This is the End: Four HR Tips to Make Employee Terminations Fair and Final

People break up all the time. Every day, all over the world. But whether a breakup will actually hurt your company has a lot to do with how the message is delivered to the outgoing employee and the process that… continue

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Employer Outrage Leads Indiana to Amend Controversial Law

When Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a state Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in late March allowing any for-profit business to bring a free exercise of religion claim, he had no idea of the uproar that would ensue. Employers such… continue

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Employment Lessons from Germanwings: Why Mental Health Is So Important

As an employer, why is it important for you to take mental health seriously? While pure human compassion is certainly a good reason, there are also many less altruistic reasons as well.
For example, when an employee is healthy–physically and… continue

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NLRB Highlights Questionable Employee Handbook Provisions

On March 18, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) General Counsel released a report prompted by recent cases involving challenges to employee handbook policies. The report notes that even well-intentioned rules that prohibit employees from engaging in protected conduct, or… continue

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Work Eligibility of US Employees: Your Form I-9 Questions Answered

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office has been very aggressive in imposing fines on employers for Form I-9 violations. As a result, employers that fail to properly verify the identity and work authorization of their new hires with… continue

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Increased Employee Leave Protections Examined in New Podcast

While Congress may be mired in gridlock, the same often does not hold true at the state and municipal levels as evidenced by the growing number of leave laws to protect US employees. Three states—California, Connecticut and Massachusetts—have enacted paid… continue

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Five Tips for Employee Handbook Disclaimers to Protect Employer Interests

A clear and conspicuous disclaimer is an essential part of an employee handbook. Not only can it protect an employer’s legitimate business interests, but it can also help to avoid costly litigation and to save an employer’s time, money and… continue

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Conducting Workplace Investigations in Canada: What HR Needs to Know

The failure to have a formal complaint and investigative procedure could expose a Canadian employer to aggravated and punitive damages if the decision to terminate an employee was based on a flawed or biased investigation. So what can employers do… continue

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Challenging Employee Handbook Issues Showcased in XpertHR Webinar

A recent XpertHR webinar features employee handbook issues and reveals some rather interesting findings. Presented by Littler Mendelson employment attorney Chris Cobey, the webinar explores a multitude of legal trends, including paid sick leave, minimum wage changes and more. During… continue

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Employee Handbook Mistakes: FMLA Case Offers Important Lessons

A recent 6th Circuit Court of Appeals case provides employers with important lessons when it comes to employee handbook policies, in particular their family and medical leave policy. Employees are eligible for leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave… continue

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