Employee Discipline: 3-Part Series

Keys to Ensuring You Avoid Unnecessary Legal Entanglements

Workshop Description & Overview

Join Us for this MRESC Legal Series event with school law expert and attorney Lisa Burleson

Target Audience: Principals, Superintendents, Supervisors and other school personnel evaluating staff.

**You can register to attend one, two, or all three parts of this workshop series.

Part 1: The Foundations of Employee Discipline (October 24th @ Sidney BOE)

Learn the foundations of public employee discipline in Ohio. Topics to be covered will include legal concepts of progressive discipline and just cause. The discussion will also include a review of the common areas where mistakes are made in following and applying progressive discipline, and in establishing a case of just cause for discipline. The discussion will also include the employer “burden of proof” and a review of how to create and frame basic disciplinary documentation.

Part 2: A Deeper Dive into Progressive Discipline, Improvement Plans, & Last Chance Agreements (November 30th @ Indian Lake Local Schools)

Building on the foundations of public employee discipline in Ohio from Part 1, this session will cover the various forms and grades of progressive discipline, including informal and formal reprimands, performance improvement plans, mentoring, last chance agreements, and the like. The discussion will also include a review of the various types of infractions upon which discipline can be based at different levels, and the importance of School Board Policy in the disciplinary process. The relevancy of collective bargaining agreement provisions regarding employee discipline will also be examined.

Part 3: Suspension, Termination, & Non-Renewals: Avoiding Common Mistakes (December 4th @ Ohio Northern University - Ada, Ohio)

This final session will include an in-depth review of public employee suspensions (with and without pay) and termination. In the session, Ohio case law will be explored from various aspects of public employees/unions challenging disciplinary actions, to areas where common employer mistakes are made in the disciplinary process. A discussion and review of the differences between termination and non-renewal will also be included in this session.

Costs/Registration Fees:

  • $25 per person/per part - Shelby, Logan, Hardin, Madison, & Champaign County Districts, Career Centers, and Boards of DD. ***Grand total of $75 if you attend all three parts.

  • $40 per person/per part - Districts and agencies not listed above. ***Grand total of $120 if you attend all three parts.
8:45 am - Arrive for Check-In

9:00 am - Welcome & Introductions

9:10 am - Employee Discipline

10:30 am - Questions & Answer Period

11:00 am - Wrap Up & Evaluation

11:15 am - Session Ends

Faculty/Presenter: Lisa Burleson, Owner & Founder of Burleson Law Offices, LLC. Looking for More Information about Lisa Burleson: Click on Her Photo to the Left

*Please arrive 15 minutes early as our session will begin promptly at 9:00 am.


What time should I arrive at the training site? Please arrive 15 minutes early to each session to complete the check-in process.

Food & Beverage: Bottled water and assorted breakfast bars will be available at the beginning of the session. While coffee or other food will not be served, participants are free to bring snack items for themselves or to share with the group. Please plan accordingly…..

What You Should Bring? Participants should bring note taking materials and writing utensils with them to the session.

Our Cancellation Policy - Cancellations must be received 11 days prior to the FIRST event on October 24, 2018. Cancellations receive outside of this policy will not be accepted. Attendees and/or employing districts will be billed accordingly.

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