Good habits to avoid bad trouble.

Here are some tips to reduce the chances of being held personally responsible in an employee's lawsuit:

Document, document!

Just as they document employee performance, managers (and HR) would be wise to document their own decision-making processes and rationale. Your notes may end up being your best defense.

Understand company policies and employment laws. Make sure managers understand the organization's policies on things like employee leave, discipline and benefits, plus their requirements under state and federal employment laws. Make sure they clearly communicate with employees about policies. When in doubt, they should ask HR.

Make rational, legally sound decisions. Employment decisions must be based on facts and business-based reasons...

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