Monthly Archives: May 2013

EEOC CREDIT REPORT LAWSUIT DISMISSED

The EEOC received plenty of publicity from its 2010 lawsuit against Kaplan Higher Education (EEOC v. Kaplan Higher Educ. Corp., N.D. Ohio), alleging that the company’s use of credit reports as a factor in hiring decisions for financial aid positions had a discriminatory impact based on race and, thus violated Title VII of the 1964… Read more »

2012 EEOC CLAIMS NEAR 100,000 MARK

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission handled nearly 100,000 claims in 2012. According to the commission’s press release, “The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)…received 99,412 private sector workplace discrimination charges during fiscal year 2012, down slightly from the previous year. The year-end data also show that retaliation (37,836), race (33,512) and sex discrimination (30,356), which… Read more »

MAKE SURE THAT VOLUNTEER WORKERS CARRY WORKERS COMP

The California case of Diane Minish v. Hanuman Fellowship carries a valuable lesson for anyone involved with nonprofit organizations. After Diane Minish, a volunteer worker with the nonprofit Hanuman Fellowship was accidentally thrown from a forklift, she sued the organization for negligence. Hanuman argued the exclusivity of Workers Compensation as a remedy, claiming that its… Read more »

AN EMPLOYEE REFERRAL SYSTEM THAT WORKS

Although referral programs can provide a valuable source of new workers, many employees are reluctant to provide referrals because they’re afraid that they’ll take the blame if the new hire doesn’t work out. Here are a few ways to reduce this fear: Provide a worthwhile financial incentive for referrals. Money can do wonders to overcome… Read more »

ALTERNATIVE RISK FINANCING: NOT JUST FOR THE BIG GUYS

Large corporations often use “alternative risk financing” – assuming some of their own risks, in addition to buying insurance – as a way to improve cash flow and lower their total costs. However, this technique can offer substantial benefits for medium-sized companies that face significant potential risks from one line of insurance, such as Workers… Read more »

STORMY WEATHER: SAFETY PAYS!

Spring is here – and that means it’s time to make sure you’re prepared deal with potential threats to your business from tornadoes and thunderstorms. The planning process should focus on keeping your employees safe, so make sure to explain it to them and do reviews at regular intervals. Tornadoes Although a brief warning period… Read more »

USE SOCIAL MEDIA AS A RISK MANAGEMENT TOOL

Given the dramatic impact of social media on the speed and delivery of news and information, it makes sense to make this fast-growing technology part of your risk management program. More and more reputational crises, such as the recent stranding of the Carnival Triumph cruise ship, are born on social networking platforms and can grow… Read more »

RISK MANAGEMENT: KEEP SAFETY IN THE FOREFRONT

Once employees have gone through safety training, make sure that they use what they’ve learned. When every worker knows and chooses the safe way on a daily basis, you’ll have a workplace with less chance of accidents and injuries. This four-step approach to job safety will pay dividends: Team up to solve problems and improve… Read more »

VOLUNTARY BENEFITS: WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE?

A recent nationwide study found that more and more businesses and workers are benefiting from voluntary employee benefits programs. According to the Prudential Insurance Company State of Group Voluntary Benefits survey: More than six in ten employees surveyed (63%) believe that voluntary benefits increase the value of their company’s benefits program. The percentage of employees… Read more »