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New Training System Helps Employers Reduce Risk of Lawsuits

Brentwood, Tennessee March 5, 2009 -- Employment lawsuits strike companies of every size, especially when supervisors go untrained in employment law. A new 12-DVD training program, First Line of Defense, helps employers provide supervisors with engaging, hard-hitting training in the most volatile areas of employment law.

The system is produced by M. Lee Smith Publishers, an industry leader in employment law publishing, and hosted by a faculty of leading employment law attorneys. The 12 modules explore the most asked-about and trickiest areas of employment and management: Hiring, Sexual Harassment, FMLA, Wage & Hour Law, Workplace Violence, Other Harassment, Privacy, Performance Evaluations, Discipline, Discrimination, Documentation, and Firing.

First Line of Defense includes proven strategies and court-tested solutions to help organizations shield themselves from costly employee lawsuits,” says Dan Oswald, president of M. Lee Smith Publishers. “They take a no-nonsense, real-world approach that will appeal to supervisors at all levels and make the training job of HR managers easier.”

Each DVD in the series is approximately 30 minutes and uses a plain-English training style to capture each trainee’s attention, combining real-world scenarios with commentary from employment law attorneys.

“At a fraction of the cost of high-priced trainers or out-of-town seminars, this system meets a variety of training needs,” Oswald says. “It’s a complete supervisor training program. Some users make it a part of a refresher workshop to re-energize skill sets and attitudes. For others it’s a crash course to correct legally unsafe practices.”

Adding to the program’s comprehensive HR training approach is a training manual with prepared lesson plans, reproducible handouts and discussion questions that explain “red flag” situations. To keep interest levels piqued, the package includes a CD-ROM with prepared graphic presentations, hot case studies that drive home important points and serve as lasting guides for supervisors long after the videos are over.

“This is mistake-proof training at its best,” Oswald says. “Now employers can strengthen their company in the seven areas it’s most legally vulnerable.”

The company’s previous video series, Danger Zones for Supervisors, was named a Top Training Product by Human Resources Executive magazine. Users of that system will find First Line of Defense to be an exciting update and are eligible for significant discounts.

About M. Lee Smith Publishers

Since 1975, M. Lee Smith Publishers LLC has helped human resource professionals find quick answers to their employment law and management questions with a catalog of more than 130 newsletters, videos, online services, books, and live events. To provide the most authoritative and timely information to these communities, the company’s 50 state-specific Employment Law Letters are edited by many of the nation's largest and most prestigious law firms, and its videos and other products for human resources professionals are created in partnership with leading experts. The company also publishes Federal Employment Law Insider and Employers State Law Alert.

Contact: Pete McPherson, 800-274-6774, E-mail: pmcpherson@mleesmith.com
On the web: www.HRhero.com/FLD

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