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The Role of the Attorney in the Mediation Process by Ellen Barron Feldman

What is Divorce Mediation?

Divorce mediation is a process in which a mediator facilitates communication and negotiation between the parties to assist them in reaching voluntary agreements (Uniform Mediation Act). A mediator’s role is to be neutral and impartial, the process is confidential and the mediator works with the couple to facilitate resolution of the issues. We discuss all of the issues that need to be resolved to get divorced in the State of Illinois.

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Webinar: How the Supreme Court’s Recent Retaliation Ruling (Nassar) Promotes Effective Performance Management

Last month, SCOTUS handed employers a major victory that will curb the rising tide of RETALIATION claims and allow employers to manage performance without fear of them. Just last year, the EEOC took in more retaliation charges than any other kind. Before this recent SCOTUS decision, retaliation claims were easy (perhaps too easy), often just boiling down to the amount of TIME between a “protected activity” and an “adverse employment action.”. As Justice Kennedy observed, however, this lenient causation standard could prompt an employee to raise discrimination/harassment allegations in response to discipline or performance counseling as a perceived immunity from discharge; no doubt, discrimination and harassment allegations often stop employers in their performance management tracks. This webinar will discuss the implications of SCOTUS’ Nassar decision on everyday personnel and performance management decisions, focusing on performance rehabilitation practices that get results and reduce employers’ legal risks.

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Client Bulletin from The Law Office of Lori A. Goldstein

This Summer Client Bulletin covers:

– Interships – Paid or Unpaid and other Legal Compliance Issues
– Company Social Events – Legal Issues Related to Social and Recreational Events
– Disability Law – Updates Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidance

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Employee Exit Interviews

With the continuing economic layoffs, sequestration, and unemployment, employers and employees continue to deal with employment terminations, both individual and groups. Conducting exit interviews (termination meetings) with departing employees – both for voluntary and involuntary terminations – is a best practice that companies should follow for many reasons.

Exit interviews cover a gamut of human resources and legal employment issues. Apart from the obvious “why” and “how” to conduct exit interviews, the meeting is key both for giving the employee information – including the bad news (termination of employment, compensation and benefits; end of access to company Intranet, email, etc.) and the good news (severance compensation/benefits with separation agreement/release,, reference, outplacement, COBRA subsidy, etc.)

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