"discipline" Blog Tag


How to Address an Unflattering Video of an Employee

January 25th, 2019 by Robin Shea at Constangy


If it hasn't happened yet, there is a good chance that one of your employees will show up in a posted video in a less than flattering light, and that light is going to reflect on your company.

Days past, you would have taken the video at face value and determined disciplinary actions, maybe even termination, based solely on the video.

Knee-jerk doesn't work any more. Maybe now it is KnoW-jerk, as in know the employee is no jerk. And video, especially just a snippet, doesn't always tell the whole story.

Robin Shea helps you address the situation with a PR statement you should keep close at hand.

Why You Should Care About Employment Law

January 16th, 2019 by Jenny Goltz at Cozen O'Connor


Common Pitfalls for Emerging Companies Founders of emerging companies are often first-time employers and find themselves having to wade through the dense patchwork of state and federal labor and employment laws. This can be a confusing undertaking that often requires legal counsel. However, there are a few very common employment law pitfalls that all emerging com...

Written warnings and the FAQs they spawn

January 8th, 2019 by Ursula A. Kienbaum at Ogletree Deakins


written warning:  noun:  ritˈ'n wôrniNG

  1. a statement in a form to be read that indicates a possible or impending problem, or other unpleasant situation
  2. a statement in a form to be read that indicates that you have already vented and calmed down and aren't going to write anything stupid before you create a very unpleasant situation for the person receiving said warning

Ursula Kienbaum helps you create a calm, dispassionate, effective, reasonable written warning by answering these seven FAQs:

  • what to include?
  • what to exclude?
  • attach documents?
  • mention previous warnings/actions?
  • detail impact of the problem?
  • include possible further disciplinary action??
  • does the warning change if there is a union involved?

Holiday party what-would-you-dos

December 18th, 2018 by Robin Shea at Constangy


Real life scenario 1: A very high-performing, squeaky clean employee drinks too much at the holiday party and tries to kiss a colleague.

Real life scenario 2: A colleague / mentee / impressionable underling asks if it is a career-limiting move not to attend a "dreaded company holiday party".

Discuss (if with yourself, we recommend pretending you are on the phone so people will accept your discussion with the ether).

Now grade yourself against the expert, Robin Shea.

Cursing, surfing, weapons, gadgets – illegal, inappropriate or OK?

October 31st, 2018 by Robin Shea at Constangy


It happens in almost every workplace almost every day: somebody swears or is on an iffy website or is carrying a knife (or worse) or is using their own (not secure) phone or computer to send off a quick business email or text.

So what is illegal, what is inappropriate and what is just not that a big a deal?

Robin Shea at Constangy has your answers (and answers your questions) at our November 14 webinar, “Not Suitable for Work?”

Credits available: SHRM and HRCI

Register here.