Robert Norris

HR Snapshot – When Managers Talk Politics in the Workplace

Question: Some managers have been continually talking about politics in the office, not taking into consideration anyone else’s political backgrounds and beliefs. It gets offensive at times, but employees are afraid to say anything. Any advice on how this can be handled? Answer from Emily, PHR:   In general, a private employer can limit political …

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HR Snapshot – What Are the Costs of Misclassification?

Question: We have an employee claiming they shouldn’t be classified as exempt from overtime. If it turns out they’re right, what are the penalties for misclassification? Answer from Kara, JD, SPHR:   The cost of misclassification will depend on several factors, such as how many employees are misclassified, how much extra money they would have …

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HR Snapshot – Can We Terminate an Employee Who Doesn’t Fit With Our Culture?

Question: We want to terminate an employee who doesn’t fit with our culture. Can we do this? Do you foresee any issues? Answer from Kyle, PHR:   First things first, check your policies and any correspondence (like an offer letter) that have been given to the employee to ensure that you have established an at-will …

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HR Snapshot – What Is the Technical Definition of an Employee’s Termination Date?

Question: What is the technical or otherwise common definition of an employee’s termination date? Is it the date the on which the termination occurs or the last date the employee performed work? Answer from Monica, SPHR, SHRM-CP:   Typically, the termination date is the day that the actual termination occurred. It may or may not …

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HR Snapshot – Why Use a Performance Improvement Plan?

Question: What is the purpose of a performance improvement plan? Can’t we just terminate employment for poor performance? Answer from Emily, PHR:   The use of a performance improvement plan (PIP) can help reduce the risk inherent in any termination. A PIP is used to help employees whose performance has slipped, become inconsistent, or otherwise …

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HR Snapshot – Can We Make Employees Use Their Accumulated Vacation Hours?

Question: Can an employer legally make their employees use their accumulated vacation hours? Answer from Sarah, PHR, SHRM-CP:   Yes. An employer can tell an employee that they need to take time off. However, that rarely bodes well for the morale of the employee if they don’t want to take the time off. Some employers …

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HR Snapshot – Should We Screen Social Media Accounts During the Hiring Process?

Question: What do you advise regarding screening social media accounts during the hiring process? Answer from Emily, PHR:   We strongly recommend against reviewing a candidate’s social media accounts during the interview process. By doing so, you could be exposed to information about the protected classes to which your candidate belongs. For instance, if you …

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HR Snapshot – Can I Classify a Worker as an Independent Contractor?

Question: We want to hire an administrative assistant. Can we classify this person as an independent contractor during a 90-day try-out period and then, if they work out, hire them as a full-time employee at the end of the 90 days? Answer from Monica, SPHR, SHRM-CP:   The short answer is no. It’s highly unlikely …

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