POLICIES / HANDBOOKS

6 issues to consider when updating your employee handbook

05/02/2016
An out-of-date employee handbook is more of a liability than an asset.

Make sure employee handbook includes at-will disclaimer

04/28/2016
Retain the right to terminate by ensuring that all materials include a clear at-will employment statement.

California Supreme Court ruling brings clarity to arbitration agreements

04/22/2016
Decision provides much needed clarity and flexibility to employers implementing arbitration agreements in California.

Big Overtime Changes Will Shine a Light on Your Moonlighting Policy

04/21/2016

One of the unintended consequences of the big changes coming to federal overtime law this summer is likely to be more employees taking on second jobs, according to a new study. But can you (or should you) ban off-the-clock moonlighting? Here are four tips, plus two sample policies ...

Alcohol in accounting: Can we insist on testing for possibly intoxicated employee?

04/14/2016
Q. We have an employee in our accounting department who, a few times over the past month, has come to work smelling of alcohol and displaying signs of intoxication. For several years this employee was a solid performer, but lately she’s missing deadlines and has been somewhat belligerent to co-workers. We are worried about her health, of course, but also her performance and any potential liability related to her conduct while she’s under the influence. When asked by co-workers, this employee has denied having a drinking problem or being intoxicated at work. Since she’s in denial, can we ask her to submit to a test for alcohol the next time she appears to be intoxicated at work?

Why employees steal, and how to handle it

04/13/2016
It can be as small as office supplies or as big as an embezzlement scheme, but your employees are likely stealing something from your company.

How much can you restrict off-duty conduct?

04/13/2016
Regulating workers' off-duty activites is a slippery slope that can land you in deep legal waters.

Job search during work hours? Shut it down

04/12/2016
It happens all the time: A supervisor gets wind that one of her employees is looking for a new job—on company time!

Online shopping doesn't bar unemployment comp

03/29/2016
Are your workplace rules on Internet usage vague? Then firing an employee for shopping online or other wasted time may not bar unemployment compensation benefits in Pennsylvania.

Back up subjective performance-review assessments with concrete examples

03/28/2016
When it comes to evaluating employees, supervisors and managers sometimes rely too much on subjective measures. Some employees allege that such generalizations are merely a way to cover up bias.

3 factors to consider when employees use texts for business

03/11/2016
They've become an important medium for getting work done, so you need a policy that covers how they're used.

Can I tell employees they better not vote for a particular political candidate?

02/25/2016

Q. With the upcoming presidential elections, conversation among our employees has increased concerning the candidates and their positions on certain issues. I overheard an employee supporting Donald Trump, a candidate who goes against all of my core beliefs. Can I tell him that any employee of mine cannot support Trump?

Military leads way on family-friendly policies

02/19/2016
Serving in the military and raising a family haven’t always been compatible, especially during times of international conflict and repeat deployments overseas.

Do you have an e-cigarette policy?

02/16/2016
How to tackle "vaping" at work.

Cupid among the cubicles: 37% have dated co-workers

02/14/2016
What do Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Brad Pitt have in common? All met their significant others at work. They’re also far from alone.
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