Disciplinary Actions

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    Good documentation is important for many reasons. One of the most important is that when supervisors and managers generate even as much as handwritten notes, they're creating potential litigation exhibits that could have significant consequences down the road. Frankly, good documentation can mean the difference between winning and losing an...

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    There is no federal law that obligates employers to adopt or follow any specific disciplinary process. In the vast majority of states, the default rule is that employment is at will, which means that the employer or the employee can terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason (or no reason) unless a law or agreement...

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    Discrimination charges are on the rise, according to recent EEOC stats. The DOL is cracking down on wage and hour violations, and auditors with ICE are singling out businesses and poring over I-9s and other employment records, looking for mistakes in documentation. Consider this example: Last year, Abercrombie & Fitch paid a $1 million...
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    One of a manager's least favorite jobs is disciplining employees. The issue is so disliked that many will put off the meeting as long as possible, or even forget the transgression happened in the first place. Such avoidance can only hurt your employees and your organization in the long run. You must have an effective discipline and termination...
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    Your organization is likely spending more money on an employee's absences than on that employee's healthcare benefits, according to a recent study conducted by Mercer Consulting. Those days off can add up to critical losses -- as much as $602 per employee per year. Not to mention the indirect costs of disgruntled workers who have to pick up...
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    When employee anger turns to violence... "Steve's come back. He's in the lobby and he's acting strange. He's very angry," Kim whispered on the phone just before the line went silent. Kim, the HR director, had to act NOW. What would you do if an ex-employee stormed into your office with a gun? Does your organization have a policy in place to deal...
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    Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), an employee has two years from the date of an FMLA violation to file a lawsuit against his employer. If the violation was "willful," however, the employee has three years to file the lawsuit. Up until now, the Tenth Circuit had provided no guidance on what constitutes a willful action...
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    A case before the federal trial court in Jackson involved numerous claims by a former employee, including allegations that her termination constituted sex discrimination. Let's see how the court handled the issues. Facts Dana Martin was employed as a sales representative by Griffin Industries in Jackson....
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    As you all know, under Montana's Wrongful Discharge from Employment Act (WDEA), you can be found liable for wrongful discharge if you fire somebody in violation of your own written personnel policies. One policy that usually causes trouble for employers is a progressive discipline policy. A Bozeman car dealer's progressive...
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    Employers and HR professionals are often perplexed by what's required to prove a retaliation claim. Fortunately, the Eighth Circuit recently handed down a decision involving Creighton University in Omaha that sheds some light on the topic and clarifies that "trivial harms" don't amount to retaliation. Read on to see how the court...
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