Remind bosses: No comments on health costs.

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When an employee suffers a major health problem, those costs can add up--in dollars and lost work time. But make sure your supervisors know it's never appropriate to voice these concerns to the employee or even to other co-workers. And remind rank-and-file employees to keep comments about coworker health to themselves.

Recent case: Jullee had a series of strokes, and she took multiple medications that required her to go to the restroom frequently. She sometimes took FMLA leave for treatments.

One day, her manager commented about how much her medical treatments must be costing the employer. Plus, several of Jullee's co-workers often talked about her medical problems and frequent...

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