An HR lesson in FBI Director Comey’s firing

Unless you have been at the bottom of the ocean or on Mars, you know that James Comey was fired by President Trump. Comey was the FBI Director and found out about his firing while on a trip. It was announced on TV and he saw it announced by a news station while making a …

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June Employee Law Blog Carnival

Ok I have some phrases I want you to identify: The 5-0-4. Dinged for OffCon “6-factor” “clogged drain” Applomodation case derivative sovereign immunity Get any of these? If you did you are better than I am. To learn these terms and more head over to Lawffice Space where Phil Miles has put together a great …

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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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Why Honesty is the best policy in terminations

  I have often run across companies that want to soften the impact of firing someone by offering them the opportunity to “voluntarily resign” rather than have a termination on their record. In other situations employers are “eliminating a job” or having a “layoff” or some other action to blunt the perceived impact of firing …

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Six Rules for terminations: Firing Fast does not mean firing Stupidly!

  I am a firm believer in the idea of the concept of hiring slow and fire fast as the best way to select employees and the best way to protect your company in an employment relationship gone awry. You can read more here, here, here and here. However firing someone fast does not mean …

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What do Clowns, Freedom of Speech and Facebook have in common?

  I wrote about this topic just last week, but came across a situation that turns out to be a perfect example of my post on protected speech. Here is what clowns, freedom of speech and Facebook have in common. The situation Attorney Lee Tankle, of McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC, described in his article …

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Hire Slow, Fire Fast

I don’t think there are too many things worse for a company, especially a small company, than to make a bad hire that is then allowed to hang around forever because management is afraid to act on the mistake they made. So the solution for this is to hire slow and fire fast. In an article …

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Fire For Facebook "Concerted Activity", Risk Getting a Union

Everyone in management today needs to learn the term “concerted activity.” It means trouble in today’s social media world. The National Labor Relations Board has filed yet another complaint against a company for firing workers for remarks made on Facebook. The case involved a company where one employee made a comment about other employees not …

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Formula for Disaster: Bad Union + Bad HR = Bad Employee Kept Too Long

If ever there was a formula for disaster in Human Resources it is one that includes a bad union contract plus bad HR . Let me give you an example of what I mean. A local bus system’s workers are organized by the Amalgamated Transit Union. They had negotiated a contract with the bus system that …

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