Employers are encountering more challenges in 2020 as they manage their workforce through unprecedented times. Our discussion will include understanding the current climate, and how to effectively handle issues encountered in your workforce.
Topics covered during the fireside chat will include:
- How to deal with reductions in force
- Performance/conduct reviews and terminations
- Progressive discipline policies
- Handling employees on leave
- Handling terminations
- Audience Q&A
Martha Boyd, Shareholder, Labor & Employment Group, Baker Donelson
To start, Martha assists managers in running the company by creating legalese-free employee handbooks and employment policies that employees can actually understand and follow. She also advises businesses on their obligations regarding employee leaves of absence, such as absences under the FMLA and military leave laws. She counsels clients on responding to harassment claims, and investigates those claims when an outside investigator is desirable.
Martha guides managers through discipline and discharge, walking them through the process of ensuring that disciplinary action is supported and can be defended later on if necessary. She trains managers and first-line supervisors in a variety of topics through interactive sessions, including discrimination, harassment, and workplace violence, and provides real-life examples that they can relate to so that the training is meaningful and engaging. She helps business leaders understand employee and independent contractor worker classification and provides advice for wage and hour compliance. She also advises businesses on the use of noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements for employees, and how or when those agreements should be leveraged in light of a particular labor pool.
Martha has also performed human resources due diligence in a number of corporate acquisitions. When representing acquiring parties, she reviews all HR policies and practices, identifying potential risk for liability so that the acquiring party can factor that risk into the transaction. Gaining the familiarity required to provide this service necessarily puts Martha in the position of being able to help prepare the new company's policies – whether those policies come from the acquired company, the acquiring company or a combination of both – and ensure they reflect best practices.
A U.S. Army veteran who served in Baghdad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Martha also has a robust government contracts practice, advising companies that are competing for and executing contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies.
John M. Scannapieco, Shareholder, Global Business Team Chair, Baker Donelson
Business is increasingly global in scope with improved technology, transportation and communication, as well as increased migration and the movement of people, all of which has increased globalization, making cross-border business and trade more practical. John provides strategic guidance and counsel to businesses and individuals regarding their existing global operations or to those contemplating global expansion.
Mr. Scannapieco assists U.S. and foreign clients in connection with the sale or disposition of assets, as well as the negotiation and drafting of distribution, manufacturing, employment and agency agreements throughout the world, including the United States, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. He works with a variety of U.S.-based companies in connection with their business activities in China, Europe, the Americas and Africa. He also advises companies that are contemplating pursuing a China strategy, as well as those companies that are currently doing business in China or with China-based businesses. Mr. Scannapieco assists U.S. manufacturing companies with their activities overseas and foreign companies desiring to expand operations to the United States. He works with U.S.-based health care companies in a number of foreign jurisdictions, including China, Europe, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Mr. Scannapieco also has worked with several companies in connection with the expansion of their global workforce.
Mr. Scannapieco serves as Honorary Consul from Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Tennessee. He is a board member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce's International Business Council and a chairman of the board of the Japan American Society of Tennessee. He also serves as a board member for Tennessee-China Network, Tennessee World Affairs Council and Belmont University Center for International Business. Additionally, he represents the Firm in TerraLex and Mackrell International, two leading international legal networks. Through his involvement in these organizations, he routinely helps clients locate resources, including legal, financial accounting or other assistance, to complete transactions or to resolve disputes throughout the world. He has been recognized by Mid-South Super Lawyers in International Law.
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Instructional method: Group-Internet-Based
Recommended CPE Credits: 1.5 Credits in Personnel/Human Resources
Experience Level: Basic
Prerequisites/advance preparation: None
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