Attorneys Susan G. Fentin and John S. Gannon of Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. to Present “Employment 101 for Supervisors”

Employment law is subtle, complex, and full of minefields that can lead to litigation. This has led many clients of Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. of Springfield, Worcester, MA, and Waterbury, CT, to request help for their supervisors in complying with the law and making sound employment-related decisions — help that will be provided when attorneys Susan G. Fentin, Partner, and John S. Gannon, Associate, present Employment Law 101 on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at the Springfield Sheraton Hotel.

In the one-day seminar, Attorneys Fentin and Gannon will offer basic information to help supervisors and those with new human resource responsibilities identify and understand the danger zones that could lead to liability for themselves and their employers. Among the topics covered will be protected classes and conduct in Massachusetts, and the elements of a basic case of employment litigation.

“We’re using an interactive seminar format to provide attendees with specific tools they can use when making difficult decisions about their employees,” said Attorney Fentin. “The program will help them develop the skills to both improve performance and avoid the missteps that can lead to litigation.”

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss real-life examples of difficult personnel issues and share their conclusions with other attendees in small groups. By the end of the training, they will know:

  • What an employee needs to be able to show to win a case of employment discrimination
  • The four key words that should guide every difficult employment decision
  • Why retaliation is listed as the most common reason for filing a charge of discrimination and how to avoid a charge
  • The role of a performance-improvement plan in performance management
  • The importance of documentation and the essential elements to include in every disciplinary notice
  • What to do when an employee raises his or her health in the context of their work
  • The three most common mistakes supervisors can make in wage and hour law and what to do to avoid liability
  • The critical difference between Massachusetts and federal law regarding sexual and other illegal forms of harassment that can create automatic liability for employers and personal liability for the wrongdoers.

The seminar will be held at the Springfield Sheraton Hotel on Monarch Place in Springfield, MA, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m., accompanied by a continental breakfast. The program will begin at 9:00 a.m., and will include a working lunch at which attendees may have their questions answered.  The charge is $99.00, which includes the breakfast and lunch.  Those interested in attending the one-day workshop should call Jamie Martin at (413) 737-4753 or email jmartin@skoler-abbott.com for further information.