Monthly Archives: January 2009

WHOSE DOCUMENTS ARE THESE ANYWAY?

The Cincinnati Insurance Company terminated Kathleen Niswander after she provided proprietary documents to her lawyers in a class action lawsuit brought against the CIC. In determining whether or not the documents shared were confidential, the court looked at six factors: How the documents were obtained. To whom the documents were produced. The context of the… Read more »

WELLNESS PROGRAM CHECKLIST

According to the SHRM, 68% of employers offered wellness benefits in 2007, compared to 57% in 2003. Most companies have no idea as to the ROI of their wellness program. For more information, check out the Wellness Counsel of America ROI Calculator located here. http://www.welcoa.org/ freeresources/ pdf/aa_roi_calculator2.pdf The Calculator lists these components of wellness programs:… Read more »

LEAVE MANAGEMENT

Here are some notes from the recent California medical leave case of Forough Nadaf-Rahrov v. Neiman Marcus Group, Inc., which involved a seamstress whose doctor said her disability made it impossible for her to do her job: When an employee seeks accommodation by being reassigned to a vacant position in the company, they satisfy the… Read more »

KEEPING EMPLOYEES SATISFIED: A SIGN OF THE TIMES

In a 2008 SHRM Satisfaction Survey Report, employees identified job security, benefits, compensation/pay, feeling safe, and communication as the five most important aspects of their job satisfaction. It’s interesting to note that this is the first time in years that job security ranked No. 1. In reality, there’s only one form of job security: doing… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: WHAT KIND OF HR DO YOU HAVE?

I recently received a solicitation for an HR opening. Here�s part of what it said: Title: HR Manager Compensation: $70k-$90k + Corp Benefits The HR Manager serves as a strategic business partner to the Management team and is responsible for recommending, designing, planning, coordinating and implementing a full range of human resources services in the… Read more »

STAY-AT-HOME SPOUSE ALSO NEEDS LIFE INSURANCE

There is a serious misconception about not buying Life insurance for a stay-at-home spouse that is all too common. Many people feel that because a spouse doesn’t work outside the home, Life insurance is not necessary because there’s no salary to replace. The problem with this thinking is that it fails to account for all… Read more »

NEWLYWEDS SHOULD FOCUS ON FINANCIAL FUTURE

There’s so much to plan when getting married that it’s easy to get bogged down in the details. It’s crucial not to lose sight of what really matters, and one of the most important matters to consider is your financial future as a couple. According to an August 2007 survey, conducted by Allstate Insurance, the… Read more »

KEY TO INSURER’S FINANCIAL RATING IS ITS LONGEVITY

You buy Life insurance for the financial protection it offers. The proceeds from a Life insurance policy can replace the income your family loses after you’re gone. When deciding on which policy to buy, it’s imperative that you choose an insurance company that will still be around after you’re gone. The key to an insurance… Read more »

MANY AUTO INSURANCE POLICIES LACK COVERAGE FOR YOUR GPS

If you’ve recently gone somewhere on vacation and your car did not have a Global Positioning System (GPS), you probably wish it did. GPS systems have become increasingly popular as their prices have dropped. Navigationally challenged drivers who used to decipher hard-to-read maps can now rely on these small devices to help them reach their… Read more »