HR Management

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Q. About four months ago, we gave a pay raise to a marginal employee who is pregnant, in hopes that it would improve her job performance by boosting her morale. Unfortunately, her performance has gone from bad to worse. If we fire her for poor performance, can she successfully argue that the recent raise indicates that she was performing well and that our reason for terminating her was discriminatory?

Sometimes, HR pros go to bat for em­­ployees when they think the company is overstepping its legal bounda­ries or generally not doing “the right thing” for the worker. But what happens when HR sticks its neck out and, in turn, gets it chopped off?

At SVB Financial Group, employees pitch in with philanthropy. Exam­ples: SVB employees raised more than $130,000 for Red Cross tsunami and earthquake relief in Japan and $48,000 for Second Harvest’s Share Your Lunch program by donating cash and their vacation days.
Last flu season led to 100 million lost workdays among U.S. workers. But it’s still not legally wise to require employees get a flu shot.
In 2008, Utah launched a “4/10” workweek for state workers—10-hour days from Monday through Thursday—in a bid to cut costs and conserve energy. But the state scrapped its grand experiment last month, saying it wasn’t saving as much as expected.
Wonder what employees are really doing on those computers all day? A new court ruling shows that if they’re engaging in illegal cyber activities, you can show them the door. Just make sure you’ve shown them your cyber rulebook first …

Sometimes HR professionals go to bat for employees when they think the company may be overstepping legal boundaries or generally not doing “the right thing.” But those activities aren’t necessarily protected, meaning HR pros can’t claim retaliation if they are punished afterward.

The current employment situation is tough, meaning there is intense competition for relatively few jobs. You’re probably rejecting more applicants now than usual. How you handle the rejections can mean the difference between an applicant with a positive impression of your organization and one whose feelings are hurt—and who might decide to sue you.

Test your knowledge of recent trends in employment law, comp & benefits and other HR issues with our monthly mini-quiz.
Suppose fall is the company’s busiest period of the year, a time for overtime and seven-day shifts. A veteran employee asks for time off so she could help chaperone her daughter’s class field trip, and you turn her down. She calls in sick on that date. What would you do?
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