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January 2018 Archives

The basics of restrictive covenants in employment contracts, pt 1

When you are creating an employment contract, it is sometimes necessary to lay out a few restrictions. For example, if an employee leaves your company, would you want him taking his knowledge of your confidential information and using it to compete with your business? How about if a former employee was to recruit your clients or customers to a competing company? Both of these scenarios could cost any company dearly.

It's a New Year, and time to update your employee handbook?

Employee handbooks are a helpful resource for outlining your company's policies, but if it is outdated or you don't have one, consider incorporating it into your business plan for 2018. A handbook can help set the standard for employee behavior and protect your organization from lawsuits.

Is there such a thing as wrongful demotion?

Terminating an employee can be a minefield for employers to navigate. Employers must be able to back up their decision in case of a lawsuit, hire a replacement and ensure that the employee will not retaliate or badmouth the company. Not to mention, many employees who are fired are good, hardworking people, and telling someone that their job is being terminated is never easy.

Contacting employees on FMLA leave: A primer for employers

According to federal law, employers cannot make their employees work during FMLA leave. Most HR departments are well aware of this. But there is one area that is not always so clear: When, if ever, is it acceptable for employers to contact their employees who are on FMLA leave?

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