From the Archive: Can You Fire the “Temptress”?

My post yesterday about discrimination and stupid HR reminded me of this case also involving potential discrimination and stupid HR, however, with a different outcome.  What happens when a husband and wife work at the same place and the husband (the boss) starts being tempted by another female worker? Well when the wife finds out …

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Three Key Issues about Employee lawsuits

Daniel Schwartz, an attorney with the firm Shipman & Goodwin, LLP, is an attorney I have read for a number of years. He has been blogging for 9 years and has consistently produced great content. In a post he did the other day he talked about frivolous, or not so frivolous, lawsuits. I wanted to …

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Saying “I am sorry” is protected in 36 states

Research has shown that telling an offended party that you are sorry defuses many situations, whether it is in a personal relationship, a malpractice suit or even in a discrimination lawsuit. Yet many people are hesitant to say “I’m sorry” because they feel that will be perceived as an admission of guilt. Fortunately, in many …

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The positive power of a contract

In my HR class we discuss that in HR you need to be careful not to create a contract with documents such as your handbook or by the actions of your managers. In past situations those “contracts” have offset other positive language that defended the company. If you promise something that goes counter to employment-at-will …

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Drowning Employee Engagement: Lifeguards Get the Ax

This goes under my category of more stupid HR. Sometimes you just have to wonder who is making some of these decisions. Some lifeguards in El Monte made a parody video of a very popular pop song video. They posted it on Facebook. Their efforts at being engaged in their jobs were drowned when they were all …

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NLRB Update: They Don’t Like Your At-Will Policy

Yesterday I wrote According to the NLRB CONFIDENTIALITY is a Nasty Word. Well, how about another NLRB update? They DON’T LIKE your at-will policy! We probably all know what “at-will” means, but just in case here is a definition. “At-will employment is a doctrine of American law that defines an employment relationship in which either …

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Your “At-Will” Policy is in Danger!

  I have written several times about the impact or potential impact that decisions of the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) may have on employers, especially non-union employers. Well here is another one… your “at-will” policies are now in danger! For those of you who are not quite sure what this means let me explain …

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Does Résumé “Lying” Really Matter if You Can Perform?

  What does lying on your résumé get you? For a lot of people apparently a lot of trouble. Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson is in trouble. Apparently his résumé lists that he had two degrees from Stonehill College, earned in 1979. But in reality he does not. He has an accounting degree but not the …

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Hire Slow, Fire Fast: Revisted

  It is best to “Fire Fast” I was reading an article written by my friend and blogging attorney Jon Hyman where he related a story of an organization that allowed a poor performing employee to go SEVEN years before they terminated him. Naturally the employee figured out what was happening and claimed sexual harassment …

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Discriminating Against the Long-term Unemployed: Tips to Avoid This Practice

For the past couple of years stories have appeared, and continue to appear, about employers “discriminating” against the long-term unemployed. I have written on the subject previously in Striking Down Discrimination Against the Unemployed and in Does Unemployed = Unqualified? Refusing to Hire the Long-Term Unemployed. An article written by Stephen Singer of the Associated …

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