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When: Thursday, October 5, 2017
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Where: Woodland Hills Country Club
21150 Dumetz Road
Woodland Hills, California  91364
United States
Presenter: Karen Gabler
Contact: PIHRA Woodland Hills Programs Chair

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Why the *PIP* Won’t You Improve – Writing Effective Memos to Employees for Counseling, Discipline, Performance Improvement Periods and Termination


Most employers realize that documentation of employee performance issues and clear termination memoranda is a critical step in motivating performance and defending against future claims. The question remains, however: what exactly should be in that documentation? In this practical and informative seminar, employment law attorney Karen L. Gabler will discuss the detailed steps involved in creating an effective performance memo.

Topics covered will include the following:

  • What is a PIP?
  • What kind of memo should I write?
  • How do I start the memo?
  • How much detail is necessary?
  • How far back should I go?
  • How many examples do I need?
  • How long should the memo be?
  • How can I let them know this is serious?
  • How do I explain what kind of improvement is necessary?
  • What do I have to say in every memo?
  • What should I never say in any memo?
  • What do I do next if they won't sign it? (hint: writing "refused to sign" on the memo is not enough!)
  • Why isn't my employee "getting it"?
  • What if I don't want to make my employee feel bad?
  • What if I know my employee is going to be angry with me?
  • Can't I just say "it's not a good fit?"
  • Why bother writing a memo if I'm an at-will employer?


Program Agenda

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



Karen Gabler, LightGabler Law

For more than 24 years, Karen L. Gabler has provided employment law services to businesses of all sizes and industries. She collaborates with her clients to develop proactive strategies designed to enhance workplace productivity and avoid employment disputes. She provides external human resources counsel to business owners and management and conducts training programs for management and employees. When employment litigation is unavoidable, Karen aggressively defends her management clients in a variety of federal, state and administrative forums.

Karen has been named as a Southern California “Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine, a ranking of the top 5% of attorneys in over 70 practice groups in the state of California. She has been named one of the “Top 50 Women in Business” and the “Who’s Who in Professional Services” by the Pacific Coast Business Times and has been recognized as the “Top Attorney in Client Service” and one of the “Most Trusted Advisors” by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. She is licensed to practice law in California and Hawaii and has served as an adjunct professor of employment law at the Pepperdine School of Law.





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, October 2, 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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