DISCIPLINE / INVESTIGATIONS

Discipline when dashed romance affects work

10/14/2014
Bad relationships can affect employees in surprising ways. When a romance ends, anger and frustration at home can wind up infecting the workplace. You can discipline employees if blow-back from love gone wrong harms your business.

Discipline when dashed romance affects work

09/16/2014
Bad relationships can affect em­­­ployees in surprising ways. When a romance ends, anger and frustration at home can infect the workplace. That can affect performance, lead to har­ass­­ment charges and generally interfere with the employer’s business.

Feds: Harrisburg leasing firms dodged payroll taxes

09/05/2014
A federal grand jury has indicted three Harrisburg area men on tax evasion charges stemming from their operation of several worker leasing businesses. The U.S. Attorney alleges that the three men paid workers more than $7 million in wages from 2006 to 2012 but never withheld or paid federal income taxes.

Is that employee lying? Here's what to look for

09/04/2014
That colleague looking you intently in the eye as he answers your questions may be fibbing. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception, says these are common tip-offs that someone is lying.

Stay out of court: 6 steps to setting up an in-house dispute resolution process

08/20/2014
An alternative dispute-resolution program lets you identify and address problems while they’re still manageable and before they land in court. Here’s a six-step process for establishing an ADR program.

Track problems as soon as troublemaking starts

08/18/2014

Sometimes, employees who sense they are skating on thin ice at work will decide they want to keep their jobs, improve their output and adjust their attitudes to comply with your expectations. And sometimes they won’t. Determine which path such an employee has chosen by tracking both work performance and behavior over time.

Outrageous employee behavior? Don't fear quick-trigger discipline

07/30/2014

When faced with misbehaving employees, HR people are always counseled to avoid quick firings and hold tight to the three D’s—document, deliberate and decide. But some workplace behavior is so outrageous that employers must take immediate action.

Foresee having to fire difficult employee? Track warnings and discipline for later use

07/10/2014

Sometimes, employees who sense they are skating on thin ice at work will decide they want to keep their jobs, improve their output and adjust their attitudes to comply with your expectations. And sometimes they won’t. Determine which path such an employee has chosen by tracking both work performance and behavior over time.

Legal strategy: GM issues recall on dangerous words

06/18/2014

According to an Associated Press report, General Motors is so worried about future litigation that it has ordered employees to stop using 68 specific terms in internal correspondence relating to safety issues.

Suspect an employee is being harassed? Ask if she wants an investigation

06/11/2014
Some employees may be embarrassed when they experience sex­­ual harassment. They may feel too uncomfortable to come right out and repeat offensive comments they heard. What should HR do?

Employers crack down on social media abuse

06/05/2014
More than 70% of employers have disciplined employees for misuse of social media. Daniel Ornstein of the Proskauer law firm outlines ways to stop the headaches before they happen.

Employers crack down on social media abuse

06/03/2014
While the initial explosion in social media usage took em­­ployers (and their attorneys) off guard, more organizations now have clear employment policies—and they’re not shy about flexing them.

Women's Economic Security Act adds major protections

05/26/2014
Minnesota employers will have some new rules to follow after the state Legislature passed a bill aimed at re­­duc­­ing the gender pay gap and providing more protections to female employees.

MTA shocker! Could cronyism, nepotism have led to ouster?

05/19/2014
Charges of cronyism and nepotism followed a Metropolitan Transit Authority security chief out the door following a meeting with the head of the MTA, which runs public transportation in the New York City area.

Worker acting strangely? Request evaluation

05/15/2014
If you think a worker could benefit from psychological help and fear that he may pose a danger to himself or others, you can require an evaluation.
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