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Waiving Departing Employee’s Notice Period Can Raise Discrimination Concerns

In a recent article, we looked at the pros and cons of letting soon-to-be-departing employees work the duration of their notice period or whether it’s better to cut ties quickly. Of special concern to many HR managers is whether waiving the notice period can somehow be considered discriminatory. Coincidentally, the Iowa Court of Appeals just […]

Downsides of an Open-Door Policy

Open-door policies are often implemented to provide employees with a venue to discuss their needs or bring suggestions or complaints. They are also used to demonstrate that a manager’s office is a place where issues can be addressed and to make employees feel heard, as well as to encourage employees to express their concerns, particularly […]

That’s a Wrap on HR Technology Week!

As HR Technology Week comes to a close, we want to take a look back at all the offerings and events that transpired throughout this exciting event!

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4 Common, Practical Problems in Employment Manuals

Every HR professional struggles, sweats, and possibly rips their hair out (if they have any) over what to put into an employment manual and how best to minimize litigation for their company in the future. Worrying exclusively about liability rather than practicality, however, can lead to significant concerns. Here some common issues with employment manuals.

Handbook Acknowledgments—Why They’re Important

Most employers have some type of handbook to outline policies and expectations and keep everything in one place for employees to reference. However, not all employers ask employees to sign an acknowledgment form; it’s often viewed as an extra unnecessary step because employees already have the information they need.

Firing Employee With COVID-19 for Exposing Coworkers

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things about how companies operate, most employers still have formal disciplinary policies establishing ground rules for employee conduct and setting out consequences for failure to meet the expectations. If an employee still required to work in person has been exposed to the coronavirus and gotten tested without notifying […]

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Healthcare Providers Wrestle with Religious Bias Claims

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has dealt with a wide variety of discrimination claims against healthcare providers. The OCR recently announced the resolution of two major complaints, which should serve as a reminder to pay close attention to actions that could be discriminatory.