Discipline

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Best Practices in Social Media for Employers Part 3 – Disciplining Employees for Conduct on Social Media

As discussed previously (see Best Practices in Social Media for Employers Part 2), adopting a National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)-compliant social media policy is the first step in ensuring that the policy can be enforced. ...more

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling that Could Radically Change Employee Discipline

In a slip opinion released on Monday, March 9, 2015, styled Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Ass’n, No. 13-1041, slip op. (U.S. Mar. 9, 2015), the United States Supreme Court effectively gave federal agencies carte blanche to...more

Checklist to Keep Employee Discipline on a Legal Track

Employers walk a fine line when it comes to employee discipline: they must enforce their rules while also protecting employee rights. Target seems to have missed the mark recently—a lawsuit alleges an employee committed...more

The Ends Justify The Means: Ha v. Northwestern University and Responding to Sexual Harassment Under Title IX

The recent decision in Ha v. Northwestern University, reiterates the leeway educational institutions have under Title IX when crafting a response to claims of sexual harassment. The plaintiff in Ha alleged that in February...more

Your Most Important Employment Documents

Employment litigation can be expensive and time consuming. Success or failure in defending your company can turn on either the law or the facts. You can’t do too much to change the law that applies to any given case. But...more

NLRB In ConAgra Ruling Signals What May Be Solicitation

The National Labor Relations Board recently decided that discipline of an employee for violation of the employer’s nonsolicitation policy was unlawful, even though the employee engaged in union-related discussion and the...more

Keeping Students In Line – Without Repercussions

In 1958, a Brown University senior was expelled because he had the temerity to bring his girlfriend to his dorm room. He did not contemplate litigation. Instead, Ted Turner moved back home to Atlanta to work at his family...more

Employment Law Advice You Should Never Follow

This is terrible advice on so many levels. First, an employee who doesn’t have even the relatively minimal income provided by unemployment is going to be that much more likely to sue you — as a matter of financial survival,...more

The Importance of Timing in Employment Terminations

There is a saying that “timing is everything,” and in some instances of employment termination, the timing, if not everything, may still be an important consideration....more

Investigating Employee Wrongdoing

Companies in every industry—private and public—struggle with the difficult task of promptly identifying employee wrongdoing and responding appropriately. The National Football League continues to be embroiled in a controversy...more

DOJ's 10-Point Compliance Framework

On October 1, 2014, Leslie R. Caldwell, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice ("DoJ"), provided clear guidance about DoJ's expectations regarding corporate compliance programs....more

The Chicken Or The Egg?

You finally decided to take the long overdue disciplinary action. Jack has got to be disciplined. But just before you do, Jack, possibly sensing what’s about to happen, makes a complaint of harassment. This is the first...more

Recent NLRB Decisions Condone Workplace Profanity and Insubordination - Employers Need to Know What Is Considered Protected...

An administrative law judge (ALJ) of the National Labor Relations Board (the "Board") recently found that a Hooters employee who cursed at her co-worker during an employee bikini contest was wrongfully terminated by her...more

Ready, Set, Charge!

Professional discipline allegations are more art than science. Regulatory statutes usually provide little or no guidance for writing them. But whether you call them allegations, charges, citations, complaints or something...more

Act Now Advisory: Illinois Restricts Employer Inquiries on Criminal Convictions and Adds Pregnancy Protections

A new law that takes effect on January 1, 2015—known as the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act ("Act")—prohibits an Illinois employer with 15 or more employees from inquiring about or considering an applicant's...more

Employee Handbooks & Progressive Discipline Policies

1. Introduction. Under the “risk management” approach to human resources management, an employer should set the standards for its policies and practices at a level that it is certain it will enforce uniformly...more

Panel Discussion: Investigations and Employee Discipline

Hypothetical #1: Company provides accounting and consulting services to businesses, including some public companies. Erin (Employee) has worked for Company for 12 years and has acceptable performance reviews. She has...more

Utah Employment Law Update – Part 1

In This Issue: • Social Media Screening • Handbooks and Policies • Investigations and Employee Discipline • Employment Covenants - Excerpt from Social Media Screening: Many states are enacting...more

Federal Court Decision Highlights Importance of Documenting Employment Actions

A recent decision by the Seventh Circuit in Zayas v. Rockford Memorial Hospital highlights for employers the importance of documenting disciplinary actions taken with employees. Despite the plaintiff's evidence of...more

Dear Colleague Letter Urges Districts to Abandon “Zero Tolerance” in Student Discipline Policies

The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education (OCR) and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice recently released a joint “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) providing guidance on administering...more

NLRB 2013 Year in Review and 2014 Initiatives

Key labor law developments of 2013 are reviewed here for employers to consider as they look ahead to National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) developments in 2014. Employers should prepare to respond to the NLRB's continued...more

Three Keys To An Effective Disciplinary Program

The Justice Department and the SEC have underscored the importance of a company maintaining a clear disciplinary process so that executives, managers and employees are aware that a violation of the corporate code of conduct...more

What School Leaders Really Should Know About The Department Of Education’s Guidance On Discriminatory Discipline

Last week, the Department of Education issued a guidance package to help schools administer student discipline without discriminating against students on the basis of race, color, or national origin. The issue of...more

Federal Authorities Crack Down on Student Discipline Practices

U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Issue Guidance Warning Against Unlawful Discrimination in Student Discipline - U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder this week issued a...more

Noel Canning Implications Of Mandatory Bargaining Of Discretionary Discipline

In January, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on NLRB v. Noel Canning. Over 700 cases could potentially be impacted with the Court's decision. Though Noel Canning deals with somewhat esoteric questions—whether the...more

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