Hanson Presents Webinar on At-Will Employment
December 6, 2013 | dehs
Sandra Hoglund Hanson presented a webinar titled, “It’s Elementary – Or Is It? The Demise of the At-Will Employment Safe Harbor,” on December 3, 2013, in conjunction with Howalt University. In this webinar, Ms. Hanson discussed the current status of the at-will employment doctrine in South Dakota. She described recent court cases which make it risky for employers to terminate employers without carefully delineated reasons, explained at the time of termination. These cases, along with federal and state anti-discrimination laws, reveal that employers who refuse to tell employees why they are being terminated from employment may later have trouble proving their termination decisions were based on legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons if those employees decide to pursue legal actions against their employers for the terminations. Hanson provided cautions to employers and identified best practices for employers to discipline and, if needed, terminate employees from their employment.
Sandra Hoglund Hanson, a native of Langford, South Dakota, is a partner in the firm’s Labor and Employment, Insurance Litigation, Appellate Practice, Commercial and Complex Litigation and Products Liability Practice Groups. Hoglund Hanson specializes in employment-related litigation and has defended employers both at the administrative level in charges of discrimination and in state and federal court. She also practices in more broad-based areas of litigation, handling suits arising from motor vehicle accidents to insurance coverage issues to contract disputes and remains active in the firm’s appellate practice.
Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP, located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is one of the State’s largest law firms. The firm’s attorneys provide business and litigation counsel to individuals and corporate clients in a variety of practice areas. For more information about Davenport Evans, visit www.DEHS.com.