POLICIES / HANDBOOKS

Proposed law would ban cellphone use while driving in Minn.

03/23/2017
The Minnesota state legislature is considering outlawing virtually all cellphone use behind the wheel.

Be prepared to explain deviation from rules

03/23/2017
Your own rules can be used against you if you don’t follow them.

Comprehensive employee handbook is your best tool to beat unemployment claims

03/23/2017
There’s a way to avoid being liable for unemployment compensation benefits when you terminate an employee for misconduct: Convincingly show that the employee knew all about the rules he violated but still didn’t follow them.

What should happen if employee uses company credit card for personal purchases?

03/07/2017
Q. Several of our employees have been issued company credit cards, intended to be used for company-related business only. However, one employee has occasionally used his card for personal purchases. Each time he has reimbursed the company for his personal purchases over the course of several months. Naturally, we are uncomfortable with this practice. What should we do?

You're the boss! Staff doesn't pick which rules to follow

03/07/2017
Employers get to set the workplace rules and, generally, employees have to follow them. As long as you can show you explained the rules to employees, they can’t later argue they didn’t know which rules applied to them.

Watch your language: Texas court addresses wording of noncompetes

02/07/2017
Since courts analyze noncompetes under standard contract interpretation principles, the language beyond the exchange of consideration can also be critical to the enforceability of an agreement.

5 policy tips for managing workplace romance

01/31/2017
You’re better off managing relationships between co-workers than banning them.

What should we do? Only after accepting job did we figure out her husband works here

01/30/2017
Q. We recently hired an amazing applicant for a position at our large accounting firm. After signing her offer, she casually mentioned that her husband works here. We have a policy against office romances. Can we dismiss either her or her husband for this reason?

In contentious times, reaffirm your commitment to diversity

12/22/2016
Now is a good time to consider taking steps to reinforce your commitment to diversity and inclusion.

California votes to legalize recreational marijuana

11/28/2016
On Nov. 8, Californians voted to legalize recreational marijuana for individuals over the age of 21.

4 steps to prevent in-house fraud & theft

11/17/2016
HR must watch out for one of the most unexpected and insidious fiscal perils: employees who steal.

Is it legal for us to ban all guns at work?

11/14/2016
Q. Many of our employees bring their hunting rifles and shotguns to work, especially on Fridays during hunting season. We generally prohibit guns or other weapons in the workplace. Can we stop employees from bringing their guns to work?

What can we do? We suspect one of our employees is often drunk at work

11/14/2016
Q. We have an employee who often appears to be inebriated at work. Can we require that he take an alcohol test? Can we require that he get into a rehab program to keep his job?

Can I really not smoke in my own office?

10/27/2016
Q. I recently relocated my business to California from a foreign country. I heard that I am not allowed to smoke in my office. Is this true?

Can job offer be contingent on drug test?

10/07/2016
Q. Our Pennsylvania company wants to begin screening applicants for illegal drugs. Can we make job offers conditional on the results of a drug test?
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