HR / Employee Relations

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Firing? Don’t ignite a lawsuit

June 10, 2015
How can you avoid the tension and anger in fired employees that might later manifest itself as a lawsuit? Try to stick to the following guidelines.
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Do you loathe the performance evaluation meeting?

June 10, 2015
Here’s a better way to look at it.
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Trouble-free job offers: 6 do’s & don’ts

June 10, 2015

When it comes to making job offers, you or your hiring managers could be locking your organization into an employment contract with the new hire. Written job-offer letters run the highest risk of creating implied promises. To avoid creating job-security promises, follow these six do’s and don’ts when offering a job.

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Keep teens safe on the job this summer

June 10, 2015
Summer is in full swing, and the teens you hired for the season are working out just fine. But don’t be too complacent. Follow these four steps to help prepare young workers to work safely.
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DOJ files suit claiming transgender discrimination

May 13, 2015
The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against Southeastern Oklahoma State University, claiming it denied a professor, who began presenting as a woman, a promotion and retaliated against her when she complained about it.
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Applicant rejects job offer? Find out why

May 13, 2015
Sometimes, what appeared to be a dream candidate for that open position you’re trying to fill turns down your job offer. Don’t just stand there and wonder why. Find out.
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Caution when conducting online interviews

May 13, 2015

You’ve narrowed a pile of résumés down to eight. Some live out of state. You don’t want to bring all in for interviews, but also fear rejecting possibly good candidates. What to do?

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Disabled employee wants to do more than we feel comfortable with–can we refuse?

May 7, 2015

Q: “Is it disability discrimination to keep an employee from performing job duties listed on the job description?” – Anonymous, California

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Never threaten deductions from exempts’ pay

April 14, 2015
Exempt employees aren’t entitled to overtime; hourly workers are. But one of the requirements for being classified as exempt under the manager or executive categories (and others) is that employees are paid on a salary basis.
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4 steps to rein in unauthorized OT

April 14, 2015

As overtime lawsuits continue to surge, employers often try to defend themselves by pointing to their policy that says employees should have received management approval before working OT. Bad news: Judges are dealing harshly with employers that try to rely solely on the “no-OT-without-approval” defense.

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