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Federal labor law requires HR professionals to do a lot of different things. Writing job descriptions is not one of them. Because this arduous task is optional, many organizations skip right over it. That’s not wise. There are many practical and legal reasons to draft (and up­­date) job descriptions.

Hurricane Sandy ... the derecho last June ... employers must be prepared for a variety of disaster scenarios. Two very practical matters employers must deal with in the aftermath of a disaster: workplace cleanup and paying workers. Federal law affects both.

It takes a variety of personalities and work styles to make up a successful workplace, but differences can cause misunderstandings and conflict on the job. To stay productive and professional, you have to learn to handle these differences. Rebecca Thorman, author of the “Kontrary” blog, has five strategies to help you do just that.

PowerPoint 2010 provides a multitude of options when including photographs in your presentations. Begin experimenting by going to the Insert tab, Images group, and click the picture icon. A good example to practice on is one from the Sample Pictures called Tulips.

If your organization has a leadership development program, there’s no reason to keep it shrouded in mystery. A lack of transparency about the program’s structure and selection process can stoke confusion and jealousy among would-be participants.
If you’re sued, how much will you have to pay? If your case has just one plaintiff and no “horrible facts” that would make a jury cringe, expect to pay between $0 and $50,000. If you have lots of plaintiffs and super-horrible facts, expect to pay more than $1 million …

If you want to get the most for your money when booking meeting or event space, you need to negotiate, says Anthony Coyle-Dowling. Don’t just accept the price you’ve always paid for the place you usually use or take the first price you’re quoted at a new location.

An eleventh-hour compromise in Congress pulled the nation back from the brink of the fiscal cliff—at least for the time being—with passage of the “American Taxpayer Relief Act." Here’s a roundup of 16 key tax-saving opportunities in the new law.
The beauty of SharePoint is how it can bend and flex to the individual end-user’s wants and needs. Here are a few options to consider when setting up your SharePoint libraries.
A hard-core negative attitude that starts with just one employee can quickly infect an entire department (or a whole company) if the manager doesn’t rein it in quickly. Here are 10 tips for confronting em­ployees whose negative behavior has begun to affect co-workers and the company: