How do you handle employee drug abuse?

Do you have a "Charlie Sheen" working for you?  Recently, famous actor Charlie Sheen made headlines for his alleged drug abuse, odd behavior, and legal problems.  His very public rants against his employer included verbal attacks, lawsuit threats, and bizarre accusations.  The result?  Shows were cancelled, dozens of people were laid off, and bad publicity …

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Should you have an Employee Dating policy in your Employee Handbook?

Should an Employee Handbook have a policy about Employee Dating?  The personal lives of your employees are really none of your business, UNLESS their actions affect their work performance.  That is why you can have policies setting rules on Other Employment, Off-Duty Drug Abuse, and other activities outside of work.  When it comes to dating, …

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Do I need an At-Will Employment policy?

At-will employment is often misunderstood by both employers and employees.  The idea of "at-will" is that employment can be terminated at any time (with or without reason) by either the employer or the employee.  If not explained correctly, an At-Will policy can make employees feel like they are not valued; that the organization does not want to …

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Can you fire an employee for Facebook remarks?

Can you discipline or fire an employee who makes bad comments on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media site?  Recently, the National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint against American Medical Response of Connecticut, alleging that they fired an employee for the disparaging remarks she made on Facebook while on her own time.  The NLRB alleges …

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