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Survey: Stress is top workforce health risk

January 14, 2014
Stress is the No. 1 workforce health issue, ranking above physical inactivity and obesity, according to the 2013/2014 Towers Watson Staying@Work Survey. However, only 15% of employers identify improving employees’ emotional and mental health—by reducing stress and anxiety—as a top priority of their health and productivity programs.
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On the eve of flu season, know what the FMLA covers

December 13, 2013

FMLA regulations state, “Unless complications arise, the common cold [and] flu … do not meet the definition of a serious health condition and do not qualify for FMLA leave.” But pay attention to those first three words … “unless complications arise.”

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Can you refuse to hire a recovering alcoholic?

December 13, 2013

A well-qualified job candidate aces the first of two interviews for what you both believe is a high-pressure position. Toward the end of the second interview he levels with you and tells you he is a recovering alcoholic who hasn’t had a drink in nine months. What would you do?

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Disability services provider settles … an ADA suit?

December 13, 2013
File this one under “ironic.” Solano County (Calif.) disability services provider Pace Solano agreed to pay $130,000 to a job candidate who disclosed a partial paralysis in her hand during a pre-employment physical exam.
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Year-end bonuses: Who gets what?

November 13, 2013
Bonuses are a great way to show appreciation to employees. They’re also a wonderful retention tactic. So, who gets what? You have four choices.
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Are you offering too many (or too few) holidays off?

November 13, 2013
To compare your holiday closing plans with those of other U.S. employers, review the findings of the 2014 Holiday Schedules survey.
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Is worker ready to be a boss? How to tell

November 13, 2013
When considering candidates for promotion to a supervisory position, ask yourself whether the person displays these managerial traits.
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Why your company needs an honesty policy

November 13, 2013
Nearly one in five U.S. workers (19%) admits to lying at the office at least once a week, according to a CareerBuilder survey. And it’s much easier to discipline and terminate an employee in such cases when you have a general honesty, ethics or misrepresentation clause in your employee handbook.
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Not all who need FMLA leave take it

November 13, 2013
An employee may give you any number of reasons for not wanting to take FMLA leave. If the employee refuses to provide certification, remind them that they will be held to your company’s standard attendance policy and excessive absences may result in termination.
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4-pronged cane sparks an ADA lawsuit

November 13, 2013
Seems like a reasonable accommodation: An employee with severe knee arthritis wants to use a four-pronged cane to perform her job on the factory floor. But one dental products manufacturer cited safety concerns and subsequently fired the woman after she ran out of company-provided leave.
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