I am thrilled to be hosting the Employment Law Blog
Carnival this month. For the uninitiated, this carnival is the brain
child of Eric Meyer who writes The
Employer Handbook and like the carnivals of old features a vast array of
vendors (aka bloggers) sharing their wares (aka HR knowledge).
Tradition has it that the host each month picks a theme
and says something (hopefully) witty and inspiring enough to get you to click
on that person's blog entry. So, without further ado - I bring you the HR
Spring Cleaning edition of the Employment Blawg Carnival.
The tulips are blooming, the robins are serenading, and
our workplaces still feel stuck in the winter blues. It's time to engage
in that time-honored tradition - Spring-Cleaning!
Refresh Your HR Training During Spring Cleaning
Spring-cleaning is a tradition that allows us to
freshen up our homes and get a head start on the hectic seasons of
spring and summer. Check out this post from Jennifer Keaton at One
Mediation to see What
Duck Dynasty Can Teach You About HR Training and get some fresh ideas for
Dust Off Your Employment Contracts for These
For those of you who use employment contracts, when is
the last time you updated them? Now's the time - find them, dust them off
and update them!
As you're reading them, John Homquist's blog "Termination
- Rutgers Style" is a good reminder of why it's important to pay careful
attention to what would constitute a "for cause" termination.
Canadian lawyer Stuart Rudner must have been channeling
this Spring Cleaning blawg when he wrote "How
Dusty Are Your Employment Contracts?"
Would bringing Trayvon Martin-looking shooting targets
constitute "for cause" under your employment contracts? Yes, this is a
real situation from a real case as reported
here by Philip Miles.
Review Your HR Policies and Codes of Conduct
There are some special chores that, while somewhat
painful, need to be done seasonally. Bite the bullet now and do an annual
review of your HR polices to ensure they are up to date with changes in the law
and still reflect your current corporate culture and operating practices.
Here are seven blogs discussing HR Policy issues:
Update Your Settlement/Severance Agreement
For those of you negotiating severance agreements, make
sure your checklists are up to date by reviewing:
(1) Donna Ballman's thoughts on how to negotiate a better
severance agreement in this interview: "Stand
Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired" and
(2) Robert Fitzpatrick's guidance about how
to address payment of FICA in severance agreements.
A Spring-Cleaning Suggestion for the NRLB
And ... finally, a respectful spring-cleaning suggestion by
Todd Sarver to President Obama. Todd urges President Obama to
consider appointing neutral arbitrators to the NLRB vs. the current practice of
appointing practicing management or union attorneys. "Has
the NLRB 'Jumped the Shark?'"
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