Monthly Archives: November 2012

AUTOMATIC TRANSFER TO VACANT POSITION MAY BE REQUIRED AS REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION

A question that often comes up during the Americans with Disabilities Act interactive process is whether a disabled individual must be reassigned automatically to a vacant position as a reasonable accommodation, or whether a company can require the employee to compete for the position. The federal appellate courts have split on this this issue. Although… Read more »

WHAT IS HPM?

Next year I’ll be speaking for the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) on helping employers and employees manage the “Bermuda Triangle” (the intersection of Workers Comp Return to Work, the ADA, and FMLA). The ACOEM website has this to say about the concept of Health and Productivity Management (HPM): “The American workplace… Read more »

ANYONE NOT STRESSED OUT?

According to the National Institutes of Health, “We all have stress sometimes. For some people, it happens before having to speak in public. For other people, it might be before a first date. What causes stress for you might not be stressful for someone else. Sometimes stress is helpful — it can encourage you to… Read more »

RAISE THE FINANCIAL AWARENESS OF YOUR EMPLOYEES

“Think of saving as well as getting.” – Benjamin Franklin The past five years have been difficult for companies and employees alike. One in seven workers currently faces debt collectors. One in three is living paycheck to paycheck. The “true” unemployment rate remains above 15% and is unlikely to change in the near future. Because… Read more »

ACCOMMODATIONS RELATED TO COMMUTING TO AND FROM WORK

A frequent question at the Job Accommodation Network is whether the ADA requires employers to provide accommodations for a disabled employee who has trouble getting to and from work because of his or her condition. A related question is whether it makes any difference if the employee’s only disability-related problem is the commute; if once… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: TIME TO START DELEGATING!

I can’t seem to say this enough: You need to stop doing things in order to grow in your career. This is true for me, you, and anyone else. How do you know when to stop doing something? When should you outsource it, delegate it, or ignore it completely? Here are some potential indicators: You’re… Read more »

DISABILITY INSURANCE: LTD, STD AND ALL THAT

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that an American worker has a one in five chance of becoming disabled. The average long-term disability absence from work lasts 2.5 years, according to the Council for Disability Awareness. That’s a long time to survive without a salary. If illness or injury unrelated to your job left you incapacitated,… Read more »

HIGH-DEDUCTIBLE HEALTH PLANS, ANYONE?

More employers are offering high-deductible health care plans as an alternative to traditional health care coverage, which costs employers more. Under a high-deductible plan, the employee assumes some of the risk for health care expenses by agreeing to pay for a larger chunk of medical treatment. The employee’s benefit comes from the provision of a… Read more »

MAKE GOOD LIFE CHOICES

During the past decade, Life insurance companies have supplemented traditional Term and Whole Life policies by offering a wide variety of new coverages tailored to meet the demands of families and businesses for financial security. This wealth of new products means that buyers need professional advice more than ever. If you’re looking to provide financial… Read more »

PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST DATA LOSSES!

Although the political slogan used to be “a chicken in every pot,” a more accurate modern equivalent might be “a laptop in every home.” As these devices have spread into every corner of our lives, the amount of personal information stored in them has increased exponentially. Credit cards, bank accounts, financial records, legal documents, work… Read more »