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Employment Law Q&A: February ’17

January 11, 2017
Q. A few workers have raised the point that some of our employees who step out for a cigarette six or seven times a day can gain up to an extra hour of break time over the employees who don’t smoke. Could we not pay the smokers for these break times if they add up to an hour?
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One day, your dumb interview questions may turn feral on you

January 4, 2017

Before you launch into an unfocused round of tired and outright useless queries, you may want to brace yourself for Gerald. See, Gerald’s the interviewee you never expected: the one who intends to throw your poorly conceived softballs right back at you.

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4 questions to ask yourself before you call someone on leave

November 18, 2016
The wheels of business stop for no one, and when an employee goes out on leave—FMLA or otherwise—it’s surprising how quickly the inconveniences mount. The urge to pick up the phone or dash off a quick email to ask a simple question just to keep the wheels moving is powerful, but pause for a moment before you do it and ask:
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Is your business ready for ‘Radical Candor’?

November 16, 2016
A new management approach known as Radical Candor is generating buzz and raising eyebrows. It calls for the kind of direct confrontation and painful truth-telling that’s traditionally considered verboten in the workplace.
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Employment Law Q&A: December ’16

November 9, 2016
Q. Is there any reason to save job applications of those job-seekers we did not hire?
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Get past anger in the workplace

October 6, 2016
Gossip and jealousy cause resentment and anger in the office. Here are some tips to get past it and return to making thoughtful workplace decisions.
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Can’t stand a co-worker? Here’s why you’re the real problem

October 3, 2016
The chances are very good that you’re missing the whole picture of the colleagues who are causing you to gnaw on your stapler. Ask yourself these questions before you launch your next hissy fit.
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The top 5 mistakes job candidates make

September 14, 2016
Because today’s job-seekers see a stronger job market and lightning-fast, convenient ways to apply, they have a tendency to make crucial mistakes in the process.
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1-Minute Strategies: October ’16

September 14, 2016
Don’t forget the box … Only keep the last three performance appraisals … Positive reinforcement
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OSHA recordkeeping: Q&A search

August 14, 2016
If you’re ever unsure if one of your employee’s illness or injuries is really work-related and recordable under OSHA’s recordkeeping rules, there may be an answer at your fingertips.
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