FIRING

Judge reinstates fired teacher despite drug conviction

08/26/2016
A judge has ordered the New Kensington-Arnold School District in Pa. to reinstate a fired music teacher even though he was convicted of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Fired Pittsburgh TV anchor sues station for race bias

08/26/2016
A former Pittsburgh news anchor whose social media post led to community outrage and her eventual firing is suing the TV station where she worked.

Known rules broken? Then no unemployment comp

08/26/2016
If employees know the rules but are fired for breaking them anyway, they may not be eligible for unemployment compensation.

Protect your right to terminate higher-ups with broadly worded 'for-cause' clause

08/22/2016
Most of the people who work for you are probably classified as at-will employees, but some high-level employees may work under written employment contracts that cover such issues as trade secrets and the employee’s right to compete with you after termination.

Good worker, bad attitude? Fire if you must

08/15/2016
You may have to fire an otherwise good worker if his attitude is bad enough. Be sure to document the misbehavior.

Minnesota legislature overhauls Veterans' Preference Act

08/15/2016
The Minnesota state legislature has made significant employer-friendly changes to the veterans’ preference law that state, county, and municipal governments must follow, making it easier to terminate employees who aren’t working out.

Minnesota state wage law allows wrongful discharge suit

08/15/2016
A Minnesota appeals court has ruled that workers fired for refusing to go along with Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act (MFLSA) violations can sue and recover damages.

Different severance OK--if there's a legal rationale

08/11/2016
When planning a reduction in force, you can offer different employees different severance payments—as long as it’s based on a nondiscriminatory reason, such as length of service.

Beware giving contradictory reasons for discharge

08/09/2016
Want to terminate an employee? Make sure that if you state a reason, you do so consistently.

Kids these days: Summer interns' petition backfires

07/15/2016
Alison Green gets lots of comments on her “Ask A Manager” blog, but 1,200 on a single post?

Good faith: It's what courts want to see in discipline

07/13/2016
When it comes to discipline, employees aren’t entitled to the equivalent of a jury trial. It’s good enough that the employer investigated and considered the employee’s input before deciding in good faith on a course of action.

You don't have to fire just because of one comment

07/08/2016
Employers are required to take reasonable steps to stop comments that are particularly offensive. That doesn’t automatically mean you have to fire an offensive employee. You can discipline instead and hope that fixes the problem.

Repeated false complaints? That's grounds for firing

07/06/2016

You know that employee who always seems to be filing meritless discrimination or harassment complaints? You can and should discipline that guy.

NLRB backs Chipotle employee who took to Twitter with gripes

07/05/2016
A former employee at a Chipotle restaurant in Havertown has won his case before the National Labor Relations Board. The man peppered Chipotle’s upper management with tweets expressing his concerns about low wages.

Fire away! Whistleblowing doesn't excuse wrongdoing

06/22/2016
Some employees seem to believe that as long as they engage in whistleblowing, they’re immune from getting fired. That’s not true.
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