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HR Management

Make managers aware of potential personal liability

08/01/2000
Want to get your managers to take sexual harassment claims seriously? Here’s how one human resources director does it: He begins each training session …

EEOC: Explain policies in workers’ native language

08/01/2000
To ensure your workers understand your anti-discrimination policy, translate it and then sit down and explain it to them. Insiders say the …

Drug testing down, electronic monitoring up at big U.S. firms

08/01/2000
The proportion of major U.S. companies that require new or current employees to submit to drug tests slipped to 66 percent this year, down from 70 percent last year and 74 …

Playin’ it cool: How to handle an EEOC bias charge

08/01/2000
When a charge of discrimination lands in your lap from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or its equivalent state agency, the way you respond …

Beware of Restrictions on Right to Fire at Will

08/01/2000

Q. I would like to fire an employee who is unpleasant to work with. We simply don’t “click.” Do I have to have cause to terminate him? —A.C., Virginia

Consider legal impact before deleting files, e-mail messages

07/01/2000
As Microsoft learned in its recent federal suit, e-mail messages are official company records that can be summoned in a lawsuit. Unfortunately, most companies …

Breast-feeding: Develop wise policy for staff, customers

07/01/2000
With half of new mothers returning to work within three months of giving birth, breast-feeding has become a hot workplace issue. The American Academy of Pediatrics …

‘Independent’ is key concept in classifying workers

07/01/2000
Whether you call them consultants, free-lancers or gurus, independent contractors can add experience and flexibility to your team while saving you money. By using …

Supreme Court greases path for bias cases

07/01/2000
Your chances of winning a job discrimination lawsuit just took a tumble. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that workers don’t need direct evidence …

Recover training costs

07/01/2000

Q. Can we require an employee to sign an agreement to reimburse the company for half the expenses related to training, if the employee resigns within six months? —S.D., Northern Marianas