Monthly Archives: July 2012

OH NO! WHERE DID OUR INFORMATION GO?

During recent months I’ve been reading a large number of lawsuits related to industrial espionage, sabotage, misappropriation, and theft. Most of these cases involve a current or former employee or some third party stealing valuable financial or other information. In several recent decisions, courts have ruled that they lack criminal jurisdiction over theft of information… Read more »

HR AND RISK MANAGEMENT

We usually think of HR helping to avoid employment practice risks. We want to make sure not to be trapped in wage and hour claims, discrimination and harassment litigation, and wrongful termination lawsuits. Then there’s leave management, including ADA and FMLA. Although these are the major issues in HR risk management, HR is also instrumental… Read more »

WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO HR PROS

SHRM surveyed 504 HR professionals on their degree of satisfaction with 26 different job attributes. The respondents’ top five concerns, in order, were: Opportunities to use skills and abilities — Exactly what skills and attributes are you interested in using? Does management even know that you have this ability or desire or are you keeping… Read more »

HR: YOU VERSUS THE COMPETITION

HR operates in a highly competitive landscape. For example, your ability to attract and retain employees more effectively than your competitors will benefit your bottom line. HR can play a key role in this process. How would your company compare to the competition in these elements of employee compensation? Salaries and wages Benefits and other… Read more »

USING OUTSOURCED WORKERS

HR That Works has an extensive report and checklist about what’s known as the “contingent workforce.” This includes temporary employees, leased employees, and more. Here are some questions to consider in these relationships: Who is responsible for what? — As with any arrangement, it’s important to study the contract. For example, if an employee isn’t… Read more »

KEEPING COOL IN THE SUMMER HEAT

When it comes to outdoor workers, “water, rest and shade” can literally make the difference between life and death. Every year, thousands of workers nationwide suffer from serious heat-related illnesses. If not addressed quickly, heat exhaustion can become heat stroke, which has killed — on average — more than 30 workers annually since 2003. Labor-intensive… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: THREE MAJOR GAPS

In a recent Webinar, I reviewed 15 forms and tools on HR That Works that can have a direct impact on a company’s bottom line. If you haven’t yet watched this Webinar, I encourage you to do so by clicking on this link. During the Webinar, I asked three polling questions. How would you respond… Read more »

LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE: NOT FOR SENIORS ONLY

One in two Americans will need long-term medical care during their lifetime – and this percentage will keep growing, thanks to advances in medicine that keep extending the average lifespan. The more we age, the more help we need – which means a serious health problem (such as a serious fall, cognitive impairment or heart… Read more »

WHAT YOU (PROBABLY) DON’T KNOW ABOUT GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE

If your employer provides Group Health insurance, bear in mind that these plans vary widely in cost and in what they cover. Chances are that you’re not aware of these facts about Group Health plans: Your plan doesn’t necessarily cover you. Employers are not required to provide Health coverage to all workers. What’s more, they… Read more »

LIFE POLICIES OFFER VALUABLE OPTIONS

With the wide array of Life insurance products on the market, how can you be sure that you’re getting the best deal for your premium dollar? Although buying Life coverage is a critical financial decision, all too many people choose coverage without taking advantage of the variety of features that can add significant value to… Read more »