Monthly Archives: June 2012

AGE DISCRIMINATION

Finding that a 41-year-old former tree-trimming foreman had presented sufficient evidence that a jury could find his employer’s stated reasons for his termination pretextual, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has reversed a lower court’s grant of summary judgment for the employer, and allowed the employee’s age discrimination claim to proceed to… Read more »

NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT UPDATE

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has found that an employer was required to reinstate an employee who the NLRB determined had been terminated unlawfully, despite his subsequent statements reflecting disloyalty to the employer. In Stephens Media, LLC v. NLRB, the employer appealed the NLRB determination that the employer, a newspaper publisher,… Read more »

INCORPORATE REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION PRACTICES INTO YOUR ‘ONBOARDING’ PROCESS

Spring is in full swing — and a number of signs are indicating an increase in hiring of people with disabilities in both the Federal and private sectors. With Federal Executive Order 13548 – Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities and the potential changes for Federal contractors in the Office of Federal Contract Compliance… Read more »

THE ABCs OF RIGHT-TO-WORK LAWS

The term “right to work” often confuses HR executives, business owners, and employees alike. Roughly half the states in nation are “right-to-work” states, while the other half are not. In a right-to-work state, an employee does not have to join a union (where there is one) in order to obtain work. In non-right to work… Read more »

STUPID BOSS TRICKS

Peter Drucker and Dr. Edward Deming reminded us that poor performance is a management issue, not an employee one. Most managers receive little management training, and some are capable of such brilliant exploits as: Bringing somebody on your team going 45 mph. If your team is going 75 mph, what happens when you bring someone… Read more »

ORGANIZING THROUGH ENFORCEMENT OF STATE EMPLOYMENT LAWS

In doing online research, I came across an interesting white paper that discusses how vigorous (and perhaps manipulative) use of non-union laws can help with organizing efforts. Employers must realize that there are many stakeholders in the compliance game — perhaps including those some never thought of! Note: this is relevant to employers in any… Read more »

MANAGING DISABLED WORKERS

Speaking of help for disabled workers, the Office of Disability Policy (ODEP) has launched an excellent Web site to help hire and manage disabled employees. All employers should become familiar with it: http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/Employers.htm

EDITOR’S COLUMN: “I’M DISABLED…SO TAKE CARE OF ME”

I read recently that a record 5.4 million workers and their dependents have signed up to collect federal disability checks since President Obama took office. Many unemployed apply for disability benefits as soon as their unemployment benefits run out. There are now a record 10.8 million Americans on disability — double the number since Obama… Read more »

WOMEN IN ALL FAMILY SITUATIONS NEED TO HAVE A LIFE INSURANCE POLICY

There are innumerable incentives to having Life insurance. For example, a Life insurance policy offers financial protection for remaining family members when a primary breadwinner passes away. This will help ensure that beneficiaries have enough income to maintain their standard of living and not struggle to make ends meet. Life insurance funds can also be… Read more »

HOW MUCH LIFE INSURANCE DO YOU NEED?

Unpredictable job and investment markets make it difficult to determine how much Life insurance to buy. The standard formulas for buying coverage to match a specific percentage of income are inadequate solutions. Online calculation tools usually tell everyone to raise their coverage by $1 million. However, Life insurance is a personal issue. For example, a… Read more »