Why it is important to document a termination

I have a webinar that I occasionally conduct on the importance of documentation. Documentation is that bane of existence for the HR professional, as it is absolutely necessary for the defense of the company when needed, yet it is almost impossible to get supervisors and managers to do it, willingly anyway. Recently I came across …

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Ten Human Resources Steps that WILL save you!

As I was teaching my HR certification class on Saturday we talked about the issue of how HR is to respond to an employee revealing information about actions that could be damaging to the company, but then asking HR to keep it confidential. Of course, HR cannot do that. They have an obligation to investigate. …

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From the Archive: The DNA of HR Decisions: Why Documentation is Important

I presented a webinar yesterday on the importance of documentation. It reminded me of this post. Recently in Georgia, a man was executed. There were many claims that he was innocent, the courts did not agree. My purpose here is not to discuss this, I make this statement as a prelude to my observation of …

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What happens when an employee refuses to sign a discipline notice?

I get asked this question more than I would like. I was reminded of this when I read a post by attorney Jeffrey Stewart of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus PA. He was providing advice to clients that is very similar to what I have told clients and students in the past. Our advice is “Don’t …

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New Year and a New Administration but the basics still apply

It is a new year, 2017. As of January 20th we will have a new administration. Does that mean the world of HR is going to be different? There certainly will be some changes with Republicans in control of the Federal government. The FLSA rules may not go into effect the way they were supposed …

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Waxing philosophical and getting an HR lesson

I am a big fan of Jason Silva and his series Shots of Awe on YouTube. This one came in my inbox. It is a philosophical discussion on whether we can change the past. You might think that is impossible, as Jason discusses, but as it turns out you can change the past, or at …

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Documentation needs to go beyond the actual event?

A recent report out of Australia points out something that companies under American law should also be aware of, the importance of continued and thorough documentation. Behaving badly Most good HR departments understand the importance of documenting all the performance issues and poor behavior that leads up to an employee being terminated. Whether they do …

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Good documentation pays off! Not once but TWO times.

Document, document, document… it seems often that this is all HR people in the “trench” ever say. Supervisors and managers get tired of hearing it and, face it, we get tired of saying. Generally nothing ever happens with that documentation given the thousands and thousands of time it is said. Just occasionally we get an …

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Problems with documentation in a cloud storage world

I came across an article that points out some issues having data in “the cloud” may present in an employer defending itself in a discrimination suit. The article was written very “lawyerly” and dealt more advice to attorneys about the E-discovery process, but I gleaned from it an HR lesson or two. It was about …

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The Interactive Process under the ADAAA means you actually have to talk to someone.

  In a recent webinar attorney Steve Luckner, of Ogletree Deakins, was talking about the intersection of the ADA, FMLA and Workers’ Comp laws. In his discussion he mentioned the requirement of the interactive process under the ADAAA. He mentioned something that I have heard in other presentations. Companies are not paying attention to the …

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