Ask Nancy: What can employers gain by offering sick leave?

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In the wake of the anxiety over the swine flu outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that anyone with flu symptoms stay home from work and school. President Obama reiterated this advice, as well, during a press conference the week of April 30, 2009. “I know it sounds trivial,” the president said,… Read more »

Ask Nancy: Is it true age discrimination claims are on the rise?

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As layoffs are occurring throughout the U.S., claims of age discrimination are soaring. First, we must review age discrimination law: The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older from employment discrimination based on age. The ADEA’s protections apply to employees and applicants alike. Under… Read more »

Ask Nancy: How can I increase employee moral?

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According to Dale Carnegie Training, “companies lose $350 billion a year because of employee disengagement” – in essence, because of low morale in the workplace. Employee morale is largely fostered by an open work environment – one in which communication is embraced and practiced at the highest levels. It’s bad enough when an employee feels… Read more »