Ron Taylor heads Venable's Maryland Labor and Employment Practice Group.
Mr. Taylor advises and defends employers nationwide on occupational safety and health issues and on a wide variety of labor and employment law matters, including wage and hour, privacy, non-compete, collective bargaining, employment discrimination, disability, and wrongful discharge.
Mr. Taylor's clients include a broad array of private, public, and non-profit businesses of all sizes located throughout the United States. With nearly 30 years of experience, he has been consistently identified as one of the most recognized Maryland labor and employment lawyers, and noted for his sound judgment and ability to achieve great results for his clients, as well as for his extensive experience in occupational safety and health law.
Mr. Taylor handled the first Maryland case to establish the proposition that a disclaimer in an employee manual can prevent it from becoming a contract. He has obtained summary judgment or dismissal of claims, or prevailed after hearing in numerous discrimination, wrongful discharge, and other employment cases. Mr. Taylor has also successfully and efficiently defended hundreds of enforcement actions by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and state plan agencies in over forty states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
The goal of this webinar is to help HR professionals avoid mistakes in implementing employment decisions that can lead to personal and corporate liability due to incomplete or poorly administered investigations of employee claims and misconduct. Poor investigations can lead to lawsuits by employees for false claims or discrimination and can also affect employee morale because the actions taken as a result of such investigation appear to be unfair.
Employers have long been required to provide reasonably safe workplaces for their employees. This duty exists in the common law and has been incorporated in occupational safety and health laws, which impose a "general duty" to provide workplaces that are free from recognized hazards of a serious nature.