Monthly Archives: August 2012

SMOKE, SMOKE, SMOKE THAT CIGARETTE!

About one in five Americans still smoke. Most employers want to eliminate smokers not only from their workplace, but from their payrolls as well. In researching this article I found statistics estimating the annual additional cost to a company of a smoker at $3,000 to more than $12,000 — a costly proposition! On the other… Read more »

THE HR EXECUTIVE OF THE FUTURE

HR has an exciting future with incredible opportunities — yet most companies undervalue it. As Kevin Cope’s Business Acumen Webinar stresses, if you want to have a more profitable HR operation, you’ll have to be unique. To meet this goal, you’ll need HR managers that have these 10 characteristics (listed in alphabetical order): Adaptable. We’re… Read more »

HOW TO BUILD A ‘LEARNING ORGANIZATION’

According to Wikipedia, “a learning organization is the term given to a company that facilitates the learning of its members and continuously transforms itself.” This concept was popularized by Peter Senge in his excellent book The Fifth Discipline. No, it’s not an old rock group; Senge ran a think tank at MIT Sloan School of… Read more »

HR INTERNSHIPS MAKE SENSE

The May 2012 issue of HR Magazine has a special report on how to create an HR internship. I have constantly preached the importance of HR managers delegating less valuable activities so that they can focus on more strategic areas. Having an intern is the perfect way to perform this handoff! Other benefits of internship… Read more »

SIX STEPS TO HELP PREVENT DATA THEFT

An excellent article in Corporate Counsel lists these guidelines to help minimize the risk of preventing data from walking out the door: Ensure that employees sign confidentiality and invention-assignment agreements on the first day of work, if not before. Provide meaningful training. Gain control of remote-access and data-protection policies. Set up data protection and employee… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: HONEST TERMINATIONS

I’ve had the opportunity to answer more than 3,000 “hotline calls” in the past 10 years. On many of those calls, the employer wanted to know if they’d be sued for terminating someone. After representing hundreds of employees during my litigation career I can tell you that “how” an employer fires an employee has a… Read more »

HEALTH CARE ACT REBATES COULD BENEFIT YOU

As of August 1, 2012, nearly 13 million Americans were scheduled to receive $1.1 billion in refunds from the nation’s Health insurance companies under the terms of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). The legislation requires insurers that spend less than 80¢ of every $1.00 in premium on medical care (as opposed to overhead –… Read more »

LIFE INSURANCE: DON’T OVERLOOK THESE FIVE FEATURES

When you purchase or upgrade a Life policy, make sure that you’re aware of the coverage options that can help you get the best value for your money. Industry experts recommend that you consider these five add-ons: Waiver of premium. If an incapacitating illness or disability puts you out of commission for an extended period,… Read more »

HOW MUCH DOES LIFE INSURANCE COST?

Nearly three times less than many people think. A recent nationwide survey by LIMRA and the LIFE Foundation found that consumers pegged the average premium of a $200,000 20-year level Term Life policy for a healthy 30-year-old male at $400 – compared with the actual figure of $150! What’s more, young adult participants (who find… Read more »

CAR CARE MEANS COVERAGE CARE

Everyone knows that taking good care of your car is good idea. A well-maintained vehicle is safer, more dependable, and more valuable. However, did you know that careful maintenance can also save you money on Auto insurance? For example, experts recommend replacing your wiper blades every 6,000 miles or six months. If your wipers leave… Read more »