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Text messages can be ordered as evidence

February 13, 2014
An employee who sued for sex bias sought text messages allegedly sent between supervisors and others discussing her wage complaints and how her salary was set. The court said these late-night texts were relevant and had to be turned over to her attorneys.
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Is love in the air, or is it harassment?

January 14, 2014
Keep in mind not all flirtation is welcome and some heartfelt symbols of a worker’s genuine interest in another can be just as legally damaging as hateful vulgarities or demands for sex. If the advances are unwanted by the target and the would-be paramour can’t take no for an answer, you need to step in.
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Company seeking “no workaholics”

January 14, 2014
In a bid to attract female financial advisors, investment advisory firm Andrew Garrett of Manhattan advertises “no workaholics need apply.”
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How strict is your dress and grooming policy?

January 14, 2014
A New Jersey Lexus dealership stuck to its strict dress code policy and refused to hire a man whose Sikh faith required him to wear a beard, uncut hair and a turban.
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4 lousy excuses for not firing poor performer

January 14, 2014

Poor-performing employees who whine, assign blame, watch the clock or drag down morale aren’t worth keeping. Why, then, might you hesitate to fire such people? Here are four lousy excuses for not imposing proper discipline.

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Degrading Facebook posts? You can fire

January 14, 2014
What should you do when an employee crosses the line by posting degrading comments about individuals who are not even affiliated with your organization?
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Résumé typos are the No. 1 deal-breaker, survey says

January 14, 2014
If you are like most hiring managers, typos in job-seekers’ résumés are the No. 1 cause for you to automatically dismiss a candidate.
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What can you tell from what job hunters wear?

January 14, 2014
Can you predict how a potential job candidate will behave as an employee by the color of his or her clothes?
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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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