Legal Peril: 8 Management Pitfalls to Avoid.

Author:Walsh, Donna

Legal Peril: 8 Management Pitfalls to Avoid, Video, 2007, Coastal Training Technologies, $745.

Support: leader's guide, PowerPoint presentation.

Read a newspaper or view a newscast and you'll often learn about yet another employee-related legal claim being filed. These cases are going on in both state and federal courts. According to a study, one in five managers can expect to be named in some form of employment related charge or litigation during the course of his or her career. Who knew it was it was such a frequent occurrence?

With odds like that, employers must be proactive and provide their managers and frontline staff with training that will help them to avoid the most common mistakes which can lead to lawsuits.

Legal Peril: 8 Management Pitfalls to Avoid consists of a DVD and handbook. The handbook is a 16-page desk reference with 12 chapters (examples: "Knowing the Legal Basics," "Unfair and Inconsistent Treatment," "Privacy/Confidentially Breaches") and a quiz. It provides a nice synopsis for each of the eight pitfalls.

The 10-question quiz tests key learning, and there is an option for employees to sign the quiz, indicating they have read and understood the handbook. The signed page can be included in their training file.

Besides the video program, the DVD has these options and features. There is a program outline and a stand-alone PowerPoint presentation that highlights major program content and includes links to relevant video segments. The bonus material section furnishes more slide presentation content: "The Interview" gives detailed suggestions for conducting a job interview and "It's a Wrap" summarizes the eight pitfalls. The review content is helpful; however, the presentation format is a bit silly. The PowerPoint presentation can be customized in order to include pertinent company-specific information.

The leader's guide is furnished as a printable file on the DVD.


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