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labor front

Protect yourself
Under the law in most states, if there’s no employment

3: “Just cause” promise. If you tell your workers that they will

contract, workers are employed on an “at-will” basis. That

be fired for cause only—or otherwise establish guidelines that

means employers have the right to fire employees at any time

spell out how and when terminations will be handled—you may

for any reason or no reason at all, and conversely, employees

be creating an implied employment contract.

have the right to leave the organization at any time. There are
some limitations to “at-will” employment.

Beyond these limitations, it’s best to use a progressive discipline policy to protect against wrongful termination lawsuits

1: Discrimination. Under federal law it’s illegal to terminate

legitimate or otherwise.

workers because of their age, race, religion, sex, national origin
or a disability that does not influence their job performance.

While no federal or state law requires you to create and

Some states add other limitations—for example, in many states

follow a progressive discipline policy, courts often come

you can’t fire someone over sexual preference.

down hard on employers that promise progressive discipline,
but fail to deliver it. In fact, many employee lawsuits stem

2: Public policy. You cannot legally terminate an employee for

from the employee’s perception that he or she didn’t receive

reasons that violate public policy. That means you can’t fire one

a “fair” deal.

of your engineers for informing the EPA
that your company has been dumping
toxic waste in the river. By the same
By taking the
surprise out of the firing,
you may lessen your
exposure to a wrongful
termination lawsuit.

token, if a court orders you to

That’s why the most reliable way to protect your organization
from wrongful termination charges is to establish a progressive
discipline system and make sure your supervisors enforce it.

garnish the wages of a worker
who’s behind on child support,

An increasing number of lawsuits have been filed in which

you can’t fire him merely to

terminated employees complain that employers have violated

save yourself the hassle of addi-

their own progressive discipline policies by firing the employee

tional paperwork.

before working through all the rungs on the progressive-discipline ladder.
That’s why your policy should include language allowing you
to skip progressive discipline and fire employees right away for
particularly egregious behavior.
While it’s usually your right to terminate at-will employees at
any time for misconduct or lax performance, a progressive
discipline policy lets you clearly communicate existing problems and need for improvement.
How it works: Your policy simply increases the severity of
a penalty each time an employee breaks a rule. Typically, a
policy progresses from oral warnings to written warnings,
suspensions and then termination. That way, employees won’t
be surprised when they reach the end and are fired. By taking
the surprise out of the firing, you may lessen your exposure to
a wrongful termination lawsuit.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of bake - June 2013

