EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

Court issues restraining order against employee? That's good enough to support discipline

02/17/2017
What should happen if a physical altercation in the workplace ends with one employee securing a restraining order against the other? Can you fire the apparent instigator for breaking workplace rules against fighting? Will that expose you to liability?

10 lame excuses for showing up late to work

02/15/2017
More than a quarter of workers (29%) admit they roll in late to work at least once per month.

Sloppy work heads list of senior execs' pet peeves

01/31/2017
Want to get on your manager’s good side? Don’t let the details slide.

OK to condition telecommuting on performance

01/31/2017
Employers often limit telecommuting to employees with high scores on their performance evaluations. That’s reasonable and likely will stand up in court.

How many 'work martyrs' do you have on staff?

01/27/2017
Almost 40% of employees want to be seen by their boss as a “work martyr.”

Is drama about dress really worth a lawsuit?

01/19/2017
If you fire someone because the way she dresses causes drama in the workplace, you may face a sex discrimination and harassment claim.

Jury backs worker on progressive discipline

01/17/2017
A case we covered last month—see “Consistently apply progressive discipline” in the January 2017 issue of Texas Employment Law—has now gone to trial.

Is that protected activity or an argument? OK to discipline forbidden behavior

01/02/2017
Employers have to let workers raise concerns about safety and other workplace problems. However, they don’t have to put up with incessant arguing in the workplace.

Let employee pick location for performance review

12/22/2016
When you set up performance review meetings, let employees choose the time and place.

How to identify promotable employees

12/22/2016

For many organizations, promotions are random decisions left to managers. That’s a mistake … and a common one. Use these tips to choose the right people for advancement.

Simple idea for boosting productivity: Interdepartmental job swapping

12/20/2016
Do you think productivity gains come only from grand transformations? Sometimes, small, no-cost changes generate the greatest impact.

More employers opening their books to employees

12/14/2016

A new survey shows that private U.S. employers have become much more comfortable about sharing their finanical information with employees. Here are four tips for opening your books to staff ...

Documentation key if you must discipline employee who took protected leave

12/13/2016
Document it carefully if, while an employee is out on protected leave, you discover that she has broken a workplace rule that warrants discipline.

Consistently apply progressive discipline

12/08/2016
Progressive discipline may end up becoming a trap for employers that don’t scrupulously honor the underlying purpose of the rule being implemented.

OK to discipline for bullying online posts

12/01/2016
If you have solid policy guidance on proper workplace behavior, you shouldn’t worry too much about punishing abusive or offensive online behavior that crosses the line into bullying or worse.
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