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Ask Michael

Business and Operations // December 9, 2009

Q:I've heard that alcoholism is protected under the ADA. Does that mean I can't take action to terminate a teacher who comes to school intoxicated?

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One of the Secrets to Protecting and Retaining Passionate Employees

Private School News // December 9, 2009

Smart schools know one of the secrets to retaining valuable faculty and staff—offering as impressive benefits package as they can afford. Passion is the driving force behind why most of your employees work in the private-independent school realm. However, a good percentage of new recruits, about 60%, abandon the private school system each year because of the lack of benefits and/or weak benefit plans.

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Ask Michael

Business and Operations // December 9, 2009

Q:Under FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act), am I required to permit a teacher who takes a leave in the springtime to come back before the end of the semester, even if only three weeks are left in the year/semester? This will disrupt the classroom significantly.

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Your Summer Homework: Guidelines to Creating a Great Employee Handbook

Private School News // December 9, 2009

Probably the last thing you want to think about is your employee handbook. We've talked a lot about them over the past few months, but we wouldn't be doing our jobs if we ignored all the laws that have been altered and enacted in the last year. The simple truth is, handbooks are not only the key means for keeping your employee policies in compliance with the law, they are also your employee's guide to your culture, and to your school's mission. These shouldn't be written by lawyers for lawyers—heavy legalistic language can actually do more damage then good as it can confuse and/or detour employees from reading.

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