Reduce Your Legal Risks Before Reducing Your Workforce!

Date/Time: May 14, 1:00-2:00 EST (12-1 CST)


 This presentation is brought to you by Wolters Kluwer Law & Business and Fisher & Phillips.

The current economy is forcing many employers to downsize their operations and implement cost-cutting measures. Learn how to:

  • minimize the risk of employee claims and lawsuits when conducting layoffs
  • reduce risks with cutting personnel costs
  • interpret federal and state WARN laws, wage and hour laws
  • avoid discrimination claims when selecting employees for layoffs
  • handle severance pay and severance agreements
  • retain essential talent, support employees in transition, and effectively communicate with employees regarding workforce reductions.


 Pamela Wolf is an attorney and employment law analyst who tracks and analyzes employment law issues, court decisions and trends. She is the editor of Insight, a component of CCH’s Labor Relations service that provides analysis and comment on labor relations and employment law developments. Wolf is also the editor of CCH’s EEOC Compliance Manual, publishing the full text of the agency’s Manual of current guidelines and directives for bringing and settling job discrimination lawsuits, and its companion newsletter on new developments related to the EEOC and its enforcement of federal antidiscrimination laws. In addition, Wolf is a contributing editor to CCH’s Employment Practices Guide, which covers federal and state laws, regulations and decisions on workplace discrimination, and Accommodating Disabilities Decisions, covering federal and state decisions related to discrimination against individuals with disabilities. As a practicing attorney for twelve years, Wolf’s experience included employment and civil rights matters. Wolf provides expert insight and analysis on various employment law issues.


 Andria Ryan is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips and chairs the firm’s Hospitality Industry Practice Group. She represents employers in virtually every area of employment and labor law. She spends much of her time counseling employers in day to day employment and labor decisions and educating employers about prevention and practical solutions to workplace problems. She is a frequent speaker to industry groups and human resources professionals on such topics as avoiding harassment in the workplace, maintaining a union free workplace, avoiding discrimination claims, proper interviewing, and effective discipline and discharge techniques. Andria received the Chairman’s Award for the Greatest Contribution by an Allied Member to the Colorado Hospitality & Lodging Association in 2007 for creation of the Employment Compliance Guide for Colorado Hospitality Employers.

 Hagood Tighe is a partner in the Columbia office of Fisher & Phillips. He practices exclusively in the area of labor and employment law, representing management in union campaigns and employment litigation. Hagood also has successfully handled and argued cases before the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. While he maintains an active litigation practice, he also focuses on providing practical and proactive advice designed to minimize the risk of litigation. He also provides training for supervisors and managers on harassment, EEO compliance, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and many other areas. Additionally, Hagood has authored numerous articles in the area of employment law and regularly lectures at seminars regarding employment law. Hagood was a 2004 recipient of the Silver Compleat Lawyer Award from the University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Association. This award recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to the legal profession, and who exemplify the highest standard of professional competence, ethics, and integrity. He has been listed in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers since 2007, and The Best Lawyers in America since 2008.

This program has been approved for 1 recertification credit hours toward PHR and SPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HRCI homepage at The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

BONUS OFFER! Enjoy a FREE White Paper for all Attendees called “Meeting WARN Act Obligations Amid Mass Layoffs and Closures” by Pamela L. Wolf, J.D., CCH Writer Analyst.