EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

Document performance to beat bias claims

06/13/2017
When a fired employee claims he was the victim of discrimination, be prepared to show that the real reason for termination was poor performance. That requires keeping detailed documentation of any work deficiencies.

Snapshot: Who is most responsible for giving workers what they need to succeed?

06/12/2017
HR, IT and top brass all have some effect on employee success, but none matter more than immediate bosses.

As job hunting peaks, employers fail to react

06/06/2017
With unemployment falling to a 16-year low of 4.3% and wages on the rise, there is a widening disconnect between how employees and employers think about work.

SHRM award winners show off best practices

06/06/2017
The winners of the Society for Human Resource Management’s “2017 When Work Works Award” provide insight into the practices of effective workplaces.

36% of employers lack structured onboarding

05/30/2017
Seeing less than desirable performance levels from your new employees? Your onboarding process—or the lack of one—may be to blame.

5 questions to test your culture

05/21/2017
Trying to motivate employees with games, incentives and pizza parties might work to some extent. But lasting results only come from fully engaged staffers who believe in the organizational culture.

Political talk plagues work months after U.S. election

05/19/2017
American workers are even more likely to say they are feeling stressed and cynical because of political discussions at work now than they were before the 2016 presidential election, according to a survey by the American Psychological Association.

Past discipline record beats retaliation claim

05/17/2017
Here’s another good reason to consistently document all disciplinary actions: If an employee with a history of problems such as rules violations later engages in protected activity, it will be hard for him to show that the discipline was retaliation for engaging in that protected activity.

Purged disciplinary record doesn't mean it can't be considered in future litigation

05/16/2017
Acourt considering whether an employee suffered an adverse employment action has rejected the notion that reinstating an employee and expunging his record somehow makes his earlier discharge irrelevant.

Old reviews don't trump recent performance

05/10/2017
Employees who are fired for poor performance sometimes challenge the decision by citing previous performance reviews showing that they were good workers. Courts don’t always buy it, especially if the employer can show that the good evaluations happened under another supervisor or in different circumstances.

After complaint is filed, be sure to justify all discipline

04/25/2017
If an employee complains about discrimination, make sure any subsequent discipline is well justified. Sudden discipline against a worker whose record was previously clean can be viewed as retaliation.

Document circumstances before discipline, as well as punishment that you imposed

04/25/2017
Generally, if an employer operates in a fair and equitable fashion, there’s very little room for an employee to file and win a discrimination lawsuit. But how can HR know whether supervisors are imposing balanced discipline without regard to race, sex, religion or other protected characteristics?

Snapshot: Telecommuters are less engaged

04/15/2017
Forty-three percent of employees work from home at least some of the time, and 20% are full-time telecommuters.

What makes employees whistle while they work

04/14/2017
Here are things that all workers seek in a workplace, and how those things rate on the “happy” meter.

Court: Indefinite suspension same as firing

04/12/2017
Don’t think that simply suspending someone without pay while you investigate alleged wrongdoing will fly. If the suspension drags on without some sort of resolution, the employee can sue, alleging he or she was actually fired.
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