Monthly Archives: June 2009

EMPLOYEE FREE CHOICE ACT ON HOLD — FOR NOW

It looks like the Employee Free Choice Act won’t make it to a Senate vote for at least a while. This is good news for employers and employees alike. We’ll let you know if it looks like the bill comes up for a vote again in the near future.

CASE STUDIES

Falsification of Doctor’s Note Prevents FMLA Leave In Smith v. Hope School, the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that an employee’s falsification of medical paperwork precluded her from being entitled to FMLA leave. After suffering a work-related injury, the plaintiff asked for and was given FMLA paperwork, which she gave to her… Read more »

EPL RISK TRIPLE HEADER

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Department of Labor, Jury Verdict Research, and other sources, here’s the current state of employment practices liability exposures: 1. More claims have been filed. As unemployment rates hover around 10%, you can expect close to twice the claims being filed as when the rate stood… Read more »

HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AND WORK COMP LEAVE

Many employers get confused about their obligation to continue health care coverage when someone is out on extended work comp leave. Here are some general guidelines to consider: Workers comp law doesn’t require an employer to keep paying an employee’s health care when they’re on extended leave due to a work comp injury. An employer… Read more »

HOW TO GIVE YOUR TROOPS A MOTIVATIONAL TALK

Most leaders and managers are not natural presenters. When speaking to employees, keep these tricks of the trade in mind: Be clear about the goal for your message. Try to drive home one to three points at the most. Anything more won’t be memorable. You can support this by putting up a visual summary of… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: WHAT MAKES SENSE NOW?

Here’s what I’m doing with my employees to manage more effectively in this economy. These ideas make sense for your organization, no matter its size or industry: Be very clear with workers about how the business makes and keeps money. Although I’ve always had open-book management, to help employees understand the numbers that much better,… Read more »

WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT LIFE INSURANCE

As any financial advisor worth his or her salt will tell you, if you have loved ones who depend on your income, a life insurance policy is a must-have. If you were to die, an effective life insurance plan will ensure that all your family’s financial needs will be covered—from the monthly mortgage and utility… Read more »

CALCULATE THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF LIFE INSURANCE FOR YOU

The goal of Life insurance is to ensure your family is protected financially if something were to happen to you. If your loved ones depend on your income, they could find themselves in serious financial stress if that cash flow was suddenly cut off. Unfortunately, too many consumers mistakenly believe that they have enough Life… Read more »

FAQ’S ABOUT HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS

A Health Savings Account (HSA) is an alternative to traditional Health insurance that offers consumers a different way to pay for their health care. HSAs enable you to pay for current and future health expenses on a tax-free basis, while an attached high-deductible insurance policy protects you against catastrophic expenses. Here are answers to some… Read more »

LOW COST OPTIONS TO BURGLAR PROOF YOUR HOME

If you wanted to, you could build a panic room for protection from robbers or kidnappers. But what about protecting your belongings when you’re not home? Perhaps you really don’t want to install an alarm system — or Junebe you do. Either way, here are some no-cost and low-cost tricks to make your protection more… Read more »