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Last-chance agreements: Draft carefully

September 12, 2013
Few will argue that serious employee misconduct requires anything but serious consequences. However, if immediate termination isn’t wanted or warranted, use a last-chance agreement (LCA).
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Managing common behavior problems

September 11, 2013
There’s no shortage of negative employee behaviors that can have an ill effect on the entire workplace. Use these tricks of the managerial trade to deal with some of the most irritating employee types.
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Performance appraisals: 12 pitfalls to avoid

August 12, 2013
You know the drill. An employee’s evaluation meeting is approaching and you’re all set. You’ve got your detailed notes, you’ve set the time, reserved the room. You’ll establish the tone, show respect and steer the conversation. But here is a list of common traps that can trip up even the most-prepared manager.
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How many what? Google drops its brain teasers

August 12, 2013
Google ranks at or near the top of most “best places to work” lists in part because of its rigorous recruiting and hiring process. One of the company’s hallmarks has been its famously quirky interview questions. Google doesn’t ask them anymore.
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‘Back to school’ may mean ‘time off’

August 12, 2013
Now that school has started, so will the requests from employees asking for a half day here, a full day there to attend some sort of school activity. Most employers are flexible, but just how far they’ll bend depends on whether employees are nonexempt or exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act and states’ short-term leave laws.
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Don’t let compassion for staff consume you

August 12, 2013
Helping employees is part of your job. Right? What you need to recognize, however, is where to draw the line. Use the following tips to maintain your emotional distance from employees’ problems, while still remaining effective.
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NLRB ruling shows risk of Facebook discipline

August 12, 2013
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently ordered a New York City tour bus company to reinstate a tour guide whom it fired for his anti-company Facebook posts.
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FMLA absences rife in certain industries

August 12, 2013
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) absences are on the rise and some sectors far surpass others in terms of FMLA absenteeism rates, says a new report by EAP provider ComPsych.
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Fudging pay processes? You won’t fool DOL

July 12, 2013
The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division doesn’t want to see any funny business when it comes to accurately recording hours worked or paying employees on time. Don’t even think about manipulating payroll systems. Doing so will result in double damages going back three years.
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Track what happens to everyone on a PIP

July 12, 2013
When Kris failed to meet her performance improvement plan (PIP) goals, she was fired. Kris sued for sex discrimination, claiming no man was ever fired for that reason. But the company offered an explanation: All men on a PIP saw “the train coming” and quit before the pink slips arrived …
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