Monthly Archives: January 2010

CONGRESS EXTENDS COBRA SUBSIDIES

Congress has extended the federal subsidy for COBRA Health insurance premiums for employees who are terminated involuntarily. The nine-month, 65% premium subsidy is extended by six months, to a total of 15 months. The subsidy now is available to those who involuntarily lose their jobs through February 28, 2010. The legislation also provides an additional… Read more »

DISINCENTIVES FOR WORKERS TO REPORT, AND EMPLOYERS TO RECORD, INJURIES AND ILLNESSES

Here’s an important excerpt from a recent GAO report on OSHA audits that addresses concerns about disincentives for reporting injuries (Italics added): “Occupational safety and health stakeholders we interviewed and occupational health practitioners we surveyed told us that primary factors affecting the accuracy of injury and illness data include disincentives that affect workers’ decisions to… Read more »

CONGRESS EXTENDS COBRA SUBSIDIES

Congress has extended the federal subsidy for COBRA Health insurance premiums for employees who are terminated involuntarily. The nine-month, 65% premium subsidy is extended by six months, to a total of 15 months. The subsidy now is available to those who involuntarily lose their jobs through February 28, 2010. The legislation also provides an additional… Read more »

DISINCENTIVES FOR WORKERS TO REPORT, AND EMPLOYERS TO RECORD, INJURIES AND ILLNESSES

Here’s an important excerpt from a recent GAO report on OSHA audits that addresses concerns about disincentives for reporting injuries (Italics added): “Occupational safety and health stakeholders we interviewed and occupational health practitioners we surveyed told us that primary factors affecting the accuracy of injury and illness data include disincentives that affect workers’ decisions to… Read more »

WOMEN AT WORK

Back in October 2009, Time magazine ran a special report on women. A number of the statistics in this report deserve a closer look: More women think that men resent women who have power than is the fact. Nearly seven in ten (69%) of the women surveyed felt that men resented women who have greater… Read more »

GETTING PAID FOR HR

Every year HR Executive publishes a list of the 50 highest paid HR executives. All of these people work for public companies and each of them earned more than $1.3 million, often including sizable bonuses. Click here to view the list. Here’s the point: HR professionals can be paid well, if they’re good at their… Read more »

COBRA UPDATES

In response to a large number of questions received regarding eligibility for the COBRA premium reduction under current law, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has updated the COBRA page (www.dol.gov/COBRA) to add new FAQs here. We encourage readers to visit this page for updates.

$200,000 JURY AWARD FOR A SINGLE INCIDENT OF DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION

In a California case, AM vs. Albertson’s Supermarket, an employee of Albertson’s underwent a difficult operation to help cure cancer of the tonsils and larynx. The treatment affected her salivary glands, which required her to drink water constantly and, as a result, go to the bathroom frequently. Albertson’s, aware of its obligations under California and… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: THE FOUR AGREEMENTS

One of my favorite books is The Four Agreements by Don Miguel El Ruiz. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the Four Agreements are: Be impeccable with your word. Take nothing personally. Assume nothing. Always do your best. I can’t think of a better formula for success for a leader, manager, or employee. Let’s review each… Read more »

PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY WITH A LIVING WILL

Have you given much thought to the decisions your family might have to make when contemplating life-sustaining medical treatment for you, in the event you are unable to make your own decision? Have you communicated how you feel about life-support systems for the terminally ill? Mostly everyone agrees it is not an easy subject to… Read more »