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criminal history), a law expanding parental
leave, and a law expanding sexual harassment training requirements. Without a
review of the laws that may be changing,
you may be caught off-guard and face
unexpected penalties.

EMPLOYEE BONUSES AND
ANNUAL REVIEWS
January is often a time for bonuses and
annual reviews for some employees and a
time when employees may reevaluate and set
new goals toward earning a bonus or meeting goals at work in the coming year. It is also
a time when companies must reassess their
relationship with employees that fail to meet
the required production or sales quota for
the year. Employers must decide how they
will help employees reach the quota in the
coming year or whether they will terminate
the underperforming employee.
Employers that choose to keep an underperforming employee must make efforts
to help the employee be more productive in the coming year, which will also
help increase the company's bottom line.
The first step is to assess what caused the
employee to be unproductive this year.
Was it a one-time event such as a family
emergency or tragedy? Was it something
that the employee has struggled with since
they were first hired? Have you taken any
steps in the past to improve the employee's
performance? What worked? What did
not work? The next step is to meet with
the employee during his/her review and
provide the employee steps that they can
undertake to meet your expectations.
Finally, the most important step is to
follow-up with the employee periodically
(perhaps monthly or quarterly) to ensure
that they continue to make progress toward
your standards.
If an employer chooses to terminate
the underperforming employee, then
they should document the reasons for the
termination. The reasons could include
performance issues (e.g., failure to meet
sales quota), disciplinary issues (e.g.,
attendance) and any other relevant reasons that detail why the employee is being
terminated. These reasons help protect
companies from liability if an employee
decides to sue for discrimination. Once you
have documented the reasons, you should
schedule the meeting with the employee
and begin the termination process.

CONCLUSION
The above are just several examples of the
types of policies that should be updated and
revised as needed on a regular basis. If you
provide your handbook in electronic form,
not only is it easier to update, but it obviously
eliminates the cost of printing a document
that may require revision months later due
to a regulatory change. However, whether in
printed or electronic form, having in effect
an updated and thorough employee handbook should be among every employer's new
year resolutions. ■

Richard D. Alaniz has been at the forefront of labor and employment law for over
30 years, including stints with the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Labor
Relations Board. Rick is a prolific writer on
labor and employment law and conducts
frequent seminars to client companies and
trade associations across the country. Questions about this article, or requests to subscribe to receive Rick's monthly articles, can
be addressed to Rick at (281) 381-2219 or
ralaniz@alaniz-schraeder.com.

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EDITOR’S NOTE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS | CHAPTER PRESIDENTS COMMITTEE
FENCELINES
IN MEMORIAM
FENCE PROFESSIONALS FLOCK TO PHOENIX FOR FENCETECH 2018
ON THE FENCE
MINDING YOUR BUSINESS
CANINE CRIBS
SAFETY IN PARADISE
AFA BESTOWS TOP HONORS AT FENCETECH 2018
VMA
WORKPLACE RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR
MEMBER SAVINGS PROGRAM
NEW MEMBERS
MEMBERS ON THE MOVE
CALENDAR
CHAPTER NEWS
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS
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Fencepost - March/April 2018 - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE
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Fencepost - March/April 2018 - PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
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Fencepost - March/April 2018 - IN MEMORIAM
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Fencepost - March/April 2018 - FENCE PROFESSIONALS FLOCK TO PHOENIX FOR FENCETECH 2018
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