It’s only natural for managers to monitor the performance of an employee following a leave of absence to ensure that the employee falls smoothly back into the swing of things. There is a fine line, however, between monitoring performance and intensely scrutinizing it.
Sharpen your pencils and put on your thinking caps. Here’s a list of “adverse employment actions.” Or maybe not. See if your definition of “adverse” jibes with that of our court system.
With many employees putting off retirement and staying on the job longer than they expected, it’s bound to happen: They have trouble reporting to a much younger manager. Before the work relationship becomes irreparable or an age discrimination suit is filed, have a chat with the veteran employee.
In a faltering economy, superior customer service is more important than ever. Companies are doing whatever it takes to please their customers. However, this should not include looking the other way when a customer harasses an employee.
An Asian couple is suing the owner of a Queens Hooters restaurant after they discovered the word “Chinx” printed in the customer ID field of their take-out receipt.
Consider the following questions a manager might ask during the interview process. Answer yes to the questions the EEOC lists as legal under the Americans with Disabilities Act; answer no to the ones that it deems unlawful.
If you’re faced with an employee who isn’t a good fit with his or her current job, is termination the answer or is demotion a better alternative? The answer is, of course, it depends.
Q. An employee called me and told me he wasn’t coming to work because he has bronchitis. I told the rest of the department why the employee is absent. Did I violate HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)?
If you allow employees to listen to music in the workplace, be aware of the legal and practical consequences, lest you start hearing the not-so-sweet sounds of co-workers’ complaints … or even lawsuits.
Timing is everything when it comes to retaliation—especially when a supervisor punishes an employee on the same day he complains.