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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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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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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Can you ban political discussions in the workplace?

We are but three months away from knowing who will be the new chief executive in the White House. Given the political discourse to date that could end up being a long three months. Both sides have been vocal, physical at times, and most workplaces would not be the appropriate forum for those kinds of …

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Are employees protected from termination for social media posts?

Curt Schilling, former superstar turned ESPN announcer, was prominent in the news last week because he got fired for comments he made about the North Carolina “bathroom” law. (If you are not familiar with what that is you click here.) Many people may have thought that Schilling was protected in his comments, so what is …

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Don’t decide to fire that employee at the end of the day

Everyone has to make multiple decisions daily at work. We would like to be able to feel the decisions we make are good ones. What about the really important decisions we make, such as the ones affecting someone’s job? Are you making good decisions there? If you are not considering the time of day or …

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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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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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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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