Monthly Archives: February 2013

AGILE WORKING: HOW ONE COMPANY DOES IT

Technology keeps reducing the need for employees to come into the workplace. An interesting article in Human Resource Executive magazine spotlights Unilever’s program for co-mingling home and work activities. Unilever has taken a number of steps that you might consider as part of your telecommuting program: Create “plug and play workstations” so that telecommuters can… Read more »

THE NATIONWIDE ABUSE OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

Fraudulent payment of unemployment insurance benefits is a nationwide problem, accounting for as much as 14% of total payments in some states. The chart shows that most states are paying anywhere from 8%-12% extra in claims. When you consider that the payment period for many claims has been extended during the Obama Administration, that’s a… Read more »

SIDE JOB DOESN’T PREVENT FMLA CLAIM

In the California case, Richie v. AutoNation, an employee out on CFRA (FMLA) was fired by his employer when he was found to have been working at a restaurant he owned during his leave period. The company’s leave policy prohibited outside employment during leave. The court ruled in favor of the plaintiff, stating that FMLA/CFRA (the… Read more »

BIG SURPRISE: EFFECTIVE HR PRACTICES DRIVE PROFITS

The report From Capability to Profitability: Realizing the Value of People Management by the Boston Consulting Group and World Federation of People Management Association found that the highest correlations between economic performance and HR practices were related to: Employee retention Employer branding Leadership development Onboarding Performance management Recruiting For the life of me, I’m not sure why… Read more »

WE CAN ALL USE A LITTLE HOPE

Norman Vincent Peale often talked about the important role hope plays as part of his “positive thinking” process. Peale taught us that it’s far easier to be hopeful when you embody these characteristics: Determination Expectation Renewal Belief Enthusiasm Persistence Vision Faith How would you apply each of those ideas to the hope you have for… Read more »

CATASTROPHIC HEALTH INSURANCE

Health insurance costs are rising and the economy is uncertain at best. In this climate, more and more consumers are considering High-Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs), often known as Catastrophic Health insurance. What are the benefits of HDHPs? Some of these plans feature lower-than-average premiums (but with higher deductibles for all medical expenses, except qualified preventive… Read more »

FOUR WAYS TO MAKE YOUR LIFE INSURANCE PAY

Most people buy Life insurance to provide an income source for their survivors. However you can also use a Life policy to save a host of other financial headaches. Consider these four examples: Funding a bequest. A couple has a beach house that constitutes half of their wealth. Their two sons don’t care about the place,… Read more »