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OK to Fire Jailed Employee for Not Calling In & Explaining Absence

On Aug. 2, a hospital employee with 25+ years of service was arrested on serious criminal charges. Although he was on vacation at the time, the employee couldn’t return to


Ask The Expert: Can You Terminate an Employee Who’s Been AWOL for Over a Week?

QUESTION Do we have the right to terminate an employee who hasn’t shown up, called in or responded to our calls for over a week?   ANSWER It depends. &n

power tools

You’ve Got the Power to Get the Job Done

Drills, saws, planers and routers—powered tools such as these get the job done. These tools can also cause injuries—projecting objects into the eyes, causing electric


When Sharper is Safer

A sharp cutting tool is a safer cutting tool. That seems all wrong, but it's true. A dull cutting tool requires too much force to operate, increasing the chances of it slippi


No Masterpiece, But Termination Clause Is Clear Enough to Enforce

Termination of Employment: If you are terminated by IBM other than for cause, IBM will provide you with a separation allowance in lieu of notice equal to the greater of IBM

Cell Phone to Film Co-Worker

Worker Uses Cell Phone to Film Co-Worker Smoking Pot at Work

A waste management company fired a worker for smoking pot at work. Among the evidence was video from a colleague’s cell phone showing the worker, who was already under susp

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