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Return employees to their jobs promptly after FMLA leave

When employees tell you they’re ready to return from leave taken under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), restore their jobs as soon as possible. Once employees are capable of …

Prepare for HIPAA’s final phase: the security rule

It’s back … Just when you thought you’d heard the last word about complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the final compliance phase is just around the …

Learn from the big dog’s mistake; check applicants’ crime records

America’s largest employer, Wal-Mart, recently announced that it will begin running criminal background checks on job candidates.
The decision comes on the heels of two incidents in which employees with …

Warn managers: Never disclose ex-employees’ medical data

Issue: Former employees can sue if your managers blab about employees’ medical conditions to prospective employers. Risk: Ex-employees can file Americans …

Are you doing enough to stop employee identity theft?

Your employee records are a gold mine for identity thieves. How should you secure them? A new Society for Human Resource Management survey says 95 percent …

Warn managers never to disclose medical info about former workers

When checking applicants’ references, some employers like to do an “end run” around the HR department. They’ll call the applicant’s former supervisor directly to find out the dirt on the person. …

What will Congress do for (or to) your business for the rest of 2004?

Don’t expect much action from Congress on employment-related law as its legislative year comes to a close. With election season heating up, members of Congress will want to press the flesh …

Management Lessons From the Court


Don’t open an employee’s’ personal mail If you know that a letter or package sent to that person at work is personal (not business related). A recent court ruling shows that you may be opening up a legal mess along with the letter …

Camera phones at work: Shoot down this latest legal threat

Camera phones now make up more than 4 percent of all worldwide cell phone sales. By 2007, more than half of all cell phones will be equipped with cameras, and cell …

Using GPS to track employees: Know your rights, responsibilities

It’s a fact: A small but growing number of employers use location-awareness technology, better known as global positioning systems, or GPS, to help keep track of their employees, boost productivity, sharpen …