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HR Management

Secret formula for firing can be challenged in court

06/13/2017
Public employees may have constitutionally protected property interests in their jobs and the right to due process before losing their jobs. A federal court has now ruled that using a secret algorithm to determine whether a public employee will lose her job may violate that right to due process.

Employee drug use hits 12-year high: How you should respond

06/12/2017
Illicit drug use by American workers is climbing fast, leading to a 12-year high in positive workplace drug tests. If you don’t have an employee policy on the use and abuse of illegal drugs, establish one and promote it.

You can only stuff so much detail into a handbook

06/12/2017
A Pennsylvania court has ruled a former state employee’s firing was justified after he was spotted gambling at a casino when he was supposed to be at work.

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.

Walmart enlists store staff for home delivery

06/08/2017
Walmart, the nation’s largest bricks-and-mortar retailer, is launching a novel delivery service to help counter competition from online retail giant Amazon.

Liability is murky, but employers should still take measures to protect personal data

06/07/2017
Can an employer be held liable for any damage that results from a data breach that leads to identity theft?

Lawsuit: Flight attendants harassed for union roles

06/07/2017
An American Airlines flight attendant based in Philadelphia and a colleague from North Carolina are suing, claiming the airline failed to police online forums and Facebook pages it controls, permitting other employees to harass the women for their union activities.

What does ADA say about accommodation when employee has communicable disease?

06/06/2017
Q. We discovered that a beloved member of our kitchen staff has hepatitis A. I know that many protections exist for individuals with disabilities, but we are worried about him handling food. Can we reassign him to the front of the house as a host?

Fear of violence: Can we terminate employee who has mental illness?

06/06/2017
Q. We discovered that one of our employees has a history of unprovoked violent fits due to schizophrenia. We certainly sympathize with our employee’s struggle, but we also worry about the safety of customers and other employees. Does state law allow us to fire him for this reason?

How to comply with California’s new health care safety order

06/06/2017
The California Division of Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board has passed a new safety order to protect health care workers from workplace violence. It requires health care providers to develop workplace violence prevention plans, institute training programs and keep records on certain incidents of workplace violence.