employment decisions

HR REPORT: Show Me the Money: Vaccination Incentive Policies

Workplace morale, political concerns, the emergency use authorization – these reasons, among others, are why many public employers are not presently mandating the COVID-19 vaccine.  Nonetheless, and especially in light of the recent CDC guidance stating that vaccinated individuals can be indoors without masking or social distancing (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html), employers are looking to maximize the number

Reengineering Your Employment Procedures in Light of Recent Supreme Court Decisions

The United States Supreme Court recently ruled that a landmark federal civil rights law protects gay and transgender workers.  The Court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination "because of sex," includes gay and transgender employees. 

Understanding and Applying Due Process in Disciplinary Decision Making

Let us begin with a basic premise. Public sector employers owe a duty to the taxpayers to see that public employees are treated fairly. From a purely economic perspective, unfair treatment of employees results in a waste of public dollars. Recruitment and training of employees is expensive and time consuming. Those costs are only recovered in the community benefits from those up front costs over time. If an employee’s period of service is unnecessarily shortened, those costs will never be recovered and additional monies will be expended on turnover costs.