SHRM Connect: Socially Awkward -- and Invalid

SHRM Connect is an online community where SHRM members can ask questions and get answers on a variety of HR topics. It’s a great place to network with other HR professionals and share solutions.  

The conversation topics range from “HR Department of One” to Employment Law, are always insightful, and deal with some of the most pressing issues that HR professionals face in the workplace today.

Some of the conversations are serious and others are downright amusing, and on Fridays, I’ll be highlighting a conversation or two in hopes that you’ll take some time to visit. You may want to lurk… perhaps respond, but you’ll always learn something.  

It’s a great community and I highly recommend checking it out.


Here are today's head-scratchers...

First, we’ll visit the California Professionals page where an anonymous poster asks about a new mom and paid leave in a discussion titled “Bye Bye”:

I have an employee who has been out on leave since August 12, 2016. First it was because of her pregnancy; now it's due to a "total disability."  I'm pretty sure she has exhausted all leaves available in California.  I just received another doctor's note stating she will be out until 8/25/2017.  How do I terminate her employment?  I want to send her a letter stating that she has exhausted all forms of leave available and I'm concluding her employment.  Is there a certain template out there for this type of termination?  Thank you…

And follow up…

She is not on Workers Comp or STD.  How do I go about the ADA process and how long does she get?  I have doctor's notes from 05/25/2017 stating she is on total disability.  I get one every month from her physician.  I really think she is getting over like a "fat rat".

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In the General HR group an anonymous poster asked the following question about a socially awkward employee:

I have an HR assistant that is new to the HR world.  His work is decent, as he picks up rather quickly, but his lack of social skills and awareness of others is starting to bother me.  He's asked people inappropriate questions, like how much things they have cost. He doesn't seem to understand social queues from others, like he stands too close to them, or once he pulled up someone's sleeve to look at their tattoo!  He doesn't seem to know when to leave my office when someone is in and I must excuse him.  I'm sensing from others, that they find him incredibly awkward to deal with.  These are things that I don't think I can teach! To me, HR should be aware of these things, in order to do the role of HR. Any suggestions on how to best handle this?

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And what would you do in the case of an employee with an invalid social security number? On the Employment Law page, Jan Dinota asks:

So, we have an employee who has been out on Work Comp.  I received a call from the claim handler saying that their investigation shows that his SSN belongs to someone who is deceased. (He presented a Permanent Resident card at hire).  The employee has been released to light duty & we can accommodate his doctor's restrictions.  I obviously cannot employ anyone who is ineligible to work in the US, but I am not sure how to proceed.  Do I tell the employee that our Work Comp people say his SSN is invalid?  Give him a chance to explain?

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