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Good Tuesday morning.

Welcome to today’s selection of articles.

Performance Reviews An approach to providing your employees feedback on job performance, from Gallup Workplace, “Feedback Is Not Enough” Comments?

Varsity Blues at Work Is there a lesson from the “Varsity Blues” scandal for the workplace? From HR Executive, “Here’s Why the College-Admissions Scandal Matters in the Workplace” Comments?

Smoke Pot?  Are you applying for U.S. citizenship or know someone who is? Be aware that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently issued a “Policy Alert” entitled “Controlled Substance-Related Activity and Good Moral Character Determinations” Comments?

Future of Media Something we should care about. ““The greatest crisis in American journalism is the death of local news,” Dean Baquet, Executive Editor, New York Times. See the complete interview before the International News Media Association, “Trump vs. New York Times: the executive editor’s perspective” Comments?

Social Media Monitors Think twice before posting on social media, from the Brennen Center for Justice, “Social Media Monitoring” Comments?

Surprise Medical Bills Have you been the recipient of a unexpected, “surprise” bill for medical services or know someone who has? If so, this article from Health Affairs may interest you, “Analyzing  The House E&C Committee’s Bipartisan Surprise Out-Of-Network Billing Proposal” Comments?

★ FMLA Questions Do you have questions about the application of the FMLA to circumstances such as active duty deployment, personal counseling….If so, this Fact Sheet from the U.S. Department of Labor (Wage and Hour Division) may be of help, “Fact Sheet #28M(c): Qualifying Exigency Leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act” Also don’t forget to review California’s provisions for  family leave. Comments?

Forewarned Are you preparing for the “fourth industrial revolution”? Time to think about it, from the U.S. News and World Report, “How to Prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution: The mismatch between education and marketable skills needs to be addressed in order to empower the workforce of tomorrow, experts say.” Comments?

Workplace Violence Alerts A direct and practical guide to the early identification of incidents of workplace violence, from Campus Safety magazine, “3 Workplace Violence Levels and How to Address Them”  Comments?

Books’ Healing Power The healing power of books.  From the BBC the first  a series on how reading can help improve mental health. “The fiction that helped Laura Freeman recover from anorexia” Comments?

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