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HR Survival Guide for Small Businesses: Avoid Common Legal Pitfalls
Originally recorded on November 14, 2013 (60 minutes)
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HR Survival Guide for Small Businesses
Avoid Common Legal Pitfalls
Presented by Donald H. Scharg
November 14, 2013
10:00-11:00 am EST

Many start-ups and small companies don't have the luxury of a separate Human Resources department.  Managers wear many hats and HR responsibilities are often delegated to the controller, office manager, or other manager who has had no formal training and who is now the HR department. Complicating matters even more is the fact that managers have more and more demands on their time leaving even less time to consider the employment law aspects of the many workplace issues. Employees they supervise and manage are also more sophisticated and knowledgeable about their rights.

This program will focus on critical employee legal rights and avoiding the most common mistakes managers and supervisors make with employees.

Issues to be addressed:

  • When does an employee have a right to her personnel file
  • Does the employer have to provide a reference for a former employee
  • How to avoid discrimination claims
  • Reasonable accommodation requirements for small employers
  • The steps to take when an employee claims harassment
  • Whistleblower and retaliation claims
  • Terminating employees
  • COBRA responsibilities


Donald H. Scharg is a partner at Bodman PLC and a former member of the Michigan Chamber Board of Directors. He speaks and writes on wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, handicap discrimination, workplace misconduct, employee relations, remaining union-free, contract negotiations, and substance abuse testing.


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