Employee Handbook

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    The 3rd Circuit recently ruled that an employer's statements that its employees would remain employed if they did their jobs and stayed out of trouble didn't create an implied employment contract sufficient to overcome the presumption of at-will employment. Facts Karen McCrone, Daniel Arminio, Jose Hernandez, Emanuel Hodson, Denise Molineaux,...
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    Employers should review all policies related to employee conduct in light of recent — extreme — decisions from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) concerning the (im) permissibility of rules aimed at fostering a culture of professionalism or otherwise managing workforce behavior. Rules once considered reasonable to maintain a...
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    Tax preparers at H&R Block argued that because they had to undergo 24 hours of training to qualify for the job, they should have been paid for the training. Their collective action ended up before the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all South Dakota employers). The court carefully considered the matter and rejected...
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    Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employees are entitled to wages if they are required by their employer to participate in employment training. However, is the annual refresher training given to H&R Block tax preparers who have not yet been employed for the upcoming tax season compensable time? Read on to learn how the U.S. 8th...
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    According to National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administrative law judge (ALJ) Joel Biblowitz, a Massachusetts car dealer was OK in prohibiting employees from wearing pins for safety reasons but could not ban clothing with insignia or messages on it. In a recent decision, Biblowitz ruled that a dress code prohibiting employees who have contact...
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    With the hubbub of the holidays past, many of us can now turn to the new year with hopes of breaking bad habits, cleaning out old baggage, and maybe even shedding some excess weight that mysteriously piled on during the commotion of the holidays. Oh, of course, personal New Year's resolutions are great, too, but we're talking about workplace...
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    This time of year, many of us are all about breaking bad habits, cleaning out old baggage, and maybe even shedding some excess weight that mysteriously piled on during the commotion of the holidays. This is a great time to break bad documentation habits, clean up that aging employee handbook, and shed those expired workplace posters and out-of-...
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    Identity theft is a growing concern. Safeguarding employees' Social Security numbers (SSNs) is not only a good employment practice; it's mandated under Michigan law. Here's a brief overview of the requirements of the Michigan Social Security Number Privacy Act. Requirements of the Act The Michigan Social Security Number Privacy Act applies to...
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    With the Super Bowl behind us and March Madness fast approaching, office pools are in full swing. Filling out an NCAA tournament bracket and bragging to coworkers about their predictions are sacred traditions for many employees. While employees often view office pools and other office gambling as a harmless and welcome distraction from their...
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    We hope that by the time you read this, the snow and ice is melted and spring is around the corner. Just like spring cleaning your home, it's always a good idea to freshen up your workplace policies and procedures. Here are some ideas. Employee manual/handbook One of the first things to review is your employee manual or handbook. Is it current...
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