Woodland Hills - Fire Them All! Termination Horror Stories and the Lessons We Learn
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Woodland Hills - Fire Them All! Termination Horror Stories and the Lessons We Learn

When: Thursday, August 3, 2017
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Where: Woodland Hills Country Club
21150 Dumetz Road
Woodland Hills, California  91364
United States
Presenter: Lauraine Bifulco
Contact: PIHRA Woodland Hills Programs Chair

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Fire Them All! Termination Horror Stories and the Lessons We Learn


It's most HR professionals’ least favorite job, and for a lot of reasons. Terminations are never easy from an operational and emotional perspective and can be a legal quagmire even when handled correctly. In this informative and interactive session, we'll review the fundamentals of sound disciplinary procedures, revisit the legal issues that any termination calls into play and learn valuable and practical steps that we should all take to make terminations go as smoothly as possible, for both the person being terminated and for the company. We'll also try to have a little fun with this topic and share some of our worst termination stories.

Learning Objectives:

  • A review of the concept of at-will employment and how it can be eroded under various doctrines that vary from state to state.
  • A review of key types of employment claims that employers want to avoid: discrimination, defamation, violation of public policy, breach of contract, etc.
  • Practical tips for managing the disciplinary process.
  • Practical tips for creating a strong case for a termination.
  • Guidance on best practices for carrying out terminations.
  • When to get employment counsel involved.
  • Steps to take if you do get sued.


Program Agenda

7:30am – 7:55am - Registration
7:55am - 8:10am - Welcome/Announcements
8:10am - 9:25am - Speaker
9:25am – 9:30am - Closing



Lauraine Bifulco, Vantaggio HR


Lauraine is the founder of Vantaggio, a firm that services the HR and management consulting needs of small and large companies. Her career experience helps employers realize their HR goals and adapt to the shifting HR landscape. She serves as co-chair of the California Small Business Administration’s committee on Labor Issues which reviews and makes recommendations on pending labor/employment laws, keeping her abreast of legal developments. She is a speaker for various organizations such as SHRM, PIHRA, APA, NCHRA, HR Star Conference and HR West Conference. Lauraine received a Bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and conducted graduate level studies in Linguistics at the Sarbonne in Paris.





This program has been approved for 1.25 Professional Development Credits (PDCs), towards SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP, through the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).




This program has been approved for 1.25 HR (General) recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute homepage at www.hrci.org.

The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.



Registration Rates

Category Pre-Registration Onsite
PIHRA Member $25 $35
Guest/Nonmember $40 $50
PIHRA Student Member $15 $25

Online registration closes on Monday, July 31, 2017, at 10 PM. Registrations after this date will only be taken onsite.


Cancellation Policy

There will be a 50% administration fee for any cancellations. If you need to cancel, we must receive it in writing (email or fax) 2 business days prior to the event during normal business hours. Refunds will not be given to no-shows. Credits will not be issued for use towards future PIHRA events.


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