Bringing Mom and Dad to the Job Interview?
At the AARP Blog, Carole Fleck notes the recent phenomena of parental involvement at the workplace:
“According to a 2012 survey of more than 500 college graduates, 8 percent said they had a parent go with them to a job interview. And 3 percent had Mom or Dad sit in on the actual interview, according to Adecco, a human resources firm, which conducted the study. Another study from the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers said 6 percent of recent U.S. college graduates wanted their parents to get a copy of their job offer letter and 2 percent wanted their parents to get a copy of their performance review. That study polled 44,000 people from more than 20 countries, a report in the Wall Street Journal said.”

Improving working conditions may reduce depression costs: Study
The sum total of adverse working conditions explains a substantial portion of the risk of depression in working-age adults, suggests a recent study out of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). “These findings add to the growing body of evidence that employment is an important source of divergence in mental health across midlife,” according to the report by Sarah Burgard and colleagues of the Institute for Social Research at University of Michigan.

‘Entitled’ Employees More Likely to Claim Bosses Mistreat Them
“Employees who have a sense of unjustified entitlement are more likely to say that their bosses are abusive and mistreat them than their less entitlement-minded coworkers, according to new research from the University of New Hampshire.”

Why a Standing Desk Could Save Your Life—for Under $200
“Today’s office culture of sitting at a desk for eight hours daily, then, is downright frightening. Just four hours of daily sitting, researchers have found, is the tipping point into risky sedentary behavior, but even one to two hours of daily sitting increases a person’s mortality rate. So, what can you do? Sit less and be more active! For starters, get a standing desk.”

6 Reasons to Ignore a Bad Reference
“Evil HR Lady” Suzanne Lucas tells us that when it comes to references, don’t just blindly believe everything you hear. She outlines some circumstances in which a bad reference may not be a deal breaker.

The Age Factor
With a growing number of Americans expecting to continue working well past the traditional retirement age, employers are confronting the challenges of an aging workforce.
Related: Protecting The Boom – Baby boomers are delaying retirement, which has benefits as well as risks for employers. Progressive return-to-work programs can help risk managers lower injury claims costs and keep older workers productive.

The joint-employer test: Who is an employer under the ADA?
Employment Law Attorney Michael P. Maslanka looks at the issue of whether an entity is an “employer” of the employees of a contractor with which it does business in the context of a recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in EEOC v. Valero Refining – Texas LP.

Bank of America to pay almost $2.2 million for racial discrimination
“The ruling represents a major victory in a case that has spanned nearly two decades, during which Bank of America repeatedly challenged the authority of the department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Bank of America is a federally-insured financial institution that provides a variety services and products, making it a federal contractor under the purview of OFCCP’s regulatory requirements.”

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