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OSHA and Labor & Employment Law Issues Associated with Employee Discipline
Join us for a webinar regarding “OSHA and Labor & Employment Law Issues Associated with Employee Discipline,” presented by Conn Maciel Carey and special guest Richard Fairfax, former Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Disciplining employees, a critical tool in enforcing workplace rules, has the potential to create problems, especially when relationships deteriorate and emotions run high. Even in situations where an employer is disciplining for the right reason, if it is handled incorrectly, a lawsuit or labor grievance could turn out to be costly. But in circumstances that warrant discipline, employers cannot just sit back. Productivity, employee morale, workplace culture, employee safety and health, and meeting goals are just some of the many considerations impacted by an effective employee discipline program. Consistent employee discipline can also benefit employers in litigation, union grievances, and inspections and investigations by the EEOC and OSHA.

This webinar will give you a blueprint to lawfully discipline employee and mitigate the risk of future litigation. Participants in this webinar will learn about:

• The legal implications of disciplining employees
• Tips for drafting effective discipline policies
• Effective investigations into performance issues and misconduct
• Strategies for carrying out effective discipline in a legally sound manner
• Ways that employee discipline can be used offensively in litigation

Aug 19, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Aaron R. Gelb
Partner, OSHA and Labor • Employment Practice Group @Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Aaron R. Gelb Heads Conn Maciel Carey’s new Chicago office. His practice specializes in labor & employment and OSHA litigation. He has extensive experience litigating equal employment opportunity matters in federal and state courts, having tried numerous cases to verdict and defended employers before the EEOC as well as fair employment agencies nationwide. Aaron also advises employers through inspections, investigations, and enforcement actions involving fed OSHA and state OSH programs, and manages the full range of litigation against OSHA.
Mark M. Trapp
Partner, Labor • Employment Practice Group @Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Mark M. Trapp is a partner in Conn Maciel Carey’s Chicago office. He practices law with a concentration in labor and employment. Mr. Trapp defends employers in a broad range of NLRB litigation and arbitration proceedings, and provides counsel on issues involving the National Labor Relations Act. He offers guidance on union election campaigns and labor relations, and has negotiated numerous collective bargaining agreements. Mr. Trapp also handles matters arising under the ADA, ADEA, and Title VII federal anti-discrimination laws.
Richard Fairfax
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary @Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Richard Fairfax, (CIH retired 2017) joined OSHA in January 1978. In 1994, he worked as the Sr. Industrial Hygienist for health enforcement in OSHA’s National Office in Washington, DC. From there, he became the Deputy Director for the Directorate of Compliance Programs where he directed day-to-day activities in health and safety enforcement, and became the Director in 1998. In 2008, he was additionally assigned as the Acting Director of Construction. In April 2010, Mr. Fairfax was designated as the Deputy Assistant Secretary, overseeing all field, enforcement, and training operations for OSHA. He retired from OSHA in May 2013. From 1993 through 2010, he wrote an industrial hygiene column entitled “OSHA Compliance Issues” for the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene and served on the Editorial Review Board. He continues to serve the Editorial Review Board and conducts peer review of Journal articles. Currently, he works part time at MedImmune/AstraZeneca and ORCHSE.