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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OK to let employee ignore doc’s note and return to work?

September 12, 2012
Q. An employee has a note from her doctor releasing her back to work in a week. However, the employee says she feels fine and would like to return to work sooner. Should we allow her to ignore her doctor’s note? — G.G., Maryland
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Is it legal to fire someone by telephone?

September 12, 2012

Q. One of my employees works from home. Can I terminate her by phone? Or do I have to call her into the office? — V.N., Florida

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Can we use ‘high energy’ as a job qualification?

September 12, 2012
Q. I am crafting a job ad and want to hire a “high-energy” individual. Will the use of that term violate the ADA or other laws? — J.M., Massachusetts
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Post all promotion opportunities

September 12, 2012
Here’s an easy fix for a potentially big problem: Post all promotion openings.
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Supreme Court to define ‘supervisor’ under Title VII

September 12, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear an important case next term on the definition of “supervisor” under Title VII harassment law. Why is this important?
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Make sure training is available to all

September 4, 2012
Everyone who is qualified should have a chance to participate in your training programs.
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State-by-state voting leave laws

August 17, 2012
Election Day is just a few months away, and everyone should exercise their franchise. You can help by letting employees take time off from work to vote. In fact, you may not have much choice in the matter. Some states require you to grant leave so employees can vote.
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Can we fire a worker after he gives 2-week notice?

August 7, 2012
Q. I’d prefer to terminate workers right after they give a two-week notice. Is that OK? – T.L., Nevada
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Can we push employees to donate to charity?

August 7, 2012
Q. Is it legal for us to strongly encourage our employees to have money withheld from their paychecks to support a charity drive, like the United Way? – J.J., Pennsylvania
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