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    Handling Problematic Employees: How to Avoid Landmines by Thinking Like a Lawyer

    Date: January 11, 2017, 7:30am
    Courtyard Keene Downtown Marriott
    75 Railroad Street
    Keene, NH
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    Handling Problematic Employees:  How to Avoid Landmines by Thinking Like a Lawyer

    Presented by Ben Wyatt of Wyatt & Associates, P.L.L.C.

    Wednesday, January 11, 2017

    Registration and networking begin at 7:30 am; meeting and educational session run from 8:00-9:30 am

    Courtyard Keene Downtown Marriott, 75 Railroad Street, Keene NH, 603.354.7900


    Session Overview

    Employment attorney Ben Wyatt will review key concepts of employment law that human resources professionals can use to safeguard the managers and organizations that they support.  Topics covered will include:


    • Best practices related to the creation of written feedback and other forms of documentation
    • Recognizing and saving useful evidence while also avoiding key evidence pitfalls
    • The legal concept of consistent treatment as the cornerstone of an employer’s defense
    • The heightened danger posed by retaliation claims, and the key role of human resources in avoiding dangerous retaliation cases
    • The special legal status of supervisors and the core responsibilities that every supervisor needs to understand


      In addition to substantive advice concerning best practices, the session will involve interactive exercises to allow participants to become familiar with utilizing the employment law concepts and human resources methods being discussed.


      About our Presenter

      Ben Wyatt is an experienced employment lawyer and was voted Best Local Lawyer in the Monadnock Region in the Keene Sentinel’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Poll.  Ben is the founding partner of the Law Offices of Wyatt & Associates PLLC – a Keene-based law firm that assists large and small employers in developing practical solutions to the challenges of the modern workplace.  Ben routinely represents clients in employment-related litigation, runs trainings for managers and full workforces, and provides employers with counseling and advice concerning both specific employment challenges and compliance with employment laws more generally.  Prior to founding Wyatt & Associates, Ben served as Senior Labor & Employment Legal Counsel at C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., the tenth largest privately-owned company in the United States.  Earlier in his career, Ben served as a member of the labor and employment group at one of Boston’s largest law firms, where he advised and represented multiple Fortune 500 companies concerning a variety of employment law matters.

      Ben earned his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School and is currently the President of the Cheshire County Bar Association.  Ben is admitted to practice in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.


      About our Meeting Sponsor Law Offices of Wyatt & Associates P.L.L.C. is a Keene NH-based law firm focused primarily on labor and employment law and was voted Best Law Firm in the Monadnock Region in the Keene Sentinel’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Poll.  Wyatt & Associates offers employers a variety of employment-focused services, including litigation support, workforce training, employment handbook drafting, wage & hour auditing and solutions, and development of employment contracts.  The firm also provides clients with real-time human resources advice by answering time-sensitive legal questions, running investigations, and providing counsel concerning problematic employees.  The experienced employment lawyers at Wyatt & Associates regularly run trainings to assist clients in minimizing risks and expanding the skill-sets of their management and HR teams.  The firm’s attorneys have defended employers in court and before government administrative agencies concerning many employment law subjects. 

      As part of its mission of fostering an effective work environment, the firm’s attorneys also assist employees whose rights have been violated by evaluating their claims and, when appropriate, vindicating their rights through the litigation process.


      Wyatt & Associates serves clients in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and throughout the United States.  The firm typically offers free initial consultations to prospective clients.  For more information, please visit, or call 603-357-1112.


    Guest Policy

    Bring an HR friend or colleague!  Non-member guests may attend our monthly educational sessions for the nominal charge of $15 each.


    Credit Hours

    • Greater Monadnock SHRM is certified by SHRM as a Preferred Provider to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP, and this program has been registered for 1 PDC in the SHRM Body of Competency & Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™).
    • This program has been submitted for 1 General HR Credit Hour toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR certification through the Human Resources Certification Institute.



    No advance registration is required for this meeting; please join us!  Come share information with fellow HR professionals.


    Winter Weather

    In the event of inclement weather during the winter months, we will make every effort to continue to hold the session, as we cannot reschedule meetings.  If there is a cancellation and, if at all possible, we will send an e-mail notice to all members (using the email address on file) prior to the meeting and post an announcement through the local Monadnock Broadcasting Group’s radio stations.