Non-competition agreements have been around for a long time. They have usually been used for saelsmen who have access to cloesly guarded customer lists and to doctors. But, now, they have been uased for hourly employees at a sandwich chain. Jimmy John’s has been sued because it requires employees to agree they will not work

Employers, if they are doing their job, should counsel an employee in writing for a serious offense. Part of that counseling is the need to verify that the employee has received the written warning and understands it. That is why the employer will ask the employee to sign the disciplinary warning. Signing does *not* mean

A recent study indicates that happy workers are good for profits. The challenge in this study is that successful companies may result in happier employees. Or, is it the other way around, do happy employees lead to successful companies? The study looked at the annual list of best companies to work for. These lists are

A frequent question arises regarding when an employee is an independent contractor and when is he just a regular employee.  Many employers have moved to using independent contractors instead of employees.  The status of independent contractor can save the employer significant amounts of money in employment taxes, social security payments, etc.

But, the IRS understands that employers

Mike Maslanka, who pens a blog oriented toward employers wrote a helpful post on terminating employees.  Mike is well read on management and leadership techniques.  He suggests the following:

1.  Conduct the termination meeting at the employee’s work space or office.  He explains that the manager can get up to leave after completing the difficult

Personal emails at work are sometimes protected from intrusion and sometimes not.  The email system belongs to the employer.  One indicator that work generated emails may be protected occurs when the employer allows some personal use of email.  See the case discussed at one blog post.  But, see another case discussed at a different

 "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you"  The famous words known as the golden rule.  Its a Christian precept designed to encourage us to treat others as we would like to be treated.  Unfortunately, in the work place, we must sometimes treat others as we must in order to survive, or