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Can I Call it a Layoff?

April 23, 2015

Here’s an issue an office manager recently told me about: I’ve been having an on-going issue with an employee. I’ve suspected for quite some time (about 5 years) that this employee was at the heart of the problems in this office and now I am sure of it. I’ve caught her talking about me to…

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Social Media Policies at Work

April 7, 2015

What would you do, or what does your policy say you will do, if you discover an employee is regaling her blog subscribers and Facebook friends with on-the-job horror stories about her boss, the latest patient mishap, or complaints about how much overtime she’s been working? What if in doing so, she reveals sensitive and…

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Bad Apple Employee

April 5, 2015

Ever have an employee with a permanent bad attitude? I call them “bad apples.”Here are some strategies for addressing their behavior that also empower you to let bad apple employees go if and when you need to. Many managers throw their hands in the air when it comes to dealing with an employee’s bad attitude….

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CEDR Two Minute Trainer: At-Will Employment

March 22, 2015

Did you know that employment is governed by “at-will” laws in 49 out of 50 states? (Montana is the exception: At-will doctrine is not followed there after month 6 of employment.) More importantly, do you know what “at-will” means, or how it affects your business? At-Will Employment Does NOT Mean At-Will Firing This first installment…

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Is it Ok to Fire Someone Over the Phone?

March 20, 2015

At CEDR, we’re often asked “Is it OK to fire someone over the phone?” Many employers feel that firing them over the phone would give them a far less likelihood of a confrontation and things going bad. However, using the phone is not a great idea. First, in some states, you are required to issue…

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The Layoff Aftermath: Keeping Your Remaining Team Together

March 19, 2015

Or “How to Cope with the Aftereffects of a Layoff” It’s an unfortunate truth that, as employers or office managers in the medical or dental field, one day we may have to layoff one or more of our employees due to financial hardship. We hate to do it, but we also know it is necessary…

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Can I Fire For This?

March 19, 2015

With employment lawsuits at an all-time high, it’s more important than ever to know what you can and can’t fire someone for. First, let’s test your knowledge of legal reasons that you could terminate an employee for. Which of the following terminations is NOT legal? A. Joe fired for distributing political propaganda in the morning…

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Cutting Hours: Approach with Caution!

March 18, 2015

As a small business employer, budget constraints, scheduling demands, and other considerations may occasionally prompt you to reduce the hours of some or all of your employees. This may even involve reclassifying one or more Full-Time (FT) employees as Part-Time (PT). Be careful, though! Cutting employee hours and/or reclassifying any employee should only occur for…