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If you’re an employer or manager who is being sued by some of your employees, don’t go posting derogatory comments about them on your company website or Facebook page unless you want to get an additional lawsuit.
When you hear the word “whistleblower,” you probably think of someone like Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency subcontractor who leaked top-secret information about NSA surveillance activities. Or, you might think of Sherron Watkins, who warned Enron founder Kenneth Lay that the company faced financial doom if it didn’t clean up its disastrous accounting practices a few months before it came crashing down.
If you are an employee who likes to post on social media sites, best not to display pictures of yourself having fun when you’re supposed to be at home recovering from an illness or injury. That’s what a number of people learned the hard way in a variety of court cases that overwhelmingly sided with employers who had fired employees because their pictures revealed that they were not really that ill or injured after all.
“One of the most difficult things about starting a business is trying to learn all of the state and federal laws that pertain to business owners,” said Gerald Lavarias, clinical director and co-owner of MAPSS, a local business that provides support services to children and adults with special needs. California is home to more than 850,000 small businesses (< 500 employees), according to the latest data from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The summer I was 15 and working at my dad’s bait shop, he posted a sign by the cash register that said, “no cussing.” He didn’t put the sign there to remind me not to curse; it was there to let customers know that swearing was not allowed around my delicate ears. While my ears are not so delicate anymore, I encourage employers to curtail the use of cursing in the workplace by themselves, their employees, and their customers.
“I’m Too Sexy,” a song by the English trio Right Said Fred, topped the American music charts in early 1992. The list of things the singer says he’s too sexy for include his shirt, car, hat, cat, and the song itself. On a similar note, a former employee of a New York lingerie manufacturer said last month that she was fired because she was too sexy for her job. That begs the question: may employers legally terminate an employee for being too sexy?
When I was the HR manager of a local business, I suggested to management that a hand scanner be installed to track employee time and attendance. At that time, employees clocked in and out with a card that they swiped through a scanner. Some employees frequently forgot their cards, so the hand scanner was my solution to ensuring their time was recorded properly. I thought it was very James Bond-ish; the employees thought it was a yucky hotbed of germs.
Before anyone gets the wrong idea, I still frown upon romantic relationships at work.
A picture is worth a thousand words and, apparently, so is an emoji. For those unfamiliar with the term, "emojis" are colorful cartoon characters (faces, hearts, animals, etc.) that are used in electronic communications to clarify one's messages.
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