The Importance of Having Written Employment Policies

Personnel Files

October 14th, 2018

The Importance of Having Written Employment Policies

Application & Hiring, CA Employee Handbooks, Harassment & Discrimination, Leaves of Absence, Meal & Rest Breaks, Paid Sick Leave, Personnel Files, Reasonable Accommodation, Wage & Hour Issues

I was recently retained by a new client to defend the company against wage and hour charges brought by a former employee that were filed with the California Labor Commissioner’s office. As I do whenever I get a new client, I asked if they had an employee handbook or other written personnel policies. Unfortunately, they did not. This makes it much more difficult to defend against employment claims brought by employees. The failure to have written policies may be taken as evidence that you do not comply with your legal obligations.

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March 4th, 2018

How to Implement Performance Improvement Plans

Personnel Files, Terminations

A performance improvement plan (PIP) is a good way to give struggling employees the opportunity to succeed while still holding them accountable for past performance. PIPs may be used to address failures to meet specific job performance-related issues or behavior-related concerns. PIPs may lead to several different outcomes, including improvement in overall performance, the recognition of a skills or training gap, or remedial actions such as demotion or termination.

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