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Q. One of our executives will be making day trips once a week to Boston from Philadelphia for a special assignment. Do we have to compensate the secretary (she is nonexempt) for her travel time to and from Boston?

The Equal Pay Act requires employers to pay women and men equally for substantially equal work. Gender can’t be a salary factor. That doesn’t mean employers don’t have considerable flexibility when setting salaries. The fact is that dozens of reasons that have nothing to do with the applicant’s sex may jus­tify different pay scales.

With tons of undiscovered shortcuts, your BlackBerry is master of productivity. Use the following 10 tips to get more done in less time:

Nokia went from being the undisputed king of cell phones to a company doing nearly everything wrong. Nearly a year ago, CEO Stephen Elop came on board to turn around the company. His strategy:

Before any employee begins telecommuting, there are payroll issues you need to resolve: keeping time for nonexempts, how and when to pay, and reimbursement for business expenses.

It won’t be long before the kids start heading back to school. How about you? Maybe you’ve decided to take a refresher course in your specialty at a local college. Or you could be thinking about shifting gears and starting a new career path. In some cases, you can deduct your business education expenses; in others, you can’t.

Bright ideas to jump-start the team: 1. Open up thinking time. 2. Play games. 3. Learn from mistakes. 4. Shut off the self-mockery. 5. Reduce the fear level. 6. Don’t forget the carrots.

In a perfect world, office equipment would never break. Colleagues would be as dependable and timely as a Swiss train. And creating a foolproof schedule for a project would be a cinch. But in the real world, well, not so much. What happens to that disciplined road map—your schedule—when you hit unexpected snags, as you’re bound to do?

At Lush, happy people make happy soap, literally—the handcrafted cosmetics are fresh, free of preservatives and made with ingredients not tested on animals. The lesson of how Lush cosmetics grew from one small store to a worldwide chain in 44 countries holds valuable insights for any small business in its growth stage.
Whether a company wins, loses or dodges a sexual harassment lawsuit often hinges on how its managers react to employees’ complaints, comments and behavior. It’s a gray area. How much do you know?
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