Monthly Archives: June 2011

EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEMS: BE PREPARED!

The disastrous Japanese earthquake/tsunami of March 11 drowned thousands of people – but the toll would have been far higher without the nation’s comprehensive emergency notification system. Thanks to radio broadcasts, text messages, sirens, firefighters’ door-to-door calls, and just plain instinct honed by years of disaster drills at school, people from towns and villages along… Read more »

ARE YOUR EMPLOYEES GRUMPY ABOUT GROUPON?

Although more and more establishments are taking advantage of such programs as Groupon and Living Social, many of these firms – and their employees – come to regret the experience. Failure to manage these programs properly can destroy their value. Before you run an online promotion such as Groupon, ask yourself these questions: What are… Read more »

WORKFORCE PLANNING RISKS

Workforce planning refers to everything from filling open positions to the inclusion of HR metrics. For our purposes, think in terms of the flow of employees through the company. As with any risk management, begin by assessing the risks involved: Access to available talent Cost per hire and time for hire Retention and turnover Productivity… Read more »

AUDITING YOUR WAGE AND HOUR PRACTICES

Given the wage and hour litigation that misclassification claims generate, I wonder why companies pay anyone but their top executives on a salary-exempt basis. The so-called “prestige” and extra effort from employees that a company gains by offering the exempt status does not offset the potential loss of time, money, and resources arising from litigation…. Read more »

THE LAWSUITS ARE COMING! THE LAWSUITS ARE COMING!

A recent article in Corporate Counsel Magazine discussed the reality that “employees are suing like never before.” For example, “skycaps, bank loan officers, bartenders, phone company engineers, financial research associates, exotic dancers, drug store assistant managers, computer technicians, janitors, paramedics, delivery truck drivers, exterminators, waiters, cable TV repair workers, and chicken processors all sued their… Read more »

DEALING WITH BODY ODOR AND OTHER HYGIENE PROBLEMS

HR folks have to deal with some unpleasant subjects, and this is certainly one of them. Body odor can present a real workplace challenge. Just ask any space shuttle astronaut or submarine officer. People can have offensive odors for a number of reasons: Soiled clothing or shoes Lack of bathing Bad breath Incontinence Menstruation Liver… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: THE TWO VIEWS OF HUMAN RESOURCES

Here’s what HR professionals are told to worry about most: FMLA, ADA, EEOC, DOL, OSHA, NLRB, FLSA, OFCCP, GINA, HIPAA, COBRA, Title VII, etc. Discipline, termination, layoffs, bullies, violence, EPLI, etc. Protecting ourselves from all the above. Here’s what should concern them most: Hiring, orientation, training, performance, teamwork, leadership, time management, systems, strategy, branding, communication,… Read more »

THINK PAST THE PEEL AND GIVE YOUR HEALTH A CHANCE

It’s nothing that your parents haven’t told you a million times, and if you’re a parent, that you haven’t told your own kids: Eat your veggies. It might sound like a broken record at times, but the simple fact is that you decrease your susceptibility to almost every major disease when you incorporate veggies into… Read more »

WHAT’S INVOLVED IN GETTING DISABILITY COVERAGE?

Although some insurance companies have a few company-specific guidelines for underwriting Disability insurance policies, all insurers will use the same key factors in determining your eligibility, rate, and amount and type of coverage. Understanding what an insurer looks at during the underwriting process can help you get the disability coverage you need. 1. Gender and… Read more »