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The most important rule in employment law? The golden rule.

June 22, 2011

Too often lost among the noise of legal updates, new cases, and new laws is the most important tool a business owner, supervisor, or HR director has to limit employment risk.  Fairness.  Treating others how you’d wish to be treated.  Fairness is what employees look for in the workplace, just as fairness is what juries look for in the courtroom.

Take a look at To Prevent Lawsuits—Think the Way a Jury Thinks for a more expanded view on this basic principle, with a hat tip to @employmentblawg.

By all means employers need to be aware of the myriad laws that apply to workplace relations.  But don’t miss the big picture sorting through the minutiae of statutes, regulations, administrative opinions and court cases.  Make sure you run your decisions through the fairness meter as well.

The jury sure will.


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