Topic: HR

5 Tips for Navigating the Employee References Minefield

 True or false: When asked to give a reference for a terminated employee, you should provide only the person’s name, dates of employment and, if asked, salary level? True. Furnish just about any other information and – assuming it’s negative – the former employee could sue your company for, among other things, defamation. (Fisher &… Read more »

Are You Doing Your Part to Prevent Workplace Bullying?

“Everyone deserves a safe, healthy workplace.” (Workplace Bullying Institute) October 14 – 21 is National Freedom from Workplace Bullying Week. What does that mean for employers and HR managers? From XpertHR: ““During this week… [e]mployers should demonstrate that they will take all necessary steps aimed at curbing workplace bullying and preventing an abusive workplace by… Read more »

Filling a Vacancy? Your Best Candidate Might Be Less Qualified, Says Court

“Federal and state governments, and the plaintiff’s bar, have laid down a dangerous maze that every employer has to traverse to hire and retain employees in hopes of achieving success… In interviewing, hiring, employing, paying and severing an employee, there is a minefield employers need to negotiate. Things like Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FCRA, EPA,… Read more »

5 Health Law Updates for Employers. You Should Know…

For your reference, here are five health law updates of note for all employers. You should know: 1. The Tale of the Tape: Healthcare Reform Law Reaching the Workplace [Sheehan] “The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA) imposes a number of mandates, on individuals, employers and insurers. While some mandates have been highly publicized… Read more »

Employee Handbooks: 7 Tips to Getting Yours Done

“Every employee receives the same information about the rules of the workplace; employees know what is expected from them and what they can expect from the business. Having an employee handbook also may get offer legal protection if an employee later files an employment claim against the business…” Culled from lawyers and law firms writing… Read more »

Doc of the Day: Keeping Violence Out of the Workplace…

From law firm Ford & Harrison, a timely alert on the topic of workplace violence – with tips for employers on what they can do to minimize the risk of such a thing happening: – According to the Bureau for Labor Statistics, nearly five percent of 7.1 million private businesses experienced an incident of workplace… Read more »