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Employee Relations

Political talk causing turmoil at work

07/12/2016
A new survey reports increasing tension, hostility or arguments among co-workers because of political affiliation.

Social media functions like today’s coffee break

07/08/2016
It’s no secret that plenty of employees spend at least some of the workday visiting social media sites, either on their office computers or their smartphones.

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.

Back to basics: getting a good grip

06/14/2016

A good, well-timed handshake to pair with your grin is a sure way to stand out, whether you’re at the company picnic or an industry conference. Here’s how important it is: The prospective employee with the best handshake is more likely to get the job, research shows.

New boss challenge: Balancing own, others’ work

06/13/2016
New managers face a number of challenges, but which is the most daunting?

Don’t let email mistakes nullify your attorney-client privilege

06/13/2016

Communication with your attorney is protected by law. But, if you or someone on your staff misdirects an e-mail to a third party, that action wipes out your attorney-client privilege.

Document all discipline, just in case of lawsuit

06/09/2016
Carefully document each and every disciplinary action at the time it occurs, complete with details on who said what and when it happened.

Keep track of disciplinary timing in case employee alleges continuing violations

06/09/2016
Employees who allege they have been retaliated against for engaging in some form of protected activity don’t have long to sue. If an employee works for a government agency and alleges that his First Amendment right to free speech has been violated, the lawsuit must begin within three years.

Make it easy for judges to take your side

06/08/2016
Generally, judges hate having to second-guess management actions. An employer’s decision typically stands if it sounds at all plausible and honest.