Utah Employment Law Letter - January 2013: Human Resources: This year I resolve to . . . really!

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Now that the Christmas rush is over and you’ve indulged in all the excesses of the holiday season, it’s time to make your annual New Year’s resolutions. We’re not talking about resolving to lose 15 pounds or be nicer to your mother-in-law in the coming year; we’re talking about making resolutions relating to good employment practices. So, in no particular order, let’s all resolve to do the following.

1. Document, document, document -

Too many times, an employer’s defense to a lawsuit, unemployment compensation claim, or administrative hearing fails because management didn’t document the reasons for the adverse employment decision. No matter what the circumstance—counseling session, discipline, request for accommodation, transfer, or reassignment of duties—make sure that any discussions with the affected employee or the employee’s supervisor are well documented.

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