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ICYMI: Good Managers Know When to Fire People

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Editor's Note: In today's fast-paced news cycle, we know it's difficult to stay on top of every HR insight and trend. That’s why we started "In Case You Missed It," a series focused on bringing you the highlights of the month. Keep reading for November's most-read stories!

Don't Be Afraid to Say, 'You're Fired'

Firing someone is never an easy thing to do (and shouldn't be), but it's an important skill set to have if you want to maintain a positive and productive workplace. Here, Suzanne Lucas offers advice for when — and why — firing someone is the right choice, and how to do it with compassion.

Infographic: What Drives Employee Happiness?

Happy employees are better employees, but are modern perks such as free lunch and unlimited vacation the secret to satisfaction on the job? Our latest infographic dives into the most influential factors behind employee happiness.

Why Your Job Descriptions Should Tell a Story

Just as a great resume speaks directly to a hiring manager's needs and shares a unique story, a great job posting should speak to the needs of your ideal candidate and offer a narrative for his or her "character." Lynda Spiegel walks through how to tell a story with your job posts.

The Difference Between Changing and Transforming

When a caterpillar enters its cocoon, is it becoming a better caterpillar or a new insect entirely? There is a difference between changing something and transforming something altogether, and understanding the distinction allows you to utilize each process appropriately to achieve your required outcome.

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The 5 Employment Laws Every Manager Must Know

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The 5 Employment Laws Every Manager Must Know

Employment law is complicated and can have big repercussions for your company if employees fail to adhere to it — either out of ignorance or neglect. A talent contractor for Comcast was just forced to pay $7.5 million to settle a lawsuit over unpaid overtime — a violation of employment law. While you can't expect everyone at your company to be experts in the law (that's why you should have an attorney on retainer), your managers should be trained on the basics. Otherwise, you make your company susceptible to lawsuits.

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