Monthly Archives: April 2009

AIRLINE MUST PAY WHISTLE-BLOWER WHO RAISED SAFETY CONCERNS

OSHA has ordered Southern Air Inc., a cargo airline headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., to pay more than $400,000 in lost wages, back pay, damages, and legal fees to compensate a flight crew member who was terminated for raising safety concerns protected under the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century… Read more »

BIAS CLAIMS: UP, UP, AND AWAY!

It should come as no surprise that a weakening economy, growing unemployment rates and an “employee friendly” Administration have led to a significant jump in claims. As with the EOOC stats below, Jury Verdict Research reports a record level of employee verdicts in 2007 with similar numbers coming in for 2008. Expect more of the… Read more »

EMPLOYEE FREE CHOICE ACT RE-INTRODUCED TO CONGRESS

After months of speculation regarding when the Congressional debate over the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) would begin, this controversial legislation was reintroduced March 10th in both the United States Senate (S. 560) and the House of Representatives (H. 1409). As reported in previous updates and E-Mail Alerts, EFCA would eliminate secret ballot union elections,… Read more »

PREVENTING SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIMS

By now everyone should know that sexual harassment is against the law, causes lawsuits, and ruins careers. Nonetheless, managers, employers, and employees continue to engage in it all too often. Roughly $50 million was paid in sexual harassment cases according to the EEOC in 2007 – and that doesn’t include hundreds of state court verdicts…. Read more »

FITNESS FOR DUTY EXAMS

Employers send employees to take fitness for duty exams for a number of reasons, including: A return to light duty or full duty after being out on a Workers Compensation claim. As a pre-hire medical examination to learn if they’re able to do the job with or without limitations. To see if they’re fit for… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: UNDERSTANDING SUCCESS

Malcolm Gladwell’s third book, Outliers, focuses on the origins of success. Gladwell brings home lessons that should be remembered. Think about how these factors might apply to you or your company: There’s no substitute for hard work. Although much of the book teaches how circumstance and nurturing have a big impact on success, the one… Read more »

EXPLORE THE CONCEPT OF PENSION MAXIMIZATION

Most people try to hedge their bets when it comes to their finances, and planning for retirement is no exception. The goal is usually to earn the maximum return possible on the money we invest. One way to accomplish this is through a concept known as Pension Maximization. You should explore this strategy with your… Read more »

DISABILITY INCOME INSURANCE: MORE VALUABLE THAN YOU THINK

Although it is difficult to consider, one day you could lose your ability to earn a living. An accident or injury could occur at any time, and cannot be anticipated. According to statistics presented by the Center for Disease Control’s injury research department, an estimated 5.3 million Americans are currently living with a debilitating disability,… Read more »

CONSIDER A SECOND LOOK AT WHOLE LIFE

By now, most consumers understand the critical importance of Life insurance — especially those who have loved ones depending on their income. Life insurance offers financial protection for your dependents should anything happen to you. Without the right coverage, your family might struggle to pay the bills and make ends meet. However, there is a… Read more »

KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR CAR HAS BEEN VANDALIZED

Late for an early morning business meeting, you grab a cup a coffee and rush out the door — only to discover your car’s windshield has been smashed to bits. Your heart immediately plummets and your hands begin to shake with anger. Now what? Although you might be tempted to burst into tears or launch… Read more »