Individual Viewer

Employee Dismissals: Avoiding the Pitfalls

Length: 1 hour 54 minutes

This program will cover numerous legal issues and challenges that arise when an employee is to be dismissed. The panel will discuss each topic, providing the management-side perspective, the employee-side perspective and the view from the bench. Topics to be addressed include: best practices for the termination process; tips and strategic considerations for drafting effective releases and severance agreements; enforcement of non-competes and other post-employment obligations; and the various causes of action terminated employees may consider or assert, with a particular emphasis on recent developments in wrongful termination law. This program will be extremely valuable for employment law practitioners, in-house counsel, other lawyers who advise employers or employees on workplace-related matters and HR professionals.


6:00-6:05 pm        Introduction & Overview
                              Jyotin Hamid

6:05-7:05 pm        Potential Legal Challenges to an Employee Termination, Including:                        Contractual Claims
•    Discrimination Claims
•    Whistleblower Claims
•    Miscellaneous Other Claims
                              Michael Grenert & Jyotin Hamid

7:05-7:35 pm        Best Practices for the Termination Process
                              Michael Grenert, Jyotin Hamid & Stacey L. Lamendola

7:35-8:00 pm        Crafting Effective Releases & Severance Agreements
                              Mark J. Goldberg        

CLE credit: New York & New Jersey: 2.0 professional practice. California & Pennsylvania: 1.5 general MCLE. 

Original Recording Date: 11/12/2014

Produced By:

New York City Bar Association

Course Materials

  • *Employee Dismissals Coursebook
  • Handout 1
  • Affirmation of Self-Study