Manager's Legal Bulletin

What do job candidates think of you when they leave the interview? Well, according to a new CareerBuilder survey, 26% claim they had a bad experience as a job applicant.

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Q. Is it a violation of the PDA to fire a pregnant employee for excessive absenteeism and lateness?

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Q. The regular workweek for employees in my department is 37.5 hours, rather than 40. Should their overtime be calculated based on the hours they work over 37.5?

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There’s no getting around it. Sooner or later you must summon a problem employee into your office to set him or her straight. How you conduct this meeting can mean the difference between turning a recalcitrant employee around or opening up your organization to costly litigation.

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Here are some real-life examples of what job candidates have told hiring managers, according to a recent CareerBuilder.com report:

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Younger … groom … those are some dangerous words a hiring manager can utter in front of a job candidate.

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To contact or not to contact? Perhaps you had better call that reference. According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 69% of employers said they have changed their minds about a candidate after speaking with a reference.

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Problem: If an employee’s insubordinate behavior was caused by her bipolar disorder and you fire her, is the termination a violation of the Americans with Dis­­abil­­ities Act?

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The costs of employee absenteeism can add up quickly. The best way to combat the problem is with a clear policy, careful documentation, consistent application of the policy and progressive discipline.

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Writing job descriptions for all of the positions in your company may sound like a lot of work, especially when they are not required by any law. But there are plenty of legal reasons why you should have them.

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