You may think of job descriptions as a recruitment tool. The truth is, they are legal documents. Outdated, inaccurate, or missing job descriptions can spark big-time trouble with various employment laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. READ MORE
Your managers are more important now than ever. The double whammy of COVID and a crushing economy has left American workers distracted, worried and pulled in a million different directions at work and home.
These days, you can’t afford to lose good employees to bad managers. The No. 1 reason employees leave is the way they’re supervised. READ MORE
Document, document, document! That HR mantra has been drummed into your head for one main reason: employment lawsuits are usually decided based on the quality of the organization’s documentation or lack of it.
From substandard work to insubordination to absenteeism, correctly discussing and documenting discipline is critical for both legal protection and successful employee communication. READ MORE
Have you updated your employee expense reimbursement plan and procedures since the start of the pandemic? If the answer is “no,” you’re inviting unnecessary scrutiny from the IRS and your employees.
Prime example: More employees than ever are working from home and incurring all sorts of expenses, from home internet costs to increases in their electricity bills. READ MORE
More than two years into this new W-4 format, the new withholding rules are still sparking lots of confusion among both employees and Payroll/HR professionals.
The latest change: The IRS didn’t inflation-adjust the W-4 withholding amounts for 2022. READ MORE
Remote and hybrid work are here to stay. But too many organizations still haven’t updated their compliance procedures for this new world, which puts your organization (and career) at a big risk. Most HR professionals and supervisors are also confused about when they legally MUST say “yes” to employees’ remote-work accommodation requests—and when they can say “no.” READ MORE
No one is born knowing how to be a supervisor. And no other job can prepare you for this challenging assignment. Now, you not only have to worry about your performance, you have to worry about how others perform, too.
Your employees are judged by the quality of the work they do. But as a manager, you’ve got to do more. READ MORE
In this labor shortage, you can’t afford to simply cast off every “difficult” employee or those who have personality clashes with co-workers. Such employees may still be adding great value to your organization.
But quietly tolerating toxic employees is just begging for an employment lawsuit. READ MORE
At some point, your organization’s personnel documents will likely become evidence in an employee’s legal complaint—either favorably or unfavorably. How confident are you in your compliance?
From offer letters to job descriptions to performance write-ups, one documentation mistake can lead to a court battle. READ MORE