SPARE THE ROD, SPOIL THE EMPLOYEE? -- Effective (and Legal!) Workplace Discipline

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

No charge to attend, but a RSVP is required (includes continental breakfast)

Best Western Posada Royale Hotel
1775 Madera Road
Simi Valley, CA 93065

Presenters: Karen L. Gabler

Registration Information

There is no cost to attend, but reservations are required.

To register, call 805.248.7098 or send an email to .


Despite the "at will" nature of California employment, prompt and effective employee discipline is the cornerstone of employee productivity, business success and risk management. Confronting a difficult employee can be tough for any supervisor or HR professional, but quietly wishing the problem would go away by itself almost never works out as hoped.

In this informative seminar, employment law attorney Karen L. Gabler will discuss proactive counseling measures that employers can implement to solve employee problems without increasing the risk of litigation.

Topics covered will include:

  • The essential elements of a workplace conduct policy
  • Why "progressive" discipline is actually backwards
  • The top buzzwords to use in a counseling memo (and words to avoid!)
  • When to use probation and suspension (and when to pay for it)
  • The critical pieces often missing from a disciplinary memo
  • How to improve employee morale through productive counseling
  • How to answer the employee who says "it's not my fault!"
  • The most effective format for written warnings and probationary memos
  • Why the "checkbox" is a bad idea

To enable us to plan for your attendance, please rsvp at least 24 hours in advance. If you reserve a spot and then later find that you are unable to attend, please inform us in advance so that we may offer your seat to someone else.