DISCIPLINE / INVESTIGATIONS

4 principles for creating a progressive discipline system

12/11/2014
No state or federal law requires a company to establish a progressive discipline policy. But if you put one in place, make sure you follow it.

Suspicious minds: Bosses check up on absent staff

12/10/2014
Workers who call in sick usually get the benefit of the doubt, but 31% of managers polled by CareerBuilder.com say they have checked to see if an absent employee was telling the truth.

Employee theft costs retail sector more than shoplifting

12/05/2014
Employees swipe more from retailers than shoplifters do, according to a new study. The annual Global Retail Theft Barometer reports that dishonest employees cost retailers $18 billion in revenue last year, more than the $15.7 billion taken by light-fingered shoppers.

Liar, liar, pants on fire! That's what happens when you try to microwave them

11/24/2014
As has become an annual tradition, CareerBuilder.com asked more than 2,000 bosses to share their employees’ most dubious excuses for calling in sick.

What employers need to know about domestic violence

11/17/2014
Em­­ploy­­ers often struggle with how to react to sensitive and highly personal situations. Here are some of the considerations to weigh when confronted with a domestic violence case involving an employee.

Investigate, separate the parties when employee alleges co-worker harassment

11/17/2014
When an employee claims a co-worker sexually harassed her, employers have to investigate the claim, even if there aren’t any witnesses. Getting to the truth requires a timely investigation, as well as immediately separating the co-workers.

Before discipline, what should we document?

11/14/2014
Q. What documentation is necessary before disciplining an employee?

Comcast bill dispute allegedly costs customer his job

11/14/2014
Philadelphia-based Comcast’s much maligned customer service has taken another hit. This time a Cali­­f­or­­nia man claims a cable TV billing dispute caused him to lose his job with Price­­waterhouse­­Coopers.

Win discrimination, retaliation lawsuits with patience, careful documentation

11/13/2014
Simply put, documentation is what wins many lawsuits. That’s especially true when more than one supervisor has documented past problems.

Bullying: The workplace's equal opportunity problem

10/22/2014
Twenty-eight percent of workers responding to a new CareerBuilder.com poll say they have felt bullied at work. For 19%, the abuse was so bad they quit their jobs because of it.

DOL: Baby Vision tried to silence workers, thwart probe

10/15/2014
The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a restraining order against BabyVision Inc. in Poughkeepsie after workers reported being threatened and intimidated by the company’s two owners.

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.

Focus on behavior when disciplining jerks

10/06/2014
Some employees behave in ways that create an unpleasant environment for their co-workers, subordinates or supervisors. There’s no reason to put up with bullies and other ill-behaved employees.

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.
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