Monthly Archives: April 2012

EEOC SUES TRUCKING COMPANY FOR IMPROPER PRE- HIRE TESTING

According to the EEOC’s suit, Celadon, a trucking company headquartered in Indianapolis, performed medical examinations on applicants for driving positions before making conditional offers of employment to them. The agency alleged that Celadon conducted these examinations in a manner inconsistent with the standards set by the U.S. Department of Transportation / Federal Motor Carriers Administration,… Read more »

IRAC — A LAWYER’S WAY OF THINKING

At the beginning of law school, every student learns “the method” used to help clients solve problems. IRAC stands for Issue, Rule, Analysis, and Conclusion. Issue: Issue spotting is a lawyer’s tool in trade. Never assume you know what the issues are without changing viewpoints or getting outside input. For example, HR executives not highly… Read more »

INVITING EMPLOYEES TO LEAVE

During the past year, I’ve read at least a dozen articles citing statistics that anywhere from a quarter to 42% of employees intend to look for new jobs once the economy recovers. My reaction to these articles: Seriously? Where are these folks going to go? To the companies where one-third of their employees are leaving?… Read more »

BENEFITS AND THE SOCIAL CONTRACT

In his book Predictably Irrational, Dan Ariely provided two interesting observations related to employee benefits. First, he pointed out that benefits are more of a social contract than an economic one. The distinction between the two is very powerful. For example, if you have a department with 15 employees and someone walks in with a… Read more »

QUESTIONS FOR LEADERS

The quality of our lives and of our companies depends on the questions we ask and the challenges we set for ourselves. For example, you might ask yourself “Do I dare to be great?” That’s a good question. You can also ask yourself what kind of nonsense would get in the way of believing that… Read more »

HOW COMPANIES GET BUSTED FOR INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR VIOLATIONS

Business owners love the idea of independent contractors. They afford flexibility, expertise, outside perspective, and of course, reduced insurance, benefit and tax burdens. Unfortunately, for these same owners, the Federal and state authorities are coming down big time on what they claim are independent contractor misclassification schemes. They don’t like the idea of you not… Read more »

I-9 EMPLOYER HANDBOOK

The government has an excellent publication covering everything about I-9s that all employers should know about. Here’s what it covers: Obtaining Forms and Updates Part One — Why Employers Must Verify Employment Authorization and Identity of New Employees Part Two — Completing Form I-9 Part Three — Photocopying and Retaining Form I-9 Part Four —… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: PODCAST LEARNING

I’m a big fan of podcast learning. During the past four years, I’ve educated myself on a wide variety of subjects from business to personal growth, financial matters, and spiritual ones. I would encourage all businesses to make their managers and employees podcast learners. For starters, your HR person should be listening to our monthly… Read more »

ARE YOU COVERED FOR CRITICAL ILLNESSES?

Many people aren’t aware that Critical Illness insurance exists. The reason behind this is because Critical Illness coverage is fairly new to the United States market. Policy sales began in 1996. It’s also sold by brokers who are usually more focused on selling Life insurance. In addition to this, the coverage is aimed toward people… Read more »

WHY EVERYONE WINS WITH LIFE INSURANCE

People who are considering Life insurance usually debate whether they need it or not. If anyone will suffer financially after a person’s death, that person should have Life insurance. This death benefit is meant to help surviving family members or dependents cope with the financial difficulties of losing the deceased’s income and paying for final… Read more »