How to Document Performance and Disciplinary Actions in a Legally Sensitive Manner

SHRM 2012 Talent Management Conference
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Workplace Application: You will learn to document sensitive and problematic information in a manner that will withstand legal and public scrutiny.

In this interactive session, you will learn practices and techniques to document performance evaluations, disciplinary actions and other potentially sensitive information in a factual, objective and legally defensible manner, as well as practices you can utilize to transform your evaluations into a professional development tool. We will discuss the importance and legal significance of drafting candid evaluations and sensitivities associated with the lack of consistency and non-factual communications. This session will also help you identify the types of conduct that can expose you and your company to liability.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, April 30, 2012 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm

Eartha Jean Johnson, SPHR

Eartha Jean
Johnson, SPHR

Eartha Jean Johnson is President and Chief Executive Officer of LegalWATCH, an international training and staffing company she formed in 1997 after practicing law for a Fortune 100 company, and working for the United States Department of Justice and an international law firm.  She uses the knowledge and expertise she acquired practicing law to help companies avoid mistakes that can often force them into settlements, regulatory compliance sanctions or litigation.  She has conducted numerous training courses, spearheaded governmental audits, designed compliance programs and negotiated settlements with third parties and governmental regulators across the United States.  In addition to her Juris Doctorate Degree, she holds a Masters Degree in Energy, Environmental and Natural Resource Law, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice.  Eartha is certified in Training and Development and is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Eartha serves on the Forum of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council and is a member of the Women Business Enterprise Alliance of Texas and Houston Minority Business Council.  Eartha is a Past President of the Houston Lawyers Association and Past Chair of the African American Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Eartha also served on the boards of WIPP ("Women Impacting Public Policy") and NISH ("National Institute for the Severely Disabled") and completed an eight year term as Chair/Vice Chair of the Women's Lawyers Division of the National Bar Association.   She also served on the National Women's Business Council, a bi-partisan Federal government council that advises the President, Congress and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues important to women. 

National Harbor 12-13
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
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