Can we deny an employee’s use of accrued vacation time?

Can we deny an employee’s use of accrued vacation time?

Answer from Emily, PHR: Yes, the decision to approve or deny the use of accrued vacation time is up to you, assuming you do so in a consistent and non-discriminatory manner. It would be acceptable, for example, to deny a vacation request because approving it would...

Does “at-will employment” mean we can terminate without risk?

Does “at-will employment” mean we can terminate without risk?

Answer from Monica, SPHR, SHRM-CP: No, termination always comes with some risk, even when the employment is at-will. While at-will employment allows either you or the employee to terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without notice, and with or...

How to Help Underperforming Employees 

How to Help Underperforming Employees 

There are a lot of reasons why an employee or a team may be underperforming, and sometimes it takes a little digging to get at the root of the problem. Under-performance could be due to a skill gap, unclear expectations, or a lack of incentive to perform. It could be...

How Employers Can Rethink Training and Team Building

How Employers Can Rethink Training and Team Building

Writing in Harvard Business Review, Seth Harris and Jake Schwartz argue that competing for skilled workers is a mistake—that organizations would be better served by growing the talent they need from within. Employers are often reluctant, however, to invest in training...