Documentation on Trial

2019 Employment Law & Legislative Conference
Avoid documentation mistakes and create documentation that is fair to employees and will withstand the scrutiny of a jury or plaintiff's attorney.

You have repeatedly heard the employment attorney mantra "document, document, document." The reasons should be obvious: Documentation can be compelling evidence of what occurred during the employment relationship and can support nondiscriminatory reasons for employer actions. However, having poor documentation–documentation that is ambiguous or biased or that lacks specificity–is worse than having no documentation. This session will highlight the 10 most common documentation mistakes, reveal how your documentation will be viewed by a jury or judge, and provide tools for creating documentation that will assist you in court. At the end of this session, you will:

  • Understand the top 10 documentation mistakes and how to avoid them.
  • Walk away with tips and tools for creating proper documentation.
  • Learn how a jury, judge or plaintiff's attorney will view your documentation
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Allison West, Esq., SHRM-SCP, AWI-CH

West, Esq., SHRM-SCP, AWI-CH

Allison West is an employment attorney who has conducted investigations for over 20 years. She has served on the board of the Association of Workplace Investigators, is an expert witness regarding standard investigation practices, and has trained thousands of HR and other professionals on how to conduct investigations.

Allison also specializes in delivering customized, interactive training on employment law and management topics, and in coaching executives and managers concerning performance or disciplinary issues.

She is also a top-rated speaker at HR and diversity conferences around the country; is a nationally recognized expert on harassment prevention; and has appeared on “CBS This Morning” and “PBS” and in O magazine discussing harassment issues in the workplace.

She is a member of the State Bar of California and holds her SHRM-SCP certification and an AWI-CH certificate.

Room: Grand Ballroom North
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Concurrent Session
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