEXT / TWEET / CHAT/ PING / POST / POKE “SWEET SPOT”
BIG IKE’S BIG 5: <ul><li>Denying reality will not change it </li></ul>Isaac Dixon PhD, SPHR
BIG IKE’S BIG 5: <ul><li>Denying reality will not change it </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is not inherently good or evil </...
BIG IKE’S BIG 5: <ul><li>Denying reality will not change it </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is not inherently good or evil </...
BIG IKE’S BIG 5: <ul><li>Denying reality will not change it </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is not inherently good or evil </...
BIG IKE’S BIG 5: <ul><li>Denying reality will not change it </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is not inherently good or evil </...
#5 SUPERVISORS ON THE LOOSE!   <ul><li>“ Thunderstorm Elaine” </li></ul>
CLAIM PREVENTION TRAINING ABC’S A B C
(A) ESTABLISH A JERK-FREE ZONE
Avoid the 3 Harassment Surprises: What?!!
Surprise Harasser
Surprise Plaintiff
Surprise Victim
<ul><li>“ It is essential that at all times our employees treat each other, and those with whom they come into contact, wi...
(B) WRITE AN A-HOLE LAWYER LETTER
SAME DAY SUMMARY (w/i a page and a day) To:  Employee From:   Supervisor Cc/bcc:  HR Date:  This summarizes our discussion...
(C) AVOID AVOIDANCE
PERFORMANCE FEEDBACK CHECKLIST <ul><li>Big Picture Focus </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Expected Performance:  Quantity & Quali...
WEIGHT FORWARD ON SKIS
Further Information: <ul><li>Winner of the 2009 Gold Medal IPPY Award in Business/Sales at  Book Expo America </li></ul>3 ...
Copyright Consent Information <ul><li>This presentation is a copyrighted document.  As the registered attendee, you are he...
This presentation is intended solely to provide general information and does not constitute legal advice. Attendance at th...
Do you have a question that you would like answered during the Q&A session?  Simply follow the instructions below. To ask ...
<ul><li>Introducing… </li></ul>
<ul><li>Useful Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Primary Source  Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Easy Navigation </li></ul><ul><li>State...
<ul><li>Powerful Site-Wide Searching </li></ul><ul><li>Wage & Hour Law for Public Sector </li></ul><ul><li>Complete covera...
<ul><li>13 additional titles in benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Special reports with legislative changes or current development...
<ul><li>Steve McCready   (512) 391-8374  smccready@thompson.com </li></ul><ul><li>For more information, please contact: </...
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  1. 1. F ive W orkplace L egal P itfalls - Effective Steps to Minimize and Avoid Them Jathan Janove Jathanjanove.com October 6, 2010
  2. 2. #1 CLASSIFICATION CATASTROPHE <ul><li>“ Hurricane Brenda” </li></ul>
  3. 3. #2 HAZARDOUS HEALTH LITIGATION <ul><li>“ Tornado Rod” </li></ul>
  4. 4. #3 “UH OH!” EEO ! <ul><li>“ Tsunami Carol” </li></ul>
  5. 5. #4 SOCIAL MEDIA MALAISE <ul><li>“ Tropical Storm Ike” </li></ul>
  6. 6. #5 SUPERVISORS ON THE LOOSE! <ul><li>“ Thunderstorm Elaine” </li></ul>
  7. 7. #1 CLASSIFICATION CATASTROPHE <ul><li>“ Hurricane Brenda” </li></ul>
  8. 8. AUDIT … CAREFULLY
  9. 9. WORKPLACE RISK ANALYSIS C o s t L i k e l i h o o d M a g n i t u d e = X
  10. 10. Present Three Options
  11. 11. Option 1 C>LM Risk Adverse
  12. 12. Option 2 C=LM Risk Neutral
  13. 13. Option 3 C<LM Risk Taker
  14. 14. #2 HAZARDOUS HEALTH LITIGATION <ul><li>“ Tornado Rod” </li></ul>
  15. 15. INTERACTIVE ACCOUNTABILITY ERA (Expectations, Responsibility, Accountability)
  16. 16. INTERACTIVE ACCOUNTABILITY ERA (Expectations, Responsibility, Accountability)
  17. 17. Mulligan Management
  18. 18. INTERACTIVE ACCOUNTABILITY ERA (Expectations, Responsibility, Accountability)
  19. 19. INTERACTIVE ACCOUNTABILITY ERA (Expectations, Responsibility, Accountability)
  20. 20. INTERACTIVE ACCOUNTABILITY ERA (Expectations, Responsibility, Accountability)
  21. 21. “ WE NEED YOU”
  22. 22. #3 “UH OH!” EEO ! <ul><li>“ Tsunami Carol” </li></ul>
  23. 23. Ask the Three Consistency Questions
  24. 24. Ask the Three Consistency Questions <ul><li>Have similar situations arisen? </li></ul><ul><li>What do the documents say? </li></ul><ul><li>Can we show there is no inconsistency? </li></ul>
  25. 25. #4 SOCIAL MEDIA MALAISE <ul><li>“ Tropical Storm Ike” </li></ul>
  26. 26. FIND YOUR TEXT / TWEET / CHAT/ PING / POST / POKE “SWEET SPOT”
  27. 27. BIG IKE’S BIG 5: <ul><li>Denying reality will not change it </li></ul>Isaac Dixon PhD, SPHR
  28. 28. BIG IKE’S BIG 5: <ul><li>Denying reality will not change it </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is not inherently good or evil </li></ul>Isaac Dixon PhD, SPHR
  29. 29. BIG IKE’S BIG 5: <ul><li>Denying reality will not change it </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is not inherently good or evil </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you have a “geek” on your team </li></ul>Isaac Dixon PhD, SPHR
  30. 30. BIG IKE’S BIG 5: <ul><li>Denying reality will not change it </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is not inherently good or evil </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you have a “geek” on your team </li></ul><ul><li>Boundaries need to be clear and enforceable </li></ul>Isaac Dixon PhD, SPHR
  31. 31. BIG IKE’S BIG 5: <ul><li>Denying reality will not change it </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is not inherently good or evil </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you have a “geek” on your team </li></ul><ul><li>Boundaries need to be clear and enforceable </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone is a photojournalist </li></ul>Isaac Dixon PhD, SPHR
  32. 32. #5 SUPERVISORS ON THE LOOSE! <ul><li>“ Thunderstorm Elaine” </li></ul>
  33. 33. CLAIM PREVENTION TRAINING ABC’S A B C
  34. 34. (A) ESTABLISH A JERK-FREE ZONE
  35. 35. Avoid the 3 Harassment Surprises: What?!!
