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New psych manual could open ADA floodgates

July 12, 2013
The new version of the main psychiatric diagnosis manual, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), loosens the criteria for defining some rather ordinary conditions as mental illnesses.
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Preventing lawsuits: 6 secrets from ‘other side’

June 14, 2013
First impressions are important, but when it comes to preventing employment lawsuits, it’s typically the last impression that employees have at work that matters most. “This is why 90% of people come to our office,” says noted plaintiff’s attorney Randy Freking. “It’s the way they’re treated on the way out the door.”
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Spatula-ready: 2013 grads face bleak job prospects

June 14, 2013
Employers taking part in a recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers said they planned to hire 2.1% more new college grads from the Class of 2013 than they did from the Class of 2012. Good news for young workers, right? Not so much.
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Overlooked retention tool: Show employees the future

June 14, 2013
Many employers are missing out on a simple, no-cost way to retain employees—communicate your promotions and promotion policies. 
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Do you have a business reason for allowing telework?

June 14, 2013
Or do you permit it just because the employees want it. Before letting staff work at home in their pajamas, make sure it’s benefiting your organization.
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Another reason to remind staff not to text and drive

June 14, 2013
A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-texting driver.
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Alcoholism is a disability; drunkenness is a firing offense

June 14, 2013
After taking time off to deal with a drinking problem, Diane returned to her job. Shortly, her boss thought Diane smelled of alcohol and was slurring her speech. A blood-alcohol test confirmed the suspicion and Diane was fired …
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Can’t stand a co-worker? Here’s why you’re the real problem

June 5, 2013
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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Retaliation: A perception is all it takes

May 10, 2013
An employee who files a complaint or returns from a leave of absence and shortly thereafter suffers an adverse employment action is likely to smell a retaliation rat. But what’s considered an adverse action? The answer to that question has left courts divided.
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She’s violating the dress code! Now what?

May 10, 2013
As the temperatures rise, so, too, will pant and skirt lengths, as employees begin dressing in their favorite “keeping cool” attire. Now it’s up to the manager to handle these infractions—if the company has a dress code. Here are tips for that uncomfortable chat.
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