Monthly Archives: April 2008

AFTER SCHOOL HOURS ARE DANGEROUS FOR TEEN DRIVERS

Parents have always been concerned about their teenagers driving on the weekend, especially at night. However, a new AAA study of crash data reveals that after school hours can be as deadly for teenage drivers as weekend nights. The researchers advise parents that they need to be just as vigilant about monitoring their teens’ driving… Read more »

IS THE JOB “EQUIVALENT” UNDER THE FMLA?

James Breneisen worked at Motorola Service Center in Rockford, Illinois. During his nine-year career at Motorola, James had previously taken leave at least a dozen times without incident. However, the thirteenth time he took leave, his new supervisor transferred him to a new, more strenuous job because his prior position was eliminated and his tasks… Read more »

THE USE OF CHARACTER ASSESSMENT TOOLS

There is a lot of misinformation lately where attorneys and employer groups are suggesting employers not use character assessment tools such as a DISC, Profiles International, Kolbe, ZeroRisk HR, McQuaig and so on. The concern, of course, is that they might initiate some type of discrimination or breach of privacy claim. In reality, there have… Read more »

THE FUTURE OF HUMAN RESOURCE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Our financial, marketing, sales, and operations are run by a technological interface. Programs such as QuickBooks, Excel, Great Plains, GoldMine, ACT, Sales Force, Daptiv, and so on, help govern these operations from beginning to end. There have been numerous technology platforms introduced to the HR equation: Payroll, time and attendance, workforce planning and management, online… Read more »

UNITED THEY STAND, DIVIDED THEY FALL

The case of Verga v. United Airlines started off asking this question: Do the disdainful reactions of a supervisor and co-workers to an employee’s mistreatment of them constitute “actual events of employment,” for which the employee can obtain Workers Compensation benefits, to compensate for the psychological stress that the employee experiences because of those disdainful… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: THE TRUTH MACHINE

Finding out if someone is truthful is an art, not a science. The closest truth detecting machine on the market, a polygraph, is illegal in the hiring process. Imagine if in the future there were an invention which detects truthfulness 100%, as forecasted in the book written by the futurist James Halperin, The Truth Machine…. Read more »

GETTING ‘CAUGHT IN A PINCH’ CAN BE FATAL

Having your body caught between the moving parts of a machine is both terrifying and dangerous. Here are ideas OSHA and others have provided to prevent these “pinchpoint accidents.” In 2006, nearly 7,900 workers lost a limb in pinchpoint incidents and more 59,000 pinchpoint injuries were reported About 44% of these accidents occurred in manufacturing,… Read more »

LADDER SAFETY STARTS ON THE GROUND

Life has its ups and downs. That certainly holds true for your employees who work on or use ladders and scaffolds. However, the downs can be especially painful. Here are some ways to avoid those dangers — and reduce the risk to your business: Have ladders inspected before every use and, if defective, taken out… Read more »