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The Top Mistakes Businesses Make During Emergency Planning

According to a 2012 study of more than 1,300 U.S. workers, 75 percent of employees believe their company is not well-prepared for a natural disaster. Cintas Corp., a leader in first-aid and safety products, identifies seven mistakes businesses make in emergency planning to encourage better preparation.


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Employers Should Prepare for More OHSA Whistleblower Investigations

As the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) beefs up its whistleblower program, employers should brace themselves for more claims and investigations. Over the last year, OSHA has been developing a “multifaceted plan for strengthening the enforcement of 21 whistleblower laws under its jurisdiction.”


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Overcoming Bad Reviews: How to Protect Your Small Business Online

Tech Experts Offer Four-Step ‘Reputation Marketing’ Solution
It happens all the time: The hard-working crew at a small business loses customers thanks to the sour grapes of one person. It could be a disgruntled employee, an angry customer, or even a competitor. But as damaging as a bad review can be, positive reviews can be equally constructive.


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The Rise in Pregnancy Disability Regulations

Disability claims are always challenging for employers, but this is especially the case when pregnant workers suffer complications that leave them unable to perform their normal job duties.


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How to Keep Your Head on Straight When You Haven’t Sold a Job in Days

If you’re the person responsible for sales and you haven’t sold a dime for days, you might be tempted to think negatively. You might become critical of yourself or others. This can do nothing to help you. It’s important that you remain logical and not emotional.


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EEOC State Data Shows Trends, Areas to Watch

For the first time, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has revealed how many discrimination charges and which types of charges have been filed in each state and territory since 2009. Now, companies can access this information for each state where they have sites and offices.


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Teach New Young Employees to Take Notes

“In one ear and out the other,” said a construction supervisor in a major real estate development company. “I would say to this one guy over and over again, ‘The details really matter.’ He was nodding his head, but I couldn’t tell if he was nodding to me or nodding with the music he was listening to. So finally I started making him take notes whenever I talked to him.”


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EEOC Guidance on Use of Criminal Background Checks Could Impact Hiring Practices

Companies that routinely conduct criminal background checks need to take another look at their current policies and procedures. In April, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new guidance about the use of arrest and conviction records in hiring.


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What to Do if Your Website Needs Surgery

... So the guy stands there with his mouth agape and says, “But Doc, why do you have to operate on my foot? The splinter is in my finger!” Why am I leading off with a punch line? Because it applies to about 80 percent of people who can’t figure out why their website doesn’t “work.”


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New Rules Could Impose Disabled Worker Quotas on Federal Contractors

Companies with federal contracts or subcontracts may soon risk losing their contracts if they do not meet quotas to hire more disabled workers. Proposed rule changes would require employers with federal contracts and subcontracts to set a hiring goal that 7 percent of their employees are qualified workers with disabilities.


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