SOURCE: Employer Resource Institute (ERI)


June 18, 2010 11:54 ET

Free Report for California Employers: 10 Tips for Effective, Legal Performance Appraisals

ALAMEDA, CA--(Marketwire - June 18, 2010) -  The Employer Resource Institute (ERI) announced today the release of a free White Paper for California employers: 10 Tips for Effective, Legal Performance Appraisals.

"Performance appraisals can help strengthen an employer's legal position if they're sued by a terminated employee. Using inadequate evaluations or no evaluations at all can be used against employers with devastating results. Juries tend to come down hard on employers who don't appear to have given an employee a chance to improve," said Matthew T. Humphrey, President of ERI. "And employees with no bad reviews who suddenly find themselves fired are justifiably shocked -- and more likely to sue you for wrongful termination."

"An employer's best defense is to demonstrate a pattern of careful documentation and counseling with all employees," added Humphrey. 

ERI's new White Paper, 10 Tips for Effective, Legal Performance Appraisals, provides tips for employers to build a solid defense using performance appraisals and also includes a 4-point checklist to make sure that performance appraisals are legally sound.

For instant access to this White Paper, courtesy of California Employer Daily, go to

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