What are the legal risks of layoffs?

  • September 14, 2016

Q. In recent months, a sharp decline in revenue has forced us to consider downsizing. What are the legal risks associated with a layoff, and how can we minimize them?

Arbitration decisions tend to stick

  • September 09, 2016

There’s a downside to agreeing to decide disciplinary matters in arbitration. Once you agree to have your decisions second-guessed in arbitration, don’t...

Firing? Never blast the departing employee

  • November 02, 2015

When announcing a termination, make sure no one says anything that’s potentially defamatory. Keep the announcement professional and don’t make gratuitous...

Don’t fire EAP counselor for backing worker

  • September 01, 2015

Most employers outsource employee assistance plans, which offer confidential counseling to help workers deal with personal problems, work-related stress and other...

Hershey Med settles with fired cancer surgeon

  • June 27, 2015

The Penn State Hershey Medical Center has agreed to settle a lawsuit alleging that a cancer surgeon was fired in retaliation for defending the rights of his secretary,...

Be sure to document justification for RIF

  • April 20, 2015

While you may not want to share the information with your employees as you prepare for a reduction in force, be sure to document the reasons. That’s especially...

Terminations: 6 biggest mistakes

  • March 26, 2015

First impressions are important. But when it comes to preventing employment lawsuits, it’s typically the last impression that employees have at work that matters...

Trying to drive out employee can backfire

  • March 05, 2015

Efforts to make life so miserable for an employee that she quits can come back to haunt you. It could be seen as retaliation—even if the employee never quits.