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Election Day is just a few months away, and everyone should exercise their franchise. You can help by letting employees take time off from work to vote. In fact, you may not have much choice in the matter. Some states require you to grant leave so employees can vote.
It’s always smarter—and less expensive—to learn about employment law from others’ mistakes, rather than your own. Here are three new court decisions that serve up great lessons for any manager:
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on their own or their family members' genetic information. Employers cannot acquire or disclose genetic information, or use such information to make employment decisions.
The job market is opening up, increasing opportunities for employees to change jobs if they want to. The bad news for employers: The workers most likely to look for new jobs are those that organizations would most like to keep. The secret weapon for retaining valued, high-performing employees with wandering eyes: better benefits.

Does swearing energize ­employees and demonstrate passion? Or does it cast a manager as out-of-control and unprofessional? Generally, the answer is the latter, say executive coaches and recruiters. But it depends. Used at the right time, with the right crowd, profanity can put a fine point on things.

You never know when you’re go­­ing to need some friendly help or support, writes J.T. O’Donnell, career strategist and workplace consultant. She suggests keeping the peace with your co-workers by avoiding these potentially offensive questions:
The U.S. Supreme Court has generally upheld the con­­sti­­tu­­tion­­ality of the Patient Pro­­tec­­tion and Affordable Care Act of 2010. This means the tax-related provisions in the law will stand, so the tax bill for some tax­­payers will increase, starting next year.
The next time you’re deciding which job candidate to hire or promote, take a second look at that working mother among your applicants. Businesses that value organized employees, effective time managers and quick thinkers are looking for the exact skills a parent develops while raising kids.
Networking is critical for building a great career, and there’s no better place to do it than a professional conference. A little preparation will help you get the most out of the experience. Tips from the pros:
To help your troops manage risk and change, help them access the information that will allow them to react well—and without fear—just like the Royal Marines, who have been trained to convert uncertainty (and fear) into well-defined risks.