bake - June 2013
Editor’s note - THE TECHNOLOGY ISSUE: a time and place
Contents
News bites
Management - Finding Order to POS Chaos
Tax tips - Independent Contractor or Employee?
Labor front - Protect yourself
Legislation - Preventive Controls
Ingredients - Wild Blueberries
Welcome to the digital bakery
Bakery Gadget Round-up
Big return on investment
Changing models
The multi-media consumer
Change of Venue
America’s Best Bakery embraces innovation
Where Do Cupcakes Go Next?
Space Cakes
Hot & Cold
Products
Marketplace
Classifi eds
Ad Index
BakeMark's Panaderia - June 2013
Carta de Introduccion - Inovaciones nuevas Al examinar las tendencias en las ciudades
Introductory Letter - New Innovations
Pan más saludable
Pasteles de Fondant
Promociones para verano
Perfiles - Paco’s Bakery
Perfiles - Arandas Bakery
Perfiles - Panadería Tierra Caliente
Empanadas Pastel de Cuatro Leches
Productos con mejor resultado por BakeMark
Better-for-you Breads
Fondant Cakes
Summer Promotions
Profiles - Paco’s Bakery
Profiles - Arandas Bakery
Profiles - Panadería Tierra Caliente
Product Solutions from BakeMark
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bake - June 2013 - Editor’s note - THE TECHNOLOGY ISSUE: a time and place
bake - June 2013 - 4
bake - June 2013 - Contents
bake - June 2013 - News bites
bake - June 2013 - 7
bake - June 2013 - 8
bake - June 2013 - 9
bake - June 2013 - Management - Finding Order to POS Chaos
bake - June 2013 - 11
bake - June 2013 - Tax tips - Independent Contractor or Employee?
bake - June 2013 - 13
bake - June 2013 - Labor front - Protect yourself
bake - June 2013 - 15
bake - June 2013 - Legislation - Preventive Controls
bake - June 2013 - 17
bake - June 2013 - Ingredients - Wild Blueberries
bake - June 2013 - 19
bake - June 2013 - 20
bake - June 2013 - 21
bake - June 2013 - 22
bake - June 2013 - Welcome to the digital bakery
bake - June 2013 - 24
bake - June 2013 - 25
bake - June 2013 - Bakery Gadget Round-up
bake - June 2013 - 27
bake - June 2013 - Big return on investment
bake - June 2013 - 29
bake - June 2013 - Changing models
bake - June 2013 - 31
bake - June 2013 - The multi-media consumer
bake - June 2013 - 33
bake - June 2013 - 34
bake - June 2013 - 35
bake - June 2013 - 36
bake - June 2013 - 37
bake - June 2013 - Change of Venue
bake - June 2013 - 39
bake - June 2013 - America’s Best Bakery embraces innovation
bake - June 2013 - 41
bake - June 2013 - 42
bake - June 2013 - 43
bake - June 2013 - Where Do Cupcakes Go Next?
bake - June 2013 - 45
bake - June 2013 - 46
bake - June 2013 - 47
bake - June 2013 - Space Cakes
bake - June 2013 - 49
bake - June 2013 - 50
bake - June 2013 - 51
bake - June 2013 - Hot & Cold
bake - June 2013 - 53
bake - June 2013 - Products
bake - June 2013 - Marketplace
bake - June 2013 - Classifi eds
bake - June 2013 - 57
bake - June 2013 - Ad Index
bake - June 2013 - 59
bake - June 2013 - 60
bake - June 2013 - 61
bake - June 2013 - 62
bake - June 2013 - BakeMark's Panaderia - June 2013
bake - June 2013 - PAN2
bake - June 2013 - Carta de Introduccion - Inovaciones nuevas Al examinar las tendencias en las ciudades
bake - June 2013 - Introductory Letter - New Innovations
bake - June 2013 - PAN5
bake - June 2013 - Pan más saludable
bake - June 2013 - PAN7
bake - June 2013 - PAN8
bake - June 2013 - PAN9
bake - June 2013 - Pasteles de Fondant
bake - June 2013 - PAN11
bake - June 2013 - PAN12
bake - June 2013 - PAN13
bake - June 2013 - Promociones para verano
bake - June 2013 - PAN15
bake - June 2013 - PAN16
bake - June 2013 - PAN17
bake - June 2013 - Perfiles - Paco’s Bakery
bake - June 2013 - PAN19
bake - June 2013 - PAN20
bake - June 2013 - Perfiles - Arandas Bakery
bake - June 2013 - PAN22
bake - June 2013 - PAN23
bake - June 2013 - Perfiles - Panadería Tierra Caliente
bake - June 2013 - PAN25
bake - June 2013 - PAN26
bake - June 2013 - PAN27
bake - June 2013 - PAN28
bake - June 2013 - PAN29
bake - June 2013 - Empanadas Pastel de Cuatro Leches
bake - June 2013 - PAN31
bake - June 2013 - Productos con mejor resultado por BakeMark
bake - June 2013 - PAN33
bake - June 2013 - Better-for-you Breads
bake - June 2013 - PAN35
bake - June 2013 - PAN36
bake - June 2013 - Fondant Cakes
bake - June 2013 - PAN38
bake - June 2013 - PAN39
bake - June 2013 - Summer Promotions
bake - June 2013 - PAN41
bake - June 2013 - Profiles - Paco’s Bakery
bake - June 2013 - PAN43
bake - June 2013 - Profiles - Arandas Bakery
bake - June 2013 - PAN45
bake - June 2013 - Profiles - Panadería Tierra Caliente
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bake - June 2013 - PAN48
bake - June 2013 - PAN49
bake - June 2013 - PAN50
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