Employee Management

Employers Can Retain Key Employees and Improve Productivity with Personal Growth Opportunities

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Successful business owners know that much of their success depends on their key employees being more productive and serving as positive-attitude role models. Employers can help workers develop the skills and attitude to be leaders and contribute to the company’s success by providing personal growth opportunities. When employees prove to be high performers, employers can support their drive to be even better employees and individuals in four areas of personal development: education and training, a healthy lifestyle, being fully engaged in their work and reduced job-related stress....

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The Pros and Cons of Telling Employees That the Business Is Being Sold

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In a free-enterprise economy, businesses of all sizes are bought and sold with regularity; it’s a perfectly natural occurrence in a dynamic business environment. Employees, however, don’t typically view the sale of the company for which they work as anything but “natural.” Their reaction is more likely to be stunned, confused and even angry. That leads to a dilemma that many business owners face, especially small-business owners: When should employees be told that a business is being sold? According to one business broker, strict confidentiality is the best strategy....

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Survey Suggests that Employers are Addressing Employees’ Personal E-mail and Web Use

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As technology continues to leap forward, many employers continue to develop and apply personal e-mail and Internet use policies, as the data from the 2009 American Management Association and the ePolicy Institute survey would seem to suggest. According to the survey, 27% of businesses have implemented personal blog posting policies. Half, or 50%, of companies surveyed do not allow employees to send or receive personal e-mails at the workplace. Slightly more than 25% of businesses have terminated employees for violating company policies on Internet use. Nancy Flynn, executive director of the...

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Intern Arrangements Under Federal Scrutiny

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Employers should be aware that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is carefully scrutinizing unpaid intern policies of companies that might be taking advantage of extremely high unemployment among 20 to 24 year olds. According to Nancy J. Leppink, the acting director of the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division, “If you’re a for-profit employer or you want to pursue an internship with a for-profit employer, there aren’t many circumstances which allow for unpaid internships and still be in compliance with the law. Non-profit organizations can continue to utilize unpaid interns...

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Employers Must Provide Nursing Mothers with Specific Considerations under Federal Health Care Reform Legislation

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Among the many provisions of the recently passed federal health care reform bill, nursing mothers who are employees are to be given “reasonable” break time and the privacy to express breast milk for their nursing children. That privacy must be other than a bathroom and for as much as a year following the children’s birth. This provision modifies the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), including the previous rule that employees should be compensated for short rest breaks. Nursing mothers can be exempted from that compensation. In addition, employers with less than 50...

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Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)

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Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) ADEA bans age discrimination and also specifically prohibits: statements or specifications in job notices or advertisements of age preference and limitations. An age limit may only be specified in the rare circumstance where age has been proven to be a bona fide occupational qualification (see BFOQ).

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