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Do you have a place where an employee can pump breast milk? If you don’t have a spare room or want to dodge the renovation costs of creating such a room, there is an alternative: a movable breast-pumping pod known as the Mamava Lactation Station.

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Cases heard starting Oct. 6 will decide questions involving the reach of federal agencies that enforce employment laws.

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The basics of good behavior still hold up today …

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Q. What are the rules and laws about social media? We have employees who have generated Facebook pages with our company name. They are also posting information that we are not ready to publish—such as the opening of another store in a new city.

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Before you sell, trade in or scrap your office copier, consider this: Copiers—especially the newer models—are in fact highly sophisticated computers that can be a security risk all on their own.

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Q. We’re considering hiring a woman from Canada to sell our products in Canada. We have no idea how to start the process of hiring a foreign worker. Suggestions?

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At Pixar, the movie studio behind blockbusters such as “Toy Story” and “Cars”, Ed Catmull cultivated a culture in which filmmakers could share ideas and opinions in a free-flowing, nonthreatening manner. He devised the Braintrust, a regular series of management meetings where the primary purpose is straight talk.

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Q. Our smoking area is outside our building, but the smoke seems to be drifting into the ventilation system. An employee who is super-sensitive to smells has complained. Can we move smokers to their vehicles? Do we even need to provide a place for smokers onsite?

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Imagine you’re a star NFL halfback making $10 million a year. One day you find out that your team’s star fullback, who produces at the same level, makes $5,000 a year more than you—that’s just .0005% more. It’s an absurdly small drop in the bucket, yet you would want to know why he’s making more, wouldn’t you?

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Q. We have a couple of workers who keep getting “negative dilute” results of drug tests. Our policy is to not accept the result and to retest. Can we require the retest to be an observed collection?

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