by Kyla Stott-Jess Is a Canadian employer justified in terminating an employee for cause when that employee has disobeyed company policy? What if the consequences of the employee’s failure to follow policy put other employees at serious risk of harm? Not necessarily, said the Ontario Supreme Court recently in Barton v. Rona Ontario Inc. Rather, […]
Month: September 2012
Special from Atlanta–SHRM Annual Conference and Exhibition Employee use and abuse of personal tech devices, e-mail, and social networking is suddenly a high priority HR concern. It’s a big challenge to establish realistic—and legal—policies, says attorney Joseph Beachboard. Beachboard, who is a shareholder in the Los Angeles office of employment law firm Ogletree Deakins, details […]
Eye on the Election For today’s topic of likely changes to affirmative action after the election, we turned to Susan Schoenfeld, J.D., Senior Legal Editor for BLR’s human resources and employment law publications. Schoenfeld was formerly an attorney with the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in Washington, D.C., where she […]
When an employee leaves your employment—with long notice or short, whether voluntarily or kicking and screaming—you need to follow a host of rules regarding final pay. Here are some tips for a few of the common situations you might encounter.
Litigation value: $0.00, but only because Pete has a conscience and Daryl is a cinephile. In last week’s season premier, new guy Pete was compared to Jim, while other new guy Clark was compared to Dwight. I’m all good with the former comparison, but the latter is waaaay off. Dwight beds his women using blunt […]
Here’s the second in our series of “Eye on the Election” posts which are focused on helping employers prepare for post-election changes, no matter who is elected.
By Michael P. Maslanka Editor’s note: Fall is here, and for a lot of die-hard fans, that means just one thing — it’s football season. But the first three weeks of this football season were marred by a referee lockout that meant a lot of bad calls and missed penalties by the replacements. Many commentators […]
Wisconsin lawmakers and others working in the state capitol in Madison now have access to panic buttons. The devices have been installed underneath the desks of legislators, aides, and other officials. Reportedly, the buttons were introduced with the arrival of a new capitol police chief who has also increased the numbers of citations and arrests […]
A new survey suggests that some organizations are not too concerned about cracking down on employees surfing the Web, at least not enough to create a policy. A surprising amount of employers (53 percent) allow access to social networking, shopping, and entertainment sites, according to a recent OfficeTeam survey. Out of the three categories, “social […]
It’s hard to believe that the “wedding crashers” would be allowed to crash into the citadel of Internet security and secrecy, that house of learned geeks—the Google campus! A new movie, “The Internship,” starring Will Farrell, Vince Vaughn, and Owen Wilson, was rumored to be filming in Silicon Valley. And yes, these 40-ish guys are […]