Terminations are no picnic for anyone, but since they are the genesis of many lawsuits, it’s worth learning how to do them right. Handling them carefully can save cash, calm frayed nerves, and maintain morale and productivity. (As long as you don’t commit one of these 10 sins.)
HR Policies & Procedures
Keep your company in compliance with federal and state laws while you set the appropriate tone for your organization. Get tips on developing solid HR policies that will hold up to scrutiny, along with quick-reading summaries of significant white papers that provide perspective to help you evaluate policy choices in terms of your organization.
Free Special Report: 5 Tips for Creating HR Policies That Will Hold Up in Court
Yesterday’s Advisor featured termination sins 1 to 6; today, we have sins 7 to 10, including the old favorite, documentation, documentation, documentation.
Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), employees have the right to work together to ensure good working conditions. This statement is true regardless of whether there is an employee union in the workplace. This right includes the right to engage in what is called “concerted activity.” In short, concerted activity is any activity undertaken by two or more employees in regard to any of the terms and conditions of employment. It also includes action taken by an individual employee when that employee is either working on behalf of others, with the authority of others, in an effort to get others to join their cause, or in preparation for any of the above.
Requiring employees to sign an acknowledgement stating that they’ve received, read, and understood the employee handbook may seem arduous, especially if it’s done every time there is an update to the handbook. But this task is more than a mere formality—it serves an important purpose for employers: it is documentation and evidence that the employees are aware of and understand the workplace rules. It is a key piece of documentation if there is ever a dispute or disciplinary issue.
Yesterday’s Advisor covered a variety of types of communications with employees; today, we’ll look at employee hotlines.