Monthly Archives: September 2011

HR AND THE FOUR AGREEMENTS

One of my favorite books is The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. I’ve read it a couple of times and listened to the audio book more than once. It offers unique insights. Ruiz believes that we have been “domesticated” — to the extent that we base much of our thinking and activity on the… Read more »

DECISION-MAKER’S LIE LEADS TO LOSS IN EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT

For an employer embroiled in a discrimination lawsuit, summary judgment is usually the last opportunity to get the case dismissed before going to trial. A decision by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals demonstrates how lying about the reason for an adverse employment action can torpedo an employer’s defense to a claim of discrimination… Read more »

THREE OLDEST EMPLOYEES SELECTED FOR RIF FAILED TO PROVE AGE BIAS

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has ruled that an employer had legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons for laying off its three oldest employees through a reduction in force (RIF). The Court found that the employees, who sued their employer for age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), failed to prove… Read more »

WHAT WE FEAR MOST…

Things can look great on the surface. However, dig a bit deeper and all of us share at least some of these fears: The fear that we won’t live up to our expectations of ourselves. The fear that we won’t live up to expectations of someone else. The fear that while we are successful, we’re… Read more »

TAKE NOTE

Confidentiality Provision in Employment Agreements. In NLRB v. Northeastern Land Services, a non-union temporary staffing agency terminated an employee in violation of the confidentiality provision in his employment agreement after he complained to a client of his employer about the amount of pay he was receiving for the use of his personal computer for work…. Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: IS YOUR WORKPLACE ENGAGED?

The idea of employee “engagement” remains a corporate buzzword. I find it interesting that the term “engagement” implies only a willingness to commit, without consummating this commitment. Webster’s defines “engage” as: Involved an activity Pledged to be married Greatly interested Involved especially in a hostile encounter None of the above has anything to do with… Read more »

REVIEW YOUR LIFE INSURANCE NEEDS AS YOU PREPARE FOR THE ADDITION OF A NEW BABY

From maternity leave, parenting and maternity classes, and readying the new baby’s room, expectant parents have a lot on their plate as they prepare for a new baby. The tasks you need to accomplish can be overwhelming, but you certainly don’t want to forget to protect your child’s future financial well-being. One area you’ll want… Read more »

DO I REALLY NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?

In many cases, vacations can involve thousands of dollars and months of advanced planning, organizing, and saving. So if you’re wondering if you need travel insurance, the answer is often yes. Like any other investment of this magnitude, it’s important to make sure you have adequate insurance to protect yourself should the tour operation or… Read more »

POINTS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING A MEDICAL DISCOUNT PLAN

You’ve most likely seen an internet, print, or television ad for an affordable health care plan that doesn’t have deductibles or co-pays, has thousands of PPO network providers, doesn’t discriminate against pre-existing conditions, has discounts on medical services of up to 60%, and so on. It may appear that such ads are for health insurance,… Read more »