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When: Wednesday, July 15, 2020
11:30 am
Where: Webinar
United States
Contact: Samantha Evans

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COVID-19, Tough Conversation and Retaliation Claims—What’s the Connection?

Presented by Joyce Chastain, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Human Resources Consultant with The Krizner Group


Throughout the pandemic, many organizations have had employees teleworking.  Some employers have furloughed staff.  Many things have been learned during this time, including:

  • the performance level of individual employees,
  • the employees’ commitment to the organization and its mission
  • how vital some positions are to the organization and how others possibly aren’t needed.

Additionally, as we return employees to the workplace, we are facing some new challenges.

All of these issues must be addressed.  In this session, we’ll discuss how to go about having these tough conversations in such a way to effectively communicate the message while best protecting the organization from claims of disparate treatment. 

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provided a new level of benefits to employees meeting specific requirements.  What if one of your employees qualified for and was provided the benefit, and was one of your low performers while teleworking.  Because of the substandard performance, management may now be considering a change to this employee’s status.   We’ll discuss the risk related to such action and how best to position the organization to avoid a claim of retaliation.

Attendees in this session will learn strategies for:

  • guiding management in making decisions that best protect the organization;
  • preparing for unpleasant conversations; and
  • delivering news to employees in a succinct and lawful manner. 


About Joyce:

Joyce Chastain, SHRM-SCP, SPHR 

With many years of senior-level human resources experience in the private sector environment, Joyce Chastain brings practical know-how to each engagement.  As a human resources consultant with The Krizner Group, she specializes in talent development, employee relations, internal investigations, employment law compliance, and affirmative action plans.  She is a frequent guest speaker for professional associations and academia covering a wide array of human resources topics. 
Ms. Chastain holds a Business Administration degree from Emmanuel College, was awarded Senior Certified Professional designation, Senior Professional in Human Resources designation and holds an Advanced Certificate in Internal Investigations. 
She served on the board of the HR Florida State Council from 2007 through 2016, serving as President in 2013 and 2014.  Additionally, she has served as a: 

Member of the Florida State University Center for Human Resource Management;
Board Member of the Big Bend Society for Human Resource Management;
Board Member of the Big Bend Business Leadership Network; and
Mentor in the Society for Human Resource Management Program.

Ms. Chastain has been named a Tallahassee Volunteer of the Year Finalist and Leon County Schools Volunteer of the Year.  She was selected as one of the "Twenty-five Women You Should Know in Tallahassee" and was honored with the designation of the Florida Human Resources Professional of the Year.  She has also been featured by the Florida Trend Magazine as a Trendsetter in Human Resources.  


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