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The zen of salary: "If pay is seen as non-competitive, unfair or simply insufficient to sustain life, it will be a large dissatisfier for employees," according to Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans, authors of Love 'Em or Lose 'Em (Berrett-Koehler, $18.95). "But here's the rub: While it can be a huge dissatisfier if inadequate, it won't keep people from leaving who are unhappy in other key areas." That's why managers should "be sure pay is competitive and fair_and then focus on what else you can do to keep your talent," they say.

Vacation rights: What can you do when your boss threatens to count it as a full vacation day if you leave work early_even by 15 minutes? John Morris, a Chicago financial manager and former human resource professional, says docking a day of vacation sounds like a "blatant violation of the Fair Labor Standard Act and, if substantiated, could result in serious fines for the employer and recovery of back pay." If your boss is wreaking havoc with your vacation rights, Morris urges workers to contact an employment lawyer or the U.S. Department of Labor.

_ Carol Kleiman

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