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Discipline / Investigations

Compare planned discipline with previous incidents

09/16/2016
When it comes to discipline, the key is equitable enforcement. Otherwise, someone might sue.

Keep a civil workplace: 7 tips

09/08/2016
When managers treat employees professionally and with courtesy, bullying will never become an issue. Here are seven do’s and don’ts.

Consistent discipline stands up in court

08/24/2016
Employers that consistently enforce their rules fare best when they are sued over alleged discriminatory discipline.

4 questions to ask before you issue a write-up

08/21/2016
They’re potential lightning rods for employee anger and potential legal landmines. Before you discipline an employee in writing, ask yourself these questions.

Your best practice: progressive discipline

08/05/2016
In general, using a sensible progressive discipline program and documenting all disciplinary actions will help you justify a discharge—even in the face of apparent prejudice or bias on the part of individual managers.

Are disciplinary records clear and complete? Documentation only works if it’s accurate

08/01/2016
We say it over and over again: Document, document, document! But perhaps a little more clarity is in order: Document accurately, so there can be no doubt that you clearly recorded the details of violations that led to discipline.

Note all details that went into your decision to discipline an employee

07/18/2016
Always record the details of your disciplinary decisions at the time you make them. Document as if you are assuming that litigation will result from every disciplinary act.

Document performance problems even if they are not serious enough to warrant discipline

07/13/2016

Sometimes, an employee’s performance problems may not seem serious enough to warrant a formal performance improvement plan. However, you should be sure to document the problems anyway. Those records will be useful if you later have to terminate someone for economic reasons.

Three investigation lessons learned from a political controversy

07/06/2016
Another day, another political scandal involving a politician accused of having an extramarital affair. Consider the recently exposed allegedly improper relationship between Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and a top female aide.

Run this anti-theft checklist to secure property

06/28/2016
Employers must have clearly defined anti-theft policies to combat the problem. These guidelines can help you implement a no-theft policy at your organization.