The best way to avoid a potential employee lawsuit is to conduct an internal HR audit. Internal audits don’t have to create fear rather they should provide a comprehensive review of your current policies, procedures and strategies. They can be done by yourself or directed by your HR Professional.
With the changing of seasons comes changes in the workplace along with changes in summer dress code. This is the time of year when employees typically stretch the dress code policies to try new styles and wardrobe trends. Consistent and uniform enforcement not only reduces potential liability exposure, but also prevents the slow deterioration of your dress code policy in the workplace.
Some employers think it’s not necessary, reasoning that Interns are still in school, live with their parents, receive valuable experience and may even drive their own new cars to work. These employers believe using unpaid Interns is a smart financial move that allows their companies to save money on wages. However, this line of thinking has become risky based on recent court decisions and the filing of new lawsuits.
An offer letter (written correctly) is your next step! An offer letter helps identify pay, position, exemption status, start date, benefits and other special circumstances or compensation arrangements. An offer letter confirms interest and acceptance of the position and can be very helpful when trying to recall special work arrangements. (more…)
When was the last time you up-dated your Employee Handbook? Not only are state, federal and local laws changing rapidly, so too is the technology shaping how people work today. It’s essential for employers to be pro-active and stay ahead of changes while allowing employees controlled freedom to do their job. Finding this balance can be difficult. If you regularly review and revise existing policies/procedures and freshen up your Employee Handbook it will define employee expectations and desired behavior.
The idea behind a severance agreement is that an employee agrees to take something of value to which he/she is not otherwise entitled. Paying severance is above and beyond what an employer is required to do. However, it is thought by most that a severance agreement that includes a full release of claims is the only way an employer can be reasonably sure it won’t be dealing with the terminated employee again. Of course…. this peace of mind comes with a price! (more…)
It’s summer…a time when many organizations traditionally bring in student interns. Many of these interns are unpaid with the idea that they are gaining valuable experience that will lead them to land future jobs. While the practice may be common in some industries, it has come under fire recently for federal and state laws. (more…)