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Notify staff if you're tracking them via GPS. A small, but growing, number of employers use global positioning systems (GPS) to track their employees, sharpen customer service and beat false claims. By 2006, most new cars will include GPS systems and federal law requires all new cell phones to include GPS by late 2005.

Advice: You already have the right to monitor employees' use of the Internet, e-mail and phones. Let employees know that company cars and cell phones are no different. But if you use GPS to track employees, tell them you're doing it. Distribute a revised policy and gain employees' written consent.

Cross-dressing at work isn't protected by law. A hospital fired an ER doctor for violating its gender-specific dress code. The doctor had continued to wear nail polish, cosmetics and "visible female undergarments" after being warned that his appearance violated hospital standards.

He sued, alleging he was a victim of "gender stereotyping" and sex discrimination under state civil rights laws. A state appeals court tossed out his claim, saying that different dress codes for men and women don't infer an "inherent characteristic" of one's sex. (Pound v. Lee Memorial Hospital, No. 03-21360, Mich., 2004)

Silence pay-related complaints with wise words. How do your employees feel about their compensation? Probably not so good, a new survey says, but a bit of explanation from you can calm those troubled waters.

Only 45 percent of employees polled in a Society for Human Resource Management survey said they thought their company's pay policy was fair.

But the survey said employees report more satisfaction with compensation packages—and their jobs overall—if the company fully explains employee compensation, including how much employees earn in benefits and how the compensation levels are determined.

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