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Employee Relations

Years later, termination records still win cases

12/12/2018
There’s a good reason to retain the employment records of poor performers. In fact, the argument can be made that you should keep those records indefinitely.

Beware the 6 deadly sins of bad management

11/26/2018
According to an Inc. report, here are the six most common management mistakes that lead to turnover—all avoidable if the right actions are taken.

Sued for bias? Prepare to turn over discipline records

11/21/2018
When an employee alleges that discrimination caused him to be punished more severely than other workers outside his protected class, his lawyer will probably demand disciplinary records relating to other workers. Be prepared to hand over those records.

Don’t assign disciplinary points for reporting injuries

11/19/2018
A federal court awarded a machine operator in Wisconsin $100,000 in back wages and compensatory damages after he was fired soon after reporting an on-the-job injury.

Focus on retention: Pay jumps for job hoppers

10/29/2018
Wage growth continues to bump along near 3%, the same as the past several years. One group, however, is seeing much higher raises; and it’s a group that should have employers worried.

Divorce’s effect on the workplace

10/29/2018
One of the most intense employee stressors often goes unmentioned. What sort of toll is divorce taking on someone who works for you?

Employee who complains isn’t immune from discipline

10/25/2018
Employers can’t retaliate against employees who file discrimination or harassment complaints. But that doesn’t mean you can never discipline those employees.

Clearly document the rationale for disciplinary decisions you make

10/22/2018
Before disciplining a worker, be sure to think about how you might defend the decision later. Then document all the reasons why the employee deserves the punishment you propose.

When you must correct borderline misbehavior

10/17/2018
We’ve all known people whose behav­ior, while not illegal or a firing offense, just isn’t very nice, and we’ve all seen the damage such people can do to morale and productivity.

Beware the 4-month slump

10/13/2018
Most people start a job with a bounce in their step and a gleam of eagerness in their eyes. But after four months or so on the job, most employees feel the job isn’t that interesting, challenging or rewarding. What does this mean for a supervisor?