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HR Lawsuits: A Rundown of Best Practices

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TRSA’s Human Resources Committee recently hosted a webinar detailing best practices for handling a wide range of lawsuits that can be filed against companies regarding their HR practices, including wage-and-hour lawsuits, as well as discrimination, harassment and retaliation lawsuits.

The hour-long presentation, titled “Anatomy of an HR Lawsuit,” was hosted by Joseph P. Shelton, partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP, Atlanta. Shelton previously spoke with TRSA members at the association’s first-ever Workforce Management Summit this April in Chicago.

The webinar kicked off with a look at the different venues and phases of litigation, as well as a rundown of the potential costs. Shelton provided listeners with four best practices for avoiding wage-and-hour lawsuits. These include the following:

  • Audit your records
  • Scrutinize every “salaried” position
  • Be careful of “off-the-clock” work
  • Check timecards

In addition to reviewing wage-and-hour litigation, Shelton also provided a rundown of discrimination, harassment and retaliation lawsuits, and provided several thoughts on how employers can steer clear of trouble in areas such as age and gender discrimination, for example.

TRSA has an on-demand learning library that will allow you to “live stream” all of the association’s webinars, including this latest edition on HR lawsuits. TRSA members can purchase webinars, and other training and educational resources at a reduced member price. Click here to visit TRSA’s On-Demand Learning portal to view this webinar and more.

TRSA’s next webinar, titled “Using Incentives and Recognition Programs to Drive Behavior Based Safety Success,” is scheduled for Sept. 27 from 2-3 p.m. EST. The hour-long presentation will be hosted by Jon Neubauer, director of safety organizational change, EnPro Learning System, Charlotte, NC. Click here to register for the webinar. Registration is free for TRSA members. Thanks to Monarch Brands, Philadelphia, for its support of TRSA’s webinars.