Concurrent Session
Documentation on Trial
Room: Grand Ballroom North
Tuesday 03/19/2019 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM Add to calendar
1.00 SHRM PDCs | Competencies: Business Acumen, Communication, Relationship Management | Intended Audience: Mid-Level
Workplace Application:
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
Allison West, Esq., SHRM-SCP Photo
Allison West, Esq., SHRM-SCP, Principal,
Employment Practices Specialists