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New rules: When can workers use FMLA to care for adult kids?

March 13, 2013

It’s clear that qualified employees can take FMLA leave to care for minor chil­­dren with serious health conditions. But it’s been less clear how the FMLA applies to employees’ leave to care for an adult son or daughter. Now the U.S. Department of Labor has issued new guidance.

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Check those references! Poll shows why

February 13, 2013
Perhaps you had better call that reference listed on a job candidate’s résumé, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey.
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Reference checks: How to coax information from past employers

February 13, 2013
Due to fear of lawsuits, many former employers are reluctant to assist you with employment references. If you are fortunate enough to be able to ask questions of an applicant’s former employer, don’t squander the opportunity. Use these tricks for getting valuable information.
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Help employees find work/life balance

February 13, 2013

What employees need most in order to strike a work/life balance is time. Here are three ways you can give your workforce more personal time, without affecting work time.

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Make clear to staff who owns Twitter accounts and followers

February 13, 2013
Get an agreement in writing with employees who use social media under the company’s name.
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It’s OK to set limits on what staff can do during breaks

February 13, 2013

An employee at the Dallas Cowboys offices wanted to spend his lunch break urging co-workers to attend church. The Cowboys have a policy banning proselytizing in the workplace. The employee sued, saying that since he wasn’t allowed to do whatever he wanted during lunch, he wasn’t truly relieved of work, and therefore due overtime pay …

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Learn the latest state payroll laws

February 13, 2013
Learn the latest state payroll laws enacted since last summer by downloading our sister newsletter Payroll Legal Alert’s “State-by-State Roundup.”
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Spring ahead: Daylight saving time starts March 10

February 13, 2013
Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m., March 10. Graveyard shift workers, therefore, will actually work only seven hours that day.
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Internet Addiction Disorder: The Newest Disability?

January 9, 2013

The DSM-5, the official psychiatrist’s diagnostic manual, has accepted Internet addiction disorder for inclusion, albeit in a section devoted to conditions that require further research. What does this mean for your workplace? If Internet addiction is a psychiatric disorder, then employees who suffer from it may be protected by the ADA. This development has potentially significant implications for your workplace …

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‘I don’t want to work weekends!’

January 9, 2013
PROBLEM: Your office is open seven days a week and most employees work a Monday through Friday shift. Your regular weekend person leaves, and management decides to rotate all employees to cover weekend duties. Some refuse for various reasons. Can you force them to work weekends?
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