Discovering E-Discovery: The New Role of Human Resources in Managing Employment Litigation

SHRM 2013 Employment Law and Legislative Conference
Discovering E-Discovery: The New Role of Human Resources in Managing Employment Litigation
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Workplace Application:  Improve your comprehension of an employer's legal duty to preserve documents and electronically stored information, in order to take appropriate action in the event of actual or threatened litigation.

As the cost of preserving e-mails and other electronically stored information (ESI) rises, smart organizations prepare accordingly—by better understanding the process of electronic discovery (e-discovery) in litigation. This presentation focuses on the role of HR in the employer’s legal obligations, showing you how to:

  • Identify the events that trigger the employer's legal duty to preserve documents and ESI relevant to a potential claim
  • Assist with the implementation of a “litigation hold” arising from that duty
  • Develop strategic policies and practices to enhance document retention and organization in your organization.

ESI and e-discovery skills are essential parts of several professional HR knowledge areas, including applicable federal laws and regulations, individual employment rights issues, legal termination procedures, and employee records management, and are presented in that context.