Monthly Archives: March 2012

HOW TO PLAN A SUCCESSFUL OPEN ENROLLMENT

The month of October usually marks the beginning of open enrollment for American workers who want benefits. This is the time of year when employees are able to join, change or drop their benefits. Recent research shows that 80% of workers feel that the workplace is the key source for savings products and personal insurance…. Read more »

PLAY SOCIAL SCIENTIST

I’ve coached many executives over the years. One of the questions I ask is whether they spend more time reading about other companies’ stories or creating experiments and stories of their own. More than half of the executives admit that they spend more time focusing on the outside than looking on the inside. To help… Read more »

ONLINE TIME

According to a Nielsen poll, here’s how Americans spend their time online: The chances are that when your employees access the Web at work, this is what they’re doing. The survey doesn’t break down the percentage of time in each of these categories that’s related to personal matters. However, you can assume that — unless… Read more »

WHY ARE EMPLOYEES SO UNHAPPY?

Poll after poll describes how dissatisfied today’s workers are. For example, in a recent poll by Staples, 33% of employees said they feel unappreciated at work, while 38% were searching for a new job. Likewise, in the annual Education and Work poll conducted by Gallup, dissatisfaction with healthcare benefits increased 11 points in the past… Read more »

NINTH CIRCUIT OVERRULES NLRB ON EMPLOYEE PROTECTIONS

The Ninth Circuit, known as the most liberal and employee-friendly federal circuit in the nation, recently overrode an NLRB ruling on employee protections. In this case, an employee complained legitimately about working conditions, but lost his protection when he started berating his manager, calling him plenty of F-word names we cannot repeat here and also… Read more »

EMPLOYEE LOSES FMLA PROTECTION FOR NOT COOPERATING

After being terminated, a plaintiff filed an FMLA retaliation claim; however, she could not prove any improper employer conduct, only improper conduct on her part. The plaintiff’s untimely documentation under the FMLA resulted in her eventual termination, which the court then upheld. It also rejected any argument of “intermittent leave,” because this was not indicated… Read more »

LONG-TERM DISABILITY DATA AND TRENDS

The Council for Disability Awareness began conducting annual reviews of United States disability claims in 2005. In 2011, the CDA reviewed quantitative and qualitative data gathered during a survey conducted in 2010 and used the results to compose a report. The purpose of the report is to identify trends in disability claims and use these… Read more »