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How to manage ‘super-qualified’ employees

August 31, 2011
With unemployment still running above 9% nationally, many people are taking jobs that are lateral—or even downward—moves in their careers. As a result, many managers are supervising employees who have far more experience than the job requires. Use the following guidelines to effec­tively manage overqualified workers and lengthen their stay:
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Keep meticulous employee performance records

August 26, 2011
Face it: One of these days, a disgruntled former employee will sue your organization. You can’t predict which one—or for what reason. That’s one of the most important reasons to keep detailed and meticu­­lous records on employee performance.
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Is it legal for employees to secretly record their performance evaluation meetings?

August 26, 2011
Q. One of our employees secretly used his iPhone to make an audio recording of his review meeting. Is that legal?
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Trust your fair policies: they’ll prevail in court

August 26, 2011

It’s a simple fact: You can’t tell which of your employees might sue you one day or for what reason. Your only real protection is fairness. If you treat all employees equally and provide them with the same opportunities, training and discipline, chances are any lawsuit will eventually be dismissed.

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Placed on PIP? That’s no reason to quit

August 26, 2011
Employees placed on performance improvement plans (PIP) sometimes suspect that they are about to be fired. But that doesn’t mean they can jump the gun, quit and apply for unemployment compensation.
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Miami bank VP behind bars–& barred from banking for life

August 26, 2011
For 15 years, Silvia Angelico Nieto served faithfully as a vice president and relationship manager in Northern Trust N.A.’s international private banking division. Or so the Miami bank thought. Turns out, she spent at least part of that time misdirecting more than $4 million dollars into her own personal bank accounts.
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Put brakes on discipline when allegations of supervisor harassment seem credible

August 26, 2011
It would be naïve to think your organization’s supervisors would never sexually harass subordinates. Here’s what to do when an em­­ployee complains she’s being sexually har­­­­assed. Make sure you investigate thoroughly. Don’t approve any discipline recommended by the same supervisor until you have had a chance to verify or disprove the allegations.
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Dress codes: Legal tips for employers

August 15, 2011

Most organizations create a dress code policy to ensure that employees come to work in appropriate, acceptable attire. But the way those business dress code policies are implemented can be the root of employee lawsuits, ranging from religious accommodation requests to different grooming standards for men and women.

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Workplace dating policies: Employer’s guide

August 15, 2011

Office romances can not only have an adverse effect on workplace productivity, but can engender claims of favoritism, sexual harassment and retaliation. So employers should consider implementing a policy covering this topic. However, it is important to assess the pros and cons of strict workplace dating policies.

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20/20: Small business best benefits practices

August 12, 2011
Only big companies can offer generous benefits, right? Wrong! SHRM and the Families and Work Institute have uncovered dozens of examples of small organizations—those with staffs of 20 or fewer—that think big when it comes to employee benefits. See how many of these ideas might be right for your small business.
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