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January L&E Update from Baker Donelson

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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Firm Contacts:
Jennifer L. Anderson, Kathlyn Perez, Phyllis G. Cancienne, Robert C. Divine
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Another new year, another batch of questions for employers to ask themselves in order to stay legal. Should employees use their own devices to stay in touch with the workplace? Should safety trump other rules in certain safety-critical industries? How do you inspire employees who don't have to track their time to want to give more of themselves for the privilege? And can you MAKE employees take care of their health, and penalize them if they don't? Happy 2016!

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