Documenting Performance: It Really Does Matter

SHRM 2013 Talent Management Conference
Documenting Performance: It Really Does Matter
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Workplace Application: Learn why documenting performance is critical and what you can do to avoid the common flaws during your documentation process.

When it comes to discrimination, retaliation and other wrongful discharge claims, legal liability often turns on the documentation. But it’s not enough simply to tell managers to “document, document, document.” Poor documentation is as dangerous as no documentation. The key is not only what you say, but also how and when you say it. This session focuses on the legal and HR issues implicated in disciplinary documentation. In particular, we will focus on the most common flaws of disciplinary documentation. These kinds of flaws are common to performance appraisals, so documenting performance will provide value with regard to the performance appraisal process.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 8:30am to 9:45am

Michael S. Cohen, J.D.

Michael S.
Cohen, J.D.

Michael S. Cohen is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Duane Morris’ Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group. Michael concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law training and counseling. He has trained and counseled employers throughout the country on subjects including harassment prevention; workplace diversity; discipline and discharge; hiring and recruiting practices; FMLA, ADA and FLSA compliance; and others. He has conducted nearly 300 trainings in each of the past two years. Michael also has represented clients throughout the country in EEO and other administrative proceedings. Michael has been cited as a national authority on employment issues by The New York Times, The Associated Press, USA Today,, HR Magazine, SHRM On-Line, Employment Law 360, and many other publications. Michael is a 1997 magna cum laude graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law and a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

South Pacific Ballroom AB
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Credit Type: 
HR Credit
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Concurrent Session
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