Heard It On The Hotline

HEARD IT ON THE HOTLINE

By: Rob Parker Have you ever experienced a manager who has gone rogue and potentially set the company up for liability?  If so, this situation might sound familiar to you. An employee was called into her manager’s office.  The manager informed her that he had heard a rumor that she was taking medication and believed […]

HEARD IT ON THE HOTLINE

By: Rob Parker Can an employer force an employee to participate in a workplace investigation? A member recently called our HR Hotline with this dilemma. An accident occurred involving one of their customers on company premises.  It was a bad accident and the customer was seriously injured.  Before help arrived on the scene, for reasons […]

HEARD IT ON THE HOTLINE

By: Rob Parker Among several definitions of the word shakedown is “extortion, as by blackmail or threats of violence.”  While the situation detailed below did not rise to the level of threats of violence, the employer certainly felt as though it was being extorted or blackmailed. Are you prepared for such a scenario? An employer […]

HEARD IT ON THE HOTLINE

By: Rob Parker Sometimes an employee may become uncharacteristically difficult to work with because he/she is coping with a stressful personal matter.  Sometimes you hire an employee who is difficult to work with from the start and remains that way through the course of his/her employment. So, what do you do if this particularly difficult […]

HEARD IT ON THE HOTLINE

By: Rob Parker A longtime employee, with nothing derogatory in her personnel file, resigns from the company.  During her employment with the company, she had accrued PTO, which according to the employee handbook is paid upon termination up to a maximum of 80 hours.  The employee had accrued almost double the maximum payout amount of […]

HEARD IT ON THE HOTLINE

HEARD IT ON THE HOTLINE by: Rob Parker If not dealt with promptly and effectively, conflict between two employees can escalate causing disruption, low morale, and possible litigation. Once poor decisions are made regarding conflict, it is very difficult to “unwind” them to avoid a serious problem. When a job takes employees away from home for a […]

HEARD IT ON THE HOTLINE

HEARD IT ON THE HOTLINE by: Rob Parker Hopefully, you will never have to deal with an employee who is threatening to commit suicide. Unfortunately, it has been my experience that threats of suicide are quite common in the workplace, especially during the holidays.  Although a happy time for most people, the holidays can be […]

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