The end of the year is a time that’s both hectic and reflective, and it’s that reflective thinking that’s put to use in evaluating employee performance. Whether evaluations are done at the end of the year, the beginning of a new year, or at various times, it’s important to keep the basics of legally sound [...]
Archive for the 'Discipline and Employee Misconduct' Category
by Gary S. Fealk
The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) has the primary purpose of regulating union-management relations. However, nonunion employers must be aware that the NLRA’s provisions apply to all employees.
Firing an employee—especially a longtime employee who seems to be a loyal, hardworking asset to the employer—is never easy. But policies exist for a reason, and when they’re broken tough decisions need to be made.
A recent termination of an employee apparently trying to do the right thing has sparked headlines and illustrates the dilemma [...]
It’s a rare workplace that seldom experiences conflict. In fact, a 2008 global study on workplace conflict found that 85 percent of employees in the study experienced conflict at some level, and 36 percent of U.S. employees said they had to deal with conflict always or frequently. Globally, that figure was just 29 percent.
by Daniel C. Stockford
What would you do if a senior manager in your company was prone to making the types of controversial and incendiary remarks for which Maine Governor Paul LePage has become famous? In this article, we will examine the governor’s history of controversial statements and explore what can be done when a senior [...]
Think the cool kids’ lunch table is confined to high school cafeterias and that grownups in the workplace don’t resort to such cliquish behavior? Think again. A survey from CareerBuilder shows that close to half of the workers polled (43 percent) reported the presence of cliques in their workplaces.
What’s more concerning is that a [...]
by Scott Agthe
By now, most Texans are familiar with the embarrassment of the Travis County district attorney, who was recently jailed for drunk driving. For you non-Texans, here is a synopsis: Rosemary Lehmberg, one of the highest-ranking law enforcement officials in Texas, was arrested one Friday night last April. A 911 [...]
by Mark I. Schickman
In the movie Anchorman, Ron Burgundy is a toothy, handsome news anchor who leads a San Diego news station that is simply too sexist to believe. It seemed cartoonish—until now, when we meet San Diego’s toothy, handsome mayor who allegedly is a more out-of-control sexist [...]
by Bradley T. Cave
Writing a termination letter can be a daunting task, knowing that much can rise or fall on what the letter says. A few straightforward strategies can help you prepare a termination letter that manages the risks that accompany all termination decisions.
An employee may think the grass is greener in a new job on the other side of the fence. Once in the new position, however, he may start longing for the good old days in his old job. What to do with such an employee can put an employer in a quandary.
Recently, a group of [...]