The Risky Business of Layoffs


The Risky Business of Layoffs...Lawsuits, Tarnished Brands, and Less Than Engaged Employees

Whether large or small, reductions in force pose a variety of risks to organizations of all sizes. These include the more obvious legal implications to the maybe not so obvious potential negative impact to your corporate brand and reputation in the marketplace and to the engagement of your employees. 

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Participants learned how best-in-class organizations not only effectively mitigate potential risks but move beyond the event to achieve their business goals.  Our expert panel helped identify potential risks and shared ways to:

  • Mitigate the legal and financial pitfalls,
  • Avoid negative impact on the organization’s brand and reputation in the marketplace, and
  • Improve engagement and diminish hostility among displaced and remaining employees.

Expert Panelists & Moderator

Scott BakenScott Baken is an attorney & Partner of Jackson Lewis, LLC's White Plains office. Scott is also the coordinator of Jackson Lewis’ Reduction in Force practice.  In this capacity, Scott works with experienced Jackson Lewis attorneys situated throughout the country who utilize an interdisciplinary approach to providing advice and counsel on the cutting edge of the reduction in force and workplace reorganization issues facing employers today.  These attorneys specialize in: (1) disciplines such as employee benefits, employment and benefits-related litigation, labor relations and immigration law; (2) compliance with the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (“OWBPA”), the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (“WARN”) and similar state laws; and (3) conducting statistical disparate impact analyses. Scott received a B.S. degree in Industrial and Labor Relations fromCornellUniversity, and a J.D. degree from the Fordham University School of Law.

John DaughertyJohn Daugherty, is the Managing Partner of Career Partners International - Kansas City.  John is a seasoned business executive and entrepreneur. His areas of expertise include organizational assessment/development, team building, performance management, career transition, succession planning, and career planning. John is certified in Organization Analysis and Design Survey, DISC, and PIAV. John is also a Registered Career Consultant, Certified Career Consultant, Career Management Practitioner, and Certified Life Options Retirement Coach.

Nick KalmNick Kalm is Founder & President of Reputation Partners, which specializes in working with large and small companies in four key areas: employee/labor communications, corporate communications, crisis/issues management and corporate social responsibility. Nick has nearly 30 years of management experience in leading communications consultancies and major multinational corporations, including six years with Edelman, the world’s largest independent public relations agency.  Nick has designed and implemented programs to help companies successfully implement new business priorities and directions, labor strategy, culture change, restructuring, downsizing, mergers & acquisitions, and unexpected executive transitions.  He has also guided them through allegations of age discrimination, wrongful discharge, racial and religious discrimination and sexual harassment. Nick received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Kenyon College in Ohio.  

Pam WilsonPam Wilson is the Vice President Client Relationships of Career Partners International -  Chicago/Kensington International. In her current role, Pam develops and manages client account relationships, and provides those clients with strategic solutions in the areas of leadership development, succession planning, executive coaching, team development and career transition.  Prior to joining the firm, Pam worked for Resources Global Professionals and Deloitte. Her experience includes recruiting, auditing and client development.  Pam has an MBA with a concentration in Human Resources and Strategic Management from University of Illinois at Chicago and a BS in Accountancy from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.  Pam has held leadership roles and been active in a number of professional and volunteer organizations including the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC), Ronald McDonald Charities, Naperville Community School District#203 and St. Raphael Church.   

Panelists may be contacted via email by clicking their name in the bio above.

HRCI Credit

HRCI Certificate

This program was pre-approval by HRCI for 1 hour of General re-certification credit for PHR, SPHR or GPHR certifications. 

Qualified participants who attended the full hour webinar will automatically receive their credit documentation from Career Partners International Headquarters by email within a week after the webinar.

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