Leadership No-No's that Lead to Legal Issues

You can make a lot of mistakes in business, especially as a new leader or supervisor, but none more detrimental to the company than a lawsuit. Join us for this interactive session about some of the biggest areas to watch and biggest mistakes to avoid. Leave with some key tips on how to protect yourself, as well as your employer and employees from the huge losses that these legal issues can cost your organization.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain and apply the legal concepts regarding race, religion, national origin, gender (including sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, and the Equal Pay Act), color, age, and disability discrimination.

  • Explain and apply the legal concepts regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act and The Family and Medical Leave Act.

  • Define the legal concepts of disparate treatment and disparate impact in discrimination claims.

  • Outline the complexity of biases and prejudices and how they interact with employment decisions.

  • Define the doctrine of 'employment at will' and the exceptions thereto including Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN), violations of public policy, whistle-blowing, and breach of implied contract.

  • Identify possible legal implications regarding performance appraisals and disciplinary actions. Identify the types of questions that must be asked and answered before an adverse employment action is taken against an employee.

Facilitator: Lynn Smith

Lynn Smith, a partner with Swisher & Cohrt, P.L.C. has been practicing law with the firm since May 2011.  Prior to that she was a partner with Dutton, Braun, Staack & Hellman, P.L.C.  She is engaged in the general practice of law, including but not limited to employment law, business law, real estate law, wills, and probate. She is licensed to practice law in both state and federal courts in Iowa.  She is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

In 2001 she was appointed by the governor to serve as a member of the Iowa Title Guaranty Board. She is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Iowa Bar Association. She has also had the opportunity to speak to professional associations about various topics, including employment law issues and many other legal topics. 

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