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Plenty of organizations offer flexible schedules, allow telework and let parents slip out early once in a while to catch a child’s soccer game. But in many workplaces, those benefits are perks that only managers and white-collar workers enjoy. Yet several studies show that when low-wage employees have some flexibility in their hours, teamwork improves and unscheduled absences abate. If your organization’s lower-wage employees are candidates for flex, consider these eight strategies.

Q. I understand that I-9 forms can now be stored electronically. To save on office space and filing time, our department is considering scanning and electronically filing all personnel files and documents. Is this OK?

As people around the world continue to send aid to Haiti, in the wake of a 7.0 earthquake on Jan. 12, an appointment coordinator at Imperial Sugar Co. recently joined the effort by arranging the donation of more than 5,000 pounds of the sweetener. Brenda Rose used her organizational and “powers of persuasion” skills to work through the logistical challenges of delivering pure cane granulated sugar to Haiti.

Medical office manager Karen Schmidt of Amberley Village has pleaded guilty to mail fraud and filing a false tax return in connection with a scheme to bilk her employer, Ohio Valley Orthopedics, a Cincinnati-area medical practice.

Question:Since Administrative Professionals Day is next week, we began thinking, ‘What’s the most annoying co-worker habit in your office’? Now’s your chance to dish on a current or former co-worker and share his bad or unusual mannerisms. — The Editors
Question:“With Administrative Professionals Day coming up soon, what are others doing to celebrate the day or to show appreciation for their teams?  What about those who have a very low or non-existent budget for events, what are your suggestions?” — Kris
Question:  “I work for a boss who is physically abusive. He’s never touched me, but I’ve seen him snap other female employees with rubber bands, leaving a bruise. He likes to punch the male employees and hit them in the head. He says he’s just “playing around.” “Barbara,” the owner of our small company, works closely with this man and relies on him a lot. However, she has no idea about his abusive behavior. I’ve started documenting his actions, but I don’t know how to tell Barbara. — Fearful

The Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued Administrator's Interpretation No. 2010-01 stating that employees who perform the typical duties of a home mortgage loan officer are not exempt administrative employees when their primary duty is routine sales, which is not directly related to the management or general business operations of their employer or their employer's customers.  Thus, they are entitled to receive minimum wage and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Whether it's deserved or not, the perception that management is "against" employees, once earned, is difficult to shake. That's why it's so important for supervisors and HR to treat all employees fairly and consistently at all times, especially when it comes to discipline. These five questions can help managers gauge whether their discipline is fair. BONUS: 7 tips for documenting your disciplinary process.

As Administrative Professionals Day arrives on April 21, it’s an ideal time to reflect on your ever-evolving role—and to shine a spotlight on your myriad contributions to the workplace. You may think everyone knows that you’re a huge contributor, but it’s possible they don’t. That’s why you need to brag a little—in the right way.

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