As excitement builds for the March Madness Final Four on Saturday and the championship game next Monday, another exciting event is also rapidly approaching – Mintz Levin’s Third Annual Employment Law Summit. And just as South Carolina, Gonzaga, Oregon and North Carolina have so far refused to go quietly from the NCAA tournament, one of the topics we’ll be covering is how to handle employees who resist efforts to manage their performance and conform their behavior to professional norms. This panel discussion will feature three superb guests moderated by Mintz Member Dick Block and promises to be a spirited and engaging event.

The so-called “difficult” employee is often one of the key factors contributing to costly employment lawsuits. These non-team players can create conflict at every opportunity, shirk responsibility when problems arise, and have an overwhelmingly negative impact on business operations and coworkers. The task of managers and HR professionals, therefore, is to spot problem employees early and “bench” them in a way that minimizes their ability to corrupt the workplace and drag the employer into a protracted legal battle.

We’ve assembled a panel of seasoned experts to discuss effective techniques for minimizing the legal problems difficult employees create, including Sarah Worley, Founder and Principal at Sarah E. Worley Conflict Resolution, P.C., Angie Bounpane, Head of HR at Union Square Hospitality Group, and Deb Josephs, Chief People Officer at IAC Applications. These experts will offer valuable insight on dealing with difficult employees through the use of performance management techniques, appropriately tailored employment policies, and focused management and compliance training.

There’s still time to register for the Third Annual Employment Law Summit in New York on April 6th where these outstanding panelists will be joined by numerous others. Please go to the registration page and sign up, as you won’t want to miss this event.