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TECHNOLOGY

Are you ruining your employees’ family dinners?

It’s no secret that technology plays a major role in today’s modern world. But what happens when technology starts blurring the line between work and non-work hours?
The results of a recent survey commissioned by Workfront and conducted online by Harris Poll with more than 600 full-time employees working a typical 9-5 schedule, found that 56% of workers feel that technology has ruined the family dinner because employers and clients demand a response at any hour.
In fact, 40% of employees think it is okay to answer an urgent work email while sharing a…

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MANAGING STAFF

Model Tool: Sample dress code

Why you need this dress code:

It would be nice if everyone understood what it means to be professional, but they don’t. The reality is that staff often have to be taught how to behave. And part of being an administrator is teaching staff.

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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Employer Checklist: Affordable Care Act

Why you need this checklist:

The numerous provisions and requirements of the ACA can be overwhelming for employers.

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MANAGING THE OFFICE

Model Tool: Office move checklist

Why you need this checklist:

When moving offices, there is no room for error. For every day the attorneys can’t get into the new location or can’t see their clients, the practice is out of business. The key to success is good planning.

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OFFICE PROCEDURES

Model Tool: Calendar control self-review checklist

Why you need this checklist:

Failure to meet a deadline, such as a statute of limitations, and other related calendaring issues continue to be the cause of the majority of legal malpractice claims in the United States. Yet despite this risk, many law firms still do not have a proper calendaring system in place.

 

OFFICE PROCEDURES

Model Tool: A firm-wide style sheet

Why you need this model style sheet:

There are many authoritative editorial resources available, but there are still times when individual preferences prevail. For example, perhaps your chosen stylebook endorses the use of the series comma (also known as the serial or Oxford comma), but your managing partner abhors it, so the firm makes the decision to not use it. If you have more than one person in the firm writing documents, though, it can be difficult to spread the word about this decision and ensure consistency throughout the firm’s materials. So you need to create a style sheet for the firm.

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SOCIAL MEDIA AND HIRING

Model Tool: Privacy Risk Assessment

Why you need this assessment:

Information collected about individual job applicants is considered personal information subject to privacy laws, regardless of whether the information is publicly available. You need to consider these privacy risks you face before using social media sites like Facebook to gather personal information about job applicants.

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SOCIAL MEDIA AND HIRING

Model Tool: Pre-Employment Screening Notification

Why you need this notification:

Collecting information about job applicants from social media websites like Facebook can get you into legal hot water. That’s because the information you collect may be considered protected, personal information to the extent applicants can show they had a reasonable expectation of privacy in the material.

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OFFICE PROCEDURES

Model Tool: Checklist of docket entries

Why you need this checklist:

Why you need this checklist:
Failure to meet a deadline, such as a statute of limitations, and other related calendaring issues continue to be the cause of the majority of legal malpractice claims in the United States.


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