wrongful termination; employee handbook

Purple Communications-Employers see Red

"Back in the Day, " as my daughter calls it, we wrote letters and sent them by "snail mail." That has changed. Email has replaced the letter as the preferred method of business communication it will probably remain that way unless the Postal Service can figure out how to deliver letters to my iPad and iPhone. Email is fast, convenient, and doesn't kill trees (at least in theory). "Back in the Day", that is before Gmail and "the cloud", business email was hosted almost exclusively on the employer's server(s). Its convenience led to abuse. Employees could and often did use email to conduct … CONTINUE READING



Small town PUD hit with almost $2 million in claims.

For those of you that don't live in the Pacific Northwest, Clatskanie, Oregon is a small community where the Clatskanie River enters the Columbia River.  I have only been there twice.  This is one of those communities where you get pulled over for doing 26 in a 25 mph zone.  I know because I was … [Read More...]

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Common Handbook Mistakes #4

It is important for an employer to be clear about the nature and scope of the work relationship.  Relying on your workforce to read your mind only results in misunderstandings and hard feelings.  Neither is good for morale. That brings us to… Mistake 4 No “At Will” policy. “At Will” employment is … [Read More...]



Common Handbook Mistakes #3

Communication is a two way street. It is not just the message that you send it also involves how the recipient perceives the message. This is where some employers drop the ball.  The message sent by … [Read More...]


Common Handbook Mistakes #2

I know this next handbook mistake is going to make everyone think that I am related to the Grinch that stole Christmas. Other than a passing resemblance, that is not true. The Grinch is taller and … [Read More...]


Common Handbook Mistakes

This post will be the first in a series of posts on common mistakes that employers make when they prepare a handbook.  Contrary to popular belief, a handbook is not something that you whip together on … [Read More...]


Chronically Late Employees

We have all been late.  Sometimes it is the traffic, sometimes it is your inability to get the kids out to the school bus on time, and sometimes you are late for inexplicable reasons (you know the … [Read More...]

Wax On Wax Off

For those of you that remember the movie Karate Kid, this was the first lesson that Daniel was taught in his journey to become proficient at karate. Jennifer Finley had a much different encounter with … [Read More...]


The Employee Smartphone Dilemma

Frequently, employers ask me about their employees desire to use their own smartphone rather than using the employer-provided phone. To the employee, it is a convenience issue. In some instances it is … [Read More...]