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Fair Exchange-In praise of substitute referees

Last fall the substitute referees were doing their best for a sport they loved, but every mistake they made was broadcast over and over with ample ridicule.

Fair Exchange-Employer references: Just the facts, please

Q: What should I be able to say when providing an employee reference? My new employer has a policy that restricts managers to confirming dates of employment for ex-employees.

Fair Exchange-Sick pay benefits employers’ bottom lines

Presenteeism: On the job while sick. Think of it as the opposite of absenteeism. It’s a hot topic right now; the best way to contain the spread of the flu is to keep sick people out of circulation. They should be in a warm bed with a bowl of hot soup on the bedside table and a stack of DVDs ready when some entertainment is needed.

Fair Exchange-Can the boss really make me ... ?

Q: Can my boss tell me to stop using my cell phone while I am driving around for work?

Fair Exchange-Obnoxious employee? Deal with it -- before co-workers do

There are a few workplaces where everyone gets along and the morning greeting is warm for one and all. But in most workplaces there are a few oddballs, know-it-alls, food snatchers, loud-mouths, gossips, slugs, sticklers, stinkers and just plain horribly inconsiderate people.

Fair Exchange-Employer-based health insurance is in death rattle

My boss mentioned that he may cut back our hours to avoid paying the employer mandate for health care next year. Is that legal?

Fair Exchange-Staff, bosses give of selves at best holiday party ever

It was a holiday hullabaloo of the first order, with a steel drum band on the south side of the building; a bagpiper to the north and the employee rock band performing in the building atrium.

Fair Exchange-Staff, bosses give of themselves at best holiday party ever

It was a holiday hullabaloo of the first order with a steel drum band on the south side of the building, a bag piper to the north and the employee rock band performing in the building atrium.

Fair Exchange-2 Thanksgivings highlight golden rule for CEOs

For seven years in a row, I worked on Thanksgiving. Not by choice, but because odd circumstances arose and there I was, again working on the holiday. These are two of my most memorable Thanksgivings.

Fair Exchange-You might have to manage a demanding boss

Q. I am paid a salary and my boss dumps more work on me than I can get done during regular work hours. I put in time at night or on weekends to meet her irrational deadlines. How do I fix this?

Fair Exchange-Virginia Detweiler

Question: How can I tell if the business I am interviewing with would be a good place to work, or if I am better off staying where I am?

Fair Exchange-Look carefully before deciding to take a new job

Question: How can I tell if the business I am interviewing with would be a good place to work, or if I am better off staying where I am?

Fair Exchange-Scaling the heights of pay in an unCOLA climate

Scaling the heights of pay in an unCOLA climate

Fair Exchange-When is a worker not an employee but a contractor?

Q: I accepted a new job, but on my first day I discovered that I am not a regular employee, my boss says I am a contract employee. What does this mean?

Fair Exchange-What's in a job title? 'A rose by any other name ...'

Q No. 1: I got a new job with more responsibility but my job title makes it look like a demotion. Q No. 2: My friend works at another company doing the same kind of work I do but he has a much better job title.