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Kansas City Chiefs’ Superstar Doesn’t Catch a Pass on His Bad Behavior

Employers should take a page out of the Kansas City Chiefs’ playbook regarding how to handle employee misconduct, particularly with respect to a high-value or high-profile employee. The Chiefs’ decision to release Kareem Hunt was undoubtedly difficult and likely unpopular with some fans. From an employment perspective, however, it was unquestionably the correct choice. Read […]

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Increase in Positive Drug Tests are a Security Concern

Drug use among employees is a broad concern for any organization, and with wide acceptance of medical marijuana and the legalization or decriminalization of recreational marijuana in many states, security (and HR) personnel can have difficulty navigating these changes. While pubic attitudes regarding marijuana use are shifting, serious concerns remain about the use and abuse […]

Improving Your Workplace Violence Policy

Company HR and security professionals began to focus on workplace violence prevention using policies and training as far back as the early ’90s, when the issue was often described as something that happened either rarely, only at the U.S. Postal Service, or both. Early policies included language that prohibited weapons in the workplace and at […]

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3 Ways to Make 1:1 Meetings Amazing for Everyone

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It’s time to give the 1:1 meeting a long overdue makeover. With many organizations shifting to ongoing performance management, there’s a growing awareness that regular check-ins between managers and employees are good for everyone. Unfortunately, very few organizations offer guidance to improve how they discuss challenges and give feedback. Here are three tips to help […]

6 Steps to Conflict Resolution in the Workplace

Conflict resolution in the workplace can be broken down into steps to simplify the process. By doing so, HR and managers can ensure more effective communication and a more effective conflict resolution process.

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Wage and Hour: Is It Legal to Suspend an Employee Without Pay as a Form of Discipline?

QUESTION: My company often sends employees home without pay for various offenses, such as egregious dress code violations, insubordination, and slacking off. Sometimes, the employee is told to return the next day, and sometimes the suspension runs for a few days or more while we investigate. I wouldn’t want anyone to know I’m asking, but […]

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5 Critical Components Every Job Description Must Contain

In a part one of this article we featured the California Employment Law Letter’s take on the importance of a good job description. Today, we look at the key components every job description must contain.