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Policies / Handbooks

Posting FMLA notice helps cut off lawsuits

11/14/2018
Employers that post appropriate FMLA notices alerting workers to their FMLA rights—and train managers on the FMLA—generally get the benefit of the two-year deadline.

Beat bias lawsuits by showing you enforce attendance rules fairly and impartially

11/14/2018
Courts like to see employers use fair, business-related reasons for discipline. A neutral no-fault attendance policy, applied evenhandedly to all workers in the same job classification, is very likely to stand up in court.

Stung once by EEOC? Don’t let guard down

10/25/2018
If the EEOC has accused your organization of some form of discrimination, don’t think you can just write a check and move on. Now is the time to take a cold, hard look at all your employment practices and policies.

How to handle requests for religious time off

10/09/2018
It’s perfectly legitimate to require employees to request religious leave well in advance. If you have a process to ask for time off for other kinds of leave, use it for handling requests for religious leave, too.

Disability: Beware docking attendance points

10/04/2018
Policies designed to encourage regular attendance often use a point system to determine when employees who miss work will receive discipline. But that simplicity may create legal problems.

Where did all the pens go? Getting a handle on petty theft

09/14/2018
A pen here, a stack of Post-It notes there—employees bringing home items from work for personal use or to supplement their kid’s school box may not initially seem like a big deal. But think for a moment about multiple individuals repeatedly swiping things, and it’s easy to see how a costly mess can develop quickly.

What to include in your technology policy

09/13/2018
Any employer that provides telephones, computers or mobile devices should craft a clear technology policy that governs proper use and lists impermissible uses of equipment.

Train bosses: You must report all harassment

09/05/2018
Anyone who sees harassment happening should say something to the appropriate company office or individual in charge of preventing and stopping harassment. The EEOC takes this “see something, say something” reporting requirement very seriously.

Auto-erased surveillance video can be perfectly legal

08/08/2018
Do you take video recordings of the workplace and automatically delete them based on a set schedule? That’s fine as long as you haven’t been notified of pending litigation.

Go beyond harassment best practices: Add respect to your culture

07/26/2018
This current wave of harassment accusation appears to be a fundamental climate change in how our culture handles power and ethics. Your organization has two choices—be reactive and live in fear of it happening to you, or be proactive and get ahead of it.