Business Management Daily

Remember Wal-Mart’s $640 million wage-and-hour mistake? That was all because of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA seems straightforward, but small compliance errors can add up to big penalties. Here are the basics you need to know to stay out of court:

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Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group of more than 300 companies, encourages employers to look beyond their employees’ current roles. “Don’t always think of the switchboard operator as the switchboard operator,” says Branson.

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With some people, the problem isn’t a matter of ability, it’s a matter of attitude. This can manifest itself in everything from quiet disobedience to outright insubordination. How should you respond?

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Congressional actions often grab the headlines, but recent executive branch moves have subtly expanded those who qualify for leave. Here’s what’s new and how you should comply…

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If a colleague tries to sabotage you in front of the group, here’s what you should do: 1. Don’t approach someone for a discussion until you can think rationally. 2. Immediately address issues. 3. Stand up for yourself in a professional manner. 4. Wrap up on a positive note. 5. Report back to your boss.

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Because Google makes key management decisions based on its annual employee survey, it wants maximum participation. So the company created an online real-time leaderboard showing response rates by department and manager.

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These days, it’s a lot harder to get rid of a problem employee. Workers are more aware of their rights under the law—and they’re more likely to seek the advice of an attorney if they think they’ve been wronged by their employer. The result: A lot of workers are getting even by claiming they were wrongfully discharged or discriminated against. The lesson: Fire away, but do it the right way. Here’s how…

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What’s your reputation at work? Chances are, everyone in your office has a “rep.” The Chirpy One. The Sloppy Dresser. The Bad Breath Guy. Fairly or unfairly, we tend to label people in our minds—and those labels change the way we treat our co-workers.

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The EEOC received a record 99,922 charges in the 2010 fiscal year—the most the agency has received in its 45-year history. The 2010 totals represent a 7% increase over the number of charges filed in 2009. Given this sharp increase in charge activity, now is a good time to review your personnel policies and practices to make sure you’re taking appropriate steps to help prevent potential dis­crimination claims.

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When Tony Hsieh, CEO of online shoe retailer Zappos.com, interviews people, he asks candidates this question: On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 1 being “bad things always happen to me”) how lucky are you in life?

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