Promote an Employee

Key Points

  • An employer should promote an employee to advance business goals and reward a job well done. Establish a consistent process for promoting employees and uniformly follow internal procedures regarding job selection. Managers should enforce application deadlines and educational or skills requirements fairly.
  • Appraise promotion candidates honestly and make factual determinations, avoiding potential negligent retention concerns. Avoid using a 360-degree appraisal as a basis for a promotion decision, as this may result in liability.
  • An employer should require that decision-makers be fair and impartial, and ensure compliance with all applicable rules and regulations regarding selection decisions. An employer should retain documentation used in the promotion process and follow federal and state recordkeeping requirements.

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