Monthly Archives: November 2008

LIMITING EMPLOYEES “PROTECTED ATIVITIES”

Every employer wants to, and should, keep confidential information just that. In an effort to do so, companies use employee handbook provisions, contracts, passwords and access codes, locked file drawers and so on. What many employers forget is that because of the breadth of these protective documents, any employer can run up against the National… Read more »

ACCOMMODATING ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY

Employers continue to be faced with military personnel coming back from active duty, whether fighting wars or battling hurricanes and other natural disasters. Last year a court ordered Target Corp. to pay nearly $1 million in damages for retaliating against a National Guardsman who complained about being demoted when he returned from active duty. A… Read more »

FAMILY CAREGIVER BIAS CLAIMS ON THE UPSWING

Family caregiver bias claims have sharply risen in recent years. This type of claim has increased by 400% during the past decade. A big reason is that younger men and women entering the workforce expect to spend more time with their families and less time in the office. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued… Read more »

HOURLY WAGE SUIT FOR ‘DONNING’ SAFETY CLOTHING DENIED

Union employees of a poultry processing company are not entitled to compensation under federal law for time spent putting on and taking off protective clothing, according to a recent federal appeals court ruling. This topic continues to develop in court rulings around the country. For example, a contrary ruling on this issue came out earlier… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: ARE YOU MARKETING SAVVY?

My workshops stress the importance of internal branding. I discuss how you can use acumen learned in the field of marketing and turn this inward to motivate, engage and inspire your employees more effectively. In a recent issue of One Look magazine (a great publication for the advertising community), I highlighted these words in the… Read more »

PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY WITH LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE

With 77 million U.S. baby boomers reaching retirement over the next decade, experts say that the number of people in need of long-term care will double over the next 30 years. Some estimate that 14 million Americans will require some form of assistance with day-to-day activities by 2035. Consequently, senior care could soon replace child… Read more »

PATIENTS FIND FAST, AFFORDABLE, AFTER HOURS MEDICAL CARE IN RETAIL CLINICS

As an increasing number of big box stores and pharmacy chains open up in-store retail clinics, consumers have more options than ever for receiving medical treatment outside of normal doctor office hours. These retail clinics, such as the RediClinic in many Wal-Marts or the Minute Clinic at CVS, offer incredible convenience to people who become… Read more »

ENSURE COVERAGE WITH SHORT-TERM MEDICAL INSURANCE

What do you do if you suddenly lose your Health insurance coverage? Should you take a huge financial risk and go without insurance for a few months or should you find a way to temporarily fill the gap? Whether you’re a recent college graduate or a worker between jobs, a Short-Term Health insurance policy might… Read more »

CONSIDER THESE OPTIONS TO REDUCE YOUR MOTORCYCLE PREMIUMS

Buying insurance coverage for your motorcycle can be expensive as bikes present a higher risk than automobiles. They’re more susceptible to accidents caused by bad weather and poor road conditions. They are also less visible to other drivers, and less stable than cars. In spite of this, you want to be sure you have sufficient… Read more »