POLICIES / HANDBOOKS

Make sure arbitration agreements are fair, clearly written and easy to understand

08/22/2016
Arbitration agreements are enforceable in California only if they are conscionable. Courts are likely to uphold arbitration agreements written in plain language that is easy for employees to understand.

Ensure lack of clarity doesn't cause liability

08/11/2016
Rules that are unclear, vague or poorly worded can spell trouble if they end up being applied differently to some employees and not others. That’s one reason you should pay careful attention to the language in your policies.

Ensure handbook asserts at-will employment

07/28/2016
If you have a handbook that provides workers with a limited right to contest proposed discipline, make sure it also has a very strong at-will statement.

Zero-tolerance policies: an open door to trouble?

06/22/2016

On paper, zero-tolerance policies seem like a good idea: You warn employees that your organization will not tolerate even one instance of on-the-job misconduct. But life isn’t always so simple.

7 steps for handling employee complaints

06/20/2016
Each time HR receives an employee complaint about discrimination or harassment, it should follow these steps—consistently and fairly.

Insist that employees follow call-off rules

05/27/2016
Some employees think as long as they can get a doctor’s note certifying that they missed work due to a disability or a serious health condition, they can’t be punished. Not true!

Expense reports: An exercise in creative writing

05/10/2016
The number of improper expense report requests—from the surprising to the mundane—shows little sign of decline, says a new survey.

Employers: Display updated FMLA poster

05/05/2016
In May 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a new version of the FMLA poster that employers are required to hang in their workplaces. The big question: If you already have an FMLA poster in your workplace, must you display this new version? Here are the details, plus links to the new poster and employer's guide ...

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An out-of-date employee handbook is more of a liability than an asset.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.
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