Human Resources News & Insights

30 employee handbook do’s and don’ts from the NLRB

To help employers craft handbooks that don’t violate the National Labor Relations Act, the National Labor Relations Board has issued a compilation of rules it has found to be illegal — and rewritten them to illustrate how they can comply with the law.

New pro-employer NLRB gives HR an early Christmas present

If you had any doubts the GOP-controlled National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) would take a more employer-friendly stance on workplace issues, recent rulings should put those fears to rest.

Employer defeats worker’s retaliation lawsuit by calling on its policy

Can you discipline an employee who has recently complained about harassment? Yes, but you must be ready to prove the discipline was unrelated to the complaint. Attorney Bob Neiman breaks down a recent lawsuit that shows some of the circumstances under which this can be done. 

3 costly mistakes that could be lurking in your documentation

It’s not always what’s missing from employee documentation that could get you in trouble. It’s also what may already be in your documentation that could land you on the wrong end of a lawsuit. 

The latest thing you can’t ask employees to do: New ruling

Yet another common employer policy has come under fire from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). It doesn’t matter if your workforce is unionized or not — if you’ve got this policy, it could be deemed illegal. 

Does your handbook say this … ? If so, it’s time for a rewrite

One federal agency continues to take the shredder to common, and seemingly harmless, employer policies. And this time, it may have made its most head-scratching move of them all. 

Employee handbooks: Feds spell out what you can, can’t include

HR pros may want to take a closer look at their employee handbook — and ASAP.

Employee didn’t report work hours: Still, his OT lawsuit stands

This employer knew this guy worked overtime and wasn’t paid for it. But it said not getting paid was the worker’s fault. Is that a defense that can stand up in court?

Another employer policy gets axed by the NLRB

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is keeping its knives sharp as it continues its rampage through employers’ policies, cutting up anything it feels may stymie the organizing process. 

One manager’s 22 forbidden workplace words

“You will speak properly when you walk through these doors. These words are banned.” That message greeted Chick-fil-A employees and was followed by a list of slang terms their manager had apparently heard them use one too many times.