• Friday, May 26
  • 1:00 ET
  • 10:00 PT

Don’t Trip on Your PIP: From Discipline to Termination the Right Way

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Step-by-step procedures for writing and implementing your performance improvement plan

During this 75-minute online training, you’ll learn how to:

  • Motivate lackluster performers to reach their potential

  • Weed out poor performers the right way

  • Minimize legal risk and encourage improvement for a win-win

When poor performance can’t go on, it’s time to motivate or terminate

When a good employee’s performance has been sliding for a while and isn’t getting better… Or that recent hire looked promising, but isn’t delivering… It happens in every industry. While it may be tempting to cut the cord, doing so comes with significant risk. That’s especially true when the problem employee has complained about discrimination, taken FMLA leave or pushed for a union, among other potential lawsuit triggers.

What’s an employer to do? Start with your company’s disciplinary policies. Likely the first step is to conduct a performance review to establish baseline expectations that go with the employee’s latest job description. With those set, you can move on to creating an effective performance improvement plan. 

Patience is key. Done right, a PIP will focus on objective, achievable goals that are lawsuit proof. Done wrong, your chances of being sued because you set the employee up for failure skyrocket.

On May 26, hear practical tips in the lawyer-led webinar Don’t Trip on your PIP: From Discipline to Termination the Right Way. You will learn how to:

    • Review job descriptions for accuracy and legality
    • Conduct an effective performance review that motivates employees
    • Follow up with a PIP if performance still lags
    • End a PIP and discharge the employee based on solid, work-related reasons
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Agenda for Don’t Trip on Your PIP

  • Why accurate, up-to-date job descriptions are essential for every worker and a supervisor’s best friend – and how to draft them.
  • Getting buy-in during performance reviews so that employees know exactly what’s expected and what comes next.
  • How to set realistic, objective job goals for every position, including for struggling employees.
  • How to exclude impermissible factors from evaluations and recalculate goals based on missed work due to FMLA leave or disability accommodations.
  • Why HR needs to compare prior worker PIP plans to the proposed PIP to assure fairness and consistency.
  • Creating an individualized PIP based on not reaching performance review goals or other workplace problems like tardiness and behavioral problems.
  • Why HR needs to be involved from day one and should always perform a final review before discharge to guard against supervisor bias.

Interactive Q&A time included

Do you have specific questions on how to discipline or implement a PIP? Bring your questions for instructor Anniken Davenport, who will provide legally sound advice on proper terminations.

Anniken Davenport is a noted employment law attorney and the editor of the HR Specialist: Employment Law newsletter series. She has authored several books, including Bullet-Proof Your Employee Handbook and Overtime & Other Tricky Pay Issues, published by HR Specialist. She is the co-author of the upcoming Labor & Employment Law for the 21st Century by Prentice Hall. Anniken has served as a professor at Penn State University, where she taught business law and HR management, and she directed the Legal Studies Program at Wilson College. Her legal career includes representing government units in discrimination and other employment law cases and representing school districts in labor negotiations.

Anniken Davenport
Anniken Davenport Attorney and author
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