Monthly Archives: July 2008

FORM OF THE MONTH: TEAM COMMITMENTS (PDF)

This form was designed to give you a head start on creating a set of Team Commitments that can work for your company. Make sure to get employee input in the process. Once you finalize this document display it proudly and often.

SHARING YOUR CORE STORY

Marketers always talk about expressing your “core story” to your customers and clients. It’s just as important to express it to your employees. This story should include at least four elements: An understanding of where your company has been. We’re always amazed how many employees don’t understand the background of business owners, key executives, key… Read more »

U.S. SUPREME COURT MAKES IT EASY TO SUE FOR RETALIATION

In CBOCS West, Inc. v. Humphries, the high court ruled that an employee could bring a claim of retaliation under the Civil Rights Act of 1866 even though the statute doesn’t mention retaliation. In a 7 to 2 vote, the Supreme Court held that the Civil Rights Act of 1866 encompasses claims of retaliation that… Read more »

PAYING FOR EMPLOYEES’ MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS

Department of Labor regulations state that “[t]ime spent by an employee in waiting for and receiving medical attention on the premises or at the direction of the employer during the employee’s normal work hours on a day when he is working constitutes hours worked.” 29 C.F.R. § 785.43 (2007) A U.S. Department of Labor opinion… Read more »

WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT FROM HR?

Today there’s a greater opportunity than ever to establish excellence in the human resources field. The choices are enormous. Sometimes they are also paralyzing. See how you would answer these questions: What do I really want from my HR department or HR career? Is it to eliminate the unnecessary dramas? Dramatically improve the quality of… Read more »

‘I’M DEPRESSED, SO I’M PROTECTED’

At some time everyone might experience the blues or feel down and not quite themselves. But when the bad days start outnumbering the good ones, and an employee begins to have attendance and performance issues, then this employee might have depression. Depression is a serious medical condition that affects nearly 15 million adults each year…. Read more »

EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES LIABILITY COVERAGE IMPROVE

More than 50 “markets” offer Employment Practices Liability insurance (EPLI), either through stand-alone policies or as an addendum to a Directors & Officers policy. Here are some trends to look for when reviewing your coverage: “All-inclusive wording.” When the first policies were created, they defined the coverages. Now they do just the opposite — they… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: PLAYING TEAM

During recent months I’ve been asked to do a number of workshops on team building. These principles should be considered plain common sense. The team comes first. A recent Men’s Health magazine interviewed Navy Seals about what’s critical to their success. They said that the most important thing was an understanding that the team comes… Read more »

JOB HAZARD ANALYSIS: SEVEN STEPS TO WORKPLACE SAFETY

Checklists keep airliners flying. They can keep your safety program up and running, too. All too often, workers take the blame for safety lapses when management could have anticipated job hazards and eliminated them before workers had a chance to err. Job hazard analysis (JHA) provides a systematic approach for examining work processes to identify… Read more »