Dangerous Documents: Avoiding Land Mines in Your Records and Emails - Speaker: Nancy Singer
|Date:||January 18, 2017, 5:30pm – 8:00pm|
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Dangerous Documents: Avoiding Land Mines in Your Records and Emails
Emails can be a blessing and a curse. They improve our efficiency, but they can humiliate us and ruin our careers. For example, General Petraeus, the former head of the CIA, had to resign, pay a $100,000 fine, and is presently on probation because of emails he sent to his biographer, The mayor of Detroit sits in jail because he lied about the text messages he sent to his chief of staff and mistress.
Organizations such as Abbott Laboratories, Boston Scientific, and Synthes were criminally indicted and paid multi-million dollar settlements. They learned that a seemingly innocuous phrase such as, "This will negatively impact the bottom line…" in a private email from an employee can be used to undermine the organization’s credibility, cost the organization money, and have a negative effect on the organization’s reputation.
The thousands of emails sent over an organization’s network on a daily basis can be retrieved indefinitely. To survive in our litigious society, employees need to understand what they should or should not write in their emails and other documents.
In this hands-on session by industry expert Nancy Singer (formerly a US Department of Justice Prosecutor and defense lawyer), you will have the opportunity to analyze improperly written documents and revise them, so they will reflect the reader’s true intent. You will leave the session with actionable and practical information that you will be able to use immediately.
- Who can be held liable under the law
- How the scope of a person's authority determines his/her accountability
- How to write informative documents that don't make the writer a target
- How to distinguish between fact and opinion
- Who should not be writing opinions on regulatory issues
- The information to include and exclude when writing meeting minutes
- How sticky notes on files can cause trouble for organizations during a lawsuit
- The unrecognized dangers in casual emails
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