Monthly Archives: September 2008

EEOC ISSUES GUIDANCE ON RELIGIOUS HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION UNDER TITLE VII

On July 23, 2008, the EEOC updated its pronouncements on the meaning of “religious discrimination” under Title VII, how to manage and address competing employee rights in the area of religion, and how to avoid engaging in religious discrimination in the workplace. The EEOC issued three documents: an update to its Compliance Manual Section on… Read more »

EMPLOYEE CONDUCT AND THE ADA

Most employees with disabilities can maintain acceptable conduct on the job. However, on occasion, some employees with disabilities might exhibit unacceptable conduct at work. These situations leave employers with concerns about discipline, accommodations, and the ADA. The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) consulting service provides job accommodation ideas helping employees with disabilities perform their jobs. Although… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: ‘I’M SICK — SO TAKE CARE OF ME’

The Los Angeles Times recently ran a series of articles about how cutbacks in sick pay were leaving unhealthy employees stuck in the workplace. One article lamented the reduction or elimination of paid sick days. This has a great impact on low-wage earners. It also protested the collapsing of sick pay and vacation pay into… Read more »

POWER TOOL SAFETY: DOS AND DON’TS

Power tools are handy helpers — and a significant source of injuries in the workplace that can deliver paralyzing, even deadly shocks, cut off fingers, and slash, cut, and mangle flesh and bones. When employees use power tools they have to think about safe work procedures, as well as such personal protective equipment (PPE) as… Read more »

CLOSE CALLS CALL FOR QUICK ACTION

On a summer morning in 2006, in Brooklyn, N.Y., OSHA compliance officer Bob Stewart requested that six construction employees be removed from a deep excavation because of a hazardous 10-ton concrete abutment hanging above it. Fifteen minutes later, the overhang collapsed and fell, landing in the exact spot in which the employees had been working…. Read more »

SMALL BUSINESSES TAKE BIG HIT FROM FRAUD

Your business might well be a target for internal fraud. Fraud costs American businesses an estimated 7% of their annual revenues — and small businesses take an especially heavy hit, according to the latest Report to the Nation on Occupational Fraud & Abuse, based on 959 cases of occupational fraud investigated by Certified Fraud Examiners… Read more »

UPWARD TREND IN PRESCRIPTION DRUG USE CONTINUES

Prescription drug use in the United States is on the rise, both for acute and chronic conditions, according to data from two pharmacy benefit managers. Express Scripts reports the number of people with at least one prescription increased from 67% to 74% between 2000 and 2006, while Medco Health Solutions estimates that more than half… Read more »

REVIEW YOUR EMPLOYEE RIGHTS NOTICES FOR COMPLIANCE

Look on the walls of any business and you’ll find one thing in common: Whether in the employee cafeteria or lunchroom, near the punch clock where workers begin and end their day, or in some other conspicuous place, employers have posted the various legal notices required by law that inform workers of their rights. The… Read more »

EXAMINE AND REVISE BENEFITS PACKAGE TODAY FOR GOOD ENROLLMENT RESULTS

End-of-year benefits enrollment demands huge amounts of time and energy from a company. Because a quality benefits package is critical to a company’s ability to compete for talent, it can be devastating, come enrollment time, to realize that the benefits being offered are met with less than an enthusiastic response from employees. Why not work… Read more »