BMD Editors

Chances are, you’ll have to part ways with a vendor someday. There are specific steps you can take to make it less painful for everyone.

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You’ve just hired a new employee. She uses a powered chair. You know she can do the work, but you’re concerned with how she’ll fit in with the team. Here are a few tips on how to make everyone feel more comfortable,

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Skills, experience and attitude usually top the list of attributes sought in a job candidate. But for Rob Daley, CEO of 4moms, a Pittsburgh-based baby products maker, humility comes high on that list, too.

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While the widening pool of potential recruits is good news for managers, it underscores the importance of conducting an interview that attracts the best candidate.

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Q. Is it legal to hire only U.S. citizens and, when advertising, say that people must be citizens to apply?

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Q. Last week, one of our hourly employees was out sick on Monday, but she worked a total of 40 hours from Tuesday through Friday. She would like to use her sick leave from Monday and claim overtime for those Monday sick-day hours. Must I pay her overtime for her Monday hours?

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It’s bound to happen sooner or later. You lay some heavy criticism or punishment on an employee and he or she starts crying in your office. Here’s how to handle the situation.

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Q. Can we pay any of our part-time employees as salaried employees?

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Q. Our pay period is Sunday through Saturday. A salaried employee is being laid off on Monday. Should she be paid hourly for time worked during that final pay week?  Does that include the unauthorized time she informed her supervisor she worked on Sunday?

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Q. I have an employee who is constantly scheduling appointments during work hours and having to leave. In the past two weeks alone, she missed 27 hours due to appointments. If we cannot restrict appointments outside of work, can I require documentation of appointments?

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