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Manager's Legal Bulletin

Q. Our front-line supervisors often fill in for vacationing nonexempts. Do such duties jeopardize their exempt status during the weeks they substitute for the vacationing employees?

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If you are like most hiring managers, it’s the typos in the job-seekers’ résumés that are the No.1 cause for you to automatically dismiss a candidate. Here are the rest of the résumé wreckers:

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One of the most sensitive areas for any supervisor is introducing change to an employee. Here are three points to keep in mind whenever an employee says “no” to a legitimate work order.

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Usually, employees gripe that the job stinks. On occasion, the odor is real and it’s not coming from the job. It’s wafting off a co-worker. Use these best practices to address an employee’s personal hygiene problem tactfully and effectively, and minimize the employee’s embarrassment.

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Q. One of our good customers—a man—insists on doing business only with the men on our staff. When approached by one of the women in our company, he tells her, “I need to deal with one of the guys.” Can we get into trouble for this if we bend to his wishes?

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An employee’s evaluation meeting is approaching and you’re all set. But here’s a list of common traps that can trip up even the most-prepared manager.

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Every manager knows the importance of disciplinary documentation. But what happens if an employee refuses to sign his disciplinary memo? Your carefully prepared documentation still stands, regardless. The question is how to deal with the employee.

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You would think that getting an em­­ployee to show up on time, every day, would be a simple matter. But these days, you really can’t simply say, “Be here or be fired.”

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Every manager faces employees who exhibit below-standard performance. These aren’t terrible employees who should be shown the door, but they’re not achieving the quality or quantity of work they’re capable of. According to an OnPoint Consulting report, here are the five best ways to give below-standard workers a performance boost:

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Q. Can we reduce the wage rates of male employees in order to avoid Equal Pay Act violations?

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