Off the Clock But Still On The Hook: Your Liability for Off the Job Acts of Employees

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
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HR Newswatch
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Off the clock is not off the hook for employer liability. What is "off the clock" for wage and hours and FMLA purposes? When can customers or the public sue the company and the HR Director personally for employees’ non-paid-time acts? Are you as the employer liable for what a worker did on vacation? Under what circumstances can a minor sue the company for the off-work sexual misconduct of an ex-employee? Can an after-work happy hour be a liability? Can an employer fire a worker (including you) for “private” activities off the job (blogs, chat rooms, social activities)? Where are the lines drawn between an invasion of an employee’s privacy and employer responsibility and liability to the public? This webinar will teach you how employee conduct during “off hours” can result in employer liability. We will also provide effective practice and policy advice your company can adopt to protect itself and its managers from this growing source of liability.


The program covers:

  • Working from home -- what is "off the clock" for compensation and other employment related purposes

  • Liability for incidents at company-sponsored social events (harassment and injury claims)

  • Employer responsibility for incidents caused by an employee on vacation or while traveling on company business

  • Off-job interaction with, or crimes against, clients or customers

  • When is a happy hour an official company meeting?

  • Confidentiality of information when it leaves the business premises

  • How an employee's family members can create liability for the employer

  • Principles and practices to avoid liability

Who Should Attend
Human Resource managers, in-house attorneys and other corporate executives will want to attend this on a topic they can’t afford to miss.


Bob Gregg, Boardman & Clark Law Firm in Madison, Wisconsin, has been involved in employment relations for more than 30 years.  He litigates employment cases, representing employers in all areas of employment law.  His main emphasis is helping employers achieve enhanced productivity, creating positive work environments, and resolving employment problems before they generate lawsuits.  He has designed the anti-harassment, bullying and violence policies and procedures of numerous employers.  Bob has conducted over 3,000 seminars throughout the United States and authored numerous articles on practical employment issues.  He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the National Speakers Association, is a National Faculty Member of the American Association for Access, Equity & Diversity and served on the Board of Directors for the Department of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute Foundation.


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