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Firing

High Court sets clear constructive discharge rule

05/27/2016
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on May 23 that the clock starts ticking on constructive discharge cases on the day the employee announces plans to resign, not the day an employer’s allegedly intolerable act occurred.

COBRA coverage debatable after firing for misconduct

05/09/2016
Employees fired for misconduct are not eligible for continued health insurance.

Warn managers: If you slander former employees, you can expect to be sued

05/09/2016
A salacious Wall Street story illustrates the cost of bad-mouthing a former employee.

Sometimes Facebook posts can lead to discipline

05/09/2016
Despite recent court rulings, some social media items can be bad enough to warrant termination.

NLRB says it’s OK to cuss out your boss

04/18/2016
A company has been ordered to rehire workers fired for profane notes.

Not contesting unemployment: legal or illegal?

04/14/2016
Q. We have a challenging employee who is not really a poor performer, but is generally disliked by her co-workers. She is a gossip and games the system on our attendance policy. She seems to needlessly start minor squabbles with other employees. Recently, this employee approached HR and offered to resign if the company would agree not to fight her request for unemployment. We feel like this is a good opportunity to get rid of a problem employee without terminating her, and unemployment benefits would be a small price to pay. Is there any reason why we shouldn’t accept her resignation and agree to not challenge her unemployment claim?

Why employees steal, and how to handle it

04/13/2016
It can be as small as office supplies or as big as an embezzlement scheme, but your employees are likely stealing something from your company.

5 ways to minimize the adverse impact of off-duty conduct

04/13/2016
Attempts to regulate workers’ activities during off-duty hours pit employers, who want highly productive workers (and low insurance costs), against employees, who claim any restrictions amount to “lifestyle discrimination.”

Must you have ‘absolute proof’ of harassment before terminating?

04/11/2016
Employers don’t need to worry about establishing an airtight case against an employee who har­asses a co-worker. HR investigations aren’t held to the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard of a court.

10 Steps to Stress-Free, Lawsuit-Free Termination Meetings

04/08/2016
Terminating an employee is probably the hardest thing an HR professional has to do—and the most legally dangerous. To handle terminations well, you need to keep calm, communicate your message without escalating the tension and stick to a plan. Here’s a 10-step course of action …