Fallen behind on news during vacations? We can help you catch up. We’re cleaning out our bookmark file and bringing you some of the most noteworthy items that we’ve accumulated.
First out of the gate, a Supreme Court DOMA ruling roundup:
- DOMA Repeal and Workplace Benefits
- Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage: Impact on Employee Benefits
- How Does the Fall of DOMA Impact the FMLA and Other Employee Benefits?
- Guidance on the Extension of Benefits to Married Gay and Lesbian Federal Employees, Annuitants, and Their Families
- Same-sex ruling has employers tweaking benefits
What Google Glass Means for Workplace Policy
Sharlyn Lauby says: “By now, most of us know about Google Glass. It’s a wearable computer with a head-mounted display that kind of looks like a pair of eyeglasses. You can take pictures, record video, get directions, send messages, share what you’re looking at and much more. It comes in multiple colors, and let’s face it — it’s neater than Jell-O. We all want to test drive a pair. But from a business perspective, we have to view Google Glass (and similar kinds of wearable tech) a little differently. Despite the fact that Google Glass is not yet available to the public, several types of businesses — including restaurants, bars, night clubs, casinos and theaters — have already banned it from their premises. ”
6th Circuit’s definition of “supervisor” under the NLRA has broad implications
Jon Hyman of Ohio Employer’s Law Blog: “In Vance v. Ball St. Univ., the U.S. Supreme Court held that for purposes of vicarious liability for harassment under Title VII, a supervisor must have taken a tangible employment action (i.e., hiring, firing, failing to promote, reassignment with significantly different responsibilities, or a decision causing a significant change in benefits) against the victim.”
After the Shooting: A Tale of Two Recoveries
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) estimates that 75% of companies without well-conceived and tested business continuity plans will go out of business within three years of being affected by a major disaster. In Risk Managment magazine, Will Kramer looks at the aftermath of two shootings – the Brookfield, Wisconsin spa and the Aurora, Colorado movie theater.
Not Quiet Before the Storm: Calming Employees’ Pre-Hurricane Fears
A researcher at Florida State University examines the fears experienced by Florida workers as the 2013 hurricane season gets underway.
Work Makes People Miserable
“New research based on surveys using a smartphone app found that workers were unhappy and stressed while on the job. In fact, respondents ranked being sick in bed as the only activity more unpleasant than working. When offered dozens of options ranging from leisure, such as going to a concert, to personal paperwork, such as paying bills, workers preferred cleaning the house or waiting in line to being on the job.”
Redefining work-life balance
A case history of how Dow Chemical’s work-life balance philosophy empowers managers and employees, plus four factors for employers and employees considering telework options that fit the individual and company needs.
Safety & Training: Do you have a 90-second plan for your organization?
Workers Comp Insider offers lessons that should be learned from the recent Asiana Airlines crash.
More news of note:
- Why Not Stay Interviews Instead of Exit Interviews?
- 5 Ways to Survive a Terrible Boss
- Forgiveness as a Business Tool
- Safety and Health for Fire Fighters
- Flex Work and Work-Life Fit: They’re Simply a Smart Business Strategy
- 8 Strategies for Handling Lies At Work
- New Safety Regulations to Reduce Truck Driver Fatigue in Effect
- 11 Leadership Lessons From Jazz Musicians
- 8 Leadership Lessons from Tony Soprano
- Hiring Managers Tell Us: The Job Candidate I Still Remember
- What Nelson Mandela had to say about leadership
- Leadership lessons from social media
- 5 Tips for Identifying Management Potential from Within the Ranks
- Playing the Race Card
- What frustrates older workers about young workers?
- Strategic Humor: Cartoons from the July 2013 HBR Issue
- 5 Tips to Turn Conflict into Creativity