BMD Editors

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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Speaker and author Edgar Papke says it becomes much easier when you think of conflict in a different way: as the pursuit of truth.

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What can managers, executives and leaders learn from the FBI’s techniques?

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Is there a germ of sad wisdom in this cartoon depicting a manager’s suggestion box follies?

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No one wants to have his or her mobile device lost, but what if it happens? Is your phone or tablet set up so that someone else can return it to you? Here are some tips to increase the chances of a lost device getting returned.

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Q: “I work with a property management company who hires current tenants to work around the property, cleaning or doing outside work. They are currently compensated with a monthly rent credit. They put in as many hours as is necessary to get the job done, which could put them over 40 hours in a week. They sign a contract with the company to do this. Are there any issues with doing this? Should they be hired on and paid as an employee?” – Susan, Michigan

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