BMD Editors

If your workplace seems as politically divided as the country, and the atmosphere is getting nasty, it’s time for you to step in. But will you be trampling on employees’ First Amendment rights if you ban all political talk?

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How many times have you sent an email you wish you can take back? Or fix? Now you can.

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Q. How long do we need to keep personnel files? And can we keep them in offsite storage?

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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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