Paperless HR: Step-By-Step Guide to Going Paperless and Avoiding Legal Pitfalls Along the Way

Duration: 90 minutes Speaker: Melissa Fleischer, Esq

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Many employers have already switched from a paper-based HR department to a paperless one, while many others, being increasingly buried under a mountain of paper, are actively considering changing over to electronic records. The advantages are obvious; less paper, improved accuracy, increased security, etc. But the steps to get to a paperless HR Department can be overwhelming. For example, you’ll need to be aware of issues relating to preventing spoliation claims during e-discovery, confidentiality of electronic records, the various types of electronic records management systems that are available, just to mention a few of the areas you’ll need to be concerned with. You should also be able to learn through case studies from the experiences of other HR departments.

This webinar will provide a checklist for the many practical considerations you need to pay attention to and the possible pitfalls you need to prevent. Before you make the leap and even after you have it’s important to have a full understanding of the requirements that go along with the change to a paperless HR department. Please join Melissa Fleischer, attorney at law, as she takes you through the many steps to moving towards a paperless HR department with her clear explanations of the requirements associated with becoming a paperless HR department.

Some of the many things you will gain from attendance at this event:

Practical Tips

  • Important preliminary steps to take prior to making the transition
  • Pro's and Con's of going paperless
  • Methods for Scanning Documents
  • What documents to retain in paper format from a legal perspective and what documents you can toss
  • How to ensure you will be able to retrieve all those important HR documents
  • Human Resource Management Systems and how they can help you
  • Considerations for purchasing a document management system
  • Proper destruction of paper and electronic documents

Legal Pitfalls to Avoid

  • Is paperless pay legal for your employees?
  • Best Practices for preventing security breaches
  • Legal considerations about document management systems that can trip you up
  • Document security-what you and your HR Team need to know and what legal perils can befall you
  • Essential elements of an effective document retention policy
  • Electronic discovery-preventing spoliation claims
  • Federal and state laws data security
  • Ensuring your electronic devices are wiped "clean"

Who Should Attend:

  • HR Professionals
  • HR Directors
  • Managers
  • In-House Counsel
  • Attorneys
  • Business Owners
Melissa Fleischer, Esq

Melissa Fleischer, Esq., is a sought-after employment law attorney and HR advisor, having utilized her 20 years of law practice experience specializing in employment discrimination litigation to form HR Learning Center LLC, an HR consulting firm that specializes in providing workplace solutions to employers on a wide range of legal and human resource management issues. Ms. Fleischer provides preventative counseling and proactive training on a wide-range of employment law issues to help employers achieve legal compliance and reduce litigation costs, Ms. Fleischer is a management-side employment attorney and is nationally recognized as an expert in her field. Ms. Fleischer has successfully represented numerous clients in employment discrimination litigation as well as providing preventive counseling and training on workplace issues. Ms Fleischer was previously associated with Epstein Becker & Green in NYC.

Through HR Learning Center, Ms. Fleischer provides on-site training seminars and on-line training webinars and consulting on a wide range of workplace and human resource issues including sexual harassment, disabilities, diversity, discrimination, workplace violence, employee use of social media, job descriptions, employee handbooks, workplace investigations, FLSA misclassification and independent contractor status, information privacy and security, and HR records management. She also offers compliance training on the major employment laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, including exempt and non-exempt worker classifications and the National Labor Relations Act. She presents seminars, leads webinars and workshops, and is a frequent lecturer on these and other HR management and legal topics.

Ms. Fleischer served as a chapter editor for the Family and Medical Leave Act Treatise, published by the Bureau of National Affairs. She also served as an Editor for HRExpert, an on-line legal resource for attorneys and HR Professionals. Ms. Fleischer is an adjunct faculty member with the Professional Development Center at SUNY/Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Ms. Fleischer earned her J.D. degree from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., and her B.A., cum laude, from New York University.


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