News headlines continue to show there are a myriad of ways managers set themselves up for lawsuits. Small and many big companies are ripe for EEOC complaints.
The majority of lawsuits targeting management usually stem from a half dozen poor practices.
You’ll get into trouble using these six bad practices:
1. Adherence to policies and procedures
Time and again, businesses are sued because managers fail to comply with company policy manuals.
Principals should always review policy manuals with managers, and get a signed receipt indicating that they understand policies.
Yes, any manager who strays from policy should be disciplined.
Only then, the managers should review the handbook with non-exempt staff.
2. Following discrimination and harassment policies
Periodically remind managers to be diligent to prevent discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Their employment status will be affected if they fail to adhere to policies, or if they to act professionally should policy violations occur.
3. Poor management of employee problems
Make certain managers know how to respond – not react in a knee-jerk fashion to employee problems. That means thinking about how to respond in all situations.
Typical worker problems include attendance, alcoholism drug use, and insubordination.
4. Retaliation or the appearance of being retaliatory
For example, courts frown on transfers if they look like a demotion. It looks suspicious if an employee suddenly receives an unsatisfactory performance appraisal or is not treated equally like other workers.
Courts look to make certain terminations are handled well legally, and with civility and fairness. Typically, there are three key HR questions you must answer to the courts’ satisfaction when you terminate workers.
6. Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Typical problems result from FMLA misunderstandings over attendance policy, eligibility, notice requirements and worker reinstatement.
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“Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people.”
-John D. Rockefeller