Mindy Chapman, Esq., Mindy Chapman & Associates

At termination time, too many managers take a “more is better” approach to stating grounds for a firing. But courts won’t give you extra points for extra justification. In fact, as this new case shows, piling on the termination reasons—or shifting those reasons—will smell mighty fishy in court …

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At termination time, too many managers take a “more is better” approach to stating grounds for a firing. But courts won’t give you extra points for extra justification. In fact, as this new case shows, piling on the termination reasons—or shifting those reasons—will smell mighty fishy in court …

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Ever wonder if your employees out on FMLA leave are really sitting on a beach sipping a drink with a little umbrella in it? If you think employees are violating your policies, what can you do? One court ruled last month that you can fire such an employee … but first make sure you have the right policies in place.

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When you grant an employee FMLA leave to care for a sick relative, do you wonder what type of “care” they must really be giving to qualify for time off under the FMLA? This new court ruling defines care as being in physical proximity to the relative. Cutting the lawn in a different time zone doesn’t cut it under the law …

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When you grant an employee FMLA leave to care for a sick relative, do you wonder what type of “care” they must really be giving to qualify for time off under the FMLA? This new court ruling defines care as being in physical proximity to the relative. Cutting the lawn in a different time zone doesn’t cut it under the law …

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If you’re an HR professional, manager or executive, you wear a lot of hats. Right? One of those hats is as a performance management coach. Coaching is always well intended … at least it’s supposed to be. But, as one court recently noted, be very careful when coaching—you might just end up wearing a defendant’s hat in a discrimination lawsuit …

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If you’re an HR professional, manager or executive, you wear a lot of hats. Right? One of those hats is as a performance management coach. Coaching is always well intended … at least it’s supposed to be. But, as one court recently noted, be very careful when coaching—you might just end up wearing a defendant’s hat in a discrimination lawsuit …

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In the past few months, several Holly­wood celebrities—including Cath­erine Zeta-Jones and Demi Lovato—have publicly announced they suffer from bipolar disorder, a mental illness defined by high and low mood swings. But what if a bipolar employee ex­­hibits threatening behavior—can you discipline her, or must you accommodate the disability?

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Think you can close the book on an employment lawsuit once you’ve paid off the jury verdict? Think again. As this case show, the court can still have its claws around your organization’s throat for a long time …

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Think you can close the book on an employment lawsuit once you’ve paid off the jury verdict? Think again. As this case show, the court can still have its claws around your organization’s throat for a long time …

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