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Checklist for Involuntary Employee Separations
Understand the legal issues and practical considerations governing an employee separation

An employee separation can be fraught with legal pitfalls, traps for the unwary, and stress for both the employer and employee. It is rife with potential legal issues, such as legal rights under any employment agreement or collective bargaining agreement; and potential claims under state and federal laws and the common law, including claims for discrimination, retaliation for engaging in protected activity—like whistleblowing, statutory violations, violation of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and more. There is a risk of error relating to the separation process itself, including failure to provide final wages/accrued vacation at the time of termination and addressing any post-employment covenants not to compete.

For an employee, the process can be overwhelming and opaque—particularly with respect to any legal rights the employee can or could potentially exercise.

Join us online for a comprehensive discussion of best practices for minimizing legal risk and safeguarding legal rights during the period leading up to and including the separation process.
  • Overview of Legal Claims Implicated by Involuntary Separation
  • Considerations Regarding Layoffs or Reductions in Force
  • Performance Management Process Leading to Involuntary Separation
  • Strategy Regarding Separation Agreements
  • Post-Employment Covenants
  • Termination Checklist
  • “Ask the Experts” Q&A Session
Faculty image   JAMES S. WELIKY, a partner at Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, PC, in Newton, concentrates his practice in plaintiff's employment law. For more than twenty years, he has successfully represented employees in cases involving discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, and a variety of other employment claims in federal and state court and before numerous administrative agencies, including the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Mr. Weliky has also been an active member of a number of bar associations, including the Boston and Massachusetts Bar Associations and the Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association. He is a regular panelist for MCLE (having served on more than sixty MCLE panels in twenty years) and has authored or coauthored a number of amicus briefs in key cases that have helped shape the practice of employment law in Massachusetts.
Faculty image   SHANE R. GOODRICH represents employers in a variety of labor and employment litigation, including claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wage and hour violations, wrongful terminations and contract disputes. Shane also counsels employers on a variety of workplace matters, including the preparation of employee handbooks and policies, personnel issues, and compliance with federal and state laws. In addition to his employment law practice, Shane has extensive experience as a commercial litigator in cases concerning real estate, municipal law, and insurance, among others.
Faculty image   ALEXANDRA L. PICHETTE is a litigator at Morgan, Brown & Joy LLP in Boston who represents employers in labor and employment matters in state and federal court and before administrative agencies, including the EEOC, the NLRB, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Office of the Attorney General, the Department of Labor, and California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing and office of the Labor Commissioner. She defends her client's management teams from allegations of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wage and hour violations, breach of contract, wrongful termination and other employment-related torts. Clients also look to Alex for her daily counsel, and she regularly guides employers in the preparation of employee handbooks and policies, personnel decisions, and compliance with state and federal statutes.
The materials for this program include MCLE’s Representing a Plaintiff in a Wrongful Termination Case, which, along with any other materials, can be downloaded via the link emailed to you upon registration.
Also, there is no need to take extensive notes. Two weeks after the live webcast, all registrants receive a link to a verbatim transcript and audio and videorecordings of this program.
Dates Earn up to 2 CLE credits.
Live WebcastLIVE WEBCAST »
Thursday, September 22, 2022
12:00 noon–2:00 pm
Recorded WebcastRECORDED WEBCAST »
Friday, October 7, 2022
9:00 am–11:00 am
Recorded WebcastRECORDED WEBCAST »
Monday, October 17, 2022
3:00 pm–5:00 pm
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