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Employee Discipline and Termination - Part 5: Passing On Information

One of many tough aspects to child abuse investigation is the level of accountability organizations can incur if a perpetrator goes on to abuse other children. If an organization knows or suspects a problem in that area, and lets the person go, but doesn't share that information, ... 

Passing on the Pastor: Sexual Abuse and Public Statements About Ministerial Qualifications

passing the pastorIf a religious organization believes that a minister or other employee has engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior, what responsibility does it have to notify others? How does child sexual abuse change the rules for normal termination procedure? Those who become victims of that person insist it is the organization’s duty to share that information. Employees who have been terminated for such behavior say sharing such information is a breach of confidence amounting to defamation. 

Employee Discipline and Termination - Part 4: Collateral Damage

deliberationHi Brent, In your scenario, the undesirable employee is a toxic person, who has done illegal or unethical things. That is completely different from my proposed scenario, and now we are in the situation where they do need to be removed quite promptly, perhaps even “marched out the door.” 

Employee Discipline and Termination - Part 3: Problem People

Insightful comments, Theresa, however, I am going to push the envelope here a bit. Your approach above would work if there is nothing the person has done which is illegal or unethical, or reputation damaging but what if, as a leader, I come across illegal or unethical behavior, and that person just needs to go? 

Response: When You Can Require Counseling for Workers

get help!Brent, this used to be less of a problem, but recent case law suggests that requiring counseling now may be the equivalent of requiring a medical examination. This means there can be implications under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Requiring counseling would then have to be “job-related and consistent with business necessity.” 

Question: When Can You Require Counseling for Workers?

get counseling!Often a mission wants a family to come to us for counseling, but the family doesn't want to. While we have had lots of success stories with these people who felt they were dragged to us, I have wondered about the “legality” of this push to get help… 

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