CHARLESTON -- Huddleston Bolen attorneys Kevin Nelson and Scott Sheets will speak as part of an employment law seminar sponsored by the National Business Institute.

The seminar, titled "Employee Discharge & Documentation: How NOT to Become a Defendant," will be held Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. at The Summit, located at 129 Summers St. in Charleston. The seminar also will be available simultaneously via a live video webcast.

Sheets will kick off the seminar with "Documentation Strategies Begin with the Initial Interview," discussing selection and training of recruiters and interviewers, use of the team interview approach, and other practices for quality and worry-free recruiting and hiring.

He will continue with "The Importance of the Paper Trail," covering state and federal employee claim trends, smart employee file maintenance and documentation, standards for employee reviews, successful managerial skills, and the pitfalls of over-documentation.

Nelson will speak on "Electronic Records Retention," including retention of records, electronic records safeguards, and records confidentiality.

He will follow with "Conducting and Documenting the Exit Interview," a discussion of formalized warning and discharge plans, discharge documentation, and waivers and releases and their use after termination.

Other topics to be covered include:

* Receiving and Addressing Employee Complaints

* Prevention of Possible Defamation Claims

* Employee Right to Privacy

* Why Use Suspension Prior to Termination?

* Alternatives to Termination

* Retaliation Claims and Recent Decisions

* Retaliation-Related State and Federal Statutes

* Checklist for Investigating Claims

The seminar is an intermediate level, practical program for attorneys and human resource professionals, designed to safeguard companies from potential lawsuits in the area of employee documentation and discharge.

The seminar includes a four-person faculty and is approved for 8.0 hours of credits, which includes 0.0 hours of ethics, under the West Virginia Rules for Mandatory Continuing Education Legal Education. Self-study credit is available. The program also qualifies for 6.5 recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).

To register to attend this event in person or via the live video webcast, call NBI at (800) 930-6182 or go to

Huddleston Bolen is a law firm with more than 50 attorneys practicing in offices located in Huntington and Charleston in West Virginia and Ashland and Louisville in Kentucky. The firm, founded in 1871, represents clients in many practice groups, including banking and finance, health care, insurance, labor and employment, litigation, natural resources, real estate, transportation, and trusts and estates.

For more information about Huddleston Bolen, visit the firm's Web site at

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