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Resignations

Employees who resign aren’t usually eligible for unemployment compensation benefits

09/25/2018
Generally, an employee who voluntarily resigns is ineligible for unemployment compensation benefits. However, there are some exceptions.

Worker who quit wants old job back? Too bad

08/01/2018
Sometimes, workers quit without warning. Then, after cooling off, they may reconsider and ask to come back—in effect, “unresigning.” If you have already documented the original resignation, you don’t have to take the worker back and you generally won’t face liability for an adverse employment action.

So you discover an employee is job hunting—Now what?

07/01/2018
Say you’re searching an online résumé database and spot the résumé of one of your best employees. You wonder what to do with that new information. The answer: Tailor your approach to that employee, the reason he or she is searching and whether you actually want to retain the person …

Court: Reasonable fear of economic harm is enough to support constructive discharge claim

01/18/2018

Employees can’t quit and claim constructive discharge just because conditions at work became uncomfortable. But what level of discomfort is required?

Jury gets to decide: Did she quit or was she fired?

12/06/2017

Think an employee’s ultimatum a­­mounts to quitting in a huff? Maybe, maybe not­. If a dispute transforms into a lawsuit, it may be up to a judge or jury to determine if an em­­ployee really resigned or was just blow­­ing off steam.

‘Resign or be fired’: Humane offer or a risky ultimatum?

06/12/2017
Presenting an employee the option to resign or get fired may fall under the no-good-deed-goes-unpunished category. As a new ruling shows, such ultimatums might ultimately give you ulcers in court.

Termination? Consider offering severance in exchange for waiving right to sue

03/03/2017
Just letting an employee sign a resignation letter instead of being terminated won’t always prevent her from suing you.

Subordinate’s hair comment doesn’t justify lawsuit

11/11/2016
It takes more than a handful of incidents to create hostility, even if they could be viewed as offensive and not appropriate for the workplace.

How to get the most from your exit interviews

10/27/2016
From both sides of the table, exit interviews are not a comfortable situation. But organizations can gain a lot of valuable information that can help improve the workplace culture and reduce turnover.

Conduct legally smart exit interviews

08/31/2016
Knowing why employees leave is crucial to finding the cause for turnover. Exit interviews can be a great tool to obtain that feedback. However, take care to minimize legal liability during those meetings.