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Local Attorney to Address Employee Documentation for HR Managers

SPRINGFIELD — Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. announced that Partner Susan Fentin will present a webinar discussing employment documentation, in conjunction with Business and Legal Resources (BLR). The presentation is slated for Thursday, Sept. 22 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

The program will help employers and human-resource managers understand how to document issues related to their employees, including disciplinary notices and performance-improvement plans. Proper documentation can help protect employers from legal liability in the event an employee claims the employer’s decisions were discriminatory. The webinar will also discuss how to address performance and conduct-based issues with language that focuses on the behavior and not on the person.

“It is important to properly document both conversations with employees and disciplinary situations,” Fentin said. “Including the right amount of detail in describing an employee’s actions and evaluating progress is key to avoiding costly litigation. If an employer has an employee who isn’t improving, it is imperative to document your decisions accurately and effectively. All of this documentation will protect the business from litigation.”

Fentin graduated magna cum laude from Western New England University School of Law in 1996, where she was editor in chief of the Western New England College Law Review. She has been selected to the Super Lawyers list since 2008, and since 2010, she has been named one of the top labor and employment attorneys in Massachusetts by the prestigious Chambers and Partners rating organization. In 2015, she was named one of the Top Women of Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

Fentin joined Skoler, Abbott and Presser, P.C. in 1999 after practicing for several years with the labor and employment department of a large Hartford law firm, and was made a partner in 2004.

This presentation has been approved for up to 1.5 recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute. For more information about the employee-documentation program, call (800) 274-6774 or click here.

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