Monthly Archives: March 2008

FORM OF THE MONTH: MASLOW’S HIERARCHY OF NEEDS (PDF)

Take a look at this pyramid of needs and see how you are addressing them. For example, entry-level employees are far more concerned about pay (survival need) than experienced employees who might be more concerned about title and responsibility (ego need).

ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS: AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION

In another case out of the Fourth Appellate District and the Superior Court of Orange County, Mitri v. Arnel Management Company, the plaintiff sued her former employer and owner and supervisors for sexual discrimination and harassment. The company tried to compel arbitration on the ground that each employee signed their employee handbook which stated “As… Read more »

MOBILE TECHNOLOGY: ARE YOUR EMPLOYEES WORKING ON OR OFF THE CLOCK?

Today’s mobile technologies take us beyond the traditional workplace. How often have you seen parents playing with their BlackBerries while watching their kids’ activities? The fact that we’re constantly “on” might well have implications for wage and hour exposures in the workplace. Start with the understanding that if someone is truly an exempt employee there’s… Read more »

THE BROAD SCOPE OF THE PUBLIC POLICY EXCEPTION

In a case appealed from the Superior Court of Orange County, the Fourth Appellate District agreed with the broad standard set forth in the trial court in determining whether or not an employee’s termination violated public policy. In Casella v. Southwest Dealer Services, Casella claimed that his employment was terminated because he reported the company’s… Read more »

THE OLDER THEY GET, THE HARDER THEY FALL

As a result of the growing Baby Boomer population in the workplace, there’s a growing trend toward age discrimination claims. The average verdict hovers around $250,000. Rather than facing the possibility of such a claim, many employers enter release agreements with older workers (defined as over 40!) as part of the termination process. In drafting… Read more »

THE TOP FIVE ASPECTS OF EMPLOYEE JOB SATISFACTION

While we’re on the subject of great places to work, let’s add one more study: Every year, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conducts an employee satisfaction survey. According to the 2007 results, the top concerns of employees are: Compensation (59%) Benefits (59%) Job security (53%) Flexibility (52%) Communication (51%) Safety (50%) Recognition of… Read more »

THE BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR

Every year, Fortune magazine ranks the 100 Best Companies to Work For. These rankings review a number of criteria: Job growth, pay, diversity, turnover, training, and so on. It’s interesting that these companies have produced returns that double the S&P 500 average for the past 10 years! Google was No. 1 for the second year… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: THE ART OF CARING

Truly caring is a difficult challenge given the fact that most executives fantasize about the day that they have no one to manage! So much of leadership consists of this caring element. Caring for ourselves, our people, customers, and the bottom line. Sounds pretty exhausting. The fact is, half of all leaders do this caring… Read more »

YOUR RISK PROFILE: THINK LIKE AN UNDERWRITER!

To make sure that you obtain the best value in protecting your business against the risks it faces, we work closely with a number of quality insurance companies, providing their underwriters with comprehensive information on your coverage requirements, together with your pricing and servicing expectations. You can help us help you by building and maintaining… Read more »