Steven C. Bahls

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John@ v. Jane@

Is the best mediation for online arguments online?
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Value System

You have to accommodate employees' "sincerely held" beliefs, religious or not.
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Service With a Smile

Respecting the rights of employees serving in the uniformed services is more than a patriotic duty: It's a legal obligation.
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Taking Calls

Are state and federal laws taking the telephone out of your sales arsenal?
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Steal a Look?

Think you can learn about good Web design by stealing ideas from other people's sites? Copyright law would have to disagree.
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Off the Records

When it comes to what's in your employees' medical records, keep your questions to yourself. The less you know, the better.
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What Goes Around . . .

Making promises to employees and then giving them the boot? They'll be back--carrying lawsuits that could damage your company.
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Who's Gonna Protect You?

The courts have given the EPA the power to protect the environment. Now if they could just stop it from running all over you.
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Stay-In Contract

Drawing up employment contracts can help retain key employees and protect your trade secrets-but beware of the drawbacks.

Regulatory Rumble

The successful movement to stall OSHA's Ergonomics Rule shows how you can help shape the federal regulatory process-and maybe avoid a pain in the neck.

It's a Crime

The law is giving more jail time for business decisions that harm employees and customers.

Colorblind Collaring

Avoid retail racism in your efforts to nab shoplifters and serve customers.
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Safe Harbor

As if it weren't bad enough to have someone "go postal" at your workplace, you can be held liable for the injury and death.
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Renters' Rights

A co-employer can relieve you of a load of paperwork-but watch out for these legal traps.
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Crime And A Half

Learn what the Fair Labor Standards Act says about wages and overtime-and avoid breaking the law.