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How’s this for company branding?

May 10, 2013
Rapid Realty, a New York-based real estate firm, offered its 800 employees a 15% raise if they got the company logo tattooed somewhere on their bodies.
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Don’t overlook the power of IT

May 10, 2013
Tech people are often some of the smartest, most effective problem-solvers on your staff, though you might never know it unless you sit them down and talk.
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When hiring, start using the revised I-9 form before May 7

April 15, 2013
Since 1986, employers have been required to complete an Employment Eligibility Verification (or I-9) form for each new hire, then keep the form on file. Recently, the feds published a revised version of the form that employers must start using within 60 days (before May 7).
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“Cyberloafing” is rampant; what to do

April 15, 2013

The bad news: Up to 80% of workers’ time spent on the Internet has nothing to do with their work. Worse news: Having just a policy won’t deter them.

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Does the timing of firings evidence sex bias?

April 15, 2013
Due to declining sales, a children’s clothing company restructured and streamlined its sales division. A female department head took umbrage with the fact that the two male division heads with worse records than hers continued to work long after she was let go. Does she have a valid sex discrimination claim?
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Build staff buy-in for your summer internship program

April 15, 2013
It’s no secret that long-term staff often dread the summer onslaught of interns—a generation gap that can sink even the best-designed internship program. Smooth the process by having a talk with the older, wiser managers and co-workers who will interact with interns this summer.
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The danger of a poorly worded job ad

April 15, 2013
Crafting a short job ad is easy. Right? But a few poorly chosen words could spark a discrimination claim. For example, see if you can spot the problems in the following ad.
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Personal business at work? That’s misconduct

April 15, 2013
An employee who used “downtime” at work to do school work was warned that he wasn’t allowed to do personal business on company time. He ignored the rule and was fired. He applied for unemployment benefits but the company argued he was guilty of misconduct and therefore ineligible …
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Retaliation claims are often easy to prove

April 15, 2013

A female college professor complained that she was paid less than male professors for doing the same work. Shortly after, her supervisors assigned her to a much larger classroom and complained that her office hours weren’t posted. She sued for discrimination and retaliation.

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Use chemicals? Heed new training, labeling rules

April 15, 2013
OSHA has released two new compliance assistance tools to help employers meet requirements of the agency’s revised Hazard Communication Standard.
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