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Practical Tips for Legally Disciplining Unsafe Workers - Webinar

  • ID: 3693251
  • Webinar
  • 90 Minutes
  • Lorman Business Center, Inc.
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Find out the proper way to develop and implement a disciplinary program for unsafe workers.

More than 80 percent of workplace accidents are triggered by unsafe acts, rather than unsafe conditions, yet employers are held responsible by OSHA for the violative actions of employees. While employee discipline is a critical component of the affirmative defense, OSHA is also scrutinizing both discipline and incentive programs more rigorously and is bringing a record number of whistleblower actions against employers.

This topic helps the persons responsible for enforcement of safety rules and employee discipline to understand how to effectively structure disciplinary programs, as applied to unsafe workers and others in need of performance modification, and avoid the legal land mines that can give rise to OSHA enforcement, employment discrimination claims, and worker retaliation claims.

Learning Objectives
  • You will be able to discuss how to determine if discipline programs are legally sound.
  • You will be able to describe how to develop appropriate disciplinary programs involving unsafe workers.
  • You will be able to explain appropriate triggers for discipline.
  • You will be able to review the proactive steps to discourage unsafe behavior.
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Determine If Discipline and Incentive Programs Are Legally Sound
  • OSHA's New Enforcement Policy Affecting Discipline of Injured Workers Who Violate Safety Rules
  • Whistle-Blower Protections Under Sec. 11c of OSH Act
  • Workers' Compensation Retaliation Issues
Learn How to Develop Appropriate Disciplinary Programs Involving Unsafe Workers
  • Motivational Goals and Objectives
  • Distinctions Between Formal and Informal Discipline Programs
  • Performance Improvement Programs
Understand Appropriate Triggers for Discipline
  • Nature and Seriousness of Offense
  • Role of Supervisors in Violations and Oversight/Training
  • Consistency Issues and the Verbal Warning
Implement Proactive Steps to Discourage Unsafe Behaviors
  • Supervisor's Role
  • Training and Communication
  • Proper Investigation of Incidents
  • Other Legal Issues and Solutions
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Adele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP - Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C.
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This webinar is designed for human resource managers, benefits managers, safety directors, workers' compensation managers, compliance officers, insurance professionals, business owners and managers, payroll professionals, controllers and attorneys.
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