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Extending Parental Leave Requests

What is the best way to handle an additional request for parental leave?   When deciding how to proceed with this employee you will need to consider both Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requirements and your company’s practices and policies.   You are not required by FMLA to hold the employee’s job open once […]

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Should We Have a Dating Agreement for Employees?

  Should your organization provide a dating agreement for your employees? An agreement regarding the dating relationship is certainly not required, but many employers use them. Utilizing these type of agreements can help set expectations and reduce liability. It is good practice to have employees sign a Consensual Relationship Agreement if they enter into a […]

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Posting Political Signs an Employee Right?

  Is it an employee right to post political signs in their workspace? A private employer can ask an employee to remove political signs from their work areas or at least limit political expression in the workplace as long as it isn’t a conflict of the protected Section 7 rights or certain state laws. Section […]

remote employees

Do You Need to Provide Workstations for Remote Employees?

  You may provide workstations (ie: desk, chair, computer) for your remote employees, but usually you do not have to do so. There are certain states (such as California), where an employer is required to provide employees with all the tools necessary to complete the job or to reimburse those employees for such expenses. Workstation […]

resignation

The Proper Way to Handle An Employee Resignation

There have been some situations where employees will give a two week notice, but the manager decides to let that employee go immediately. What is the best and legal way to handle this situation? If there is no employment contract with the employee, any other bargaining agreement that applies to said employee, or a handbook […]

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Are There Laws Against Having a Cell Phone at Work?

Has personal cell phone use gotten out of hand in your organization? Is there a way to change your policy to say cell phones are not permitted on the premises?   While there is no law saying you cannot have your cell phone at work, but there is also no law saying you cannot implement […]

good employees

Why Do Good Employees Leave?

A study came up with a surprising discovery: If you are losing good people, look to their immediate supervisor. Why is this? Most likely it is because more than any other reason, supervisors are the sole purpose employees stay and flourish in an organization. They are also most likely the reason why that good employee […]

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The Best Way to Address a Transgender Employee with Co-workers

What do you do when one of your employees discloses that they are transgender and would like to be addressed as female? What is the best way to approach this matter with her co-workers?   It is best to affirm the employee’s right to express her gender freely and with absolutely no discrimination. This includes […]