Manager's Legal Bulletin

It happens in every workplace: Two em­­ployees have a classic personality conflict and bicker constantly. What’s the best way to stop their petty squabbling?

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How you reject applicants can mean the difference between applicants still having a positive impression of your organization, versus coming away with hurt feelings or even giving them incentive to take you to court on discrimination claims. A well-crafted rejection letter is the safest route.

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Q. Despite being given two hours’ notice, an employee refused to work overtime at the end of his shift because he said he had plans to attend his son’s Little League game. Is this insubordination?

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One of the easiest, most effective ways to put your finger on the pulse of your employees’ level of engagement is to survey them. Follow these tips on creating survey questions.

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No state or federal law requires an employer to establish a progressive discipline policy. But if your organization has one, make sure you follow it. Steps to keep in mind when doling out discipline under a progressive discipline system:

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Summer is in full swing, and the teens you hired for the season are working out just fine. But don’t be too complacent. Follow these four steps to help prepare young workers to work safely:

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Problem: You decide to transfer Jim to a department to do different work that is performed primarily by women. The women there are paid less than what Jim was paid in his former job. Do you reduce Jim’s pay to the women’s level to avoid an Equal Pay Act claim?

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Managers are responsible for stopping harassing behavior about which they know or should have known. This means that they can’t wait for an employee to file a complaint with them. These steps should be taken in response to a harassment situation.

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Here’s a real-life list of actual assignments that bosses have dumped on their workers, according to employees surveyed by CareerBuilder.com.

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As summer unofficially begins this Memorial Day weekend, use these helpful hints for managing employees’ summer vacation schedules and maintaining productivity.

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