Right to have a witness during discipline

  • December 07, 2007

Q. We have a nonunion shop. It is not uncommon for our employees to insist that they have the right to have a witness present during investigatory interviews and...

Prepare for ‘ambiguous threats’

  • June 01, 2007

Organizations that develop systems to identify, evaluate and respond to ambiguous threats are much better at averting failure than those that don’t, according to...

'Probation' by any other name?

  • May 15, 2007

Question: Does anyone utilize other terminology for what’s commonly called a “probationary period?” I am concerned that this terminology...

Mandatory EAP referral is legal

  • March 02, 2007

Q. In a previous issue of HR Specialist, you said that employers can’t force employees to visit a psychologist. Our Internet policy says that if we find employees...

When is employee insubordination protected?

  • December 01, 2005

Issue: If an employee believes a boss's order is illegal, she can refuse to do it. And you can't punish her for that defiance. Risk: You could run afoul of ...

10 ‘don’ts’ of employee discipline

  • July 01, 2005

Leaders have tremendous power to inspire and encourage, but some techniques actually undermine performance. Here’s Samuel Spitalli’s list of 10 no-nos: