Monthly Archives: December 2011

‘BAD HAIRCUT’ AND UNEQUAL POLICY ENFORCEMENT LEAD TO TROUBLE FOR EMPLOYER

In NLRB v. White Oak Manor, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals enforced a decision by the National Labor Relations Board finding that an employer violated the National Labor Relations Act when it discharged an employee for allegedly photographing employees at work without permission. The Court agreed with the Board’s findings that the employee was… Read more »

LEAVE AS A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION

One of the more vexing issues facing both employers and employees involves leave time related to a medical condition, especially when the period of leave exceeds an employer’s permitted leave allowance or otherwise violates an established attendance policy. Although such situations might be challenging and confusing, employers must confront them directly because using leave necessitated… Read more »

DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

The Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire has just issued its Annual Disability Statistics Compendium. Here are some of the stats related to employment in 2010. Click here to see the entire report. Among the 19,048,426 individuals with disabilities ages 18 to 64 years living in the community, 6,368,644 were employed —… Read more »

QUANTUM HR

Our understanding of the physical world grows ever deeper. Quantum physicists have taught us that simply observing matter can affect its activity. We know that bits of matter once bonded together remain “entangled” even when separated by great distances. We should remember from Physics 101 that matter likes to settle into its least active state… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: HUMAN RESOURCE INFORMATION SYSTEMS (HRIS) – NEW AND IMPROVED

I see Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) as the equivalent of “QuickBooks for managing the workforce.” They can handle employee data beginning with payroll right through to COBRA administration. Along the way, HRIS systems offer bells and whistles to help manage this data, including payroll, benefits administration, leave management, learning management, and more. As a… Read more »

SOCIAL SECURITY SPIRALING TOWARD INSOLVENCY

Social Security’s disability program is expected to become insolvent in less than a decade. If Congress fails to solve the issues leading to this problem, Social Security will run out of money, which means they won’t be able to pay full benefits. Due to economic difficulties, people of the baby boomer generation are applying for… Read more »

BENEFITS OF SUFFICIENT LIFE INSURANCE

Although death is something that everyone must face eventually, most people are comfortable talking about it. However, it’s important to make plans to ensure that loved ones who are left behind will be taken care of. In the past, most people relied on Life insurance coverage from employers but neglected to buy their own coverage… Read more »

CATASTROPHIC COVERAGE SAVES DOLLARS AND MAKES SENSE

For some people, the preventive care options provided by traditional health insurance plans are not a benefit they want or can afford. Instead, a health insurance policy that covers them only in the case of a catastrophic event, such as a car accident or emergency surgery, is much more appealing and affordable. For these people,… Read more »