Legal Issues

Alcoholism: a disability; drunkenness: a firing offense

February 11, 2011
Alcoholism may be a disability, but that doesn’t mean alcoholic employees can get away with showing up at work a little tipsy.

Is dyslexia an ADA disability?

September 24, 2010
Q. Is dyslexia considered a disability under the ADA? Can we legally screen potential employees for it through our pre-employment tests?

Email, texting and privacy issues

August 1, 2010
Thoughts about keeping smart phones and other electronic devices from becoming a liability at work.

Train interviewers to disregard apparent disability

June 2, 2010
Employers aren’t supposed to ask about disabilities unless applicants bring them up. That’s to protect disabled applicants from preconceived notions about disability. But ignoring disabilities serves another function: Interviewers can later testify that company policy requires them to consider only qualifications.

Limit employees’ use of social media

March 1, 2010
In an effort to promote your organization’s online presence, you encourage employees to use social media such as blogs and Facebook. Think again.

Assess your software vendors’ viability as economy lags

July 1, 2009
But as this recession lingers, you need to consider whether your software vendors will survive the downturn or be acquired by larger competitors. Also, weigh the risks of letting laid-off workers access PC files.

When a co-worker lies, you’re in a bind

May 1, 2009
You’re a loyal employee who works for an organization that you believe in. But not everyone shares your attitude.

Caution bosses against openly asking sensitive questions

April 7, 2009
Remind managers who feel the need to ask employees sensitive questions to do so only in a private setting. Doing otherwise could trigger a defamation lawsuit.

Make written policies come alive

April 1, 2009
Your written policies make sense to you. They seem reasonable and easy to follow. So why does your team ignore them?

Memo to managers: There’s no reason to discuss why employee was terminated

March 18, 2009
When it comes to discharging employees for alleged dishonesty, here’s some sound advice for managers and supervisors: Don’t discuss why the employee was terminated with anyone who doesn’t need to know. Keep the information private to avoid a possible defamation lawsuit.