Disaster Relief

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    Q Our company soon will have a young college student who will be doing an eight-week internship. Are internships handled like a regular new nonexempt employee? Are all the new-employee documents completed the same way? A As long as the internship is paid, the position and initial documents should be handled the same way they would be for a...
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    As of press time, according to the National Hurricane Center's website, www.nhc.noaa.gov, Tropical Storm Chantal has formed in the Atlantic and is currently on a path toward the Caribbean and possibly the Gulf of Mexico. In Louisiana, we have lots of firsthand experience with tropical storms and hurricanes, from Andrew to Katrina and from Gustav...
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    Natural disasters, workplace violence, and terrorism create emergencies that can bring affected businesses to their knees -- temporarily or permanently. All three phenomena pose legal issues that must be considered and addressed by HR and management. From coast to coast, many of the nation's workplaces have been the victims of floods,...

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    The recent tornadoes in Joplin, Sedalia, St. Louis, and other Missouri cities and towns, the flooding of the Mississippi, Missouri, and other rivers, and the possibility of additional disasters, from earthquakes to nuclear meltdowns to terrorism to violence in the workplace, should serve as a wake-up call reminding every company to...
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    The recent flooding in Minot and surrounding areas and the possibility of additional disasters from tornados to nuclear meltdowns to terrorism to violence in the workplace should serve as a wake-up call reminding every company to implement a crisis-management or disaster- preparedness plan for dealing with the business...
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    It has been impossible not to watch the news coverage on Hurricane Ivan (and Frances, Charley, and Jeanne) and not notice the terrible effects wrought by a tropical storm. Even though Mississippi was, for the most part, spared serious damage, you're familiar with scenes on the evening news of downed trees and power lines, shelters...
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    As Ivan makes its second pass along the Gulf Coast, we have all been awed by Mother Nature's destructive force. Even if your area has, blessedly, been unaffected, you're familiar with the scenes on the evening news of downed trees and power lines, shelters inundated with people who have lost all, or major chunks, of what used to be...
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    It's impossible to live in Florida and not notice the terrible effects of the last few hurricanes. Even if your area has been blessedly unaffected, you're familiar with the scenes on the evening news of downed trees and power lines, shelters inundated with people who have lost all - or major chunks - of what used to be their homes...
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