POLICIES / HANDBOOKS

Report: State and local legislative changes led 85% of employers to update their policies in 2016

05/18/2017
State/local law changes caused a full 85% of employers to update their policies or handbooks in 2016 and 54% to provide additional employee training.

Employee doesn't have to follow every step in your harassment complaint procedure

05/10/2017
Don’t think setting up a multiple-path complaint process lets you off the hook. Even if an employee neglects to take her complaint “up the organization chart,” you are still responsible for stopping harassment that you find out about.

Know the regulations that apply to your business

04/12/2017
Here’s an important reminder that you must pay close attention to the laws that govern how your organization operates.

Head in the sand never works! Always respond to lawsuit documents

04/06/2017
An oblivious business owner has learned the hard way that ignoring a lawsuit comes at a price: An almost instant order to pay up—without any chance to offer a defense.

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.
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