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Avoid These Traps When Disciplining Employees

Avoid These Traps When Disciplining Employees

When an employee’s conduct or performance becomes an issue, employers need to take steps to correct the problem and prevent it from reoccurring. This isn’t always easy, and additional problems can arise if you don’t handle the situation carefully. Here are some discipline related pitfalls to avoid: Inconsistency. Disciplinary practices that reflect favoritism, or otherwise treat similarly situated employees differently, can lead to discrimination complaints and decreased morale. Train supervisors on how to enforce your policies and procedures on a consistent basis. Before disciplining an employee, look at how you handled similar situations in the past and make sure decisions are reviewed by more than one individual (such as, HR and an impartial member of the management team). Lack of flexibility. While policies should be enforced consistently, reserve the flexibility to take disciplinary action based on the facts and circumstances of each case. For example, don’t state that a verbal warning will be given for all first offenses no matter how severe. In your employee handbook, make clear that...

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Workplace Compliance Spotlight: Employee Handbook Best Practices

Workplace Compliance Spotlight: Employee Handbook Best Practices

Employee handbooks help employers communicate rules, benefits andother important information to employees. An up-to-date employee handbook can help employers comply with certain requirements and can inform new hires and employees of your business’s policies and practices. However, understanding which policies to include and how to properly maintain a handbook can be a challenge. If your handbook isn’t drafted carefully, certain policies may conflict with federal, state, or local law. Watch the first in our Workplace Compliance Spotlight webcast series and get critical insights and best practices on employee handbooks, such as: What makes an employee handbook effective Why you need to keep your handbook updated How to use your handbook to manage social media, dress codes, and other workplace issues Critical policies to include and what to avoid Tips for distributing your handbook and obtaining employee acknowledgments ADP remains at the forefront of helping employers understand the complex compliance, financial, and strategic issues surrounding workforce management. Tap into our expertise to ensure you’re in the best shape possible for...

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