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Discipline / Investigations

Don’t sweat new supervisor’s one-time demeaning act

02/12/2009

New supervisors don’t always manage their subordinates as well as more experienced managers. They’re going to make some mistakes along the way. And not every early mistake will mean a winning lawsuit for the subordinate. As the following case shows, it takes more than one stupid move to create a hostile environment.

Hastings offers settlement to cop accused of wrongdoing

02/12/2009

A female police officer who was placed on administrative leave after being accused of writing false traffic-warning citations has received a payout from her employer, the Hastings Police Department.

Cite specific reasons for disciplining every employee who breaks company rules

02/12/2009

When it comes to disciplining employees, one size almost never fits all. An individual approach—one that considers the very specific circumstances that led to the discipline—is usually best.

Show you are serious about workplace safety

02/12/2009

You can and should punish employees who refuse to play by company safety rules. You’ll probably win any workplace injury case if you can show that the accident would never have occurred if the employee had followed the rules.

Document investigation to thwart harasser’s suit

02/05/2009

Sometimes, employers conducting harassment investigations find themselves in no-win situations, especially when there are conflicting claims and classic “he said, she said” scenarios. You risk a lawsuit if you fire the alleged harasser, most likely alleging some other illegal reason for your decision to terminate. The way to win these cases: Thoroughly document the investigation.

You can make disabled comply with dress, behavior standards

02/05/2009

Good news when it comes to disciplining disabled employees for breaking behavioral or dress code rules: You can and should hold the disabled to those rules, along with everyone else.

Elementary school teacher charged with drug offenses

02/02/2009

Williamsport Area School District elementary school teacher Beth Camp faces charges after police seized 72 pounds of marijuana from her Lycoming Township home.

Avoiding employee lawsuits: 5 lessons from the court

01/27/2009
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Beware firing based on police polygraph tests

01/27/2009

Employee theft is a big problem, and it could get bigger during hard economic times. Sometimes employers learn about “inside jobs” from police. When that’s the case, watch out for an interesting trap that can lead to litigation.

Former police officer repays missing youth-program funds

01/27/2009

A former Greensboro police officer has repaid $16,600 that disappeared from a fund he directed. David Andrew Moore made the payment after being found guilty of failing to discharge his duties.