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March 2016 Client Newsletter

WHAT'S IN THIS ISSUE
POP QUIZ!
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

In the five years he has worked for C2T4 Company, Alfred (the Company's Bookkeeper), has been a nightmare employee. He calls out excessively and, when he does come to work, he routinely arrives late. In addition, Alfred has performance issues and regularly argues with his supervisor. 


While reviewing Alfred's personnel file, Isabel (the Company's HR Director) realized that Alfred lied on his employment application. The application states that Alfred worked for XYZ RVs for 10 years, but Alfred's LinkedIn profile says he only worked there for 5 years. 

The application contains the following statement: 
"I understand that any omission or misstatement of material fact on this application or on any document used to secure employment shall be grounds for rejection of this application or for immediate discharge if I am employed, regardless of the time elapsed before discovery."
Can Isabel terminate Alfred for lying on his application? 
  1. Isabel's good to go. He lied -- fire away
  2. Isabel has not reviewed every employee's application and terminated every employee whose application contains a lie. Instead, Isabel should go through the normal disciplinary action to address the poor performance and behavioral issues.
  3. This statement says "...regardless of the time elapsed before discovery." Even though it's been a while, this statement gives the company the right to terminate.
Scroll down to find the answer.
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QUIZ ANSWER!
The correct answer is B!

Explanation:

While this statement can give employers the right to terminate under certain circumstances, if not consistently applied, it may be considered retaliatory if an employee claims the termination was discriminatory in nature. If other applicants or employees were not adversely affected for putting false information, misstatements or omissions on their applications, it may be difficult for an employer to prove this was the reason for termination.

However, if the discovery was relating to fraudulent information that suddenly came to the employer ' s attention and the discrepancy was corroborated by information found on the application, it may be more believable this was the sole reason for termination and not some other underlying reason. For example, an employee never attended college and did not receive his degree in Engineering, which is a minimum requirement to obtain the job.

Keep in mind, an attestation statement on an application will not supersede violations of public policy, such as anti - discrimination laws. For this reason, it is advised to follow the company ' s normal disciplinary procedures, document all disciplinary problems, and terminate an employee based upon a failure to address the poor performance and behavioral issues. 

HUMAN RESOURCES
HE-SAID-SHE-SAID....FINDING OUT WHAT REALLY HAPPENED
Have you ever received a "he said-she said" sexual harassment complaint? Did you reach a conclusion about what really happened? Read ahead to learn how one HR Director responded to an employee's complaint of a manager exposing himself...


ARE YOUR EMPLOYEES AT RISK OF LOSING THEIR RELIGION IN YOUR WORKPLACE?
Like every employer, H.O.T.M. Casino has employees who claim they need some type of accommodation for their religious beliefs. While Steve, the HR Director, knows that employers are required to provide reasonable accommodation for religion, he is uncertain about whether accommodation is required for the following employees:
  1. Mara (an esthetician) who requested May 4th and every Friday off from work because under her religion, Jediism, working on the Sabbath and/or the religious holiday (May the Fourth) is prohibited;
  2. Hannah (a newly hired bartender) who came to her interview with her long hair flowing. Yet, on her first day of work, Hannah arrived wearing a hijab and asked for an accommodation to wear the hijab because of her religion; and
  3. Adam, Jacob, Joseph, and David (maintenance workers), who have asked that they be permitted to perform their daily prayers in one of the unused rooms on the Casino property.
Is Steve required to provide accommodation to any of these employees?
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