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FMLA isn’t carte blanche for all sick leave

June 13, 2012

Some employees with chronic health conditions mistakenly believe that getting approved for intermittent FMLA leave means they can take protected time off anytime they feel sick. That’s simply not true.

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Diversity initiatives: Watch the pitfalls

June 13, 2012

Generally, it’s illegal to hire employees or make other employment decisions due to a worker’s race, sex or other classification, even when your goal is to create workplace diversity. Beware of common pitfalls in implementing diversity initiatives.

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Religious, national-origin job bias claims are on the rise

June 13, 2012

For the second year in a row, the EEOC received a record number of employee job discrimination claims (99,947 in 2011).

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800 men, 1 woman? See you in court

June 13, 2012

At Millwood, N.Y.-based Mavis Discount Tire, it’s a man’s world. At least that’s what the EEOC says in a lawsuit filed recently.

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Nearly 2 in 5 companies use social networking sites to research job candidates

June 13, 2012

Nearly 2 in 5 companies (37%) use social networking sites to research job candidates, according to a CareerBuilder survey of 2,000 hiring managers and HR pros.

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Try this interview question

June 13, 2012
Ask this to find out how your applicant applies persuasion.
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State laws on mandatory employee breaks

June 11, 2012

The Fair Labor Standards Act doesn’t require you to provide employees with meal breaks. It does require you to pay employees whose meal breaks last for fewer than 30 minutes and those who work through their meal breaks. However, 40 states do have laws covering meal and rest breaks. This chart summarizes those laws.

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Not just a matter of style: Factor safety, liability into dress code

May 16, 2012
A recent HR Specialist poll found that casual attire is the norm in 88% of our ­readers’ workplaces. But a culture of dressing down doesn’t mean organizations don’t need a dress code. Although you don’t want to restrict your employees’ personal choices unnecessarily, you can set rules that promote a safe and efficient workplace.
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Hey, boss, here’s what I really think

May 9, 2012
Here are four leading gripes that many employees wish they could tell their bosses, if only they had the courage.
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You can fire for unprofessional tweets

May 9, 2012
An Arizona newspaper fired a crime reporter after he posted comments on his work-related Twitter account.
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