Criminal backgrounds: Be careful when checking

November 14, 2012

A new study from CareerBuilder suggests that more than half—51%—of hiring managers say their organization has hired someone with a criminal record. But be careful if you delve into backgrounds of applicants.

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Can pizza replace pay during a ‘working’ lunch?

November 14, 2012

Q. When we receive a big order, our nonexempt employees are required to work through their lunch break. Although we do not pay them overtime for this work, we buy pizzas and sodas for all the affected workers. Although they seem to appreciate this gesture, is this lawful?

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Worker says ‘no’ to name on holiday greeting card

November 14, 2012

Q. An employee doesn’t want her name on our company’s “Holiday Greetings from Our Staff” card. Can we get in trouble if we put her name on it anyway?

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Legal lessons learned: Why employees sue

October 10, 2012
Employees sue when they feel disrespected or when they perceive unfair treatment. The lesson: You must treat people well after you have terminated them.
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New FMLA guidebook can help managers

October 10, 2012
The U.S. Department of Labor has released the Employee’s Guide to the FMLA, a 16-page booklet describing employee rights and duties under the law.
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Worker refuses to sign disciplinary notice

October 10, 2012
Q. I recently disciplined an employee for poor performance. She did not agree with my assessment and refused to sign the memo documenting our discussion. Can I discipline her further for not signing?
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Job too hard for employee in 70s–now what?

October 10, 2012
Q. A worker in my department is in his 70s and starting to slow down. The job he performs is very physical and I’m afraid he’s going to get hurt. I’d like to get rid of him before he hurts himself or someone else. What should I do?
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If your new hire can’t physically perform the job, feel free to terminate

September 13, 2012
Sometimes, a female applicant believes that she has the skills and ability to do a very strenuous job even if she hasn’t tried before. Go ahead and give her a chance, knowing that if it doesn’t work out, you can terminate her. Just make sure you document everything.
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Vote leave: Know the law

September 12, 2012
Many employees will exercise their right to vote before reporting to work or after they leave. Some workers, however, must take time off from work to vote. Do you have to pay them?
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No raise, so no review: a losing strategy

September 12, 2012
“We’ve put a freeze on pay raises, so why do we need to keep doing performance reviews?” Many managers ask themselves that question. But dropping reviews can be a morale buster and liability magnet.
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