EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

Key to beating bias suits: Consistent discipline

05/03/2016
Make sure you equally and consistently punish all employees who break the same rules.

Appraising workers in alternative job arrangements

04/28/2016
Alternative work arrangements—flextime, permanent part-time, job-sharing, telecommuting—require managers to adapt in many ways. One of these, often overlooked, is performance appraisal. What's the best way to evaluate the work of someone who's working where you can't see them?

Snapshot: Where do we receive job-related training?

04/22/2016
There are a number of ways employers and employees pursue professional training.

Robots will take over ... but my job will still exist

04/11/2016
Most believe robots will take over some jobs, just not theirs.

2 employees, 1 offense? Discipline equally

04/08/2016
When two employees are involved in the same misconduct, be sure to discipline both, otherwise you could have yourself a discrimination case.

Telecommuting policy needs to address tech

03/31/2016
Roughly a quarter of the U.S. workforce telecommutes at least occasionally. Attorney Jim Reidy outlines three issues your policy needs to cover.

Performance reviews: 20 questions for evaluating intangibles

03/16/2016
Make abstract qualities more concrete by answering “yes” or “no” to the following questions.

March Madness: Is work slump a slam dunk?

03/14/2016
The NCAA basketball tournament starts this week, which means plenty of your copier paper will soon be burned up to make bracket betting sheets. But, are there downsides to March Madness?

Conduct careful investigation after public employees' leak of damaging information

03/08/2016
Public employers have a special Constitutional responsibility that private-sector employers don’t have.

4 steps to regain control of your bulletin board

02/29/2016
When was the last time you reviewed your break room bulletin board?

Provide formal training on handbook contents

02/25/2016
If all you do with your handbook is bestow it on new employees on their first day, you’re not taking full advantage of it.

Beware boss backlash after complaint--you're probably looking at retaliation

02/22/2016

It usually happens like this: An employee comes to HR complaining that her boss said something inappropriate—maybe it was a sexually explicit joke, racial slur or offensive comment about someone’s religion. Then the supervisor gets angry at the employee for complaining and retaliates.

Unequal discipline for same offense? Be prepared to explain exactly why

02/10/2016
When more than one employee is implicated in a rule violation, make sure all employees are disciplined equally. That’s especially true if they have the same supervisors and similar disciplinary histories.

Are we allowed to discipline an employee for spouting off about political topics?

02/08/2016
Q.  With the upcoming presidential elections, political conversation among employees has become more frequent and intense. One employee in particular, whose political views are the opposite of most of the others in the office, has taken to vehemently promoting his favored candidate and that candidate’s views. Several employees have complained that this has made them uncomfortable. Can we take disciplinary action against the employee for promoting his political views? We are a private employer.

10 steps: Conducting an internal investigation

02/08/2016
Follow these procedures when conducting internal investigations of alleged employee misconduct.
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