San Antonio – On Tuesday, June 9, 1998 Walter K. Olson, author of The Excuse Factory: How Employment Law is Paralyzing the American Workplace, will provide his expertise at a half-day conference, and as the dinner keynote speaker, designed to address the recent changes in employment law that have expanded litigation over the right to hire and fire. In The Excuse Factory, Olson examines the consequences that tolerating bad employees has on the future of business and the American economy, and the threat of lawsuits for firing even the worst employees. Olson is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor to Reason magazine. His work has garnered applause from publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek , the New Yorker and Fortune. He is also author of the widely acclaimed The Litigation Explosion that exposed the irrational incentives within the legal system that have made America the world’s most litigious society. Joining him on the panel discussion will be Bill Crumlett, Human Resources Director at Southwest Research Center and Deborah Becht, Senior Vice President at Broadway National Bank.

The conference, entitled “Interviewing and Recruiting Survival Strategies,” is co-hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), the San Antonio Human Resource Management Association (SAHRMA) and the Southwest Chapter of the Texas Association of Business & Chambers of Commerce. The event will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel, 37 N.E. Loop 410 in San Antonio, TX beginning at 1:00 p.m. and concluding with a reception, book signing and dinner at 5:00 p.m.