• The HR Specialist - Print Newsletter
  • HR Specialist: Employment Law
  • The HR LAW Weekly
  • The HR Weekly


When former employees compete: Getting noncompetes right

Good employees, especially those in sales or professional services positions, can quickly turn into enemies when they quit. Employers frequently require those employees to sign employment agreements containing noncompete and nonsolicitation restrictions when they start work. However, Illinois courts generally do not favor these kinds of restrictions and will look at them very closely. In fact, our courts are quite likely to rule in favor of employees …

Kansas Court of Appeals enforces covenant not to compete against physician

In a case that’s good news for Kansas employers, the Kansas Court of Appeals reversed a lower court involving a restrictive covenant. The appeals court found that the noncompete agreement’s three-year term and liquidated damages provisions were enforceable.

Employee should have given firm a chance to stop harassment

Preston Kelley began working for Taher Acquisition Corp. in October 2006. Approximately three months later, Kelley’s supervisor, Mark Good, kicked him in the buttocks, laughed and blew kisses at him. Kelley reported the incident to the company’s operations manager …

Warn supervisors: Over-the-Top, irrational behavior may mean personal liability

Do you have a problem supervisor or manager who acts like a Marine Corps drill sergeant? While it may not be technically illegal to berate and yell at subordinates, abusive bosses sometimes cross a dangerous legal line—the one that marks the boundary of behavior that constitutes intentional infliction of emotional distress …

‘Offering’ chance to quit may still be constructive discharge

Employers commonly give employees a chance to resign rather than be fired. And employers often believe that as long as they get employees’ signatures on the “voluntary” resignation letters, they’re in the clear. That’s simply not true …

Be prepared to justify bonuses based on work performance

It seems inevitable. Anytime you award variable bonuses to some employees, there’s apt to be some grumbling from those who got less or nothing at all. But if you make sure to base bonus calculations on reasonable and legitimate business reasons, that grumbling won’t turn into a lawsuit you lose …

Job satisfaction continues upward trend

Login Email Address Password Remember Me   First time logging in? Need a password? Forget your password? To continue reading this page, become an HR Specialist Premium Plus member today! Your subscription includes: Ask the Attorney: Answers to your HR legal questions Compliance Guidance: Access to 7,000 HR news articles, updated daily, sorted by state […]

Little things can add up to discrimination and harassment

Do your managers and supervisors understand that ostracizing an employee can backfire? Do they make diligent efforts to train everyone equally and include everyone in work-related social events? If not, it’s time to remind them …

Convince employees to ‘Pay’ for part of their development

Here’s an all-too-familiar scenario: Your organization invests considerable time and money training an employee with a lot of potential—and then the trainee takes that education to another company that offers a higher salary. Here are three ways to ease the financial blow to your organization—and lower the likelihood that the employee will leave …

Lakota schools mired in race controversy

Two employees of the Lakota School District north of Cincinnati resigned after an investigation confirmed they made racially insensitive remarks about black central office officials …