Monthly Archives: October 2008

FMLA FLOWCHART (PDF)

Use this chart to make sure you get the process right. If you have any questions, please contact the HR That Works Hotline.

FINANCIAL FACTS AND FIGURES

America is in a financial mess that includes many, if not most, of your employees. According to research published by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), the AARP, and Schwab, here’s the shape we’re in: Nearly one in five surveyed workers (18%) was very confident in 2008 about having enough money for a comfortable retirement…. Read more »

PLAYING TEAM

According to former America’s Cup Captain and Oxbow Corp President Bill Koch, “The problem of competition is primarily a management problem.” According to Koch, these guidelines provide steadfast reminders of the dynamic impact of the relationship among teamwork, technology, and talent: Develop team players according to the 80/20 rule: 80% attitude, 20 % talent. Management’s… Read more »

CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS GET A BREAK

In a recent California Court of Appeals case, Brinker Restaurant Corporation v. Superior Court, the court discussed what it means to “provide” meal and rest periods. The decision made some significant conclusions: “While employers cannot impede, discourage or dissuade employees from taking meal or rest periods, they need only provide them, and not ensure they… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: SEVEN WAYS EMPLOYEES CAN STEAL YOUR BLIND

I love the notion of trusting relationships. I’ve also come to learn that you can’t trust blindly. That’s a game that fools play and then wonder why they get burnt. I know because I’ve been there. You can’t trust employees blindly. Employees are there to perform work that produces a profit or other defined value-producing… Read more »

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF WORKPLACE SAFETY

In most everything we do, we find a “trick” or shortcut to make the process easier and faster. For better or worse, after we develop these shortcuts, they become work habits in our everyday activities. Developing everyday safety habits can keep you injury free through the year. Here are ten safety habits to live by:… Read more »

MAKE EYE PROTECTION A PRIORITY IN THE WORKPLACE

Prevent Blindness America, a volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness, reports that each year 800,000 eye injuries occur on the job, including 36,000 that require the injured employee to take time off from work. The organization’s mission is to encourage employers and employees to make eye protection a top priority every… Read more »

FORKLIFT INSPECTION NEEDS TO BECOME A DAILY HABIT

In his presentation to the attendees of the 2007 National Safety Council Congress and Expo, Richard Fairfax, the Director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, revealed the agency’s list of top 10 violations for the year. Ranking number six on that list, with 2,577 violations cited, was powered industrial trucks, the category that includes forklifts…. Read more »

TAKE STEPS TO FIGHT THE OBESITY TREND IN YOUR WORKPLACE

The obesity epidemic has been growing in the United States for some time. Estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that 66% of U.S. adults are either overweight (body mass index, or BMI, of 25.0-29.9) or obese (BMI of 30.0 or more). Rates also are rising among members of tomorrow’s workforce:… Read more »