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Employee Relations

When it comes to discipline, details matter–and so does consistency and fairness

05/03/2016
Employers that discipline workers consistently and fairly hardly ever get sued. On the rare occasions they do face a lawsuit, they don’t often lose.

Key to beating bias suits: Consistent discipline

05/03/2016
Make sure you equally and consistently punish all employees who break the same rules.

Appraising workers in alternative job arrangements

04/28/2016
Alternative work arrangements—flextime, permanent part-time, job-sharing, telecommuting—require managers to adapt in many ways. One of these, often overlooked, is performance appraisal. What’s the best way to evaluate the work of someone who’s working where you can’t see them?

Snapshot: Where do we receive job-related training?

04/22/2016
There are a number of ways employers and employees pursue professional training.

The art of giving good instructions to employees

04/13/2016
The ability to give instructions is a vital skill for an HR pro or manager. And it is a skill—one you can learn and improve on. Here are some guidelines.

Robots will take over … but my job will still exist

04/11/2016
Most believe robots will take over some jobs, just not theirs.

2 employees, 1 offense? Discipline equally

04/08/2016
When two employees are involved in the same misconduct, be sure to discipline both, otherwise you could have yourself a discrimination case.

Telecommuting policy needs to address tech

03/31/2016
Roughly a quarter of the U.S. workforce telecommutes at least occasionally. Attorney Jim Reidy outlines three issues your policy needs to cover.

How to Wipe Out Fraud and Abuse Under FMLA

03/24/2016

The medical certification process is your most potent weapon for combating potential FMLA fraud. But obtaining a certification is only the first fraud-stopping step. Here are 10 more things you can do to keep employees from gaming the FMLA system.

Performance reviews: 20 questions for evaluating intangibles

03/16/2016
Make abstract qualities more concrete by answering “yes” or “no” to the following questions.