BMD Editors

Today’s mobile devices are just as vulnerable as your computer when it comes to hackers. The recent Android security gap made it possible with a simple text for a hacker to take over complete control of your phone.

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Q: “An employee went on maternity leave and will use paid time off until the short term benefit kicks in. Does she continue to accrue PTO while on short-term disability?” – Anne, Texas

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They’re getting their work done somewhat, but you’re just not quite sure if they’re taking advantage of the situation and getting sidetracked with something else. That hasn’t happened at N2 Publishing.

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Wrapping up a project gives leaders and employees something to celebrate. Don’t, however, get lost in the excitement. Shortly after you complete a project, it is ideal that you sit down with your team to talk about the challenges you faced so that you can learn from your mistakes and improve your processes.

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Check out this cartoon about a manager’s thoughts on staff commitment.

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If your boss seems as stressed as the one in this cartoon, take a few more steps back from the desk.

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Q: “I’ve discovered that at our publishing company of 75 people, each employee has a single personnel file into which all documents go—everything from their new-hire paperwork to performance reviews to doctor’s notes. How must we separate this information going forward to keep legally compliant? We’re supposed to split off certain medical information so that each employee will have different sorts of files, correct?” – Theo, Maryland

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Q: “If an employee was on FMLA leave and has exhausted the 12 weeks, but has not made contact with the company (to state that they are desiring to come back to work, or to request an extension of the leave), and their phone numbers and email are no longer in service, how long is the company required to wait before termination of employment?” – Martin, Minnesota

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Crumpled receipts, overindulgent choices, ill-defined budgets … an expense policy needs to accommodate the realities of what happens when staff starts spending.

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With the Twitter Poll feature, you can ask your followers their opinions. This easy-to-use tool gives you insights into what your tribe thinks.

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