  36. 36. Surprise Harasser
  37. 37. Surprise Plaintiff
  38. 38. Surprise Victim
  39. 39.
  40. 40. <ul><li>“ It is essential that at all times our employees treat each other, and those with whom they come into contact, with courtesy, respect and professionalism; and that they work cooperatively and constructively in resolving issues or problems.” </li></ul>
  41. 41. (B) WRITE AN A-HOLE LAWYER LETTER
  42. 42. SAME DAY SUMMARY (w/i a page and a day) To: Employee From: Supervisor Cc/bcc: HR Date: This summarizes our discussion on ______. We addressed the issue of _____________. We agreed the following will happen: _________________. If I haven’t summarized our discussion accurately, please let me know immediately.
  43. 43. (C) AVOID AVOIDANCE
  44. 44. PERFORMANCE FEEDBACK CHECKLIST <ul><li>Big Picture Focus </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Expected Performance: Quantity & Quality of Desired Results </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Expected Treatment of Others: Responsiveness, Cooperation and Professionalism. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Scrupulous Honesty </li></ul><ul><li>No Surprises – Review is a Summary Not a Substitute for Real-time Feedback. </li></ul>
  45. 45. WEIGHT FORWARD ON SKIS
  46. 46.
  47. 47. Further Information: <ul><li>Winner of the 2009 Gold Medal IPPY Award in Business/Sales at Book Expo America </li></ul>3 rd Printing! “ An extraordinarily useful book that will benefit managers and workers.” - Library Journal Jathan Janove www.jathanjanove.com www.aterwynne.com For books, articles, sample forms, or information about presentations, workshops, or other services, email info@jathanjanove.com
  48. 48. Copyright Consent Information <ul><li>This presentation is a copyrighted document. As the registered attendee, you are hereby granted permission to copy and distribute this presentation to your colleagues who attend this audio conference. Please list these conference attendees using the form below and fax this page to </li></ul><ul><li>(800)-759-7179 </li></ul><ul><li>Name E-mail Address Title </li></ul><ul><li>_____________________ ____________________________ ____________________ </li></ul><ul><li>_____________________ ____________________________ ____________________ </li></ul><ul><li>_____________________ ____________________________ ____________________ </li></ul><ul><li>_____________________ ____________________________ ____________________ </li></ul><ul><li>_____________________ ____________________________ ____________________ </li></ul><ul><li>_____________________ ____________________________ ____________________ </li></ul><ul><li>*Feel free to duplicate this page for additional attendees. </li></ul><ul><li>*Please print clearly </li></ul><ul><li>10/6/10- Top 5 HR Legal Pitfalls in State/Local Government: Strategies to Avoid Risk in Your Workplace  </li></ul><ul><li> EMLW </li></ul>
  49. 49. This presentation is intended solely to provide general information and does not constitute legal advice. Attendance at the presentation or later review of these printed materials does not create an attorney-client relationship with the presenter(s). You should not take any action based upon any information in this presentation without first consulting legal counsel familiar with your particular circumstances.
  50. 50. Do you have a question that you would like answered during the Q&A session? Simply follow the instructions below. To ask a question, please press *1 on your touchtone phone. If you are using a speaker phone , please lift the receiver and then press *1 . If you would like to withdraw your question, press *1 .
  51. 51. <ul><li>Introducing… </li></ul>
  52. 52. <ul><li>Useful Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Primary Source Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Easy Navigation </li></ul><ul><li>State Specific Materials </li></ul>
  53. 53. <ul><li>Powerful Site-Wide Searching </li></ul><ul><li>Wage & Hour Law for Public Sector </li></ul><ul><li>Complete coverage with 14 titles in employment law </li></ul><ul><li>Each service contains a newsletter, archived from 2006 </li></ul>
  54. 54. <ul><li>13 additional titles in benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Special reports with legislative changes or current developments </li></ul>
  55. 55. <ul><li>Steve McCready (512) 391-8374 smccready@thompson.com </li></ul><ul><li>For more information, please contact: </li></ul>
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