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Union member sentenced for defrauding health plan

04/09/2019
A scheme to defraud the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s health plan has earned a Southern California longshoreman a year-long prison sentence, along with a requirement to repay $201,000.

Prepare to prove discipline has been consistent

04/03/2019
If you need to fire someone for breaking a rule, document the exact rule he broke. Then check to see how you punished others who broke the same rule. Be prepared to show how their situations compared to the current case.

Threatening to reduce employee’s bonus isn’t enough to justify quitting

04/03/2019
A grieving husband has lost a lawsuit that claimed he had no choice but to quit after his employer threatened to reduce his bonus if he continued to take time off to recover from a tragic personal loss.

Are your workers preparing taxes on company time?

04/02/2019
As the April 15 tax filing deadline approaches, a new Accountemps survey suggests that work responsibilities are getting sidelined by personal income tax preparation.

Respect the results of outside investigations into complaints

03/26/2019
Be prepared to honor the findings of outside investigators you hire to get to the bottom of internal complaints. Accept the results and act immediately to remedy the situation.

Cite specifics to document poor performance

03/26/2019
When disciplining workers, consider the potential for lawsuits. Assume that anyone you terminate might sue.

HR comm practices raise information security risks

03/26/2019
Confidential employee information may be at risk because HR pros regularly use insecure technology to share it.

5 questions to ask employees

03/20/2019
Fierce Conversations, a business consulting company, recommends all leaders, at their earliest convenience, take the time to ask their employees five essential questions that get to the heart of their role within the company.

Document why discipline may have differed

03/20/2019
Before you discipline any employee, review how you handled similar situations in the past. If you decide to discipline more harshly in a new case, be sure to detail in your records exactly why.

March Madness means camaraderie, at a cost

03/19/2019
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