The destruction caused to the town of Moore, Oklahoma, by an unusually powerful tornado this week serves as a reminder to employers the importance of being prepared for natural disasters. Read More
If you are going to enforce a policy or exercise some employer right (like surveillance of corporate email or computer systems), do it consistently, not selectively and only after an employee complains about discrimination. Otherwise, you could change a legal and reasonable act into evidence of unlawful retaliation.Read More
Employees still might gather around the lunch table or coffee machine to gossip about work, but they are also just as likely, if not more likely, to carry over those conversations outside of the workplace through their personal social media accounts.Read More
Employers should treat all employees complaining about anything in the workplace as ticking time bombs, as if their complaints are protected by some law or another. If a court later rejects a public policy claim, all the better.Read More
It is an understatement to characterize this termination—undertaken without any apparent consideration of whether the team could accommodate the diabetes—as high risk. It would not surprise me in the least if, given the high profile nature of this employment decision, the EEOC takes up Kyle Love's cause to further its mission of disability-rights awareness.Read More
How do we help retirement-age workers in lower-level jobs make the transition, even as we begin planning succession for higher-level jobs? We have some workers who are several years past our voluntary retirement age and want to make sure the company is prepared for their departure. For other higher-level jobs, we are just starting to look at who our successors might be.
—Cautious, HR manager, education, Kingston, Jamaica
We have implemented lean-management and it has worked well for us. It is strongly supported and maintained. We are a print company of 40 people. How much time per week should we spend keeping tabs on our lean-management processes?
—Staying Lean, publishing/communications, Onalaska, Wisconsin
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services recently updated its Form I-9s. Their use became mandatory May 7, 2013, and failure to use them will result in a $1,000 fine. Read More
Is there any more helpless feeling in today's business world than sending an email, and then immediately realizing that you made a mistake?Read More
Yes, we have a wage-and-hour problem in this country. Wage-and-hour non-compliance, however, is a sin of omission, not a sin of commission. Employers aren't intentionally stealing; they just don't know any better.Read More