EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

4 steps to thwart sticky-fingered workers

06/28/2016
According to a National Retail Federation survey, retail employers caught 80,366 employees stealing in 2014, a figure representing one out of every 38 employees.

Back to basics: getting a good grip

06/14/2016

A good, well-timed handshake to pair with your grin is a sure way to stand out, whether you’re at the company picnic or an industry conference. Here’s how important it is: The prospective employee with the best handshake is more likely to get the job, research shows.

New boss challenge: Balancing own, others' work

06/13/2016
New managers face a number of challenges, but which is the most daunting?

Don't let email mistakes nullify your attorney-client privilege

06/13/2016

Communication with your attorney is protected by law. But, if you or someone on your staff misdirects an e-mail to a third party, that action wipes out your attorney-client privilege.

Document all discipline, just in case of lawsuit

06/09/2016
Carefully document each and every disciplinary action at the time it occurs, complete with details on who said what and when it happened.

Keep track of disciplinary timing in case employee alleges continuing violations

06/09/2016
Employees who allege they have been retaliated against for engaging in some form of protected activity don’t have long to sue. If an employee works for a government agency and alleges that his First Amendment right to free speech has been violated, the lawsuit must begin within three years.

Make it easy for judges to take your side

06/08/2016
Generally, judges hate having to second-guess management actions. An employer’s decision typically stands if it sounds at all plausible and honest.

Investigate all claims of reverse discrimination

06/03/2016
No matter how unlikely you think the complaint may be, investigate every hostile environment claim, including allegations of reverse discrimination.

7 situations you should document every time

05/27/2016
Thorough and accurate HR documentation is what wins lawsuits.

Document all the details when disciplining

05/19/2016
Skipping careful analysis in discipline investigations is a bad idea.

Document each step of every investigation

05/13/2016
As soon as you hear a supervisor complain that an employee isn’t performing well, start keeping detailed records of your efforts to investigate.

5 legal ways you can monitor your employees

05/13/2016
There are fine legal lines to watch for when electronically monitoring employees.

False complaints? You must discipline

05/12/2016
Plenty of employees have lots of legal savvy—enough to believe that filing a complaint might amount to a “get out of jail free” card.

Act fast to shut down bosses who insult, demean and harass their subordinates

05/10/2016
Are you hearing complaints that a particular manager is insulting subordinates to the point where it might be considered harassment? Don’t ignore the situation.

4 tips for responding to employee rants and raves

05/10/2016
Disciplinary and termination meetings are emotionally charged events that carry the potential for legal troubles.
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