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The SP Opinion: Reconsider Progressive Discipline

Progressive discipline dates back almost 100 years and is considered standard procedure for the vast majority of employers.  If you fall in the majority, have you stopped to consider why you use a progressive discipline policy and whether it is time for a change? The idea of a progressive discipline policy is to give employees warnings of wrongdoings so that they can correct their deficiencies and have no further issues in the future.  Providing an employee a second or third chance makes common sense.  Perhaps the employee did not realize they were doing anything wrong or just the age old Read more
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Planning for the Return to Work

While no one knows when the local, state, and federal governments will allow all employees to return to the office and conduct business as “normal,” we do know that at some point in that future that will occur.  Anticipating now the issues you’ll face as you consider bringing back employees is critical to ensuring a smooth transition. When and How to Bring Back Current Employees  The first thing to begin planning is when and how to bring back your current employees.  This will include deciding whether your employees that are working from home currently will continue working from home or Read more
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Safe Place to Work? Issues to Consider with Your Remote Workers

In March, numerous businesses were forced to close their physical offices and create work from home opportunities for their employees to ensure efficient operations continued.  For some companies that had already converted to a virtual remote workspace, this transition was easy.  For the majority of businesses, however, this was unexpected and presented numerous growing pains.  Whether you consider this work from home situation temporary or you are considering making it more permanent, there are several issues you should consider when it comes to ensuring a safe workplace for your remote workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued Read more
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Dallas Paid Sick Leave Update

On the eve of the first day of enforcement for the Dallas Paid Sick Leave law, Judge Sean Jordan of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Texas issued a temporary injunction stopping application and enforcement of the law.  So what does this mean for companies with employees that were subject to the Dallas Paid Sick Leave law? Until the lawsuit in the Eastern District court is resolved at trial, the City of Dallas is prohibited from enforcing the sick leave law.  Employers currently can operate as if the law was never enacted.  That said, the court only Read more
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Enforceability of Employment Arbitration Agreements

If you are hiring new employees or developing a new employment contract, you may be wondering if you put an arbitration agreement in the contract. For many employers, arbitration agreements are preferable for resolving employment disputes that may arise at a later date. However, it is extremely important for employers to ensure that arbitration agreements are enforceable. Generally speaking, an arbitration agreement must be in place before a dispute arises for which the employer wants to compel arbitration.   What is an Arbitration Agreement?  Arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in which an issue is presented by two Read more