Indiana Supreme Court Upholds “Right-to-Work” Legislation: A signal to other states?

I just held a class on Labor Law and one of the concepts we discussed was “right –to-work”. Many people confuse “right-to-work” with “employment-at-will.” Simply put, EAW is a common law concept that says that employers and employees both have a right to terminate their working relationship at any time for any reason, as long …

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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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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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Welcome to the Company, Oh By the Way You Will Be Fired in Four Years

It has been announced that the new Revel Casino in Atlantic City is trying out a new concept in employment. This new concept is called “term limits.” They are hiring employees for the casino, which is still under construction, and basically they are telling them their jobs will only last four to six years at …

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Being Anti to Anti-Bullying Laws

I am no fan of any new workplace legislation that can already be handled by current mechanisms in place. That is why I am “ANTI” to anti-bullying laws being passed. There is a lot of press time being paid to bullying and hazing these days. It certainly needs to be stopped; however, legislation is not …

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Can You Fire Someone for Participating in an “Occupy” Rally?

According to a recent article by SHRM the answer to that is a resounding “Maybe, depends.” Oh come on… you were expecting a different answer from HR and a lawyer in HR at that! Humor aside, let me help explain the answer of “Maybe” to the question of can you fire someone for participating in …

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Hired for Apptitude Fired for Attitude

There was a very interesting piece that appeared in the Atlanta Business Chronicle written by Melvin Everson who is the executive director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development for the state of Georgia. His premise is that people get hired for apptitude, or their hard skills, and get fired for attitude. He said he …

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