TN SHRM Webinar - Strategies for Navigating a Layoff

May 28, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Online only

Strategies for Navigating a Lay-Off
Presented by Fred Bissinger, Managing Member, Wimberly Lawson, Tennessee SHRM State Council Legislative Director & Andy Wainwright, VP, HR Partnerships, CareerCurve

Bissinger Wainwright

This session will focus on how organizations should utilize best practices to analyze, plan, and implement a Layoff/Reduction-In-Force. The presenters bring legal and consulting expertise to describe how organizations can approach this scenario at a high level, particularly in today's economic crisis and Coronavirus pandemic.

The session will cover:

  • Business Case for a Layoff: What are the business goals? Business Performance, Employee Engagement, Long term Employment Brand/Reputation and Future Talent Acquisition considerations. Analysis and forecasts under various scenarios, potential unintended consequences, and developing a comprehensive communication plan (internal, external, media relations/PR).
  • Essential Elements for Successfully Navigating Change: Leadership, communication, analytical process, metrics, and flexibility to modify as situations change.
  • Primary Legal Considerations : Discrimination, Retaliation, OSHA, Work Comp Claims, Unemployment Claims, Severance package issues, OWBPA, WARN, CBA
  • Planning Process: Who does/does not need to be involved? What skills are really needed in the decision-making process? Timing? What information is required? Identify Roles and Responsibilities, Particularly important with respect to internal and external Communications
  • Implementation Process: Documentation, Safety precautions, messaging/communications, manager training, severance benefits, legal documents, potential for re-hire, points of contact and FAQs. Address needs of different groups: separated employees, remaining employees, external constituencies,
  • Post-Layoff Strategy Analysis: Operational Readiness Analysis, Productivity Analysis, Planning for re-opening, determinations for Re-Hire/No Re-Hire, talent acquisition, how to combat negative press and negative former EEs, what are your liability exposure points when re-hiring and re-opening, and how to plan around them?
  • Human resources professionals are critical to their companies and communities during times of crisis, and your Tennessee SHRM State Council remains dedicated to supporting SHRM Chapters and HR professionals in Tennessee as the COVID-19 situation develops.

This is for all Human Resource Professionals and membership is not required. All times listed are CST. Log in information and PPT will be sent to those registered 1-hour before the presentation begins. If you do not receive the 'Call in information' email in your regular inbox please check your junk mail. If you are unable to join the call, it will be recorded and posted to the TN SHRM home page.

Sponsored by:

Fredrick J. Bissinger is Regional Managing Member of the Nashville, Tennessee office of the firm, which he joined in 1999. His law practice includes an emphasis in handling employment discrimination and wrongful discharge matters at both the administrative level and in Federal and State Court litigation. His practice also includes an emphasis on ADA and FMLA compliance, as well as general liability matters. He received his Bachelor of Science, cum laude, in Economics from Washington & Lee University and his law degree from the Seton Hall University School of Law. Prior to entering private practice, Fred served in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General Corps from 1993-1997.

He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association. Fred has an AV Preeminent® Rating - which is the highest possible rating given by Martindale-Hubbell, the leading independent attorney rating entity. He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Employment Law/Management and Litigation/Labor & Employment, and was named 2020 LAWYER OF THE YEAR by Best Lawyers for Litigation/Labor & Employment, Nashville. Fred received the Tennessee SHRM Human Resource Management Excellence Award in 2018. He served as the 2010-2011 Legislative Chair and 2012-2013 Legal Advisor for the Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management. He also served as the 2012-2013 Diversity and Inclusion Committee Co-Chair for the Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management, and the 2015-2016 Diversity and Inclusion Director for the Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management. Fred is currently serving his fourth consecutive term as the Legislative Chair for the Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management (2017-2020).

Andy Wainwright is Vice President, HR Partnerships with CareerCurve, a North American outplacment and leadership coaching organization. Focusing on Leadership Development and Talent Management, Andy has successfully steered large and high-profile talent management projects for clients. His broad experience has positioned him to function as a key advisor for  corporate clients, who benefit from his business acumen and ability to offer strategic advice around best practices in talent management. Andy currently serves as immediate past President for MT|SHRM, the 6th largest SHRM affiliate chapter in the US. A native of New Zealand, he grew up in India and the UK. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from The University of Durham in England, and has called Tennessee home for the last 25 years.