This program, presented by Kelly Bird and Susan Nardone, Directors in Gibbons P.C.'s Employment and Labor Practice Group, addresses employer obligations at all stages of an employee's "life" with a company.
Ms. Nardone and Ms. Bird explain how recent legislation impacts job postings, permissible inquiries on job applications, and background checks, with a focus on "Ban the Box" laws and the Joint Guidance issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Federal Trade Commission. They also provide an overview of pre-employment drug testing and I-9 compliance based upon the revised I-9 form.
In addition, this program offers best practices and guidelines for effective performance management and discipline of employees that will help support employer decisions and withstand later scrutiny or challenge. Finally, the program provides employers with the tools to navigate the termination of an employee in order to reduce risk, including a checklist that employers should follow when planning an employee's final day with a company. Throughout the program, Ms. Bird and Ms. Nardone provide practical advice on recommended employer policies and procedures.
I. Grasp what information may be obtained and used at various stages in the hiring process, the requirements for pre-employment drug testing, and the basic I-9 completion process
II. Identify best practices for performance management and discipline and the repercussions of failing to address and document performance concerns in a timely and effective manner
III. Establish guidelines for involuntary employee terminations and understand the options for reducing risk
IV. Develop policy and procedure modifications that will help improve your company's hiring, performance management, and termination processes
Ms. Nardone is an experienced litigator who has represented employers in defense of a wide variety of employment-related claims brought in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. In addition, Ms. Nardone has experience bringing and defending restrictive covenant litigation involving non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality provisions. As a complement to her litigation practice, Ms. Nardone provides strategic, preventive, and compliance advice to employers on virtually every aspect of the employment relationship, including workplace investigations, employee hiring, discipline and termination, and accommodations and leave.
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Ms. Bird counsels employers on employment and human resources issues, and litigates as necessary in these areas. Her clients range from small, family-owned businesses to regional based companies with thousands of employees. Her experience involves proceedings in federal and state courts, and state and federal civil rights agencies, as well as arbitrations and mediations.
In the past year, Ms. Bird has worked with clients ranging from small start-up businesses to well-established medical device companies, to craft and implement policies that comply with federal and state laws, including the NLRB's recent decisions concerning protected activity. She has conducted multiple investigations into allegations of improper and unlawful workplace conduct.
Ms. Bird's experience is enhanced by her work on the State of New Jersey Committee on Character, in which she evaluates candidates for the New Jersey State Bar and was recently appointed a Statewide Part Chair. She actively works to support the growth of women in the legal profession, by serving as co-chair of the Gibbons Women's Initiative Events Committee and in her work for two terms as Chair of committees for New Jersey Women Lawyers Association.
very clear, and interesting course. Knowledgeable lectures
Good flow and advice. Practical.
Excellent course! Practical, interesting, informative.
Good having two presenters.
Very good overview. Presenters covered a good amount in a manner that was easy to follow and highlighted key areas to be aware of to minimize risks.
Very well done.
Presenters were excellent
Very good presentation. Good reminders.
very helpful program.
Really well presented, well paced, and entertaining.
Excellent presentation both on the law and as a practical guide.
the presenters were very good. the information was very helpful.
They were both great. Materials provide great summaries. Nice to see them address California specific issues.
A helpful survey.
very well done
Provided useful information in an organized presentation.
The speakers presented a good combination of practical and legal information . I would like to see a 2018 version of this program which would include an emphasis on codes of conduct and anti-sexual harassment issues.
Thank you. Very knowledgeable presenters and helpful slides.
Very thorough overview iof a very sensitive area of law.
especially appreciated the advice on giving performance reviews
good for business owners, not just lawyers
Two good knowledgeable speakers
This is by far the best CLE seminar I have taken at LawLine. These attorneys presented the information in a way that made it interesting and informational...and didn't make me want to fall asleep! Please get these two attorneys again!
The speakers were both very good and knowledgeable.
Very solid presentation!
clear, concise, of real practical value
Great program A
In my opinion the presenters made a great team. Thank you.
very good overview of hire/fire practice. make sure to consult your state law.
Very good high level summary with concise practical advice.
Really informative; great course!
A nice overview.
Very good course.
Good content. Well presented.
Good introductory course on employment law, hiring, personnel reviews and termination.
Very informative, thank you!
good overview of topics to consider for employee evaluations and hiring
Technically sound and useful, practical advice.
Very good speakers!
Excellent presentation !
Nice refresher course.
great material good presentation
Absolutely top notch. They know everything it seems and share it generously. A pleasure to listen to something I have only limited of that everyone -- employee and employer -- should know.
Excellent seminar, I learned a lot.
Good review on performance issues
Excellent presentation. Well organized.
very clear and well organized.
Great primer course.
This course exceeded my expectations in providing up-to-date information and materials!
very effective presentation
Informative discussion for real world and the 90 minutes just flew by as you would expect with excellent presenters.
Very informative. Thank you.
Excellent! Wish I had heard it a year ago.
Excellent info for my practice - Pratt would like
One of the most informative employee hiring/firing presentations I have ever seen; very well presented
This was a solid and useful CLE; materials were very good as were the instructors.
Good summary of employer duties.
Very good speakers
Good and practical advice
Very fine speakers
A wealth of great, applicable information.
Great written materials
Great, practical program. Interesting and professional presenters.
Kelly and Susan were absolutely wonderful - informative, clear and engaging!
A complex topic was made very easy for one trying to get the overview.
Information was very basic. Helpful if you have little background in employment law, but not as helpful if you have any experience in employment law.
Good content, good presentation.
Great coverage by the presenters on the practical side of employee retention.
Decent update for the generalist. Has prompted me to review our interviewing do's and don'ts to make sure they are up to date
Very informative. Useful information.
This is a great topic and could be a longer course with more detail.
I learned a lot from the presentation. It was well done!
Very informative presentation.
informative and good course materials
Very good primer on functional labor law
Thoroughly enjoyed this presentation - concise and relevant regardless of which state you practice.
Very good presentation. I enjoyed having two speakers and it was helpful in keeping me engaged in the presentation.
the notes that were presented during the presentation were very helpful for additional study and the format for submitting comments and questions is unique.
I reall enjoyed this presentation. Good information to know.
good course; useful information.
Presenters were excellent. Lots of common sense advise, very practical..
Good job. Very helpful
I work in this area, and the speakers did a great job of covering some issues that were relatively new to me. Excellent presentation - thanks!
Excellent seminar. Presenters were very well versed in topic and presentation was straightforward and without any issues.
Excellent detail and advice captured in the presentation slides.
Good speakers, presented the topic in a clear and organized way.
Speakers were great and kept my attention.
One of the best CLE courses I have ever seen. Very interesting and practical advice.
Both speakers were terrific!
Both great instructors. Lots of valuable practice tips.
Great speakers. Very informative and well done.
excellent program. wonderful speakers kept things moving nicely.
Good Seminar. Interesting items. Materials seemed to be industry specific.
Informative and well organized.
Great comments about state law.
Good overview for general practicioner
Very informative with practical advice.
Thank you. Your presentations were thorough and substantive. Delivery was exceptional.
I enjoyed the comparison they provided with the various state laws to the appplicable federal laws
Excellent presentation through and clear.
Nice interactions and segues between the two attorneys.
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