TERMINATIONS

NLRB says it's OK to cuss out your boss

04/18/2016
A company has been ordered to rehire workers fired for profane notes.

Not contesting unemployment: legal or illegal?

04/14/2016
Q. We have a challenging employee who is not really a poor performer, but is generally disliked by her co-workers. She is a gossip and games the system on our attendance policy. She seems to needlessly start minor squabbles with other employees. Recently, this employee approached HR and offered to resign if the company would agree not to fight her request for unemployment. We feel like this is a good opportunity to get rid of a problem employee without terminating her, and unemployment benefits would be a small price to pay. Is there any reason why we shouldn’t accept her resignation and agree to not challenge her unemployment claim?

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.

Considering rehiring? Ask how he left before

04/06/2016
How a worker handles his or her resignation may be good reason to refuse to rehire that worker later.

Keep exit clear during termination meeting

03/30/2016
Terminating an employee is never easy. Plan the meeting in a way that’s private; and don’t prevent the employee from leaving.

Keep discharge meeting short and simple

03/29/2016
Deliver discharge news at a short and focused meeting. Remind everyone that the purpose is to let the worker know he has been discharged and obtain badges and other company property. Don’t be goaded into an argument.

Don't add fuel when you fire: 6 tips for terminations

03/10/2016
If you supervise employees in any capacity, there will come a time when you need to let someone go. Here are some tips for making the best of a bad situation.

Poor behavior? Deal with it by documenting it

03/09/2016
Do you have an angry, dissatisfied employee that no supervisor seems capable of making happy? Then document any behavior that demonstrates the employee is difficult or insubordinate and discipline accordingly.

Employee gave two weeks' notice--can we just terminate him right away?

03/02/2016
Q. An employee has recently provided two weeks’ notice of his intent to resign. Can I tell the worker that he or she is not needed for the two weeks and avoid paying him for that time?

OK to fire pregnant worker for good cause

03/02/2016
Are you afraid to discipline, or even discharge, a pregnant employee? You shouldn’t be, as long as you have a rock-solid reason unrelated to pregnancy.

You don't have to wait for prosecution: Go ahead and fire violent worker

02/25/2016
Has an employee been arrested for threatening behavior involving a co-worker? You don’t have to wait for the criminal trial and conviction to discipline the employee. You don’t even have to reconsider if police drop the charges. What matters is that you have an honest belief the worker broke company conduct rules—even if you end up being wrong.

Document all the details that influence your decision to discipline

01/29/2016
One of the easiest ways to get in legal trouble is to discipline two employees differently for breaking the same rule.

No employment protection for abuse victims

01/29/2016
A federal court has refused to expand common law workplace protection for victims of domestic abuse.

University budget crisis justified tenure cut

01/28/2016
Professors who teach at public institutions and have tenure are generally protected from job cuts. But under some circumstances, they still may lose their jobs.
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