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For want of a thumbtack, the Fair Labor Standards Act’s statute of limitations didn’t run. In a case involving a domestic worker’s pay dispute but equally applicable to any employment situation, a federal appeals court ruled that failing to display the Department of Labor’s minimum wage poster meant an employer was on the hook for years of wage-and-hour violations.

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Q. We have a few college students who work for us during their summer break. According to the law, are they required to complete new employment paperwork (I-9, W-4, etc.) each year?

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Choice Hotels, Marriott and State Farm Insurance have joined a growing list of large employers quitting the far suburbs and moving office complexes closer to downtown.

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Q: “While conducting an annual self-audit of employee files and I-9 compliance, I have encountered some questionable documents that I believe to be fraudulent. If I contact an ICE agent to verify these documents, will this then trigger a company wide ICE audit?” – Santana, Texas

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Q. We have an employee who has been on workers’ comp for nine months. He’s not planning to have his fractured ankle operated on. HR wants to terminate him on the grounds that (after the operation) he will have been on FMLA for over a year. We realize the employee would still be carried by our insurer. Can we legally terminate an employee on workers’ comp after a year’s medical leave? — Vincent, Louisiana

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What do Toyota, IKEA and The Walt Disney Company have in common? In their strong organizational cultures, people instinctively react properly to change. Here’s how to reach that level.

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Several mobile apps claim to track miles you’ve driven. Some are very good, and others lack ease of use. After testing multiple apps for this, we found MileIQ.

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Have you ever asked your employees how the lighting in your office affects them or about their preferences? It’s a conversation worth having.

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If you want to be the type of manager who engages employees, motivates them to go the extra mile and keeps them on board, focus on these areas.

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Q. Do we have to let an employee leave the United States to visit his home country while on family medical leave? Are there restrictions? — Terry, New Jersey

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