With the U.S. unemployment rate at an all-time low and job openings at a 17-year high (with a reported 6.6 million openings as of June 2018), it’s hard to imagine that job growth has slowed and even stagnated in parts of the country. The fact is, rural areas and smaller cities are scrambling to find […]
Employees want it, and sometimes change jobs hoping to find it. Yet, work-life balance remains elusive for many people.
A recent case has shown the importance of making sure that supervisors and managers are properly trained on documenting performance problems and personnel decisions.
In a recent court case, a male scientist allegedly expressed his interest in having a sexual relationship with a female graduate student on numerous occasions while mentoring her on remote research excursions deep in the woods of Alaska. The student later sued him and the university where she was pursuing a doctorate degree, alleging hostile […]
By Mika Shadid Tucker, JD You must carefully consider the timing when you execute certain employment decisions that affect an employee who recently exercised her FMLA leave rights. Implementing a previously contemplated adverse employment action isn’t discrimination as long as the FMLA leave wasn’t a motivating factor.
By Steve Jones If you have an attendance policy that requires employees to follow a certain procedure to notify management of absences but you occasionally receive notice in a way that isn’t specified in the policy (e.g., a text instead of a phone call), you should make sure you’re consistent in accepting or refusing the […]
By Bradley Bakker, JD An employee alleging interference and retaliation under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) needs more than a single doctor’s visit to raise a viable claim against his employer.
The Oxford Dictionary has again issued its annual list of words that have been “significant” for the past 12 months. And this word is one that may have HR pros perplexed, not that the definition is going to help clear up the confusion.
Most employers understand that they should discourage the use of subjective criteria to make hiring, advancement, and severance decisions. However, many supervisors still insist that they must consider subjective criteria because factors like “attitude,” “initiative,” and “reliability” simply can’t be made objective. True or false? Let’s break it down. Every employee undoubtedly has certain tasks […]
Maybe not, according to a recent decision from the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The case has many people wondering if reevaluation of the word “leave” in the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) may be on the horizon. FMLA Complete Compliance Perception may be reality . . . In February 2007, Charlene Wisbey […]