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Workers’ comp pending? Discipline with care

06/26/2017
Are you disputing an employee’s workers’ compensation claim? Be careful how you handle absences during the time the case is working its way through the system.

Not every suspension is retaliation

06/21/2017
HR professionals sometimes warn managers that suspending an employee without pay can backfire—even if it’s for what seem like legitimate reasons. The problem is the potential for a retaliation lawsuit if the employee has previously complained about discrimination.

Must-have talks with new hires

06/16/2017
Forget the idle chitchat, hours of paperwork and orientation video, and make new hires’ first day on the job count. Take time to do the following on Day 1.

Document performance to beat bias claims

06/13/2017
When a fired employee claims he was the victim of discrimination, be prepared to show that the real reason for termination was poor performance. That requires keeping detailed documentation of any work deficiencies.

Snapshot: Who is most responsible for giving workers what they need to succeed?

06/12/2017
HR, IT and top brass all have some effect on employee success, but none matter more than immediate bosses.

Invest in a timely, thorough investigation, or prepare to pay big damage award

06/12/2017
When employees complain about potential workplace discrimination and harassment, smart employers take it seriously. Nothing short of a thorough investigation will do. If you drop the ball and don’t take quick action, it could wind up costing your organization dearly.

Refereeing a gripe? Try this

06/12/2017
Part of a boss’s job is to listen to complaints about employees from their co-workers. For example, Jane tells you she often has to scramble near deadline because her co-worker Joe seems to drag his feet with the data she needs to complete her task. What should you do?

6 tips to address slipping performance

06/11/2017
When an employee’s job performance suddenly declines, too often managers wait and hope it gets better. It probably won’t.

As job hunting peaks, employers fail to react

06/06/2017
With unemployment falling to a 16-year low of 4.3% and wages on the rise, there is a widening disconnect between how employees and employers think about work.

SHRM award winners show off best practices

06/06/2017
The winners of the Society for Human Resource Management’s “2017 When Work Works Award” provide insight into the practices of effective workplaces.