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Q. Do employers have to request an official certification form for all FMLA situations, or can a physician’s note be enough for an employer to designate FMLA?

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There are 220,000 victims of sudden cardiac arrest per year in the United States; about 10,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur at work, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Waiting for the arrival of emergency medical personnel results in only 5-7% survival. If you don’t have AEDs in your workplace, perhaps you should consider getting them.

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Q. Our restaurant chain employs college students part time during winter and summer breaks. We don’t provide benefits to part-timers. What are the pros and cons of leaving them active in the system vs. rehiring them as seasonal workers each summer and winter?

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Q. When HR receives an employee’s completed FMLA certification form, does the employee’s supervisor have the right to see the form and know the medical reason for the FMLA leave? 

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Timothy Dimoff, a former narcotics detective and SWAT team member, reviews today’s problems and offers a path for conflict resolution and prevention.

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Q. Can an employee let others know that a certain person works at his office? Or are there some hidden privacy issues involved?

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The summer months, when most people take vacations, can be trying times for managers. A number of problems seem to get worse during the summer—absenteeism, tardiness, inattention, horseplay. How do smart managers avoid these summertime blues? Primarily by planning. Here are some approaches to try.

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If your employees are using 123456 as their passwords to company data, they’re a hacker’s dream—and they’re not very unique.

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Wiping a smartphone or tablet is easier than you might think, according to Rick Broida of PCWorld.

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Q. An abusive boyfriend sent nude photos of one of our employees to other employees. We’ve deleted everything from our server and blocked his email. But now we have complaints from other employees that we should have fired the employee. We did not. In fact, we let her take FMLA leave due to the depression she suffered. How should we handle these co-worker complaints?

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