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Allowing wage-and-hour problems to fester can land you in hot water, which puts a premium on performing a self-audit of your company’s pay policies. But be aware that you may have to provide this so-called self-critical analysis to employees’ attorneys, should they sue you. Take these steps to minimize this possibility:

In 1946, a Romanian nun on a train climbing the Himalayan foothills de­­cided to leave her convent and help the poor, while living among them. She was inspired and felt the need to act. Is it possible to inspire and motivate the way Mother Teresa did? What can we learn from her?

As businesses make their slow transition from layoff mode to hiring, they may find that job-seekers have changed their expectations of employee benefits. They're beginning to demand everything from more comfortable work spaces to em­­ployer practices that nurture the psychological well-being of the workforce.

For most employers, open enrollment for health insurance benefits in 2012 has come and gone. So now's the time for comp and benefits professionals to start planning for the next health insurance renewal go-round. An early start will give you a fighting chance to keep costs under control in 2013.
You crave it. And you probably don’t get enough of it. Here’s how to ask for feedback on your performance: Schedule it. Explain what you want. Don't fish for compliments. Ask for specifics. Stop being defensive ...
Taming the Outlook monster is something we all need help with, so here are a few easy ways to start cleaning up your Outlook inbox: 1. Sort by sender. 2. Search for old emails. 3. Mark for handling. 4. Set up rules ...
A 2010 survey of leaders conducted by HR consulting firm Mercer showed 70% did not have a clearly defined strategy or philosophy about developing women into leaders. Those surveyed said the biggest challenges women face in becoming leaders today are lack of role models, opportunities and support.
There’s no guarantee your em­­ployees’ personal devices are as well-protected as company-issued de­­vices. To ensure the safety of employees' smartphones and continued access to your company’s information, take these six steps before allowing employees to use them for work.
Whether you’re writing for a company blog, newsletter or e-newsletter, your goal is to keep readers coming back for more. Here's a short list of common mistakes people make when creating content:
Sure, a birthday party may lift your spirits. But Congress probably didn’t have party attendance in mind as “covered treatment” when it gave employees the right to take FMLA medical leave. Still, should you instantly fire a worker for attending a party while on FMLA leave?
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