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MANAGING STAFF

Roundtable talks solve office problems

Staff meetings are important, but they generally don’t cover things staff have a hand in, says the practice manager of an office in Maine. In addition to…


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MANAGING STAFF

Large firm gives staff a committee voice

Like any law firm, a large firm in Maine has many committees. And until recently it restricted membership to the attorneys.
No more.
The office started giving membership in just about all of its committees to staff.
The move came as a part of strategic planning when the firm was discussing how it could become the employer of choice in the area, says the administrator. The premise was that the employer of choice is…

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COMPLIANCE

Electronic cigarettes: why your firm needs a “vaping” policy now

Your employment policies address cigarettes, and so you think you have the smoking issue covered. Well, think again. Electronic cigarettes have created new challenges for employers.
Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, first became available in the United States in 2006 and have grown in popularity. Designed to look like cigarettes, they are battery-powered devices, usually made of plastic or metal, that convert liquid nicotine into a mist, or vapor that the user inhales. The liquid nicotine is often flavored and the vapor produced resembles smoke.
How popular are e-cigarettes? Popular enough to spawn the terms “vaper,” for a smoker, and “vaping,” for the act of…

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