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Your handbook could get you sued

Common handbook rules require honesty on a job application and prior approval before taking on a second job, as well as proof that any second job wouldn’t interfere with the first one. That way, you may assume you can fire a worker who lied on their application or whose moonlighting would conflict with the day job. Unfortunately, each of these handbook rules could backfire if used to justify a demotion or termination.

Draft your executive contingency plan

We live in a culture where easy access to social media networks means a single indiscretion can become common knowledge in a few hours or even minutes. For employers, this can mean being forced to react to bad publicity almost immediately. That’s one reason every employer should have a contingency plan for not just responding but also for instant, pre-authorized action.

Court orders rehiring of unvaxxed workers

Some employers are bracing for a rough flu/covid season. But should you insist that your employees vaccinate against them? That depends.

Kroger needed a policy for a rainy day

Kroger has settled a religious bias claim for $180,000. Two religious employees in Arkansas refused to wear the grocery chain’s rainbow heart logo on their aprons because they claimed the rainbow represented support for LGBTQ people and politics, which they opposed on religious grounds.

Welcome back to the office. Hello, flu season

After two years of worrying about covid, a familiar virus again makes its way into the newly inhabited workplace: the office cold. Here’s what health and workplace experts advise.

Activate your approaches to mental health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports heightened stress and anxiety levels. Rather than wait for employees to reach out when problems are severe, HR can be proactive.

The HR I.Q. Test: November ’22

Here’s your monthly quiz on HR news and trends.

Sexual harassment: This employer did everything right

Fortunately for the defendant-employer in this case, it had an effective policy and made it available to employees (including the plaintiffs) in various ways.

HR pros want threat management training

According to a new study, 75% said that due to failing to notify their department in advance, violence occurred when an employee was furloughed or fired. This is why almost all human resources executives say behavioral threat assessment or threat management training is essential for their job.

7 ways to use social media to promote your business

Say what you want about the destructive effects of social media on attention, attitude and attrition, but LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and even TikTok can promote a business of any size inexpensively and creatively to customers, potential employees and the fellow business community. Here are seven ways to lift the curtain shielding your business. You might be surprised by the applause.