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Denver Recordkeeping Seminar to Help Employers Succeed in the Courtroom

5/6/2008 – Attorneys with the Denver law firm of Holland & Hart LLP, in partnership with M. Lee Smith Publishers, a national provider of information resources for Human Resources professionals, will conduct Employment Records Retention, Retrieval & Destruction, a one-day workshop on document management best practices. The event, designed for Colorado employers, HR executives, and corporate legal counsel, will be conducted Friday, June 13 at the Cherry Creek Hotel.

“When it comes to employee records and personnel files, most employers don’t know exactly what to save and what to shred,” says Tobie Hazard, Holland & Hart partner and leader of the workshop faculty. “And no wonder, with all the ways paperwork can come back to haunt them. We’re going to walk folks through recordkeeping essentials, so they know what, and as importantly why, they should or shouldn’t keep certain documents.”

The stakes for recordkeeping errors have never been higher. Increasingly, juries in employment litigation weigh an employer’s paper trail, both hard-copy and electronic, when deciding on an employee’s claim of discrimination, harassment, retaliation or other workplace conflict. And because they are generally employees themselves, they look for any reason to side with the worker. That’s why employers must be prepared to produce documents and records that defend their decisions and policies.

Those who choose to participate in this event will learn:

  • Which documents should be kept and which are vital, how to keep a record of a workplace investigation
  • Who "owns" an employee's personnel records
  • Special document challenges
  • How to store electronic data
  • Time requirements in recordkeeping
  • Proper methods of disposal

Joining Hazard on the faculty are fellow Holland & Hart attorneys Tanya E. Milligan, Alyssa K. Yatsko, Vivian M. Barrios and Christie R. McCall. They each focus their law practices on employment law, have years of experience advising Colorado employers on documentation and other matters, and will make Employment Records Retention, Retrieval & Destruction completely interactive, with plenty of back and forth with workshop attendees.

For more information, visit or call 800-274-6774

About About Holland & Hart

Holland & Hart is the largest law firm based in the Mountain West, with more than 350 attorneys in 14 offices across seven states and Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, it was named the Best Law Firm in Denver by Corporate Board Member magazine in 2007 and 2008. Attorneys with the firm write the monthly Colorado Employment Law Letter, a newsletter and website produced strictly for Colorado employers. For more information, visit

Contact: Bridget Bell, 303-295-8472 or

Both Mr. Fortney and Ms. Webman are available for comment by calling 202.689.1200.

A contributor to Federal Employment Law Insider, Rodney A. Satterwhite is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department at McGuireWoods LLP, where he has practiced for the last 17 years. His specific areas of practice include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. He argued one of the first cases interpreting the FMLA in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, addressing an employer�s right to continue an employee�s disciplinary probation while on protected leave.

About M. Lee Smith Publishers LLC

Brentwood, Tennessee-based M. Lee Smith Publishers LLC is a 33-year-old provider of of print, electronic, and live-event information resources to the corporate Human Resources and legal markets. Their list of largest clients closely matches the FORTUNE 500 while their overall customer base includes managers in every industry sector. They also own, an online information resource for the Human Resources community.

Contact: Pete McPherson, 615-661-0249, ext. 8057 or

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