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The Awkward Office – When Can You Make Personal Calls at Work?

My mom is not allowed to call me at work. She has my office phone number, but I made her promise to reserve it for emergencies. Of course, her definition of “emergency” differs from mine, and over the years she has been known to call when she’s stuck in traffic, because she saw a baby bunny, and because someone stole a potted plant out of her front yard. I sit at a desk in the middle of an open newsroom, which means my co-workers can hear everything I say in response, such as “Aww, I like bunnies” or “What do you mean you filed a police report? Mom, it’s a plant.”

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More American workers sue employers for overtime pay

The spread of smartphones has tied more workers to their jobs during off hours. Americans were pushed to their limit in the recession and its aftermath as they worked longer hours, often for the same or less pay, after businesses laid off almost 9 million employees.

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Drug Testing In The Workplace Is A Good Thing, Right?

We never liked working next to people that did drugs. This may be a bit of an over generalization on our part, but we always felt if someone was willing to break the law to get high, what would they do on the job? Studies have shown that smoking pot, for instance, means a person may not be as industrious on the job, as well asaffecting memory, attention and learning skills for weeks.

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People with disabilities prove value in workforce, expert says

Life’s Work of Western PA’s CEO Everett McElveen (left) and speaker Dana LaMon share a laugh Wednesday Oct. 24, 2012 before LaMon, a retired administrative law judge and professional speaker gave his address at an event hosted by Life’sWork of Western PA at the Rivers Casino on the North Side to raise awareness and educate employers on the benefits of hiring workers with disabilities.

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Workplace Drug Testing Facts

Approximately 16% of the working population abuse drugs, representing more than three-quarters (76.4%) of all illicit drug users 18 and older. (Household Survey on Drug Abuse in America / SAMSHA )

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Drugs of abuse in the workplace

When and how to test employees legitimately.Many employers face the task of testing employees for drug abuse in the workplace. Often, drug testing is invasive and must be handled very carefully.

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Workplace drug test numbers skyrocket

REPOST ARTICLE SOURCE: http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/workplace-drug-test-numbers-skyrocket-5497455 Workplace drug and alcohol testing is skyrocketing as bosses use the tool to weed out poorly performing staff, vet candidates and keep workplaces safe. Screening is expanding from traditional safety-sensitive jobs like forestry to sectors including finance and government, as bosses move to ensure they’re getting the best staff in tough economic [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court also rules on workplace harassment, retaliation

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court voted, 5-4, in two cases Monday to make it harder for employees to challenge what they considered workplace harassment and retaliation for complaints of discrimination, violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

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