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Manager's Legal Bulletin

Here’s a real-life list of actual assignments that bosses have dumped on their workers, according to employees surveyed by CareerBuilder.com.

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As summer unofficially begins this Memorial Day weekend, use these helpful hints for managing employees’ summer vacation schedules and maintaining productivity.

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Q. We have a policy requiring all machine operators to wear pants. Can we discipline a machinist who claims that she has converted to a religion that requires her to wear dresses?

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An employee who files a complaint or returns from a leave of absence and shortly thereafter suffers an adverse employment action is likely to smell a retaliation rat. But what’s considered an adverse action? Consider these managerial actions that often give off a perception of retaliation.

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PROBLEM: A Muslim employee needs an accommodation that will allow him to pray several times during the workday. You determine that allowing him to do so won’t affect the department’s productivity. Not so fast. The rest of the staff starts to complain that it’s not fair that one employee gets extra breaks in the day …

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Q. We need more employees to cover evening hours, and we’re not getting many volunteers. Now that we’ve decided to rotate everyone into the evening shifts, I am hearing that we have to add a “shift differential” to those who work nights. Is this true?

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Q. Can vulgar language and jokes, etc., be considered harassment in the workplace if nobody actually files a complaint?

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Just because there’s nothing you can do to completely eliminate gossip from your workplace doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do a thing about it. On the contrary, managers can and should take steps to eliminate harmful rumors and gossip.

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In order for a company to succeed as a whole, its managers need to help their individual employees succeed by effectively managing their performance. All managers can benefit from these reminders during reviews.

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Absenteeism affects all employers, all year long. How do you motivate employees to cut down on absenteeism? Offering perfect-attendance awards may not be the right carrot. Here are six reasons why.

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