Reducing Your HR Risk: Ways to Lessen The Chance of Being Sued


RSVP DATE: JAN 01, 1970

$156 Non-Member

[$143.00 Gold Member]

Do you know which of these questions is illegal to ask?
"Where did you learn to speak French?"
"What child care arrangements have you made, or plan to make?"
"Does your spouse mind if you work weekends or evenings?"

They all are!

Join us for this Webinar and learn why these questions are considered inappropriate and how they can put your school at risk. We’ll also talk about where HR lawsuits typically come from, and ways to prevent claims of discrimination through developing legal and effective protocols. At the end, you’ll also receive a “self-evaluation” questionnaire to help you identify where you have the greatest exposure currently.

You'll cover these topics and more:

  • Interviewing and hiring
  • Evaluating faculty and staff
  • Corrective action
  • Terminating faculty and staff
  • Having the proper insurance when things go wrong

This Webinar is intended for the less experienced HR person or Business Manager who has inherited the role of HR Director and/or school’s Risk Manager.

Run Time:
Total run time is 60 minutes. The presentation will run approximately 45 minutes with 15 minutes designated for Q&A.

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Martin Kelly

President of ISM Insurance Inc.


Martin has worked to serve private-independent schools with the most comprehensive and mission-appropriate insurance coverages for over 25 years. He’s been the President of ISM Insurance Inc. since 1996 and has worked with 1,200 schools, insuring in excess of 30,000 staff and 200,000 students.

Current Role

Among other initiatives, he has developed a private-independent school-specific risk management assessment service for ISM, including review of crisis response plans, facilities safety, employment practices, bullying and harassment, reporting and investigation protocols, trips and travel, contracts, and insurance.

Martin writes for Ideas & Perspectives, ISM's flagship advisory letter, in his areas of expertise. He has presented on risk management to numerous school associations over the past several years and has conducted numerous on-site assessments.

Prior Experience

Martin began his insurance career as a large case underwriter. He was then asked to assume the position of director of a multimillion-dollar, multiple-employer trust division for a large national insurance company, to improve performance and profitability. After successfully meeting that challenge, Martin helped start up a group division for another national insurance company and in five years, grew the business to over $100 million in premiums.

Martin then moved to "the other side" of insurance, becoming a third-party administrator specializing in medical associations. He worked with over 1,000 physicians, including the College of American Pathologists, in the areas of employee benefits and medical malpractice.


Martin holds an MBA from Widener University (PA), a BS in economics from Villanova University (PA), and a Certified Risk Managers (CRM) degree.

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