Avoidable hiring and firing mistakes cost the average employer hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. In Louisiana, like other states, the lawsuits that can result from those mistakes erode the bottom line. They cause a domino effect that costs employers valuable time, energy and money. They lower employee morale.
Whether your company is in its infancy or a trailblazer, a little common sense can help prevent lawsuits from invading your workplace and harming it.
1. Hire who you consider, consider who you hire
Hiring a warm body to get the job done—instead of someone who can really do the job—will almost always be catastrophic. To avoid impending disaster, follow these key rules:
- Do not rush through the application process
- Always follow up on references
- Question inconsistencies
- Do not gloss over a lack of qualifications.
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- No STD documentation? OK to discipline--or fire
- Can volunteerism be part of job review criteria?
- Demand medical information before considering employee's accommodation request